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LUCIAN FREUD’S UNSEEN SELF-PORTRAIT AND DRAWINGS ON DISPLAY FOR FIRST TIME AT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

A selection of drawings from the unseen sketchbooks of Lucian Freud, together with a newly-discovered self-portrait by the artist, have gone on display for the first time at the National Portrait Gallery, following their allocation to the Gallery under the Acceptance in Lieu Scheme which is administered by the Arts Council on behalf of Government, it was announced today, Monday 13 June 2016. A National Portrait Gallery book containing a larger selection of sketchbook drawings will be published 7 July 2016.

ELIZABETH I & HER PEOPLE (10 Oct 2013 - 05 Jan 2014)

A revelatory new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, Elizabeth I & Her People, (10 October 2013 - 5 January 2014) explores for the first time the achievements of the Elizabethan period through portraits of the queen, nobility and rising middle classes.

MAN RAY PORTRAITS (07 Feb 2013 - 27 May 2013)

A major photographic exhibition, Man Ray Portraits, opens at the National Portrait Gallery on 7 February 2013. Devoted to one of the most innovative and influential artists of his generation, the exhibition will include over 150 vintage prints from Man Ray's career taken between 1916 and 1968. Drawn from private collections and major museums including the Pompidou Centre, the J. Paul Getty Museum and New York's The Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art, and special loans from the Man Ray Trust Archive, the majority of the works have not previously been exhibited in the UK.

SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED - TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE

Four photographers have been shortlisted for the £12,000 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, the major international photography award. Firmly established as the leading showcase for new talent in portrait photography, the prize is sponsored by international law firm Taylor Wessing. The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 will showcase the work of some of the most talented emerging young photographers, alongside that of established professionals, photography students and gifted amateurs. Selected anonymously from an open competition, the diversity of styles reflects the international mix of entrants as well as the range of approaches to the portrait genre, encompassing editorial, advertising and fine art images. The judges have selected 60 portraits for the exhibition from 5,340 submissions entered by 2,352 photographers. The exhibition will run from 8 November 2012 – 17 February 2013 at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

MARK CAVENDISH AND BORIS JOHNSON AMONG 40 NEW PORTRAITS OF LONDON 2012 STARS… GALLERY’S BIGGEST COMMISSION RESULTS IN SPECTACULAR EXHIBITION (19 Jul 2012 - 23 Sep 2012)

Striking new portraits of Mark Cavendish, Boris Johnson and Anish Kapoor were unveiled today Thursday 19 July 2012 at the National Portrait Gallery, as part of its new exhibition Road to 2012: Aiming High, by its patron, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge. After three years and more than 100 photographs, the National Portrait Gallery’s largest commission, made possible by BT, includes 40 new portraits of some of the key players in London 2012.

ALEAH CHAPIN WINS BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2012 FOR LARGE NUDE PORTRAIT OF FAMILY FRIEND (21 Jun 2012 - 23 Sep 2012)

ON TUESDAY 19 JUNE 2012 the winner of the BP Portrait Award 20102 was announced at the National Portrait Gallery. The prestigious first prize was won by 26-year-old artist Aleah Chapin, for her large-scale nude portrait of a family friend

THE QUEEN: ART AND IMAGE (17 May 2012 - 21 Oct 2012)

The National Portrait Gallery’s touring exhibition of some of the most remarkable and resonant images of The Queen across 60 years of her reign – opens in London on Thursday 17 May 2012 ahead of her Diamond Jubilee weekend celebrations. From Beaton and Leibovitz to Annigoni and Warhol, The Queen: Art and Image is the most wide-ranging exhibition of images in different media devoted to a single royal sitter. Formal painted portraits, official photographs, media pictures, and powerful responses by contemporary artists are shown in an exhibition that has both traditional representations with unconventional works that extend the visual language of royal portraiture.

LUCIAN FREUD PORTRAITS (09 Feb 2012 - 27 May 2012)

The most ambitious exhibition of the work of Lucian Freud for ten years opens at the National Portrait Gallery, London. With over 100 paintings and works on paper loaned from museums and private collections throughout the world, Lucian Freud Portraits is the result of many years’ planning by the Gallery in close partnership with the late Lucian Freud. The exhibition will be a countdown event for the London 2012 Festival – the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad.

BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2014 COMPETITION OPENS AS BP SHOWS ITS SUPPORT FOR 25TH YEAR

The National Portrait Gallery has announced that it is now accepting entries for the thirty-fifth Portrait Award, the world’s most prestigious competition for portrait painting. The Portrait Award in 2014 will celebrate twenty-five years of support by BP.

BP PORTRAIT AWARD: NEXT GENERATION

A new season of events, workshops and summer schools for young people aged 14 to 19 is taking place at the National Portrait Gallery, London, as part of the BP Portrait Award 2014.

BRIDGETTE AMOFAH TO SING IN PORTRAIT GALLERY’S ONLY AFTER-HOURS PRIVATE VIEW FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Singer Bridgette Amofah will headline this year’s Private View of the BP Portrait Award, at the National Portrait Gallery, run exclusively for young people as part of its BP Portrait Award Next Generation project.

BRITISH ACHIEVERS ARE CELEBRATED IN NEW DISPLAY OF PREVIOUSLY UN-EXHIBITED PHOTOGRAPHS

Inspirational British individuals who have made it to the very top of their professions are celebrated in a new display of recently acquired and previously un-exhibited photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, including high achieving women as well as those recognised for their contributions to performance, comedy, art and film.

DAVID ROSS ELECTED AS NEW CHAIR OF NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY LONDON

The Prime Minister has appointed David Ross as a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery, London for a period of 4 years it was announced today, Friday 8 September 2017.

ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET’S FIRST WORLD WAR PREMIERE DANCED BESIDE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY’S VAST WAR PAINTINGS

English National Ballet will present a First World War themed world premiere at the National Portrait Gallery this Friday 16 May for one night only as part of Museums at Night and the Gallery’s Late Shift programme.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY TAKES VISITORS BEHIND THE SCENES OF ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND...FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY

Visitors to the National Portrait Gallery on Friday 25 October will have the chance to experience Elizabethan England as actors perform a unique catwalk show whilst descending the Gallery’s two-storey-high escalator. The fashion show will form part of a one-off evening filled with music, performance, talks and workshops inspired by the revelatory exhibition Elizabeth I & Her People.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY TAKES VISITORS BEHIND THE SCENES OF ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND...FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY

Visitors to the National Portrait Gallery on Friday 25 October will have the chance to experience Elizabethan England as actors perform a unique catwalk show whilst descending the Gallery’s two-storey-high escalator. The fashion show will form part of a one-off evening filled with music, performance, talks and workshops inspired by the revelatory exhibition Elizabeth I & Her People.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY UNVEILS NEW PORTRAIT OF BARONESS HELENA KENNEDY

A newly commissioned portrait of barrister, politician and broadcaster Baroness Helena Kennedy by light artist Chris Levine has been unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

NEW POEM BY BEN OKRI TO CROWN A SEASON OF MUSIC AND TALKS AT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY INSPIRED BY PORTRAIT OF FREED SLAVE

Writer Ben Okri has been commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to write a new poem to be incorporated into a special display of its loaned painting of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, the first portrait of a black African Muslim and freed slave.

PUBLIC INVITED FOR THE FIRST TIME TO SING IN THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY WITH THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF ITS CHOIR IN RESIDENCE

For the first time, the National Portrait Gallery is offering members of the public the unique opportunity to rehearse and perform choral music in the Gallery with the Artistic Director of its choir in residence on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November 2013.

WORLD PREMIERE OF FOUR PIECES OF CHORAL MUSIC INSPIRED BY THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY’S WARTIME DIARIES

The world premiere of four pieces of choral music inspired by the National Portrait Gallery’s wartime diaries, letters and internal memos will be performed by the Gallery’s choir in residence, The Portrait Choir, on Friday 13 June, with two further performances on Saturday 14 June 2014.

£3,200,000 RAISED SO FAR TO SAVE VAN DYCK SELF-PORTRAIT

The National Portrait Gallery and the Art Fund have announced that they have received over £3.2 million in support of their appeal to secure the last self-portrait of Sir Anthony Van Dyck, and prevent it from going to a private collection overseas.

AUDREY HEPBURN: PORTRAITS OF AN ICON (02 Jul 2015 - 18 Oct 2015)

A major photography exhibition exploring the fascinating life and career of celebrated film star, fashion icon and humanitarian, Audrey Hepburn, opens at the National Portrait Gallery tomorrow, Thursday 2 July.

ROAD TO 2012: FACING EAST (09 Aug 2012 - 09 Sep 2012)

An exhibition of 65 new photographs of East Londoners that document the impact of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games on their communities is to open at Four Corners, Bethnal Green on 9 August 2012. Using a range of photographic styles and techniques, fine art and photography students from the University of East London have created Facing East, an exhibition resulting from a twelve-week project which focused on themes or groups of sitters in the build-up to London 2012. These include local Games volunteers, people working for the Green Legacy in the Lee Valley, commuters, swimming club members, coffee shop baristas, landlords renting out their rooms, locals on Hackney Marshes and allotment owners.

GALLERY’S BIGGEST EVER COMMISSION RESULTS IN SPECTACULAR EXHIBITION…INCLUDING 40 NEW PHOTOGRAPHS OF LONDON 2012 STARS (19 Jul 2012 - 23 Sep 2012)

After three years and more than 100 photographs, the National Portrait Gallery’s largest commission, made possible by BT, reaches its conclusion today with the opening of its exhibition Road to 2012: Aiming High. 40 new portraits of some of the key players in London 2012 by photographers Anderson & Low, Nadav Kander and Jillian Edelstein go on show at the National Portrait Gallery from today 19 July. The exhibition is part of the London 2012 Festival, the spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration from 21 June until 9 September 2012, bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK.

LARGE OPEN AIR PHOTOGRAPHS OF DENISE LEWIS & PHILLIPS IDOWU…NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY /BT ROAD TO 2012 COMES TO BIRMINGHAM CITY CENTRE (13 Jul 2012 - 09 Sep 2012)

Photographs of Midlands athletes Phillips Idowu and Denise Lewis will go on display in Birmingham as part of a new outdoor exhibition of 30 portraits of key figures of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, London, working in partnership with London 2012 partner BT, Road to 2012 opens at Centenary Way, Birmingham on Friday 13 July 2012. It is the National Portrait Gallery’s first-ever outdoor exhibition tour.

STRIKING PHOTOGRAPHS OF SCOTTISH ATHLETES… NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY/BT ROAD TO 2012 COMES TO EDINBURGH

Photographs of Scottish athletes – oarswoman Katherine Grainger and Team GB women’s Hockey players Emily Maguire and Laura Bartlett – will go on display in Edinburgh as part of a new outdoor exhibition of 30 portraits of key figures involved in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, London, working in partnership with London 2012 partner BT, Road to 2012 opens at The Mound, Edinburgh on Friday 1 June 2012.

WELSH PARALYMPIC ATHLETE NATHAN STEPHENS OPENS UK TOUR OF NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY/BT ROAD TO 2012 EXHIBITION IN CARDIFF (30 Mar 2012 - 09 Sep 2012)

Over 30 new photographic portraits of top athletes and key figures involved in the staging of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, and made possible by BT, are launched at Cardiff Bay today by Welsh Paralympian Nathan Stephens (Friday 30 March 2012). The printed panels on large specially-designed outdoor pods can be seen next to Cardiff Bay’s Wales Millennium Centre from today until 27 May 2012. The open-air exhibition will then continue its British tour visiting Edinburgh on 1 June 2012 and Birmingham on 13 July 2012.

7,000 EXTRA TICKETS ON SALE TODAY FOR LUCIAN FREUD PORTRAITS AS NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY EXTENDS LATE NIGHT OPENINGS (09 Feb 2012 - 27 May 2012)

Due to public demand the National Portrait Gallery today (Thursday 8 March 2012) releases 7,000 extra tickets for Lucian Freud Portraits through extended opening hours. The exhibition will now open until 9pm every Saturday from 24 March until 26 May 2012, in addition to its late-night openings on Thursdays and Fridays.

MIDNIGHT OPENING FOR LUCIAN FREUD PORTRAITS’ LAST DAYS AS GALLERY ANNOUNCES MOST POPULAR PAYING EXHIBITION IN ITS HISTORY (09 Feb 2012 - 27 May 2012)

Lucian Freud Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery will open until midnight from 24-26 May, in the lead up to the last day of the most popular paid-for exhibition in the gallery’s history, it was announced today (30 April). Gallery figures released today reveal that since it opened on 9 February 2012, Lucian Freud Portraits has attracted over 175, 000 visitors so far, overtaking its previous record-breaking paying exhibitions Mario Testino Portraits (2002), David Hockney Portraits (2006) and Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life (2008).

FUNDRAISING IN HONOUR OF DIRECTOR SANDY NAIRNE HELPS NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY TO DOUBLE £1 MILLION OF DONATIONS

The National Portrait Gallery has reached its target of doubling £1 million of donations - including over £280,000 received in honour of outgoing director Sandy Nairne. The donations were matched to make a total of £2 million by contributions from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), it was announced today (Thursday 26 March 2015.)

IRISH ARTIST’S PORTRAIT OF AWARD-WINNING POET REVEALED AS PEOPLE’S FAVOURITE AT BP PORTRAIT AWARD EXHIBITION

Irish artist’s striking portrait of major Belfast poet Michael Longley wins BP Visitors’ Choice 2012 in BP Portrait Award. A Northern Ireland artist has won the Visitors’ Choice Award at this year’s BP Portrait Award exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London, for his portrait of Belfast-born poet Michael Longley.

LAST SUPPER’ ACTORS LAUNCH NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY’S FIRST DISPLAY OF PORTRAIT PRINTS FOR VISITORS TO BUY

For the first time the National Portrait Gallery opens a display space of prints made from portraits from its collections - which visitors can buy. Sir Michael Gambon, Robert Powell, Antony Andrews, Steven Berkoff and Tim Piggott-Smith launch the new Print Sales Gallery today Monday 16 September. They will be able to view themselves recreating the Last Supper in one of the largest portraits in the new display, a group photograph of leading figures from the British stage, recently acquired by the National Portrait Gallery.

NEW PORTRAITS BY GRAYSON PERRY FROM HIS CHANNEL 4 SERIES ON BRITISH IDENTITY TO BE DISPLAYED IN NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

Politician Chris Huhne, a young female-to-male transsexual, Northern Ireland Loyalist marchers, and X-Factor and Celebrity Big Brother contestant Rylan Clark are among the subjects of a new display by Grayson Perry, to open at the National Portrait Gallery this autumn, and to be featured on his new Channel 4 series.

ANARCHY & BEAUTY: WILLIAM MORRIS AND HIS LEGACY, 1860-1960 (16 Oct 2014 - 11 Jan 2015)

The first exhibition devoted to William Morris and his influence on twentieth-century life, opens at the National Portrait Gallery on Thursday 16 October 2014.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY STAGES FIRST MAJOR EXHIBITION OF GEORGE CATLIN'S AMERICAN INDIAN PORTRAITS (07 Mar 2013 - 23 Jun 2013)

The National Portrait Gallery, London stages George Catlin: American Indian Portraits an exhibition which includes major loans from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington many of which have not been seen in the UK since the 1840s. George Catlin (1796-1872) was an American artist, writer and showman who documented Native American peoples and their cultures to serve as a record of what he believed to be a passing way of life. What he created is regarded as one of the most important records of indigenous peoples ever made. Catlin was not the only artist to embark on such a project in the nineteenth century, but his record is the most extensive still in existence.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY STAGES FIRST EVER EXHIBITION ON THE LOST PRINCE WHO WOULD HAVE BEEN KING HENRY IX (18 Oct 2012 - 13 Jan 2013)

The National Portrait Gallery stages the first ever exhibition on Henry, Prince of Wales (1594-1612), focusing on a remarkable period in British history, dominated by a prince whose death at a young age precipitated widespread national grief, and led eventually to the accession to the throne of his younger brother, the doomed King Charles I. The Lost Prince: The Life and Death of Henry Stuart, which opens at the Gallery on Thursday 18 October 2012, marks the 400th anniversary of the Prince’s death and, staged during The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year, assembles for the first time an extraordinary range of objects associated with Henry, including major loans from the Royal Collection.

GALLERY’S LARGEST OLYMPIC PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION LAUNCHES WITH NEW PORTRAITS OF BETH TWEDDLE AND JODIE WILLIAMS (19 Jul 2012 - 23 Sep 2012)

Stunning new portraits of gymnast Beth Tweddle, talented young sprinter Jodie Williams and Jan Matthews, who is responsible for the world’s largest peacetime catering operation, were released today to launch Road to 2012: Aiming High - the final and biggest exhibition in the National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 project of commissioned photographs documenting the preparations for London 2012.

ROAD TO 2012: A LOCAL STORY (19 Jul 2012 - 23 Sep 2012)

An exhibition of striking new photographs of people from East London community groups who are working with the National Portrait Gallery opens on 19 July 2012 at the Gallery as part of the Road to 2012: Aiming High exhibition, in partnership with BT. The exhibition is part of the London 2012 Festival, the spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration running from 21 June until 9 September 2012 bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK.

LARGE OPEN AIR PHOTOGRAPHS OF DENISE LEWIS & PHILLIPS IDOWU…NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY /BT ROAD TO 2012 COMES TO BIRMINGHAM CITY CENTRE (13 Jul 2012 - 09 Sep 2012)

Photographs of Midlands athletes Phillips Idowu and Denise Lewis will go on display in Birmingham as part of a new outdoor exhibition of 30 portraits of key figures of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, London, working in partnership with London 2012 partner BT, Road to 2012 opens at Centenary Way, Birmingham on Friday 13 July 2012. It is the National Portrait Gallery’s first-ever outdoor exhibition tour.

DOUBLE TAKE: VERSIONS AND COPIES OF TUDOR PORTRAITS (26 Jun 2012 - 09 Sep 2012)

Five pairs of nearly identical Tudor portraits have been brought together in a new display at the National Portrait Gallery. The display will explore how and why duplicates and copies of portraits were made in the sixteenth century. Portraits from the Gallery’s Collection of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Archbishop William Warham, the merchant Thomas Gresham and Lord Treasurer Thomas Sackville are paired with portraits on loan from other collections. This will be the first time that the Gallery’s well-known portrait of Anne Boleyn will be on display since undergoing recent structural conservation.

BP TRAVEL AWARD WINNER 2011: JO FRASER (21 Jun 2012 - 23 Sep 2012)

A large scale portrait depicting weavers from a remote mountain village in Peru will go on display for the first time at the National Portrait Gallery as part of this year’s BP Portrait Award exhibition. The artist, Jo Fraser, winner of the BP Travel Award 2011, won a £5000 bursary for her proposal to travel to the Cuzco region of Peru to observe the textile producers in indigenous communities.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY CLOCKS UP 2,000,000 VISITORS… ITS HIGHEST EVER ANNUAL FIGURE (27 Mar 2012 - 27 Apr 2012)

Northampton family walks into Gallery to be greeted with gifts Record numbers to Lucian Freud Portraits and BP Portrait Award 2011

HILARY MANTEL, ESTHER FREUD AND DAVID HARE WRITE ‘PEN PORTRAITS’ FOR NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY FUND-RAISING GALA

Well known figures will either draw or ‘write’ portraits for the National Portrait Gallery as it hosts a Gala fundraising event on Tuesday 11 February, sponsored by the fashion designer Leon Max, it was announced today.

ISRAELI ARTIST WINS BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2015 FOR PICTURE OF FRIEND AND STEP-DAUGHTER DEFIANT IN THE FACE OF BIBLICAL INSPIRED TRAGEDY

ON TUESDAY 16 JUNE 2015 the winner of the BP Portrait Award 2015 was announced at the National Portrait Gallery. The prestigious first prize - in the 26th year of BP’s sponsorship of the competition - was won by 35-year-old Israeli artist Matan Ben-Cnaan, for Annabelle and Guy, a striking allegorical portrait of the artist’s friend and step-daughter as if contemplating their tragic fate in the blinding sunlight of Israel’s Jezreel Valley.

OLYMPIC SWIMMER AND BADMINTON STAR MODEL FOR DRAWING CLASS AT BP PORTRAIT AWARD: NEXT GENERATION SUMMER SCHOOLS

Swimmer Ross Davenport, who represented team GB London in the 2012 Olympic Games, and badminton star, Gabby White, modelled for young people at the BP Portrait Award: Next Generation Summer Schools. These two top British athletes sat for a drawing class for 14-19 year olds at the National Portrait Gallery in August. BP Portrait Award: Next Generation Summer Schools aim to inspire young artists of the future, from first-time Gallery visitors to those who want to make art their career. The two Summer Schools, starting on 15 and on 20 August, connected young people interested in portraiture with BP Portrait Award-winning artists. This is the third year of the project, which has engaged young people with painted portraiture through the BP Portrait Award exhibition.

PUBLIC INVITED FOR THE FIRST TIME TO SING IN THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY WITH THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF ITS CHOIR IN RESIDENCE

For the first time, the National Portrait Gallery is offering members of the public the unique opportunity to rehearse and perform choral music in the Gallery with the Artistic Director of its choir in residence on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November 2013.

SAVE VAN DYCK APPEAL RECEIVES SIGNIFICANT BOOST AS PAINTING OFFERED TO NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY FOR £10 MILLION

The Art Fund and the National Portrait Gallery are pleased to announce that the campaign to save Van Dyck’s self-portrait for the nation has received a significant boost. Following discussions between the owner of the painting, Alfred Bader, the art dealer Philip Mould, and the collector, James Stunt, the National Portrait Gallery now has the opportunity to purchase the work for £10 million.

WINSTON CHURCHILL AT HIS DARKEST HOUR …FAVOURITE PAINTING ON LOAN TO NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

The National Portrait Gallery has been lent a major portrait of Winston Churchill, a rarely seen life-size painting by William Orpen, one of Britain’s most significant portrait painters and war artists. It goes on display at the Gallery from Thursday 1 November 2012. Painted in 1916, during the darkest moment in the statesman’s career, Churchill regarded it as the finest portrait of himself. Capturing a mood of uncertainty in this introspective portrait, Orpen spoke of the misery expressed in the face. Churchill told the artist, ‘It is not the picture of a man. It is the picture of a man’s soul.’

VIRGINIA WOOLF: ART, LIFE AND VISION (10 Jul 2014 - 26 Oct 2014)

A major exhibition exploring the life and achievements of Virginia Woolf, one of the most important and celebrated writers of the twentieth century, opens at the National Portrait Gallery on Thursday 10 July 2014.

SPANISH LONDONER WINS TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2012 FOR PICTURE OF A CAMERA SHY BOLIVIAN WOMAN (08 Nov 2012 - 17 Feb 2013)

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 has been awarded to Jordi Ruiz Cirera, 28, for a photograph of a 26-year-old woman from Bolivia - who was reluctant to sit for the camera. The £12,000 award was presented to the London-based Spanish photographer at the National Portrait Gallery, London, last night (Monday 5 November 2012). The winning portrait goes on show at the Gallery from Thursday 8 November 2012.

TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2012 CALL FOR ENTRIES OPENS AND NEW COMMISSION ANNOUNCED (08 Nov 2012 - 17 Feb 2013)

The National Portrait Gallery is delighted to announce the Call for Entries for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012, a major international photographic award. Entry forms are now available and the closing date for entries is 9 July 2012. To enter, visit www.npg.org.uk/photoprize and complete the online application form.

BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2012 SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED (21 Jun 2012 - 23 Sep 2012)

Four artists have been short-listed for the BP Portrait Award 2012, one of the world’s most prestigious art prizes. This year the prize received 2,187 entries from 74 different countries. For the sixth year, the competition has been open to all aged 18 or over. 55 portraits have been selected for the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, which runs from 21 June until 23 September 2012. This year the BP Portrait Award 2012 exhibition is part of the London 2012 Festival, the spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration running from 21 June until 9 September 2012 bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK. The four artists shortlisted for the 2012 award are: Aleah Chapin for Auntie Alan Coulson for Richie Culver Ignacio Estudillo for El abuelo (Agustín Estudillo) and Jamie Routley for Tony Lewis.

SPOTLIGHT ON PETER RAND: 10 PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE 1960S (17 Apr 2012 - 16 Sep 2012)

The first solo display of photographs by Peter Rand will open at the National Portrait Gallery on 17 April. The display of 10 portraits will celebrate the recent acquisition of works by the Vogue photographer into the National Portrait Gallery Collection.

IMAGINED LIVES: PORTRAITS OF UNKNOWN PEOPLE (03 Dec 2011 - 08 Jul 2012)

For the first time in over 50 years, a group of portraits of mystery figures from the 16th and 17th Centuries will go on display at the National Portrait Gallery. Acclaimed writers Alexander McCall Smith, Joanna Trollope, John Banville, Julian Fellowes, Minette Walters, Sarah Singleton, Terry Pratchett and Tracy Chevalier have contributed short imaginative stories about the portraits to help to bring the sitters to life. Imagined Lives: Portraits of Unknown People opens at the National Portrait Gallery from 3 December 2011 and runs until June 2012.

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH, AMY WINEHOUSE AND ALAN BENNETT...CAMDEN RADICALS TO GO ON SHOW IN THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

Benedict Cumberbatch, Amy Winehouse, Alan Bennett and Dame Tessa Jowell are among the famous faces that will go on show in a new display celebrating the London Borough of Camden and the inspirational figures that have lived, worked or studied there, it was announced today.

FIRST PERFORMANCE AT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY OF HANDEL’S MESSIAH...PORTRAIT CHOIR GIVES CONCERT AFTER OPENING HOURS

The National Portrait Gallery is to stage Handel’s Messiah in two evening performances by its Portrait Choir, the first public concerts at the Gallery to be given after opening hours.

GROUND-BREAKING PHOTOGRAPHS OF INDIA’S SIDI COMMUNITY GO ON SHOW IN THE UK FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NEW NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY DISPLAY

A selection of ground-breaking photographs of the Sidi community, an African minority living in India, by one of India’s most celebrated contemporary photographers, Ketaki Sheth, has gone on show for the first time in the UK at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ANNOUNCES FIRST EXHIBITION OF SARGENT’S INTIMATE PORTRAITS OF ARTISTS AND FRIENDS

The National Portrait Gallery has announced that it will stage a major exhibition in 2015 of works by one of the world’s most celebrated portrait painters, John Singer Sargent.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ANNOUNCES FIRST JOHN KOBAL NEW WORK AWARD COMMISSION... ACTRESS ANDREA RISEBOROUGH

Andrea Riseborough is the subject of the National Portrait Gallery’s first commissioned photograph for the John Kobal New Work Award, awarded to a photographer under the age of 30 whose work was selected for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY COMMISSIONS PORTRAIT OF TONY BLAIR

The National Portrait Gallery, London, has unveiled its most recent commissioned portrait, a painting of Tony Blair by artist Alastair Adams, President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, it was announced today, Friday 20 December 2013. The commission is in keeping with the National Portrait Gallery’s wish to acquire portraits of all former British Prime Ministers.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY TO CATALOGUE LETTERS OF VICTORIAN ARTIST G. F. WATTS

The National Portrait Gallery has been awarded funding to catalogue the papers of the nineteenth-century British artist George Frederic Watts (1817-1904).

NEW PORTRAIT OF SHAMI CHAKRABARTI BY GILLIAN WEARING ON SHOW AT THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

A new portrait of Shami Chakrabarti, Director of campaign group Liberty, has gone on display at the National Portrait Gallery. The photographic portrait is a commission and the first work by British artist Gillian Wearing to enter the Gallery’s Collection.

NEW PORTRAIT OF PIONEERING ECOLOGIST AND CHEMIST JAMES LOVELOCK ON DISPLAY AT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY (07 Mar 2012 - 22 Apr 2012)

A new portrait of James Lovelock by prize-winning artist Michael Gaskell has gone on display at the National Portrait Gallery. Lovelock is considered to be one of the main ideological leaders in the history of the development of environmental awareness and his work as a scientist and theorist over several decades is of substantial significance to both specialists and the wider public.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY COMMISSIONS FIRST OFFICIAL PAINTED PORTRAIT OF THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE

The first official painted portrait of The Duchess of Cambridge has been commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, where it is unveiled today Friday 11 January 2013, on show to the public from 2.30pm. The National Portrait Gallery's painting of its Patron was commissioned by the Gallery, and given by Sir Hugh Leggatt, in memory of Sir Denis Mahon, through the Art Fund.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY HOSTS FIRST PRIVATE VIEW JUST FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

The National Portrait Gallery is to host its first ever Private View exclusively for young people (Monday 29 July 2013, 18.30 – 20.30). For the first time, the Gallery will be open in an evening just for those aged between 14 and 19, giving them an exclusive opportunity to enjoy after-hours access to the BP Portrait Award 2013 exhibition.

SARGENT: PORTRAITS OF ARTISTS AND FRIENDS (12 Feb 2015 - 25 May 2015)

A major exhibition of works by one of the world’s most celebrated portrait painters, John Singer Sargent, opens at the National Portrait Gallery tomorrow (Thursday 12 February 2015).

GERMAN ARTIST WINS 25th ANNIVERSARY BP PORTRAIT AWARD AFTER CHANCE ENCOUNTER WITH HOMELESS MAN

ON TUESDAY 24 JUNE 2014 the winner of the BP Portrait Award 2014 was announced at the National Portrait Gallery. The prestigious first prize - in the 25th anniversary year of the competition - was won by 40-year-old German artist Thomas Ganter, for Man with a Plaid Blanket, a striking portrait of a homeless car-windscreen cleaner.

HIDDEN SECRETS OF TUDOR PORTRAITS...ELIZABETH I ‘AIRBRUSHED’ FOR 18th CENTURY MAKE-OVER AND A BUG IS FOUND IN EDWARD VI

Hidden portraits – and even a dead animal – have been discovered lurking underneath some of the most iconic portraits of the Tudor monarchs. They are revealed for the first time in a major display opening at the National Portrait Gallery on Friday 12 September, it was announced today (Thursday 11 September).

MAJOR EXHIBITION AT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY LAUNCHES FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY

The National Portrait Gallery is to stage the first national exhibition of the First World War centenary commemorations in February 2014. The Great War in Portraits (27 Feb-15 Jun 2014) will be the start of a four-year public programme at the Gallery of displays and events, and workshops for young people, it was announced today Thursday 24 October.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY STAGES FIRST DISPLAY OF CHARLES I’S FORGOTTEN PAINTER CORNELIUS JOHNSON

The first ever display of works by the seventeenth-century artist Cornelius Johnson, forgotten court painter to Charles I, will open at the National Portrait Gallery on 15 April 2015, it was announced today, 9 April 2015.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY UNVEILS NEW PORTRAIT OF OLIVIA COLMAN... COMMISSIONED THROUGH THE JOHN KOBAL NEW WORK AWARD

A striking, newly commissioned photograph of celebrated British actress Olivia Colman will go on display for the first time at the National Portrait Gallery to coincide with the opening of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 exhibition.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY UNVEILS NEW PORTRAIT OF SPORTING HERO DAME KELLY HOLMES

A new portrait of Double Olympic Champion Dame Kelly Holmes has gone on display at the National Portrait Gallery. The portrait is the work of artist Craig Wylie, and was commissioned as part of the First Prize in the BP Portrait Award competition at the Gallery in 2008.

ELIZABETH I & HER PEOPLE (10 Oct 2013 - 05 Jan 2014)

A revelatory new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, Elizabeth I & Her People, (10 October 2013 - 5 January 2014) explores for the first time the achievements of the Elizabethan period through portraits of the queen, nobility and rising middle classes.

LAURA KNIGHT PORTRAITS (11 Jul 2013 - 13 Oct 2013)

The National Portrait Gallery’s major exhibition of portraits by Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970), one of the leading British artists of the twentieth-century, opened today (Thursday 11 July 2013.) The exhibition spans the artist’s life-long career and celebrates the centenary of the creation of Knight’s innovative Self Portrait. The exhibition includes commissioned portraits alongside those of members from specific social groups such as circus performers and Gypsies. Other highlights will include her works from Cornwall, the ballet and war portraits. Together these will show a distinctive picture of twentieth-century Britain.

ROYAL PORTRAITS BY MARIO TESTINO ON DISPLAY TOGETHER FOR FIRST TIME AT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY (03 Oct 2012 - 03 Feb 2013)

Photographs of the Royal Family, taken by Mario Testino between 2003 and 2010 will be shown together for the first time at the National Portrait Gallery in October. The eight portraits on display include the official engagement portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge taken in London in 2010. The earliest image on display is of HRH The Prince of Wales, from 2003 which was commissioned as an official portrait and another of HRH Prince William, taken in the same year to mark his 21st birthday. Other early photographs on display include HRH The Prince of Wales, HRH Prince William and HRH Prince Henry, commissioned for their official Christmas card in 2004. The official commission to mark HRH Prince Henry’s 21st birthday will be on display as well as a portrait of HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, commissioned by British Vogue in 2006 and another photograph of this royal couple in their car, taken in 2010, from Testino’s personal work. The display will coincide with the exhibition Mario Testino, British Royal Portraits on display at the Museum of Fine Art (MFA) in Boston from the 21 October 2012

THOMAS STRUTH (17 May 2012 - 20 Jan 2013)

A new display at the National Portrait Gallery focuses on family portraits by the distinguished German photographer, Thomas Struth. The three portraits on display, exploring human relationships, complement Struth’s recently commissioned royal portrait which features in the new exhibition, The Queen: Art and Image.

DAVID TITLOW WINS THE TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2014 WITH PICTURE OF HIS SON

Fashion photographer David Titlow has won the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 for his intimate portrait of his baby son being introduced to a dog.

DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE VIEWS VAN DYCK SELF-PORTRAIT AS APPEAL REACHES £3.5 MILLION AND DEADLINE EXTENDS TO JULY

The National Portrait Gallery has released a photograph of its patron HRH The Duchess of Cambridge being shown the Van Dyck Self-portrait it is campaigning with the Art Fund to save for the nation. The Duchess was given a private view of the portrait, on display at the Gallery, with director Sandy Nairne, during The Portrait Gala on the 11 February.

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD, MARGOT FONTEYN AND PETER CROUCH... EALING STARS AND STUDENTS BROUGHT TOGETHER FOR NEW DISPLAY OF FILM AND PORTRAITS

Portraits of celebrities and inspirational figures who have lived, worked or studied in the London Borough of Ealing will be brought together in a new display, alongside a film installation created by artist Eelyn Lee and students from Brentside High School in Ealing.

INTIMATE PORTRAITS OF FRIENDSHIP AND MOTHERHOOD REVEALED IN FIRST JOINT DISPLAY BY ARTISTS CHANTAL JOFFE AND ISHBEL MYERSCOUGH ...& A NEW GALLERY ACQUISITION

A new display revealing a unique artistic collaboration inspired by the close friendship of two painters over many years is to open at the National Portrait Gallery on Thursday 11 June 2015.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY AND BBC UNVEIL FIRST JOINT PAINTED PORTRAIT COMMISSION... FALKLANDS HERO SIMON WESTON

The National Portrait Gallery and the BBC today unveiled their first joint painted portrait commission – of Falklands War veteran Simon Weston by artist Nicky Philipps. Weston was voted last September by viewers of BBC One’s The One Show as the public figure who most deserved to have his picture displayed at the National Portrait Gallery.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ANNOUNCES TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2014 SHORTLIST

The National Portrait Gallery has announced the four photographs that have been shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014, the Gallery’s major international photography competition.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY UNVEILS NEW PORTRAIT OF BARONESS HELENA KENNEDY

A newly commissioned portrait of barrister, politician and broadcaster Baroness Helena Kennedy by light artist Chris Levine has been unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

NEW PAINTINGS FROM BP TRAVEL AWARD WINNER SOPHIE PLOEG INSPIRED BY LACEMAKING IN BRUGES ON SHOW AT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

The work of BP Travel Award 2013 winner Sophie Ploeg, a Bristol-based Dutch Artist, is on display at this year’s BP Portrait Award. Having studied Art & Architectural History at universities in The Netherlands, Ploeg, 39, won last year for her proposal to explore how fashion and lace was represented in 17th century art, as well as in modern applications.

YOUNG PEOPLE FROM ACROSS THE UK COMMEMORATE FIRST WORLD WAR AT THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

Over seventy young people from across the UK have joined together at the National Portrait Gallery, London, to showcase their creative and personal responses to the First World War and its impact on their local areas, and to see their finished artwork go live on the National Portrait Gallery’s website.

GRAYSON PERRY: WHO ARE YOU? (25 Oct 2014 - 15 Mar 2015)

A striking display of new works by artist Grayson Perry, interspersed among the nineteenth and twentieth century Collections of the National Portrait Gallery, opens on Saturday 25 October 2014

HIDDEN SEA DISCOVERED IN PORTRAIT REVEALS WALTER RALEGH’S SECRET DESIRE FOR ELIZABETH I (10 Oct 2013 - 05 Jan 2014)

Conservators at the National Portrait Gallery have uncovered a small painted passage of wavy blue water in a portrait of Sir Walter Ralegh which reveals the depth of the explorer’s devotion to Queen Elizabeth I.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ANNOUNCES FIRST MAJOR EXHIBITION OF DAME LAURA KNIGHT’S PORTRAITS (11 Jul 2013 - 13 Oct 2013)

The National Portrait Gallery, London has announced today (24 April 2013) that it will be holding a major exhibition of portraits this summer by Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970), one of the leading British artists of the twentieth-century. The exhibition spans her life-long career and celebrates the centenary of the creation of Knight’s innovative Self Portrait. The exhibition will include commissioned portraits alongside those made with members from specific social groups such as circus performers and Gypsies. Other highlights will include works from Cornwall, the ballet and war portraits. Together these portraits will show a distinctive picture of twentieth-century Britain.

SCANDAL ’63: THE FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PROFUMO AFFAIR (30 Apr 2013 - 15 Sep 2013)

A display commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the Profumo Affair opens at the National Portrait Gallery, London today (30 April 2013). The British political scandal came to a head in 1963 and was named after John Profumo, the then Secretary of State for War. Profumo (married to the actress Valerie Hobson) had a brief affair with the nightclub hostess and model Christine Keeler who was also romantically involved with the senior Russian naval attaché Yevgeny Ivanov. The infamous affair took place against the backdrop of the Cold War and heightened political paranoia. The display features a rare vintage print of one of Lewis Morley’s iconic seated nude portraits of Christine Keeler as well as Stephen Ward’s pastel of her, made at Cliveden. Images of the other protagonists in the Profumo Affair are portrayed through photographs, magazines and ephemera from the period.

MARILYN MONROE: A BRITISH LOVE AFFAIR (29 Sep 2012 - 24 Mar 2013)

Marilyn Monroe's connection with Britain will be the subject of a new in focus display at the National Portrait Gallery in September. Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Monroe's death, the display will celebrate her life by showcasing her links with the UK. Portraits of Monroe by British photographers will be shown alongside rare magazine covers, vintage prints, lobby cards and film stills to put the works in context. Marilyn Monroe: A British Love Affair will open on 29 September and run until 24 March 2013.

BRITAIN’S FIRST CELEBRITY TRANSVESTITE... RARE PAINTING ACQUIRED BY PORTRAIT GALLERY (06 Jun 2012 - 06 Dec 2012)

The National Portrait Gallery has acquired its first painted portrait of a male transvestite in women’s clothing. Painted in 1792, it depicts Britain’s first celebrated male cross-dresser. Lost since 1926, this painting of the Chevalier d’Eon, an eighteenth-century diplomat, is on show at the Gallery for the first time today, Wed 6 June 2012. Following its discovery by the gallery owner Philip Mould, this will be its first period of public display.

A STAR NEEDS A SPIN – BAILEY CREATES BOOK COVER

A striking artwork by Damien Hirst is part of the front cover of David Bailey’s new book, Bailey’s Stardust, which will accompany the photographer’s exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, opening in February.

AMY-BLUE PORTRAIT OF AMY WINEHOUSE ACQUIRED BY NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

The National Portrait Gallery, London, has acquired a portrait of Amy Winehouse, it was announced today Monday 26 November 2012. The painting, which was made shortly after the singer's death in July 2011, was bought by the Gallery, with support from the Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for art. It goes on display at the Gallery today.

AUDREY HEPBURN’S SONS LEND 35 PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF THEIR MOTHER TO MAJOR NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY EXHIBITION

Thirty-five important photographs of Audrey Hepburn from the personal collection of her sons, Sean Hepburn Ferrer and Luca Dotti, will go on rare UK display in the National Portrait Gallery’s summer exhibition Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY TO ACCEPT DIGITAL ENTRIES FOR BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2015

The National Portrait Gallery has announced that it will be accepting digital entries for the BP Portrait Award 2015, one of the world’s most prestigious art competitions, making it quicker and easier for artists from across the globe to submit their work.

RARE PORTRAIT OF ‘LADY OF SHALOTT’ ARTIST J W WATERHOUSE AMONG DISCOVERIES IN GALLERY’S FIRST ONLINE CATALOGUE

A little known portrait of John William Waterhouse, painter of the hugely popular The Lady of Shalott, has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery. One of hundreds of portraits from the later Victorian era fully catalogued for the first time by Gallery researchers, it goes on public display for the first time today. The story behind the mystery of who painted the Waterhouse portrait is set out in the Later Victorian Portraits catalogue, www.npg.org.uk/lvc, the first such period publication to be published by the Gallery online, launched today (5 July).

BAILEY SELECTS LARGE EXHIBITION OF HIS PHOTOGRAPHS AT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY... WITH PORTRAITS EXHIBITED FOR THE FIRST TIME (06 Feb 2014 - 01 Jun 2014)

A landmark exhibition of the work of David Bailey is to open at the National Portrait Gallery, London, in February 2014, it was announced today (5 September 2013). It will include a new portrait of Kate Moss, exhibited for the first time, together with previously unseen work including images from his 2012 travels to the Naga Hills in India.

HIDDEN UNSEEN PAINTINGS BENEATH TUDOR PORTRAITS (03 Jan 2013 - 02 Jun 2013)

The National Portrait Gallery, London has discovered hidden paintings beneath Tudor portraits in the Collection including its portraits of Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset and Sir Francis Walsingham. The discoveries are displayed as part of Hidden: Unseen Paintings Beneath Tudor Portraits in the recently remodelled Room 3. Recent analysis undertaken as part of the Making Art in Tudor Britain project has used scientific techniques to analyse the portraits in the display to increase the understanding of the working practices of Tudor artists. The project has used infrared reflectography and x-radiography to explore the processes employed in making these portraits, enabling examination of the layers beneath the paint surface. It was during this technical research that hidden images behind the portraits were discovered.

ARTIST WINS BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2013 FOR PORTRAIT OF HER 35-YEAR-OLD SON

On Tuesday 18 June 2013 the winner of the BP Portrait Award 2013 was announced at the National Portrait Gallery. The prestigious first prize was won by 57-year-old artist Susanne du Toit, for Pieter, a powerful painting of her eldest son. Susanne du Toit wins £30,000 and a commission, at the National Portrait Gallery Trustees’ discretion, worth £5,000. The portrait can be seen at the National Portrait Gallery from Thursday 20 June when the BP Portrait Award 2013 exhibition opens to the public.

BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2015 CALL FOR ENTRIES NOW OPEN

The National Portrait Gallery invites the first digital submissions of entries for the BP Portrait Award from today, making it quicker and easier for artists from across the globe to enter their work for one of the most prestigious art competitions.

BRITISH ACHIEVERS ARE CELEBRATED IN NEW DISPLAY OF PREVIOUSLY UN-EXHIBITED PHOTOGRAPHS

Inspirational British individuals who have made it to the very top of their professions are celebrated in a new display of recently acquired and previously un-exhibited photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, including high achieving women as well as those recognised for their contributions to performance, comedy, art and film.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY SAVES UK’S LAST PORTRAIT OF THE BRITISH RADICAL WHO HELPED CREATE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

The National Portrait Gallery has acquired the last portrait of the eighteenth-century British thinker Thomas Hollis - one of the architects of American independence - to remain in Britain. The compelling marble bust, of c. 1760, by Joseph Wilton, RA (1722-1803), the greatest native-born sculptor in mid eighteenth-century Britain, is recognised as the finest likeness of the internationally-renowned defender of civil liberty.

NEW PAINTING OF KEVIN SPACEY AS RICHARD III... NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ANNOUNCES JONATHAN YEO PORTRAITS DISPLAY

A striking new portrait of Kevin Spacey as Richard III will be one of several new works by Jonathan Yeo to be included in a major display of the artist’s work at the National Portrait Gallery this September, it was announced today (Wednesday 29 May.)

PORTRAIT OF LEAD SUFFRAGETTE GOES ON DISPLAY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN EIGHTY YEARS

A newly acquired portrait of Christabel Pankhurst, a leading Suffragette, has gone on public display for the first time in eighty years at the National Portrait Gallery.

PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN PORTRAIT OF LONDON RESTAURATEUR SALLY CLARKE IS UNVEILED IN NEW DISPLAY BY PAINTER CATHERINE GOODMAN

A larger-than-life sized portrait of the celebrated London restaurateur Sally Clarke, owner of CLARKE’S in Kensington, one of London’s most esteemed restaurants, will be unveiled in a new display of paintings by Catherine Goodman at the National Portrait Gallery

SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED - TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2013

Four photographers have been shortlisted for this year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, the major international photography award. Firmly established as the leading showcase for new talent in portrait photography, the £12,000 prize is sponsored for the sixth time by international law firm Taylor Wessing.

THE GREAT WAR IN PORTRAITS

The National Portrait Gallery stages the first national exhibition of the First World War centenary commemorations, opening tomorrow Thursday 27 February 2014. The Great War in Portraits (27 February-15 June 2014) marks the start of a four-year public programme at the Gallery of displays and events, and workshops for young people.

TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2013....CALL FOR ENTRIES OPENS (14 Nov 2013 - 09 Feb 2014)

The National Portrait Gallery, London, is delighted to announce the Call for Entries for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013, a major international photographic award. Entry forms are now available and the closing date for entries is Monday 8 July 2013. To enter, visit www.npg.org.uk/photoprize and complete the online application form.

SUSAN ALDWORTH: THE PORTRAIT ANATOMISED (07 Mar 2013 - 01 Sep 2013)

Aldworth's monochrome, multi-image works are made by using a printmaking technique inspired by neuroscientific imagery and the works in The Portrait Anatomised will explore the relationship between mind and body.

ANNIGONI’S GREAT 1950s PAINTING OF THE QUEEN GOES ON SHOW FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 26 YEARS IN DIAMOND JUBILEE EXHIBITION (17 May 2012 - 21 Oct 2012)

One of the greatest royal portraits of the twentieth century, Pietro Annigoni’s 1954-5 painting of The Queen is to go on public display for the first time in 26 years at the National Portrait’s Gallery’s The Queen: Art and Image exhibition, it was announced today (16 May 2012). It will be shown on the same wall as the artist’s second celebrated full-length portrait of The Queen commissioned by the Gallery in 1969, the first time these portraits will ever have been seen together for over a quarter of a century and only the second time ever.

BAILEY’S STARDUST

A landmark exhibition of the work of David Bailey opens tomorrow (6 February) at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Selected by the photographer, Bailey’s Stardust (until 1 June 2014) is one of the Gallery’s larger-scale photography exhibitions, with over 300 portraits occupying most of its ground floor.

DUKE OF WELLINGTON PAINTING GOES ON UK DISPLAY FOR FIRST TIME

A rarely seen portrait of the Duke of Wellington goes on view at the National Portrait Gallery as part of its exhibition Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions, opening 12 March, it was announced today. The portrait has never been publicly displayed in the United Kingdom.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY AND ART FUND LAUNCH PUBLIC APPEAL TO SECURE VAN DYCK’S LAST SELF-PORTRAIT FOR THE NATION

The National Portrait Gallery and the Art Fund today (Monday 25 November 2013) launch an appeal to raise £12.5 million and secure the last self-portrait of Sir Anthony Van Dyck. The painting has been in a British private collection for nearly 400 years but has been sold to a private collector who now wishes to take it abroad. This is the only chance a museum or a gallery in the United Kingdom has of acquiring the masterpiece.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NEW UNDERSTANDING BRITISH PORTRAITS WEBSITE

The National Portrait Gallery, London has announced today that the new Understanding British Portraits website has been launched. Understanding British Portraits is an active network with free membership for professionals working with British portraits including academics, curators, conservators, museum learning professionals, researchers and art dealers. The network aims to enhance the knowledge and understanding of portraits in all media in British collections, for the benefit of future research, exhibitions, interpretation, display and learning programmes.

PHILLIP PRODGER AND TERENCE PEPPER PHOTOGRAPHIC DEPARTMENT STAFF CHANGES

The National Portrait Gallery, London, has appointed Phillip Prodger, founding Curator of Photography at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, as Head of Photographs Collection, from 1 June 2014.

SANDY NAIRNE TO STEP DOWN AS NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY DIRECTOR

Sandy Nairne has decided to step down in February 2015 as director of the National Portrait Gallery, London, after 12 years, to pursue his writing and advisory work, it was announced today, Thursday 12 June 2014.

TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2014....CALL FOR ENTRIES OPENS

The National Portrait Gallery, London, is now accepting entries to the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014, a major international photographic competition.

PATRICK HERON'S UNSEEN SKETCHES OF T. S. ELIOT GO ON DISPLAY AT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY FOR THE FIRST TIME (31 Jan 2013 - 22 Sep 2013)

Two studies for the highly abstracted 1949 modernist painting of the poet T. S. Eliot by Patrick Heron - never previously seen in public - go on display at the National Portrait Gallery today (Thursday 31 January 2013).

HUMPHREY OCEAN: A HANDBOOK OF MODERN LIFE (23 Nov 2012 - 21 Jul 2013)

On 23 November 2012, a display of works by British artist Humphrey Ocean will open at the National Portrait Gallery. The display will contain 40 works painted in gouache on paper comprising colourful portraits of visitors to his south London studio, produced since 2006. The sitters include family members and friends.

NEIL LIBBERT: PHOTOJOURNALIST (17 Sep 2012 - 21 Apr 2013)

The first solo display of photographs by Neil Libbert will open at the National Portrait Gallery on 17 September 2012. The display of 10 portraits will celebrate Libbert's 55 year career as a photojournalist by showcasing a selection of his portraits from the Gallery's Collection.

PORTRAIT OF THE QUEEN GIVEN TO THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY BY THE PEOPLE OF JERSEY (17 May 2012 - 21 Oct 2012)

The first ever lenticular portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, Equanimity, has been presented to The National Portrait Gallery, London by the People of Jersey. The portrait, by artist Chris Levine and holographer Rob Munday, was commissioned in 2004 by the Jersey Heritage Trust to celebrate the island’s 800 year relationship with the monarchy. Lenticular images produce an illusion of spatial depth and movement, giving the appearance of three-dimensions. Equanimity will be on display as part of The Queen: Art and Image exhibition, opening at the Gallery on Thursday 17 May 2012.

ARTISTS FROM ISRAEL, SPAIN AND UK IN THE RUNNING FOR BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2015 ... GALLERY ANNOUNCES GLOBAL COMPETITION’S BIGGEST YEAR FOR ENTRIES

Three artists have been short-listed for the BP Portrait Award 2015 at the National Portrait Gallery, in the competition’s biggest ever year for entries and the first where images of portraits were submitted digitally for the initial stage of judging.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ANNOUNCES DISPLAY OF ‘LARGER THAN LIFE’ PORTRAITS BY PAINTER CATHERINE GOODMAN

Striking new larger-than-life-sized portraits by the painter Catherine Goodman will be displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in June, it was announced today (Wednesday 23 April 2014).

PORTRAIT OF DAVID BOWIE AS THE ELEPHANT MAN BY DEREK BOSHIER TO BE EXHIBITED IN THE UK FOR THE FIRST TIME

A selection of portraits by renowned Pop Artist Derek Boshier will be shown in the UK for the first time in a new display of the artist’s work opening at the National Portrait Gallery on 28 September 2013.

RARELY SEEN PORTRAIT OF ROALD DAHL AS A YOUNG RAF PILOT GOES ON DISPLAY AT THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

A rarely seen portrait of one of the world’s most celebrated writers, Roald Dahl, painted when he was a young RAF pilot during the Second World War by Matthew Smith, has gone on display at the National Portrait Gallery.

VAST PORTRAIT OF FIRST WORLD WAR OFFICERS TO GO ON DISPLAY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER FIFTY YEARS

An impressive, recently conserved portrait of First World War Naval Officers will go on display at the National Portrait Gallery for the first time since the 1960s.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY CREATES FIRST CHOIR IN RESIDENCE IN A GALLERY IN BRITAIN

The first Choir in Residence programme at any museum or gallery in Britain has been developed by the National Portrait Gallery, London, it was announced today (Wednesday 15 May). Spanning music from all periods, The Portrait Choir, will be in residence at the National Portrait Gallery at least five times a year, over the next three years, to perform a wide repertoire of choral works in gallery spaces which relate to portrait themes, the Collection and the exhibitions programme. While performances by The Portrait Choir will be at the core of the residency the Choir will also invite visitors, gallery staff and members of the public to take part in community singing and youth singing days, alongside other collaborations outside the Gallery.

FRANCIS GOODMAN: BACK IN FOCUS (23 Apr 2013 - 03 Nov 2013)

Photographs by Francis Goodman (1913-89) will go on display from 23 April 2013 at the National Portrait Gallery, London to mark the centenary of Goodman’s birth. This first museum retrospective display will include his portrait, fashion and photojournalistic work. His subjects came from the worlds of art, design, film and high society. The Gallery has recently researched and catalogued most of the extensive archive bequest of his work. Most of the works have not been on public display before.

LONGEST PORTRAIT IN NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY– 67 FOOT VIEW OF THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON’S FUNERAL GOES ON DISPLAY FOR FIRST TIME

The National Portrait Gallery is to display for the first time the largest portrait in its Collection, a print showing the entire funeral procession of the Duke of Wellington, it was announced today, Wednesday 11 March 2015.

MARRIED ARTISTS’ PAINTINGS SELECTED FOR NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY’S BP PORTRAIT AWARD EXHIBITION FOR THE FIRST TIME

For the first time in the 25-year history of the BP Portrait Award a husband and wife have succeeded in having their portraits selected for exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery (26 June – 21 September 2014).

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ANNOUNCES NEW PROGRAMME OF BESPOKE TOURS AND LECTURES FOR GROUPS

The National Portrait Gallery in London has released its new programme of tours and lectures, offering groups the opportunity to delve into the secrets, scandals and surprises of the great lives that have shaped British history and culture.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY COMMISSIONS NEW POEM BY BEN OKRI TO BE DISPLAYED BY PORTRAIT OF FREED SLAVE DIALLO

A new poem by writer Ben Okri has been commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, London, to be incorporated into a special display of its loaned painting of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, the first portrait of a black African Muslim and freed slave. It is published for the first time in the display, which opens 20 September, it was announced today (18 September 2013).

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY UNVEILS PORTRAIT OF CHILDREN’S LAUREATE AND WRITER JULIA DONALDSON SITTING IN HER PROPS ROOM

A newly commissioned portrait of children’s writer Julia Donaldson has been unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery, London, with the support of BP, on her last day as Children’s Laureate, 3 June 2013.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ANNOUNCES FAMILY AFFAIR SHORTLIST FOR 2013 BIGGEST EVER CASH PRIZE BP PORTRAIT AWARD (20 Jun 2013 - 15 Sep 2013)

Two artists have been short-listed for the BP Portrait Award 2013 at the National Portrait Gallery, London – for powerful paintings of their sons and daughters. As part of BP’s support for a further five years of the BP Portrait Award, one of the world’s most prestigious art competitions, the First Prize has been increased by £5,000 to £30,000. This makes it one of the largest for any global arts competition. The winner will receive the £30,000 cash prize and a commission worth £5,000, to be agreed between the National Portrait Gallery and the artist.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY DISPLAY REUNITES PORTRAITS OF KING HENRY VIII AND KATHERINE OF ARAGON AFTER NEARLY 500 YEARS (25 Jan 2013 - 01 Sep 2013)

Henry and Katherine Reunited places portraits of King Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon together for the first time in nearly 500 years. The pictures will be on show from tomorrow (Friday 25 January) at the National Portrait Gallery, London. The rare early portrait of Catherine of Aragon has been placed on loan from Lambeth Palace and has undergone an extensive programme of research and conservation treatment prior to its display.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ACQUIRES BUST OF CELEBRATED ACTRESS MARGARET RAWLINGS

A large plaster bust of the celebrated twentieth century British actress Margaret Rawlings by sculptor Frank Dobson has been donated to the National Portrait Gallery Collection.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY AND ART FUND ‘SAVE VAN DYCK’ APPEAL SUCCESSFUL AS OVER £10M RAISED THANKS TO HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND GRANT OF £6.3M

The National Portrait Gallery and Art Fund’s fundraising campaign to help the Gallery acquire Van Dyck’s last Self-portrait (1640-1) has been successful thanks to a major grant of £6,343,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ANNOUNCES FIRST EXHIBITION EXPLORING THE LIFE OF VIRGINIA WOOLF THROUGH PORTRAITS

The National Portrait Gallery, London, has announced today, Thursday 3 April, that it is to hold a significant exhibition exploring the life and achievements of Virginia Woolf, one of the most important and celebrated writers of the twentieth century.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ANNOUNCES MAJOR AUDREY HEPBURN PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION, 65 YEARS AFTER HER IMPORTANT PERFORMANCE THERE

The fascinating life and career of celebrated film star, fashion icon and humanitarian, Audrey Hepburn, will be explored in a new photography exhibition opening at the National Portrait Gallery in July 2015.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY MARKS 200th ANNIVERSARY OF WATERLOO WITH THE FIRST EXHIBITION ON THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON

The first gallery exhibition devoted to the Duke of Wellington will open at the National Portrait Gallery, to mark the 200th anniversary year of the Battle of Waterloo in 2015.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY BUYS ARTIST'S OWN SLASHED SELF-PORTRAIT

A self-portrait which had been destroyed by its artist, the late Craigie Aitchison, has been bought by the National Portrait Gallery, it was announced today 17 December 2012. It goes on display at the Gallery from tomorrow, Tuesday 18 December.

A HOMELESS MAN, A WOMAN RELUCTANT TO BE PAINTED BY HER SON AND A ‘FABULOUS FASHIONISTA’... 25TH ANNIVERSARY BP PORTRAIT AWARD SHORTLIST

In a record-breaking year for entries, three artists have been short-listed for the twenty-fifth anniversary BP Portrait Award 2014 at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Their sitters are a homeless man in Germany who earns money by cleaning car windscreens, an American woman who was reluctant to sit for a portrait painted by her son, and the Bath-based grandmother and model featured in Channel Four’s Fabulous Fashionistas.

FIRST PAINTED PORTRAIT OF MALALA YOUSAFZAI IS UNVEILED IN JONATHAN YEO PORTRAITS DISPLAY

A previously unseen portrait of the education activist Malala Yousafzai will go on show in a new display of work by Jonathan Yeo opening at the National Portrait Gallery on Wednesday 11 September 2013.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY UNVEILS ITS LATEST COMMISSIONED PORTRAIT... DAME MONICA MASON

A newly commissioned portrait of former ballerina and Director of the Royal Ballet, Dame Monica Mason, by artist Saied Dai has been unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY UNVEILS NEW PORTRAIT OF KEN LIVINGSTONE

A newly commissioned portrait of British politician Ken Livingstone by artist Andrew Tift has been unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY UNVEILS NEWLY COMMISSIONED PORTRAIT OF BARONESS BOOTHROYD

The National Portrait Gallery has unveiled its newly commissioned portrait of the first, and only, female Speaker of the House of Commons, Baroness Boothroyd.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY UNVEILS NEWLY COMMISSIONED PORTRAIT OF DAME VIVIENNE WESTWOOD

As London Fashion Week draws to a close, the National Portrait Gallery unveils its latest commissioned portrait – a photograph of Dame Vivienne Westwood in her garden by artist and photographer Juergen Teller.

RARELY SEEN PAINTINGS BY JACK SMITH GO ON SHOW IN THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY’S FIRST DISPLAY OF ABSTRACT PORTRAITS

A selection of rarely seen abstract paintings by the important British artist Jack Smith has gone on show at the National Portrait Gallery, London, in the Gallery’s first display to focus on entirely non-figurative portraits.

AN UNSEEN PHOTOGRAPH FROM A 150-YEAR-OLD CAMERA ... PORTRAIT OF SIR SIMON RATTLE ACQUIRED BY NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY FOR HIS 60th BIRTHDAY

The National Portrait Gallery has acquired an unpublished photograph of the British conductor Sir Simon Rattle. Rory Coonan took the portrait in 1982 on film, using a 150-year-old plate camera. The acquisition is announced to mark Sir Simon’s 60th birthday, today, Monday 19 January 2015, and ahead of his concerts in London with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, of which Liverpool-born Rattle is Principal Conductor.

FIRST EXHIBITION ON WILLIAM MORRIS AND HIS LEGACY

From the Pre-Raphaelites to Terence Conran, the first exhibition devoted to William Morris and his influence on twentieth-century life, is to open at the National Portrait Gallery this autumn, it was announced today (Wed 28 May 2014).

GALLERY UPS PRIZE MONEY FOR BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2013 AS CALL FOR ENTRIES IS ANNOUNCED

The National Portrait Gallery announces an increase in prize money for the BP Portrait Award 2013, the world’s most prestigious open competition for portrait painting. The First Prize winner will receive a £30,000 cash prize. As part of BP’s ongoing support for a further five years, the First Prize has been increased by £5,000. In addition, the winner receives, at the judges’ discretion a commission worth £5,000 (to be agreed between the National Portrait Gallery and the artist). The Second Prize winner will receive £10,000 and the BP Young Artist Award winner £7,000.

GRAYSON PERRY PORTRAITS AT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY SEEN BY A RECORD NUMBER OF VISITORS

A record quarter of a million visitors came to see new works by artist Grayson Perry at the National Portrait Gallery, in a free display, in partnership with Channel 4. In total, 850,000 visitors to the National Portrait Gallery are thought to have seen at least one new work by the artist as part of a gallery-wide display and trail, it was announced today, Monday 16 March 2015.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY LAUNCHES ONLINE CATALOGUE OF LETTERS OF VICTORIAN ARTIST G. F. WATTS

The National Portrait Gallery has completed a major online catalogue of the personal and professional correspondence of the renowned nineteenth-century British artist George Frederic Watts (1817-1904), enabling, for the first time, world-wide access to the stories behind his remarkable life and career.

RARE FAMILY SNAPSHOTS OF BENJAMIN BRITTEN & NEWLY ACQUIRED PORTRAIT ...NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY MARKS COMPOSER CENTENARY

Rare photographs of Benjamin Britten including family and personal snapshots from his boyhood and professional life, are included from today in a new display at the National Portrait Gallery, ahead of the composer’s centenary this weekend.

SPENCER MURPHY WINS TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2013 FOR PICTURE OF JOCKEY KATIE WALSH

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013 has been awarded to Spencer Murphy, 35, for a photograph of jockey Katie Walsh.

VAN DYCK’S SELF-PORTRAIT GOES ON DISPLAY AT MARGATE TO MARK THE START OF NATIONWIDE TOUR

The National Portrait Gallery’s recently acquired self-portrait of Sir Anthony van Dyck was today displayed at Turner Contemporary, Margate, the first venue in its nationwide tour. It is set to be one of the star attractions of the Kent gallery’s new exhibition Self: Image and identity - self-portraiture from Van Dyck to Louise Bourgeois which opens to visitors on Saturday 24 January 2015.

HANS HOLBEIN RE-MADE (04 Mar 2014 - 31 Aug 2014)

A new display exploring the high demand for copies and versions of portraits by Tudor court painter Hans Holbein the Younger has opened at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

EARLIEST PORTRAIT OF A GUINEA PIG DISCOVERED AS EXHIBITION REVEALS UNSEEN PAINTING

A little known painting of three Elizabethan children containing what may be the first portrait of a guinea pig has been uncovered by the National Portrait Gallery, London, during the making of its forthcoming exhibition Elizabeth I and Her People (10 October 2013 - 5 January 2014), supported by The Weiss Gallery, it was announced today.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY LAUNCHES BOOK OF SUPERHEROES TO MARK 10 YEARS OF WORKING WITH GREAT ORMOND STREET HOSPITAL SCHOOL

Young people, families and staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital School have named their superheroes from the National Portrait Gallery's Collection for a new workbook and Gallery learning initiative. My Superheroes workbook was launched today (5 December 2012) by the National Portrait Gallery at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital School. The Gallery has been delivering a series of workshops based on the My Superheroes book to its project partners at Great Ormond Street Hospital School, Evelina Children's Hospital School and Vital Arts, Royal London Children's Hospital.

THE WORLD OF RUPERT POTTER (13 May 2014 - 16 Nov 2014)

The amateur photography of Rupert Potter, father of the celebrated children’s book author and illustrator, Beatrix Potter, will be explored in a new display opening at the National Portrait Gallery to celebrate the centenary of his death.

FIRST BRITISH PORTRAIT OF A BLACK AFRICAN MUSLIM AND FREED SLAVE GOES ON UK TOUR (29 Jun 2012 - 30 Jun 2013)

The first British portrait of a Black African Muslim and freed slave, on long term loan to the National Portrait Gallery, London, is to go on a British tour. It will be the first time the oil portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, painted by William Hoare of Bath in 1733, will have left London since it was loaned to the Gallery by the Orientalist Museum, member of the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) in January 2011. The tour will start at Liverpool's International Slavery Museum (29 June - 23 September 2012 before moving to South Shields Museum and Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (29 September 2012 - 9 March 2013) and finally to New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester (6 April - 30 June 2013).

BOB DYLAN DISPLAY AT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY...ARTIST’S FIRST MUSEUM SHOWING IN GREAT BRITAIN

Pastel portraits by Bob Dylan will be shown for the first time at the National Portrait Gallery, London, in September - the first time his work will have been seen in a museum in a Britain.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ACQUIRES LOST PORTRAIT OF BRITAIN’S WEALTHIEST WOMAN AND EARLY FEMINIST

The National Portrait Gallery has acquired a re-discovered painted portrait of the seventeenth-century patron, builder and conservationist, Lady Anne Clifford. A rare woman fighting a male-dominated establishment, Clifford is now seen as a proto-feminist, determined not to be bullied or coaxed into accepting less than she believed to be her due. At her death she was probably the wealthiest woman in England.

DISCOVERED PAINTING OF ELIZABETH I TO GO ON DISPLAY AS NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ANNOUNCES MAJOR AUTUMN EXHIBITION (10 Oct 2013 - 05 Jan 2014)

A previously unknown painting of Elizabeth I attributed to the famous miniaturist Isaac Oliver has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery, London. The small painting – the size of a postcard – will go on show as part of a major new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, Elizabeth I and Her People (10 October 2013 - 5 January 2014), supported by The Weiss Gallery, where it will be displayed alongside a selection of portraits of Elizabeth I. Seen together, they will show how the Queen established, during a reign of nearly 50 years, an image of a strong and powerful female monarch.

INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRM TAYLOR WESSING TO SPONSOR NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY’S GLOBAL PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION UNTIL 2018

The National Portrait Gallery, London, has announced that international law firm, Taylor Wessing, will continue to sponsor the Gallery’s major global photography competition, the Photographic Portrait Prize, until 2018.

MAJOR PAINTINGS AND TREASURES OF TUDOR MONARCHS BROUGHT TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME AT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

A special display for the first time showing rare and important loans alongside nearly all the National Portrait Gallery’s portraits of the Tudor monarchs will open at the National Portrait Gallery, prior to a major exhibition in Paris, it was announced today (10 June 2014).

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ACQUIRES RARELY SEEN CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHS BY BOB CARLOS CLARKE

An impressive selection of rarely seen celebrity portraits by renowned photographer Bob Carlos Clarke have been donated to the National Portrait Gallery collection by the Bob Carlos Clarke Foundation, it was announced today (Tuesday 13 August).

PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN PHOTOGRAPH OF VIVIEN LEIGH AND LAURENCE OLIVIER IS UNVEILED...NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY TO CELEBRATE THE CENTENARY OF LEIGH’S BIRTH

A previously unseen and newly acquired photograph of one of Britain’s most important actresses, Vivien Leigh, and her husband Laurence Olivier, taken at the height of their celebrity status will go on display at the National Portrait Gallery on Friday 1 November 2013.

SNOWDON GIVES 130 OF HIS MOST ICONIC PHOTOGRAPHS

Snowdon has given 130 original prints of some of his most iconic photographs to the National Portrait Gallery, London, one of its largest gifts, it was announced today. Several of them will be shown at the gallery for the first time in an important display this autumn.

JACOB EPSTEIN: PORTRAIT SCULPTOR (30 Mar 2013 - 01 Nov 2013)

The National Portrait Gallery, London has announced today (13 March 2013) that it will be holding a display of portrait busts by Sir Jacob Epstein. All made during the period 1916-51, 13 busts from the Collection will be displayed in the round. The majority of the sculptures on display are executed in bronze and subjects depicted include actors, artists, authors, composers and politicians. The sculptures will be complemented with photographs showing the studio space, the artist at work and the sculptures in progress. The photographs by Michael Peto and Ida Kar will provide unparalleled insight into Epstein's artistic identity and practice. The free display opens to the public on 30 March 2013.

MAJOR NEW PORTRAIT OF DAMIEN HIRST IN JONATHAN YEO PORTRAITS DISPLAY

A major new painted portrait of contemporary artist Damien Hirst will feature in a headline display of artwork by Jonathan Yeo at the National Portrait Gallery in September, it was announced today (Wednesday 31 July).

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY AWARDS COMPANY OF COOKS NEW CATERING CONTRACT

Following a competitive tender process, the National Portrait Gallery has awarded Company of Cooks the new contract to cater at the National Portrait Gallery’s Portrait Restaurant and Portrait Café.

RARELY SEEN ELIZABETH TAYLOR AND RICHARD BURTON PHOTOGRAPH IN NEW NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY DISPLAY

A behind-the-scenes and previously unexhibited photograph of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton at the beginning of their love affair is to be included in a new display of ten photographs by Michael Peto at the National Portrait Gallery in September, it was announced today (18 July 2013).

NEWLY COMMISSIONED PORTRAIT OF THE QUEEN AND PRINCE PHILIP SEEN IN LONDON FOR FIRST TIME AT THE QUEEN: ART & IMAGE (17 May 2012 - 21 Oct 2012)

The National Portrait Gallery’s 2011 commissioned portrait photograph of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh goes on show in London for the first time following its nationwide tour as part of the exhibition The Queen: Art & Image, which opens at the Gallery on Thursday 17 May 2012.

LARGE PHOTOGRAPHS OF LONDON 2012 HOPEFULS TO BE SHOWN IN OPEN-AIR CITY CENTRES: UK TOUR FOR NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY/BT ROAD TO 2012 EXHIBITION (30 Mar 2012 - 09 Sep 2012)

Over 30 stunning printed panels showing newly-commissioned photographic portraits of top athletes and key figures involved in the staging of London 2012 can be seen outdoors twenty- four hours a day in British cities throughout this Spring and Summer. Highlights of the largest photographic commission ever undertaken by the National Portrait Gallery, London, made possible by London 2012 sponsor BT, will include large-scale portraits of Jessica Ennis, Victoria Pendleton, Tom Daley, David Weir, Seb Coe and Danny Boyle.

CAMBRIDGE CONNECTIONS: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANTONY BARRINGTON BROWN (1927 – 2012) (19 Mar 2012 - 16 Sep 2012)

A new display at the National Portrait Gallery will celebrate the career of photographer Antony Barrington Brown. The fifteen portraits on show present a selection of 240 recently acquired portraits generously given to the Gallery by the photographer before his death in January 2012. The display will show leading figures in Cambridge during the 1950s including Mark Boxer, Crick and Watson and Michael Winner. Cambridge Connections: Photographs by Antony Barrington Brown (1927 – 2012) will run until 16 September 2012.

FAMOUS IN THE FIFTIES: PHOTOGRAPHS BY DANIEL FARSON (19 Mar 2012 - 16 Sep 2012)

A new display of photographs by legendary Soho figure, Daniel Farson will open at the National Portrait Gallery on 19 March. Famous in the Fifties: Photographs by Daniel Farson will celebrate the multi-faceted career of Farson who worked as a Picture Post photographer, television presenter, and writer.

ARTIST’S LAST WORK TO GO ON SHOW FOR THE FIRST TIME AT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY’S LUCIAN FREUD PORTRAITS EXHIBITION (09 Feb 2012 - 27 May 2012)

The last work of the late Lucian Freud will go on show for the first time at the most ambitious exhibition of the artist’s work for ten years, opening at the National Portrait Gallery, London, in February 2012. The inclusion of Portrait of the Hound 2011, the unfinished nude painting of Freud’s assistant David Dawson with his dog Eli, will enable exhibition visitors for the first time to see the artist’s most important portraits from the earliest in the 1940s to the one he was painting shortly before his death on 20 July 2011.

RICHARD HAMILTON: PORTRAITS OF THE ARTIST (19 Dec 2011 - 14 May 2012)

A new display at the National Portrait Gallery plays tribute to the life and career of artist Richard Hamilton, who died earlier this year. Ten portraits of Hamilton, one of the founders of Pop Art in Britain, will form the display which was originally intended to mark the artist’s approaching 90th birthday. Richard Hamilton: Portraits of the Artist will run from 19 December 2011 until 14 May 2012 in Room 32 of the Gallery.

CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR THE BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2012

The National Portrait Gallery is delighted to announce the Call for Entries for the BP Portrait Award 2012, the world’s most prestigious open competition for portrait painting. Entry forms are now available at www.npg.org.uk/bp and the closing date for entries is Monday 13 February 2012.

SANDRA LOUSADA: WORK AND PERFORMANCE (28 Nov 2011 - 09 Jul 2012)

A new display at the National Portrait Gallery celebrates the fifty year career of photographer Sandra Lousada. The twenty one portraits on display depict key figures in literature, film and fashion from the early 1960s and form the first display of work by Lousada at the Gallery. Sandra Lousada: Work and Performance runs in the Bookshop Gallery from 28 November 2011 until 20 May 2012.

WINNER OF THE TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2011 ANNOUNCED (10 Nov 2011 - 12 Feb 2012)

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011 has been won by Jooney Woodward, 32, for her portrait, Harriet and Gentleman Jack. The portrait of 13-year-old Harriet Power was taken in the guinea pig judging area at the Royal Welsh Show. Woodward says: ‘I found her image immediately striking with her long, red hair and white stewarding coat. She is holding her own guinea pig called Gentleman Jack, named after the Jack Daniel’s whisky box in which he was given to her. Using natural light from a skylight above, I took just three frames and this image was the first.’

PRIVATE EYE: PHOTOGRAPHS BY LEWIS MORLEY (31 Oct 2011 - 16 Apr 2012)

A new display at the National Portrait Gallery marks the fiftieth anniversary of the first issue of Private Eye, the highly successful satirical magazine. Portraits on show by Lewis Morley, the semi-official photographer of the satire boom, document those involved in the formation and early years of the magazine.

CHARLES DICKENS: LIFE & LEGACY (24 Oct 2011 - 22 Apr 2012)

The bicentenary of the birth of the legendary nineteenth-century writer, Charles Dickens is celebrated in a new display at the National Portrait Gallery. Portraits of the author, his family and influential contemporaries chart the progress of his life and examine the enduring legacy of the characters he created.

REDISCOVERED PORTRAIT OF A NUDE NELL GWYN ON SHOW IN NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY’S NEW FIRST ACTRESSES EXHIBITION (20 Oct 2011 - 08 Jan 2012)

A daringly erotic painting of Nell Gwyn has been rediscovered in the making of the National Portrait Gallery’s new exhibition The First Actresses: Nell Gwyn to Sarah Siddons, opening this Thursday, 20 October 2011.

THE FIRST ACTRESSES: NELL GWYN TO SARAH SIDDONS (20 Oct 2011 - 08 Jan 2012)

The first exhibition to explore art and theatre in eighteenth-century England through portraits of women will open at the National Portrait Gallery in October 2011, it was announced today. With 53 portraits, some brought together for the first time and others not previously seen in public, the exhibition will show the remarkable popularity of actress-portraits and provide a vivid spectacle of eighteenth-century femininity, fashion and theatricality.

TOP CONTEMPORARY ACTRESSES CELEBRATED AT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY WITH NEW DISPLAY (20 Oct 2011 - 02 Jan 2012)

Newly acquired photographs of Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller, Rosamund Pike, Gemma Arterton and Joanna Lumley are to go on show for the first time at the National Portrait Gallery as part of The Actress Now display from 20 October 2011. The display celebrates the legacy of the pioneering performers who are the subject of the Gallery’s forthcoming major exhibition, The First Actresses: Nell Gwyn to Sarah Siddons.

DAVID LACHAPELLE PORTRAIT OF ALEXANDER MCQUEEN AND HIS ‘MUSE’ ISABELLA BLOW ACQUIRED BY NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

‘Burning Down the House’, a portrait by David LaChapelle of the late Alexander McQueen and his ‘muse’ Isabella Blow has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery. This is the first portrait by LaChapelle to enter the Gallery’s Collection and will be exhibited in the United Kingdom for the first time from Friday 14 October 2011.

CHASING MIRRORS: MY PORTRAIT, SHAPE BY SHAPE (14 Oct 2011 - 08 Jan 2012)

Chasing Mirrors: My Portrait, Shape by Shape is a new installation of work by contemporary artist Athier Mousawi and a collective of young people from Brent, Barnet and Ealing. Opening on 14 October 2011, the installation explores portraiture and concepts of representation and identity. The installation is the final year of a three year project made possible with support from John Lyon’s Charity.

CHASING MIRRORS: REFLECTIONS ON IDENTITY, ART AND CULTURE (14 Oct 2011 - 08 Jan 2012)

Inspired by the exhibition, Chasing Mirrors: My Portrait, Shape by Shape, this season of events focuses on contemporary visual art and culture with connections to the greater Middle East. The season includes a wide range of perspectives from storytellers, calligraphers, poets, artists, dancers, historians and writers.

NEWLY ACQUIRED PORTRAITS OF JOHNNY VEGAS, MATT LUCAS, AND JIMMY CARR IN NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY DISPLAY OF COMEDY HEROES (22 Sep 2011 - 08 Jan 2012)

Over 50 photographic portraits of comedians from the 1940s to the present day have gone on display at the National Portrait Gallery until 8 January 2012. On show for the first time are recent acquisitions of portraits of Jimmy Carr and Mitchell and Webb by Barry Marsden, Omid Djalili by Karen Robinson, Matt Lucas by Nadav Kander and Johnny Vegas by Karl J. Kaul.

CZECH ARTIST NAMED PEOPLE’S FAVOURITE AS BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2011 EXHIBITION SET TO ATTRACT 325, 000…BIGGEST EVER FIGURES

A Czech artist has won the Visitor’s Choice Award at this year’s BP Portrait Award which as it enters its last weekend is set to bring the National Portrait Gallery its biggest ever exhibition figures. Each year, the BP Visitor Choice competition offers visitors to the BP Portrait Award the opportunity to vote for their favourite portrait in the exhibition. This year, a record 28,532 votes were cast between 16 June and 4 September 2011 - some 10 per cent of all 298,114 who had visited by close of votes. The overall winner was Jakub, by Jan Mikulka from Prague, which received 2, 280 votes, and caught the public’s imagination for its minutely detailed and skilful rendering of hair and skin tones and effective lighting.

WILLIAM DOBSON 1611 – 46 (30 Aug 2011 - 18 Mar 2012)

A new display at the National Portrait Gallery marks the 400thanniversary of the birth of the artist William Dobson. Considered the most important British painter of his generation, Dobson was a hugely significant witness to the English Civil War but his career was tragically short. This display is part of a wider celebration of Dobson’ s anniversary year which sees the launch of a special Dobson Art Trail created by The Sunday Times art critic Waldemar Januszczak.

AUGUSTUS JOHN: A LIFE IN PORTRAITS (11 Aug 2011 - 18 Mar 2012)

A new display at the National Portrait Gallery will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Augustus John, one of the most celebrated British artists of the early 20th century. Regarded as an outstanding painter and draughtsman, he was a leading portraitist of his day and his lifestyle epitomised that of the bohemian artist. The display of portraits of the artist drawn from the Gallery’s Collection includes photographs by Alvin Coburn, Howard Coster, Bill Brandt, Yousuf Karsh, Norman Parkinson, Ida Kar and Cecil Beaton. Charting his early career, relationships, his fascination with Romany culture, and his success and reputation as an artist the display will also include pivotal figures from his life including Dorelia McNeill, Lady Ottoline Morrell and Talitha Pol. Associated with the New English Art Club and the Camden Town Group he remained largely independent from artistic trends and movements and his sitters included many of his most distinguished contemporaries such as George Bernard Shaw and T.E. Lawrence.

ROAD TO 2012: A LOCAL STORY (27 Jul 2011 - 02 Oct 2011)

An exhibition of striking new photographs of people from East London community groups who are working with the National Portrait Gallery opens on July 27 2011 at the View Tube, a café and arts space close to the Olympic Park. Exploring stories of inspiration, talent and team-work in the five Olympic host boroughs, Road to 2012: A Local Story features a selection of images and recordings of community groups. These include Repton Boxing Club in Bethnal Green, Docklands Sailing and Watersport Centre in the Isle of Dogs, Youngs Table Tennis Group in Abbey Wood and the East London Wheelchair Athletics Club in Mile End.

HERBERT MORRISON: THE COCKNEY SOCIALIST (26 Jul 2011 - 18 Mar 2012)

A new display at the National Portrait Gallery will explore the imagery associated with the influential, but somewhat forgotten socialist Herbert Morrison, grandfather of Peter Mandelson. Perceived by his peers as an archetypal cockney, Morrison played a leading part in the rise of the Labour Party, one of the most significant changes in the political order of the early twentieth century.

DRAMATIC NEW LONDON 2012 PORTRAITS REVEALED IN ROAD TO 2012: CHANGING PACE THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY/BT ROAD TO 2012 PROJECT

A series of striking new photographic portraits of top athletes in dramatic training moments, alongside the people who have supported their Olympic and Paralympic ambition, as well as directors, writers and designers involved in the staging of London 2012, were today revealed as part of the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition Road to 2012: Changing Pace. The 37 portraits on show are by Emma Hardy and Finlay MacKay, the latest photographers to be commissioned for the National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 Project as part of the Cultural Olympiad. Road to 2012: Changing Pace is the second exhibition in a three-year cycle funded by BT that documents Britain’s top athletes and key figures behind the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

RARE PORTRAITS OF EARLY KINGS AND QUEENS AT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY FOR FIRST TIME IN 36 YEARS (19 Jul 2011 - 04 Dec 2011)

One of the largest and most important sets of portraits of early English kings and queens is to go on display at the National Portrait Gallery for the first time in 36 years. The 16 portraits, from William I to Mary I, are usually on loan to Montacute House, Somerset, but have been brought to the National Portrait Gallery as part of the Making Art in Tudor Britain research project. The portraits and the results of the research feature in a display Picturing History: A Portrait Set of Early Kings and Queens from 19 July – 4 December 2011 before being returned to Montacute House.

GLAMOUR OF THE GODS: HOLLYWOOD PORTRAITS (07 Jul 2011 - 23 Oct 2011)

A new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery examines the importance of photography in creating the stars of Hollywood from 1920 to 1960. Glamour of the Gods: Hollywood Portraits, Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation includes portraits of Marlene Dietrich, James Dean, Joan Collins, Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe by nearly 40 photographers including George Hurrell, Clarence Sinclair Bull, Laszlo Willinger, Bob Coburn and Ruth Harriet Louise.

MICK JAGGER: YOUNG IN THE 60s (03 May 2011 - 27 Nov 2011)

Portraits of Mick Jagger taken in the 1960s will form a new display at the National Portrait Gallery from 3 May until 27 November 2011. Documenting the singer’s early rise to become one of the most influential singer-songwriters of the era, the display will coincide with the publication of Mick Jagger: The Photobook by Thames & Hudson.

NOW AND THEN: PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN SWANNELL (22 Apr 2011 - 31 Dec 2011)

Previously unreleased portraits of singer Susan Boyle, former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and art historian and museum director Sir Roy Strong (in Elizabethan costume), form part of a new display at the National Portrait Gallery. The display highlights 16 portraits recently acquired for the Gallery’s Collection by acclaimed photographer John Swannell. The portraits on display range from previously unseen photographs taken in the last year, to portraits taken at the start of his career in the early 1970s.

ONLY CONNECT (16 Apr 2011 - 27 Nov 2011)

Only Connect is an unconventional new display at the National Portrait Gallery presenting a web of portraits connecting sitters across three centuries. Comprising paintings, sculpture, photographs, engravings, drawings, miniatures and works in other media from the National Portrait Gallery’s holdings, the display uses musical connections to explore new ways of looking at the Collection.

IDA KAR: BOHEMIAN PHOTOGRAPHER, 1908-74 (10 Mar 2011 - 19 Jun 2011)

A new exhibition of portraits by the twentieth-century pioneering photographer Ida Kar opens at the National Portrait Gallery in March. Ida Kar: Bohemian Photographer, 1908-74 highlights the crucial role played by this key woman photographer at the heart of the creative avant-garde. With striking portraits of artists such as Henry Moore, Georges Braque, Gino Severini and Bridget Riley, and writers such as Iris Murdoch and Jean-Paul Sartre, this exhibition offers a fascinating insight into the cultural life of post-war Britain and an opportunity to see iconic works, and others not previously exhibited.

GILBERT & SULLIVAN (08 Mar 2011 - 04 Dec 2011)

A new display at the National Portrait Gallery will mark the centenary of Sir William Schwenck Gilbert’s death in 1911. Gilbert alongside Sir Arthur Sullivan made up the famous partnership of Gilbert and Sullivan that revolutionized Victorian theatre with comic operas such as HMS Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado

HOPPÉ PORTRAITS: SOCIETY, STUDIO AND STREET (17 Feb 2011 - 30 May 2011)

The first major exhibition in over 30 years dedicated to the photographer E.O.Hoppé will open at the National Portrait Gallery in February 2011. Hoppé (1878-1972) was one of the most important photographers of the first half of the twentieth century and much of his work has only recently been reassembled. Hoppé Portraits: Society, Studio and Street will bring together for the first time his strikingly modernist portraits alongside his fascinating documentary studies capturing the realities of day-to-day life in Britain between the wars.

MICHAEL LANDY: ART WORLD PORTRAITS (05 Feb 2011 - 31 Jul 2011)

Portraits by Michael Landy will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery for the first time in February. Michael Landy: Art World Portraits is a display of 12 drawings focusing on sitters from the art world, many of whom played a significant role in the Young British Artist movement of the 1990s. The display includes a self-portrait of Landy and a portrait of Michael Craig-Martin, his tutor from Goldsmiths College, recently acquired for the Gallery’s Collection. Other portraits on display are of Norman Rosenthal, Charles Booth-Clibborn, Rachel Whiteread, Carl Freedman, Ian Davenport, Gillian Wearing, Maureen Paley, James Lingwood, Karsten Schubert and Sarah Lucas.

BALLET IN FOCUS (14 Dec 2010 - 24 Jul 2011)

A new display of rarely seen photographs at the National Portrait Gallery will celebrate key ballet dancers from the start of the 20th Century. Studio portraits by Bassano including photographs of Adeline Genée, Anna Pavlova, and Ninette de Valois will be shown alongside a newly acquired portfolio from 1913 by E.O.Hoppé and Bert of Diaghilev’s star performers from Russia. Ballet in Focus, a case display of nearly 40 portraits will run from 14 December 2010 to 24 July 2011.

CAMDEN TOWN AND BEYOND

A new display at the National Portrait Gallery marks the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Camden Town group of artists. Focusing on the leading members of the group which flourished around 1911-1912, the display also showcases three important portraits by the group recently acquired by the Gallery. Camden Town and Beyond, a display of 16 portraits, is an opportunity to take a fresh look at this significant group of artists.

TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2010: PORTRAIT OF TEENAGE HUNTER WINS TOP PHOTO PRIZE (11 Nov 2010 - 20 Feb 2011)

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010 has been won by David Chancellor, 49, for his portrait, Huntress with Buck, of 14 year old Josie Slaughter from Alabama on her first hunting trip to South Africa. The £12,000 award was presented to Chancellor at the National Portrait Gallery, London, last night (Tuesday 9 November).

THOMAS LAWRENCE: REGENCY POWER AND BRILLIANCE (21 Oct 2010 - 23 Jan 2011)

The first exhibition in Britain since 1979 of the works of the great Regency painter Thomas Lawrence will open at the National Portrait Gallery in London in October. Thomas Lawrence: Regency Power and Brilliance will showcase the most important British portrait painter of his generation and explore his development as one of the most celebrated and influential artists in Europe at the start of the nineteenth century. The exhibition, which has been organized by the National Portrait Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art, will travel to the United States of America, where it will be the first substantial examination of the artist's works. Thomas Lawrence: Regency Power and Brilliance will introduce the artist’s paintings in all their beauty and virtuosity to a new generation of museum visitors and will re-examine his work in the light of recent scholarship on the art of the Regency period.

CHASING MIRRORS: PORTRAITS OF THE UNSEEN (15 Oct 2010 - 09 Jan 2011)

Chasing Mirrors: Portraits of the Unseen is a new installation of work by contemporary artist Alinah Azadeh and a collective of young people from Brent, Barnet and Ealing who share an Islamic heritage. Opening on 15 October 2010, the installation will explore the ‘unseen’ inner self through non-figurative portraiture. British-Iranian artist, Azadeh, has worked extensively with textiles, objects and texts to communicate individual narratives within her large-scale installation work. This new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery will use objects wrapped in cloth, texts written or spoken by the collective, colour and mirroring as a means of portraying aspects of the inner self. The exhibition is the second of a three-year project at the Gallery made possible through funding from John Lyon’s Charity.

FROM WHERE I STAND:PHOTOGRAPHS BY MARY MCCARTNEY (04 Oct 2010 - 02 May 2011)

From Where I Stand is the first solo display of work by photographer Mary McCartney at the National Portrait Gallery. The display celebrates the publication of McCartney’s first book, From Where I Stand, selected from her complete archive from the 1990s to the present.

DEAD BIRDS, RATS, SNAKES, LIPSTICK AND A MANOLO BLAHNIK HEEL…GALLERY UNVEILS A ‘GOTHIC’ PORTRAIT OF ISABELLA BLOW

A cacophony of stuffed animals dramatically spot-lit onto a wall to form a portrait silhouette of the late fashion icon Isabella Blow has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery. It goes on display at the Gallery tomorrow and a talk about the work will be given there by the artists at 7pm as part of the Gallery’s Late Shift programme (23 September 2010).

SCIENCE, RELIGION AND POLITICS: THE ROYAL SOCIETY (11 Sep 2010 - 05 Dec 2010)

A new display at the National Portrait Gallery to mark the 350th anniversary of the foundation of the Royal Society will celebrate a critical moment in the development of modern science. The display of 20 works, drawing from the Collection of the National Portrait Gallery and including two loans from the Royal Society, will show the key figures in the early history of the Royal Society such as Sir Christopher Wren, Robert Boyle, Samuel Pepys and Sir Isaac Newton.

TWENTIETH CENTURY PORTRAITS: PHOTOGRAPHS BY DMITRI KASTERINE (11 Sep 2010 - 03 Apr 2011)

Photographs by Dmitri Kasterine will be on display for the first time in the United Kingdom at the National Portrait Gallery. Since the early 1960s Kasterine has photographed some of the most eminent cultural figures of the twentieth century. In September, twenty newly-acquired photographs, including studies of Samuel Beckett, Francis Bacon, Stanley Kubrick and David Hockney, will be shown here for the first time.

BRITISH ARTISTS IN ROME: THE JOHN PARTRIDGE SKETCHBOOK, 1823-27 (21 Aug 2010 - 13 Mar 2011)

Drawings from a sketchbook belonging to the portrait painter John Partridge (1789-1872) will be shown for the first time at the National Portrait Gallery in August. The sketchbook, from Partridge’s tour of Italy, will form part of a new display highlighting a dynamic group of British artists and sculptors who lived and worked in Rome during the 1820s.

AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK: PHOTOGRAPHS BY JASON BELL (14 Aug 2010 - 17 Apr 2011)

A new display of previously unseen portraits by photographer Jason Bell will open at the National Portrait Gallery in August. Inspired by the 120,000 British men and women living in New York City, Bell has identified and photographed a cross-section of the leading British born figures living in the city. The twenty portraits on display will include the Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas P Campbell, writer Zoë Heller, artist Cecily Brown, Nicola Perry, owner of Tea and Sympathy, musician Sting, geneticist Sir Paul Nurse and historian Simon Schama.

STRIKING NEW PORTRAITS REVEALED IN ROAD TO 2012: SETTING OUT (20 Jul 2010 - 26 Sep 2010)

A series of striking new photographic portraits of athletes, politicians and engineers is today revealed as part of the National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 Project. Part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the exhibition Road to 2012: Setting Out shows a new side to Britain’s medal hopefuls and key figures behind the bid and delivery of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games through powerful portrait images.

CAMILLE SILVY, PHOTOGRAPHER OF MODERN LIFE, 1834-1910 (15 Jul 2010 - 24 Oct 2010)

First retrospective exhibition devoted to Camille Silvy, pioneer of street photography, early image manipulation and photographic mass production. Includes photographs not seen for over 150 years. The first retrospective exhibition of work by Camille Silvy, one of the greatest French photographers of the nineteenth century, will open at the National Portrait Gallery this summer. Marking the centenary of Silvy’s death, Camille Silvy, Photographer of Modern Life, 1834 – 1910, will include over a hundred objects, many of which have not been exhibited since 1860. The portraits on display offer a unique glimpse into nineteenth-century Paris and Victorian London through the eyes of one of photography’s greatest innovators. This exhibition is being organised by the Jeu de Paume, Paris, in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery, London.

BP TRAVEL AWARD WINNER 2009: ISOBEL PEACHEY (24 Jun 2010 - 19 Sep 2010)

Portraits from major historical re-enactments in Switzerland and Belgium will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery as part of this year’s BP Portrait Award exhibition. The portraits are by Isobel Peachey winner of the BP Travel Award 2009. Peachey won a £5000 bursary to travel and paint the re-enactments following her winning proposal to record ‘the transformation that participants undergo in living outside of their own time, taking on the living conditions, trade and military practices of the era they are portraying. I have selected two opportunities to paint people from all walks of life, men, women and children who have a passion for the past and all its artefacts’.

DAPHNE TODD WINS BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2010 FOR HER PAINTING OF HER DEAD MOTHER (24 Jun 2010 - 19 Sep 2010)

ON TUESDAY 22 JUNE 2010 the winner of the BP Portrait Award 2010 was announced at the National Portrait Gallery. In a record-breaking year for entries, the prestigious first prize was won by 63-year-old artist Daphne Todd. Her winning portrait, Last Portrait of Mother, is a devotional study of her dead mother. Daphne Todd wins £25,000 and a commission, at the National Portrait Gallery Trustees’ discretion, worth £4,000. The portrait can be seen at the National Portrait Gallery from Thursday 24 June when the BP Portrait Award 2010 exhibition opens to the public.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ANNOUNCES BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2010 SHORTLIST

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ANNOUNCES BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2010 SHORTLIST … AND A RECORD NUMBER OF ENTRIES After a record number of entries, three artists have been short-listed for the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery, one of Britain’s most prestigious international art prizes. This year the prize received 2,177 entries, an increase of over 276 on last year. For the fourth year, the competition has been open to all aged 18 or over. 58 portraits have been selected for the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery which runs from 24 June until 19 September 2010.

ALEX KATZ PAINTS FIRST PORTRAIT OF ANNA WINTOUR – ON VIEW AT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY IN MAY (15 May 2010 - 21 Sep 2010)

A new portrait of Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief of American VOGUE, by artist Alex Katz will be on display for the first time at the National Portrait Gallery in May 2010. The new portrait of Wintour will be accompanied by the display Alex Katz Portraits from 15 May – 21 September 2010. One of the most significant artists of his generation, this will also be the first time that there has been a display at the Gallery dedicated to the work of Alex Katz.

BRIDGET RILEY: FROM LIFE (15 May 2010 - 20 Mar 2011)

Portrait drawings by Bridget Riley, one of Britain’s best-known abstract artists, will go on display for the first time at the National Portrait Gallery in May. The fifteen works shown in the display were made by Riley during the time she was a student at Goldsmiths College and The Royal College of Art and offer a new source for understanding her mature paintings. The display will run from 15 May – 5 December 2010.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY RAISES THE ROOF WITH SONG TO CELEBRATE 10 YEARS OF ITS ONDAATJE WING

The National Portrait Gallery’s Ondaatje Wing celebrates its tenth anniversary this month with a performance on Friday by Orlando Gough’s exciting vocal ensemble The Shout, who performed at the first Friday night music event when the Wing opened a decade ago. The Shout will be joined by five London choirs; London Bulgarian, Maspindzeli, Raise The Roof, Velvet Fist and London Gay Men’s Chorus who will sing together throughout the galleries. With its theatre, IT Gallery, rooftop restaurant and Tudor and Balcony gallery displays linked by a spacious main hall and the longest museum escalator in Europe, The Ondaatje Wing has brought new visitors to the world’s oldest and largest portrait gallery. In the financial year 2009-10, the National Portrait Gallery received 1,980,000 visits, its highest-ever number and an increase of 8% on 2008-9 and a 20% increase on 2006-7. The decade following the opening of the Wing in May 2000 has been an unprecedented period of success for the Gallery which has seen 14 million visitors over 10 years and 99% more visitors in 2009 than in 1999. There have been 35 major exhibitions including the top five most attended ones in the Gallery’s history, Mario Testino Portraits and David Hockney Portraits among them. During this period the Gallery won Visit London’s Visitor Attraction of the Year in 2006 and was shortlisted for the accolade in 2009.

GREAT BRITISH COMPOSERS: FROM ELGAR TO ADÈS (27 Apr 2010 - 05 Dec 2010)

To coincide with the launch of the 2010 BBC Proms, a new photographic display at the National Portrait Gallery celebrates remarkable achievements in twentieth-century British classical music. The display comprises 31 photographs of British composers who, collectively, define a great modern tradition. Beginning with Edward Elgar, whose music has links with nineteenth-century romanticism, the selection of portraits traces a trajectory linking Delius, Vaughan Williams and Walton to more recent developments represented by the music of Birtwistle and Adès.

GLASTONBURY: PHOTOGRAPHS BY VENETIA DEARDEN (19 Apr 2010 - 26 Sep 2010)

Venetia Dearden’s portraits taken at Glastonbury festival will be on display for the first time at the National Portrait Gallery in April. Since 2004, Dearden has been documenting the music festival and taking portraits in an on-site temporary studio. The 16 photographs on display will include portraits of Dame Shirley Bassey, Lily Allen, Pete Townshend, Leonard Cohen and a selection of festival goers.

FIRST MUSEUM DISPLAY DEDICATED TO PHILIP DE LÁSZLÓ IN OVER 70 YEARS (27 Mar 2010 - 05 Sep 2010)

Rarely seen works by the celebrated portrait painter, Philip de László, will be brought together for the first solo museum display of the artist’s work since his death over 70 years ago. This new display will include special loans from The Royal Collection and Chequers and will mark the completion of indexing of the de László archive at the National Portrait Gallery. Philip de László will run from 27 March until 5 September 2010 and provide an opportunity to reappraise the work of this artist.

QUEEN AND COUNTRY: A PROJECT BY STEVE MCQUEEN (20 Mar 2010 - 18 Jul 2010)

The Art Fund completes its UK tour of Queen and Country with a four-month display at the National Portrait Gallery. Created by official war artist and Turner Prize-winner Steve McQueen, Queen and Country takes the form of a large cabinet containing a series of facsimile postage stamp sheets bearing portrait heads of soldiers who lost their lives in the conflict in Iraq between 2003 and 2009.

IMAGINED LIVES: MYSTERY PORTRAITS, 1520-1640 (17 Mar 2010 - 01 Oct 2011)

A new National Portrait Gallery display of unseen paintings of 16th and 17th-century mystery figures opens at one of its regional partners, the National Trust’s Montacute House, on 17 March 2010. Over the last 450 years, the identities of the sitters featured in the portraits on display have been either lost or mistaken. This will be the first opportunity to see these portraits, which have either been recently restored or not exhibited for over half a century.

MYSTERY SNAKE REVEALED IN ELIZABETH I PORTRAIT. NEW RESEARCH SHOWS CHANGING FACES OF THE TUDOR QUEEN (13 Mar 2010 - 26 Sep 2010)

Scientific detective work has revealed a mysterious coiled serpent in the hands of Queen Elizabeth I, which was painted out by the artist shortly afterwards, in a portrait at the National Portrait Gallery. It has also been revealed that this portrait of the queen, which has not been on display at the Gallery since 1921, was painted over an unfinished portrait of an unknown sitter. The revelations about this painting and three others of the Tudor queen will form a new display, Concealed and Revealed: The Changing Faces of Elizabeth I, from 13 March at the National Portrait Gallery as part of the Making Art in Tudor Britain project led by Dr Tarnya Cooper.

CONTEMPORARY CONNECTIONS: THE SINGH TWINS (11 Mar 2010 - 20 Jun 2010)

Work by The Singh Twins will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery for the first time in March. The twin sisters are contemporary British artists whose award-winning paintings explore issues of social, political, religious and multicultural debate. The display will offer a contemporary response to the concurrent exhibition, The Indian Portrait 1560-1860, and The Singh Twins have created a new Gallery trail to draw links between their work, The Indian Portrait 1560-1860, and the Gallery’s permanent Collection.

THE INDIAN PORTRAIT 1560–1860 (11 Mar 2010 - 20 Jun 2010)

The first ever exhibition devoted to Indian portraits - 60 outstanding portraits drawn from collections in the UK, USA and Europe. An important exhibition telling the story of the Indian portrait over three centuries, The Indian Portrait 1560-1860 will open at the National Portrait Gallery on 11 March 2010. Bringing together 60 works from international public and private collections, The Indian Portrait will celebrate the beauty, power and humanity of these works of art.

IRVING PENN PORTRAITS (18 Feb 2010 - 06 Jun 2010)

This major photographic exhibition, Irving Penn Portraits, is devoted to one of the greatest photographers of his generation, who died in October 2009. The exhibition includes over 120 prints from Penn’s seven-decade career, ranging from his early portraits for Vogue in 1944 to some of his last work. The exhibition is a survey of Penn’s portraits of major cultural figures brought together from many international collections. Portraits include Truman Capote, Salvador Dalì, Marlene Dietrich, Christian Dior, T.S. Eliot, Duke Ellington, Alfred Hitchcock, Nicole Kidman, Willem de Kooning, Jessye Norman, Rudolf Nureyev, Edith Piaf, Pablo Picasso, Harold Pinter, Igor Stravinsky, and Tennessee Williams.

FORMAT PHOTOGRAPHY AGENCY 1983-2003 (21 Jan 2010 - 11 Jul 2010)

A new photographic display will celebrate the work of Format Photography Agency, the only solely female agency in British photographic history. The seventeen portraits on display will reflect the scope and achievement of this agency and this will be the first display devoted to Format at the National Portrait Gallery. Format was established in1983 by eight founding members: Anita Corbin, Sheila Gray, Pam Isherwood, Jenny Mathews, Maggie Murray, Joanne O’Brien, Raissa Page and Val Wilmer. During its history the agency represented twenty leading women photographers. Portraits by photographers Melanie Friend, Roshini Kempadoo, Joanne O’Brien, Brenda Prince and some of the founders will be included in this display.

LADY JANE GREY (19 Dec 2009 - 11 Jul 2010)

Lady Jane Grey was nominal Queen of England for just nine days in 1553 as part of an unsuccessful bid to prevent the accession of the Catholic Mary Tudor. This new display charts the posthumous iconography of Lady Jane Grey and explores how works in print promoted her as an archetypal Protestant heroine and martyr.

JANE BOWN (01 Dec 2009 - 18 Apr 2010)

A new display of fifteen photographs will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Jane Bown’s relationship with The Observer and the publication of her new book, Exposures. Illustrating the longevity and scope of Bown’s career, the photographic portraits on display will range from her portrait of Bertrand Russell, her first to be published in The Observer in January 1949, to her iconic study of Samuel Beckett (1976) and her recent commission of Her Majesty The Queen taken in 2006.

PORTRAIT OF ASPIRING PARALYMPIAN WINS TOP PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE (05 Nov 2009 - 14 Feb 2010)

The 2009 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize has been won by Paul Floyd Blake, 47, for his portrait of 13-year-old swimmer Rosie Bancroft, who hopes to compete in the 2012 Paralympic Games. The portrait of the teenager, who had her right foot removed when she was ten months old, was taken in a swimming pool changing room in her home town of Oxford. Blake says, ‘Rosie was competing throughout the day and there was only a short window when I could take the picture. She had just swum a personal best in her event and I think that’s why she has such a confident, self-assured look in the portrait.’

1000 DAYS TO THE LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES LAUNCHES WITH MAJOR NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC COMMISSION – THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY/ BT ROAD TO 2012 PROJECT (30 Oct 2009 - 05 Nov 2009)

To celebrate 1000 days to the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Sebastian Coe launches the National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 Project, a three-year collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery and BT, the official communications services partner for London 2012. It will create 100 world-class photographic portraits celebrating the people around the UK, both high-profile and those behind the scenes, who collectively are making the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games happen. BT, announced today as a Premier Partner of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, is providing the funding for this project, making it possible for the National Portrait Gallery to undertake the ambitious programme of commissions between now and spring 2012. The first group is unveiled today at the National Portrait Gallery. These portraits depict some of those who conceived and won the bid for London and some of the men and women now designing and delivering the Olympic Park infrastructure and other London 2012 venues.

BEATLES TO BOWIE: THE 60s EXPOSED (15 Oct 2009 - 24 Jan 2010)

A major photographic exhibition Beatles to Bowie: the 60s exposed opens at the National Portrait Gallery, to herald the fiftieth anniversary of the start of the 1960s in 2010. Celebrating the leading pop music personalities and groups who helped create “Swinging London” in the 1960s, the exhibition will show how The Beatles and rivals such as the Rolling Stones and The Kinks set the musical agenda. Bringing together 150 photographs and 150 items of ephemera including record sleeves, illustrated sheet music and magazines, the exhibition will be arranged chronologically in ten sections covering each year of the decade.

CHASING MIRRORS (09 Oct 2009 - 10 Jan 2010)

Chasing Mirrors is an exhibition of new work exploring alternative forms of self-representation and portraiture by contemporary artist Faisal Abdu’Allah and the Chasing Mirrors Collective, a group of young people from Arabic-speaking communities in Brent, Barnet and Ealing. As a response to the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection the artists set about creating a reflection of their own identity, age and ethnicity, to be displayed at the Gallery. Avoiding conventional portraiture, the finished works show differences and similarities between members of the Chasing Mirrors Collective and the audience in these multi-dimensional portraits. The exhibition marks the start of a three-year project at the Gallery made possible through funding from John Lyon’s Charity.

TWIGGY: A LIFE IN PHOTOGRAPHS (19 Sep 2009 - 21 Mar 2010)

A new display at the National Portrait Gallery will celebrate Twiggy’s 60th birthday and the publication of a new photographic biography of her life. One of the best-known and most respected models of all time Twiggy has worked with many of the world’s leading photographers and a selection of the most iconic and important of these portraits will be on show at the Gallery. Twiggy says, ‘Over my career I’ve had the privilege of working with many great photographers. I’m very excited to see so many of these portraits coming together at the National Portrait Gallery and in my new book. It’s really interesting to see how fashion photography and portraiture have evolved throughout my career. I hope that this display and book will give people the opportunity to see these pictures that have captured definitive moments in my career. ‘

JOHN GIBBONS: PORTRAITS (12 Sep 2009 - 14 Mar 2010)

The first display of portraits by the sculptor John Gibbons has opened at the National Portrait Gallery. It is the latest in the Gallery’s Interventions series focusing on twentieth-century artists who have developed innovatory approaches to portraiture. This display, comprising dramatic works in welded steel, explores Gibbons’s treatment of the human head as a ‘container’ for experience, identity, personality and mind. A special wall-mounted installation has been constructed to showcase five powerful sculptures, dating from 1981 to the present, which transform industrial materials into enigmatic cage-like forms. Three of the sculptures appear to float high up on angled shelves built into the Gallery walls whilst two smaller ones are given a more intimate setting at a low level.

SCIENCE IN FOCUS: PORTRAITS OF SCIENTISTS (26 Aug 2009 - 17 Jan 2010)

Two newly acquired collections of photographs of scientists against backgrounds relevant to their pioneering work will form a new display at the National Portrait Gallery. Colour portraits by Anita Corbin and John O’Grady, exhibited for the first time in the United Kingdom, will be shown alongside black and white portraits by Anne-Katrin Purkiss.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ACQUIRES PORTRAIT OF JOHN PHILIP KEMBLE BY SIR THOMAS LAWRENCE

GALLERY BUYS ARTIST’S PRIZED PORTRAIT…A STAR DRAW AT FIRST LAWRENCE EXHIBITION FOR 30 YEARS. National Portrait Gallery acquires Sir Thomas Lawrence’s epic painting of John Philip Kemble as Cato – and announces its inclusion in first British exhibition of artist’s work for 30 years.

THE LIFE AND LIVES OF SAMUEL JOHNSON (18 Jul 2009 - 13 Dec 2009)

To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Dr Samuel Johnson the National Portrait Gallery is mounting a special display of portraits of the great writer and his circle. Using prints and drawings from the Gallery’s Collection the display will also include portraits of those whose ‘lives’ he wrote such as John Milton and Alexander Pope, alongside his contemporary biographers and the satirical prints that emerged in response to the race to record his life. The display will show how Johnson’s appearance was recorded by at least twelve artists and his portrait disseminated widely through the medium of print. He was often depicted with books or writings tools in a tradition for representing authors that goes back to the Ancient Greeks. Also included in the display are portraits of the key people in his life including David Garrick, Sir Joshua Reynolds, James Boswell and Hester Lynch Piozzi.

GAY ICONS (02 Jul 2009 - 18 Oct 2009)

The first portrait exhibition to celebrate the contribution of gay people and gay icons to history and culture 60 photographs selected by Waheed Alli, Alan Hollinghurst, Elton John, Jackie Kay, Billie Jean King, Ian McKellen, Chris Smith, Ben Summerskill, Sandi Toksvig and Sarah Waters An important photography exhibition, Gay Icons, at the National Portrait Gallery (2 July–18 October 2009) will celebrate the contribution of gay people - and the significance of the gay icon - to history and culture. Ten selectors have worked with the Gallery to make their own personal choices of six individuals, their ‘icons’. Not only does this exhibition include many well-known icons, who may or may not be gay themselves, it also reveals some surprises and will encourage a wide audience to think about familiar faces in new ways.

GEORGE ALWAYS: PORTRAITS OF GEORGE MELLY BY MAGGI HAMBLING (27 Jun 2009 - 10 Jan 2010)

George Always, Maggi Hambling’s tribute to her friend the late George Melly will be on public display in London for the first time in June. The National Portrait Gallery will show the last twelve ink drawings the jazz singer posed for alongside oil paintings made from life, memory and imagination.

ART TEACHER WINS BP PORTRAIT AWARD WITH PAINTING OF TWILIGHT DAUGHTER (18 Jun 2009 - 20 Sep 2009)

ON TUESDAY 16 JUNE 2009 the winner of the BP Portrait Award 2009 was announced by Sebastian Faulks at the National Portrait Gallery. In a record-breaking year for entries the prestigious first prize was won by 44-year-old Surrey artist Peter Monkman. His winning portrait, Changeling 2, is part of a series of portraits of his daughter, Anna, at different stages of her life. Peter wins £25,000 and a commission, at the National Portrait Gallery Trustees’ discretion, worth £4,000.

BP TRAVEL AWARD WINNER 2008: EMMANOUIL BITSAKIS

Portraits of the minority Uigur people from north-west China will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery as part of this year’s BP Portrait Award exhibition. The portraits are by Emmanouil Bitsakis, winner of the BP Travel Award 2008. Bistsakis won a £5000 bursary to travel and paint the Uigur following his winning proposal ‘to record in portrait form the uniqueness of this minority culture to demonstrate a small part of the vastness of China.’ Bitsakis visited the Xinjiang Uigur Autonomous Region of China in October 2008. The Uigur are a far eastern branch of the extended family of Turkic peoples who live in a large region extending through Central Asia. They are culturally distinct from the majority Han Chinese and alongside their religion of Islam, their music and dance idiom, ‘Muqam’ is the core of their identity and culture.

BOB DYLAN 1966 EUROPEAN TOUR: PHOTOGRAPHS BY BARRY FEINSTEIN (11 May 2009 - 29 Nov 2009)

Photographs of Bob Dylan’s 1966 European Tour by Barry Feinstein will be displayed for the first time in London at the National Portrait Gallery in May. These photographs offer a rare insight into the time when Dylan was arguably at his most controversial and iconic. Having taken the portrait of Bob Dylan that appeared on the sleeve of his 1964 album The Times They are A-Changin, Feinstein was commissioned by LIFE magazine to photograph the 1966 European tour. It was on this tour that Dylan was famously jeered on stage for using an electric guitar. The photographs on display were taken in Birmingham, Sheffield, Liverpool, London, Bristol, and Paris. These are not conventional hackneyed shots of Dylan performing but a private view of an introspective Dylan captured amongst the endless hotel rooms, engagements and travel involved with the tour.

FRANCIS ALŸS: FABIOLA (02 May 2009 - 20 Sep 2009)

Created by the internationally acclaimed artist Francis Alÿs, Fabiola is an installation of over 300 portraits of a fourth-century Christian saint collected by the artist from flea markets and antique shops throughout Europe and the Americas. These seemingly identical portraits, including paintings, embroideries and miniatures are all copies of a lost original of Fabiola by the French nineteenth-century painter, Jean-Jacques Henner.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ACQUIRES NEWLY DISCOVERED PORTRAIT OF FIRST POET LAUREATE

As the new Poet Laureate is due to be announced the National Portrait Gallery displays for the first time a newly discovered portrait of John Dryden in his role as first Poet Laureate The National Portrait Gallery has acquired an oil portrait of the British seventeenth-century poet John Dryden, by the court artist John Michael Wright, believed to have been painted at the time he was appointed first official Poet Laureate in 1668. With its wreath and Latin inscriptions, the painting is a celebration of the newly created office of Poet Laureate and is the first portrait of a writer appointed to the role.

PORTRAITS OF ASTRONOMERS (21 Mar 2009 - 12 Jul 2009)

A newly-commissioned painted portrait of the Astronomer Royal, Martin Rees, Baron Rees, President of the Royal Society, will form the focus of a display to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy. This new portrait will be shown alongside recent photographs of astronomers by Lucinda Douglas-Menzies, and further portraits from the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection.

CONSTABLE PORTRAITS: THE PAINTER AND HIS CIRCLE (05 Mar 2009 - 14 Jun 2009)

The first exhibition to explore John Constable’s life and art through his portraits. Nearly 50 works including oil portraits, watercolours and sketches. Rediscovered and previously unseen portraits co-curated by writer and critic, Martin Gayford and Anne Lyles, a leading authority on the art of John Constable.

GERHARD RICHTER PORTRAITS (26 Feb 2009 - 31 May 2009)

A groundbreaking exhibition devoted to one of the greatest living painters opens at the National Portrait Gallery on 26 February 2009. Gerhard Richter Portraits is the first major exhibition to show a selection of Richter’s portraits across the entire span of his career. Dating from the 1960s to the present, it includes important early black-and-white paintings made from magazine photographs, works based on private snapshots, a special installation of his celebrated series 48 Portraits, and a never-previously exhibited portrait of his daughter Ella.

JILLIAN EDELSTEIN: IN FOCUS (14 Feb 2009 - 19 Apr 2009)

Portraits of rock band Blur, boxer Lennox Lewis, artist Bridget Riley and actor Simon Pegg are some of the highlights in the first solo display of photographs by Jillian Edelstein at the National Portrait Gallery. This display celebrates over 20 years of photographic portraiture by Edelstein from the Gallery’s collection and will include well-known sitters from the worlds of film, dance, literature, politics, art and sport.

MARTIN AMIS AND FRIENDS: Photographs by Angela Gorgas (10 Jan 2009 - 13 Sep 2009)

At the start of the year in which Martin Amis celebrates his sixtieth birthday, the National Portrait Gallery will display previously unseen photographs taken by his friend, the photographer Angela Gorgas. These evocative black and white portraits provide an intimate document of the literary and artistic circles in which they moved in the late 1970s. Taken in London and Paris the photographs feature literary and social figures including Ian McEwan, Christopher Hitchens, Kingsley Amis, James Fenton, Pat Kavanagh and Candia McWilliam. These photographs have remained in the photographer’s private collection for almost 30 years and offer us a unique insight into Amis and his friends in the period when the writer was working on the novels Success, Other People and the screenplay for the film Saturn 3.

RARE JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY PORTRAIT OF RICHARD ARKWRIGHT IS SOUGHT BY LONDON AND PRESTON

The National Portrait Gallery and the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, are hoping to acquire a portrait of the British engineer and inventor Sir Richard Arkwright by the painter Joseph Wright of Derby. In an appeal kick-started by The Art Fund, the UK’s leading independent art charity - which has given £100,000 towards the purchase - the Galleries have three months in which to raise a total amount of £420,000.

TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2008 - PORTRAIT INSPIRED BY ‘DREAM OF QUINTUPLETS BIRTH’ WINS TOP PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE (06 Nov 2008 - 15 Feb 2009)

The 2008 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize has been won by Lottie Davies, 37, for her portrait which was inspired by her friend Caroline’s nightmare that she gave birth to quintuplets. Drawing on classical imagery of the Madonna and Child, Davies also took inspiration from several visits to the National Gallery, replicating the darkness and colours found in Caravaggio and Titian to portray the ‘calm and serenity of motherhood, as well as the feeling of imprisonment.’ Rather than asking Caroline to pose, she used a model, Alicia Clarke, to allow ‘more freedom to interpret the story, unclouded by the representational aspects of portraiture.‘ The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition runs from 6 November 2008 – 15 February 2008 at the National Portrait Gallery, London. The exhibition will tour to the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle from 4 April –30 June 2009.

CHAMPIONS: Portraits by Anderson & Low to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation (30 Oct 2008 - 08 Mar 2009)

A new display of over 30 previously unseen nude portraits of leading international sportsmen and women by acclaimed photographers Anderson & Low opens at the National Portrait Gallery on 30 October 2008. Several years in the making and shot over three continents, this project was conceived by the photographers to support the Elton John Aids Foundation in raising awareness of the global issue of HIV/AIDS.

ANNIE LEIBOVITZ: A PHOTOGRAPHER’S LIFE, 1990-2005 (16 Oct 2008 - 01 Feb 2009)

A new exhibition opening at the National Portrait Gallery in October, Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life, 1990–2005, will draw together for the first time the well-known assignments and rarely-seen personal work of one of the world’s best-known portrait photographers. With over 150 photographs, Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life, 1990–2005 shows iconic images of famous public figures together with personal photographs of her family and close friends. Arranged chronologically, they project a unified narrative of the artist’s private life against the backdrop of her public image. ‘I don't have two lives,’ Leibovitz says. ‘This is one life, and the personal pictures and the assignment work are all part of it.’

TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2008 - ANNOUNCEMENT OF SHORTLIST

Four photographers have been shortlisted for the £12,000 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, the major international photography award. Firmly established as the leading showcase for new talent in portrait photography this year’s prize will for the first time be sponsored by European law firm, Taylor Wessing.

NOBEL PRIZE WINNING SCIENTIST, SIR PAUL NURSE, TO BE CELEBRATED WITH A NEW COMMISSION AT THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

The National Portrait Gallery will unveil a commissioned portrait of the Nobel Prize winning scientist, Sir Paul Nurse, on the 2 September 2008. The portrait, by acclaimed British artist Jason Brooks, is the largest realist painting that the National Portrait Gallery has acquired.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY TO UNVEIL NEW PORTRAIT OF NOBEL PRIZE WINNING PHYSICIST SIR PETER MANSFIELD

A new portrait of Sir Peter Mansfield by BP Portrait prize winning artist Stephen Shankland will be unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery on Friday 12 September 2008. Sir Peter Mansfield was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2003 for his contribution to the invention of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). His vision and research have made widespread clinical use of the technique a reality. MRI scanners are today used in hospitals all over the world and it is estimated that over 60 million investigations with MRI are carried out every year.

BERN SCHWARTZ: PORTRAITS OF THE 1970s (11 Jul 2008 - 04 Jan 2009)

A new display at the National Portrait Gallery will show a selection of one of the biggest-ever gifts to the Gallery, 140 of the most iconic photographs of famous 20th century British subjects. The photographs are by Bern Schwartz (1914-1978), a Californian who turned to photography in his early sixties after a successful career in business. Taken between 1975 and 1978 they include portraits of Margaret Thatcher, Rudolf Nureyev, John Gielgud, Peggy Ashcroft, Lord Denning, the Prince of Wales, A J Ayer, Tony Benn, Zandra Rhodes and Twiggy.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ACQUIRES MAJOR COLLECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS OF GREAT 20th-CENTURY BRITONS

In one of the largest ever gifts to the Primary Collection of the National Portrait Gallery, 140 photographs of famous, twentieth-century British subjects have been acquired for the nation. The photographs are by Bern Schwartz (1914-78), a Californian businessman who turned to photography in his early sixties. Taken between 1975 and 1978 they include portraits of Margaret Thatcher, Rudolf Nureyev, John Gielgud, Peggy Ashcroft, Lord Denning, the Prince of Wales, A J Ayer, Tony Benn, Zandra Rhodes, Angela Rippon and Twiggy.

WYNDHAM LEWIS PORTRAITS (03 Jul 2008 - 19 Oct 2008)

An important new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London, will show the striking portraits of the great British modernist artist and writer Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), bringing together for the first time a unique visual record of some of the most important cultural figures of the first half of the twentieth century.

EAMONN MCCABE: ARTISTS AND THEIR STUDIOS (16 Jun 2008 - 19 Oct 2008)

Providing us with rare insights into what are usually intensely private realms, photographer Eamonn McCabe has produced an extensive portfolio of portraits of writers’ rooms and artists’ studios. For admirers of their work, these glimpses into private working lives are a revelation – an apparently erratic author’s study is immaculate, sketches on the walls of artists’ studios provide invaluable insight into their working practice. The portraits have been and continue to be published weekly in the Guardian Saturday Review, where they reach a wide public.

35-YEAR-OLD LONDON ARTIST WINS BP PORTRAIT AWARD WITH LARGE-SCALE PAINTING OF HIS GIRLFRIEND (12 Jun 2008 - 14 Sep 2008)

ON MONDAY 16 JUNE the winner of the BP Portrait Award 2008 was announced by Ian Hislop at the National Portrait Gallery. In a record-breaking year for entries from non-UK artists, the prestigious first prize was won by 35-year-old London artist Craig Wylie. His winning portrait, K (oil on canvas, 2100 x 1650 mm), is an epic study of his girlfriend Katherine Raw based on sittings at his Hackney Wick studio. Craig wins £25,000 and a commission, at the National Portrait Gallery Trustees’ discretion, worth £4,000.

JASON BROOKS: PAUL NURSE AND OTHER WORKS (23 May 2008 - 01 Oct 2008)

The National Portrait Gallery is delighted to announce the unveiling of its latest commission, a portrait of the Nobel Prize winning scientist, Sir Paul Nurse, by acclaimed British artist Jason Brooks. The painting, a large-scale black and white close-up of the scientist’s face, cropped to give a cinematic effect, shows every pore, every follicle, every trace of time worn into the human face. This is the largest painting in such a realist style that the National Portrait Gallery has acquired. To place this commission in the wider context of Brooks’s work, the portrait of Sir Paul Nurse will be displayed alongside two other portraits by the artist – a new portrait of Formula One racing driver Jenson Button, exhibited for the first time, and an earlier work entitled ‘Zoe’ taken from the ‘Tattooed’ series.

ON THE NATURE OF WOMEN: TUDOR AND JACOBEAN PORTRAITS OF WOMEN 1535-1620 (30 Apr 2008 - 01 Oct 2009)

An innovative new display of Tudor portraits featuring virtuous wives and scandalous women – some not seen in public for more than 70 years – opens at the Elizabethan National Trust property Montacute House in Somerset, a regional partner of the National Portrait Gallery, on Tuesday 29 April.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY REVEALS SHAKESPEARE’S ‘MAN OF THE SONNETS’ HIDDEN IN PAINTING OF HIS WIFE

Students researching for a new display of Tudor portraits in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery have uncovered a ghost figure which may be Shakespeare’s only known patron Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton, which had been subsequently painted over with a portrait of Elizabeth Vernon, Southampton’s wife.

‘WANT TO SEE MORE OF ME?’ BLACK FILM ACTORS BY DONALD MACLELLAN (25 Apr 2008 - 07 Sep 2008)

This new series of portraits by photographer Donald MacLellan, funded by the UK Film Council, celebrates talented and successful black British film actors including Colin Salmon and Sophie Okonedo. This is a ‘Leadership on Diversity’ initiative under the Equalities Charter for Film funded by the UK Film Council. www.ukfilmcouncil.org.uk

BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2008 - SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED (24 April 2008)

Four artists have been short-listed for the BP Portrait Award 2008, it was announced today. One of Britain’s most prestigious art prizes, the BP Portrait Award, at the National Portrait Gallery, has this year received record numbers of entries from non-UK artists and those over the age of 40.

UNDEREXPOSED: PHOTOGRAPHS BY FRANKLYN RODGERS (04 Apr 2008 - 08 Jun 2008)

The National Portrait Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in the UNDEREXPOSED arts program, part of the 4 The Record Initiative (4TR) created to highlight talent and achievement within the black British community and to bring their work to a wider audience. The main hall of the Ondaatje Wing will host a plasma screen installation, displaying dramatic portraits of thirty black British actors by photographer Franklyn Rodgers, while the wider programme will see UNDEREXPOSED events taking place at multiple sites across London from the beginning of April.

ANTHONY CARO PORTRAITS (20 Mar 2008 - 07 Sep 2008)

Anthony Caro is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading sculptors. Celebrated for his abstract sculpture in steel, since the mid-1980s Caro has also made occasional figurative works. This display brings together a series of bronze heads of Sheila, the artist’s wife, made in 1988, revealing a little known aspect of this distinguished artist’s work.

BRILLIANT WOMEN: 18th-CENTURY BLUESTOCKINGS (13 Mar 2008 - 15 Jun 2008)

From Elizabeth Barrett Browning to Germaine Greer, influential women and early feminists have lamented their lack of foremothers. A major new exhibition Brilliant Women: 18th Century Bluestockings at the National Portrait Gallery, London, aims to show how a remarkable group of creative and intellectual women in eighteenth-century Britain were celebrated as icons of patriotic pride and came to symbolise the progress of a civilised and commercial nation.

NEW PORTRAIT OF SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH UNVEILED (08 Mar 2008 - 29 Mar 2008)

A large photograph of the naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough goes on show at the National Portrait Gallery this weekend. The portrait was commissioned by the Gallery in association with the BBC’s The Culture Show following the arts programme’s collaboration with the Gallery last year to find Britain’s ‘Living Icon’. In a poll of Gallery visitors and Culture Show viewers Sir David Attenborough received most votes from a shortlist of three ‘Living Icons’ (the others were Sir Paul McCartney and Morrissey.)

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY REDISCOVERS MAJOR OIL PAINTING OF 18th CENTURY ‘BLUESTOCKING’ PIONEER

A fascinating oil painting has been rediscovered by the National Portrait Gallery during research for its forthcoming exhibition Brilliant Women: 18th-Century Bluestockings (13 March-15 June). The portrait shows Elizabeth Carter (1717-1806), a great classical scholar who was also a founder member of the Bluestocking Circle. This pioneering group of metropolitan intellectuals, who first began to meet in the 1750s, became a model for ‘Enlightenment’ sociability and, in advance of modern feminism, promoted the status of female learning and creativity and challenged the equality of the sexes.

JAKE AUERBACH FILM SEASON - A SERIES OF ACCLAIMED PORTRAITS OF CONTEMPORARY AND HISTORICAL ARTISTS

The National Portrait Gallery presents a season of films by Jake Auerbach, offering illuminating insights into the lives and works of some of our most elusive artists. Auerbach is a maverick in the world of arts documentary, backing his own judgement rather than constructing films to suit broadcasters; he works, where possible, with the artists themselves, without the intervention of interpreters. His collaborations with writers, artists and musicians such as William Feaver, Alan Bennett and Jools Holland, provide rich settings for conversations with witnesses as diverse as the Duchess of Devonshire and David Hockney. Auerbach’s films create compelling, intimate portraits of some of the most fascinating artists of the past 100 years.

VANITY FAIR PORTRAITS: PHOTOGRAPHS 1913–2008 (14 Feb 2008 - 26 May 2008)

Some of the greatest portrait photographs of the twentieth century were taken for, or published in, Vanity Fair. This remarkable selection of 150 classic images features works from the magazine’s first period (1913–1936), displayed for the first time with works from the contemporary Vanity Fair (1983-present).

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY HOSTS UK PREMIERE OF ANNA MAY WONG DOCUMENTARY

As part of this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations and the CHINA NOW festival, the National Portrait Gallery will be hosting the UK premiere of the first documentary film about the pioneering Asian American film star, Anna May Wong. Directed by Elaine Mae Woo, the film profiles a rare talent who defied racist attitudes in 1920s Hollywood to become an international success feted in Europe and America.

LERNER GIFT ANNOUNCED

On behalf of the Lerner Foundation, a charitable Foundation led by the family of Mr Alfred Lerner, who died in 2002, a commitment of £5 million has been made to the National Portrait Gallery, London, marking a major contribution to its future. In grateful recognition of this significant donation, the Gallery’s Board of Trustees has named the Ground Floor galleries (currently displaying contemporary portraits) ‘The Lerner Galleries.’

JAZZ IN LONDON: PHOTOGRAPHS BY WALTER HANLON (21 Jan 2008 - 20 Jul 2008)

New photographic display documents the jazz scene of 1950s Britain To mark the National Portrait Gallery’s recent acquisition of a selection of photographs by Walter Hanlon, this display brings together his atmospheric portraits of the jazz scene in London in the 1950s. Including portraits of the most popular UK and US players of the period – amongst them Sir John ‘Johnny’ Dankworth, Humphrey Lyttelton and Cab Calloway – the display opens in advance of the publication of Walter Hanlon’s book, 1950s Jazz in London and Paris (Tempus, February 2008, £15.99).

PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT OF THE MONTH: TONY WILSON (03 Dec 2007 - 03 Jan 2008)

Each month the National Portrait Gallery will display a new acquisition to its Photographs Collection. This month, the Gallery is proud to announce its acquisition of a portrait of broadcaster, record company executive and entrepreneur Tony Wilson, who died earlier this year. The portrait of Tony Wilson, taken by acclaimed photographer Kevin Cummins at the Hacienda club in 1985, will go on display in the Contemporary Galleries today (Monday 3 December).

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY MARKS 150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF JOSEPH CONRAD

To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of novelist, Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), the National Portrait Gallery is showing a small photographic display of portraits of the author, and staging two commemorative events on Thursday 6 December 2007. The display, open until 12 February 2008, includes photographic portraits of Conrad taken between 1904 and 1923. Among the selection is a striking photograph taken by the influential Scottish photographer James Craig Annan. Taken in 1923, when both sitter and photographer had established international reputations in their chosen fields, this portrait has been recently acquired by the Gallery.

JOHN FLETCHER APPEAL: NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY APPEALS TO BUY ONLY LIFE-TIME PORTRAIT OF SHAKESPEARE COLLABORATOR

The National Portrait Gallery is hoping to raise funds to purchase the only known portrait from the life of John Fletcher (1579-1625), one of the most successful and prolific playwrights of the Jacobean period. Fletcher wrote three plays jointly with Shakespeare: Cardenio (now lost), The Famous History of the Life of King Henry VIII and The Two Noble Kinsmen. He also collaborated extensively with Francis Beaumont and others, and wrote on his own.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ACQUIRES ONLY LIFE-TIME PORTRAIT OF SHAKESPEARE COLLABORATOR

The National Portrait Gallery has succeeded in its public appeal to raise funds to purchase the only known portrait from life of John Fletcher (1579-1625), one of the most successful playwrights of the Jacobean period. The portrait was on offer for £218,000, a substantially reduced price following tax remission. Following a £50,000 grant from The Art Fund, the UK’s leading art charity, which kick-started the appeal on 16 November last year, the Gallery has raised the total in time for the appeal deadline of 20 January 2008, it was announced today.

PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2007 - WINNER ANNOUNCED (08 Nov 2007 - 24 Feb 2008)

The fifth annual Photographic Portrait Prize has been won by Jonathan Torgovnik, 38, for his powerful portrait of Joseline Ingabire, a victim of rape during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Photographed with her two children, born at the height of the conflict, the portrait explores the terrible impact of the atrocities of war and aims to raise awareness of the plight of thousands of women abused in Rwanda. The £12,000 award was presented to the Israeli-born photographer at the National Portrait Gallery, London, last night (Tuesday 6 November).

PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2007: ANNOUNCEMENT OF SHORTLIST (08 Nov 2007 - 24 Feb 2008)

Four photographers have been shortlisted for the £12,000 Photographic Portrait Prize, the major international photography award. This is the fifth year of the National Portrait Gallery’s Photographic Portrait Prize (previously the John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award from 1993-2002), which has firmly established itself as the leading showcase for new talent in portrait photography. The judges have selected 60 portraits for the exhibition from 6,900 submissions entered by 2,700 photographers from around the world. This is the largest number of submissions ever entered for the prize, with 1,835 more entries than last year and 679 more photographers submitting work. The exhibition will run from 8 November 2007–24 February 2008 at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

THE PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2007 EXHIBITION (08 Nov 2007 - 24 Feb 2008)

The fifth annual Photographic Portrait Prize has been won by Jonathan Torgovnik, 38, for his powerful portrait of Joseline Ingabire, a victim of rape during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Photographed with her two children, born at the height of the conflict, the portrait explores the terrible impact of the atrocities of war and aims to raise awareness of the plight of thousands of women abused in Rwanda. The £12,000 award was presented to the Israeli-born photographer at the National Portrait Gallery, London on Tuesday 6 November.

SHUTTING UP SHOP (05 Nov 2007 - 01 Jun 2008)

New photographic display documenting the demise of Britain’s small independent retailers. In 1972, photographer John Londei started taking pictures of small independent shops the length and breadth of Britain. Often family-run businesses, well-established in their local communities, Londei strove to capture the timeworn presence of these already anachronistic businesses – the butchers and bakers, button makers, cobblers, fishmongers and chemists of our high streets. Over a fifteen-year period, he photographed 60 shops. In 2004, when he retraced his steps and revisited the shops he’d photographed, he found that only seven of the 60 were still in business. His subsequent book of the series, Shutting Up Shop is a fitting tribute to Britain’s independent retailers.

BORN 1947 – CAMERA PRESS AT 60 (30 Oct 2007 - 01 Apr 2008)

The UK’s largest independent photographic agency celebrates sixty years with the unveiling of newly commissioned portraits by leading photographers of famous personalities all born in 1947 – including Sir Salman Rushdie by Bryan Adams; Ronnie Wood by Jason Bell; and Tessa Jowell by Lord Snowdon.

MY SPACE (20 Oct 2007 - 24 Feb 2008)

London’s architectural landscape is constantly shifting. For young people growing up in the city, changes to the built environment are acutely felt. In the light of two significant developments - the Olympic Park project and the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Programme, which will see every secondary school in England rebuilt or renewed by 2020 – the National Portrait Gallery’s Learning and Access department has commissioned My Space, an exhibition that explores the significance of setting in portraiture and young people’s perspectives on the spaces that surround them.

POP ART PORTRAITS (11 Oct 2007 - 20 Jan 2008)

A groundbreaking exhibition, Pop Art Portraits - the first to explore the role and significance of portraiture within one of the world’s most popular and influential art movements - opens at the National Portrait Gallery on 11 October. Conceived as a visual dialogue between American and British Pop Art, this exhibition brings together 52 key works by 28 Pop artists working on both sides of the Atlantic in the 1950s and 1960s. These include major portraits by Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and Roy Lichtenstein alongside those of Peter Blake, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney and Patrick Caulfield.

POP ART HOSPITAL SCHOOLS PROJECT: PIONEERING NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY INITIATIVE

Over 200 children and young people will take part in an enterprising new Hospital Schools outreach programme launched to accompany the National Portrait Gallery’s major autumn exhibition Pop Art Portraits. Developed by the Gallery’s Learning and Access team in partnership with the exhibition’s sponsors, Lehman Brothers, the global investment bank, and Arts & Business, the programme is a new departure in the provision of arts outreach and will result in a report which it is hoped will be a blueprint for best practice in Hospital Schools.

PRIVATE VIEW: BRITISH POP AND THE 60S ART SCENE (24 Sep 2007 - 01 Mar 2008)

To coincide with the National Portrait Gallery’s major exhibition, Pop Art Portraits, this display presents a fascinating selection of photographic portraits of the key players in the British art scene of the 1960s. Focusing on the Pop artists of the period – among them Richard Hamilton, Peter Blake, Pauline Boty and Derek Boshier – the display is titled after the ambitious 1965 book Private View by critic John Russell and curator Bryan Robertson, which featured photographs by Lord Snowdon.

CZECH ARTIST WINS BP VISITORS CHOICE AWARD AND A COMMISSION ON A DOOR STEP

A 27-year-old Czech artist is the first winner of the BP Portrait Award Visitor’s Choice to have also been selected as a prizewinner by the judges of the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery. Such has been the intense public interest in his portrait that the artist has moved from his home in Paris to London where he is now busy painting commissions – one of them from the owner of a house he had called on by accident who asked him if he could come back to paint his wife.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ANNOUNCES HIGHLIGHTS OF ITS SUMMER YOUNG PEOPLE’S PROGRAMME

The National Portrait Gallery is delighted to announce details of the performance strand of its popular Young People’s Programme of free workshops and activities for 14 to 21 year olds. Launched last year, the Young People’s Programme is a vibrant mix of practical activity workshops, discussion groups, taster sessions for youth organisations and a ‘Youth Forum’, where participants can have their say about what the National Portrait Gallery does for young people.

DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES (14 Jul 2007 - 14 Jan 2008)

Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997) was one of the most photographed women of recent times. This display of photographs, coinciding with the tenth anniversary of her tragic death, looks at her life in the public eye as a royal wife, mother, high-profile charity worker and international fashion icon.

MAKING HISTORY: PRINTED PORTRAITURE IN TUDOR AND EARLY STUART BRITAIN (07 Jul 2007 - 09 Dec 2007)

Long before the age of photography, printed portraits served a growing public appetite to gaze upon the features of men and women whose exploits and achievements had excited public interest. From the mid-sixteenth century onwards, the great and the good (such as naval heroes, military commanders and the nobility) and the not so good (such as convicted traitors) were portrayed by engravers. Exploring the visual history of the fame-making process in Tudor and Jacobean England, this display features some of the Gallery’s earliest original portrait prints.

DAILY ENCOUNTERS: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM FLEET STREET (05 Jul 2007 - 21 Oct 2007)

The National Portrait Gallery is to be the first British museum to focus on the history of British Press photography during the 80-year-span of its decisive Fleet Street years. A new exhibition Daily Encounters, opening 5 July, will draw upon the rich and relatively neglected surviving archives of newspaper photography to tell two parallel stories - one of a powerful industry with an internal culture of its own, and the other of the often uneasy relationship that grew between public figures, the photographic press and the wider population of readers.

IN THE MAKING: FASHION AND ADVERTISING (02 Jul 2007 - 04 Nov 2007)

Before the polish of the finished photograph comes a long and laboured process. This new display examines the techniques of contemporary image-making in fashion and advertising through the work of five leading photographers: Elaine Constantine, Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton Jones, Alexi Lubomirski, Sølve Sundsbø and Paul Wetherell. From working with celebrities to techniques of composition and the use of natural light and digital platforms, the display offers a fascinating insight into industry practice. The style of each photographer is illustrated with examples of their work, displayed alongside portraits of the photographers themselves by Immo Klink.

CARICATURES BY BARRY FANTONI (23 Jun 2007 - 01 Oct 2007)

This display recaptures the golden age of British television and radio light entertainment. The group of caricatures, a recent acquisition of works by the celebrated illustrator Barry Fantoni, focuses on ‘the media mob’: popular comedians, broadcasters and public figures of the 1960s and 70s.

BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2007 WINNER ANNOUNCED

ON WEDNESDAY 20 JUNE the winner of the BP Portrait Award 2007 was announced by Bianca Jagger at the National Portrait Gallery. In a record-entry year that coincided with the competition dropping its upper age limit, the prestigious first prize was won by 59-year-old artist Paul Emsley from Bradford-upon-Avon, near Bath. His winning portrait is a striking large-scale study of the face of 67-year-old neighbouring artist Michael Simpson. Paul wins £25,000 and a commission, at the National Portrait Gallery Trustees’ discretion, worth £4,000.

DEVOTIONAL (16 Jun 2007 - 25 Nov 2007)

Celebrating black female singers in British entertainment, this unique display is the latest development in the ‘Devotional Series’, a body of work by the artist Sonia Boyce. The display takes the form of an elaborately hand-drawn installation on the gallery walls: a roll call of one hundred and eighty names. The names will be illustrated by portraits of several of the singers, among them Shirley Bassey, Joan Armatrading, Des’ree and Ms.Dynamite.

CHARLIE AND LOLA TO INSPIRE FAMILY FUN AT THE BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2007

To encourage families to visit and enjoy the BP Portrait Award 2007 exhibition the National Portrait Gallery has collaborated with award-winning children’s author and illustrator, Lauren Child, to bring her popular characters, Charlie and Lola and Clarice Bean, into the exhibition space. Families with children aged from 3 to 11 will be able to look out for special text labels in the exhibition that include questions and ideas about portraiture and art that will spark discussions between children and adults. To make the labels easy to spot, each one will feature a character chosen from the Charlie and Lola and Clarice Bean books.

BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2007 SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

Following a record number of entries, four artists have been short-listed for the BP Portrait Award, amongst Britain’s most prestigious art prizes, and this year for the first time, open to all over the age of 18. Of the 1870 entries, an increase of almost 70% on last year’s entries, 706 (38%) were from artists aged over 40 – until this year’s competition, an upper age limit would have made them ineligible to enter.

ARTISTS AND SITTERS (21 Apr 2007 - 21 Dec 2007)

As a variation in its traditional policy of giving primacy to the sitter, the National Portrait Gallery will be focusing on the artist in its dramatic re-hang of the late 20th century Collection. Covering the period from 1960-1990, the new hang – entitled ‘Artists and Sitters’ – will take a fresh look at the period by grouping portraits by artist, allowing visitors a clearer sense of particular styles while also showing the great variety of approaches to portraiture of the late 20th Century.

FOUR CORNERS (24 Mar 2007 - 05 Aug 2007)

London is a vibrant city with many different cultures contributing to its success. Four Corners, the sixth and final exhibition in the National Portrait Gallery’s acclaimed Reaching Out, Drawing In programme, celebrates the wide diversity of the city. Reflecting the pride people feel for their own part of London and the pride they feel for their cultural heritage, the exhibition brings together people of all ages from the four corners of London – north, south, east and west.

PORTRAITS, PEOPLE AND ABOLITION: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY’S COLLECTION (17 Mar 2007 - 22 Jul 2007)

2007 marks the 200th anniversary of the passing of the Act of Parliament that legally ended British involvement in the trading of African people to serve as slave labour in the Americas, the West Indies and Europe. To commemorate this anniversary, a newly commissioned trail through the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection, written by cultural geographer Dr Caroline Bressey and a special programme of events will explore different aspects of the Trade and its legacy. The trail through the Gallery’s Collection will highlight key individuals, ranging from Elizabeth I to William Wilberforce who were involved in slavery and the abolition of the slave trade. The trail begins in the Tudor period and runs throughout the Gallery, ending with images and comments from contemporary individuals, like Aidan McQuade, Director of Anti-Slavery International, and Liberty’s Shami Chakrabarti, who are prominent in the fight to stop slavery today. The trail begins on 17 March and runs until 22 July 2007.

BETWEEN WORLDS: VOYAGERS TO BRITAIN 1700-1850 (08 Mar 2007 - 17 Jun 2007)

A fascinating exhibition telling the stories of travellers to Britain who caused widespread excitement, interest and curiosity in London’s social circles, opens at the National Portrait Gallery on 8 March. Between Worlds: Voyagers to Britain 1700-1850 is the first exhibition to focus on the complexities and ambiguities of encounters between non-European visitors and their British contemporaries. As well as its art-historical importance, Between Worlds has many contemporary cultural resonances.

DIFFERENT WORLDS: CONTEMPORARY RESPONSES TO MIGRATION (05 Mar 2007 - 17 Jun 2007)

Examining the contemporary experience of young people’s migration to Britain, Different Worlds is a companion exhibition to Between Worlds: Voyagers to Britain 1700-1850, opening at the National Portrait Gallery, London on Thursday 8 March. Responding to the narratives explored in Between Worlds – the diverse experiences of 18th and 19th century voyagers to Britain such as the ‘Four Indian Kings’ of North America and Sake Dean Mahomed of India - students from two London schools, aged between 12 and 16 from Forest Hill Boys School, Lewisham and Quintin Kynaston School, Westminster, have worked with the artist Gayle Chong Kwan to interpret their personal experiences of migration to Britain. The exhibition comprises individual and group photographic portraits and written responses from the students.

BLAIR AT WAR: PHOTOGRAPHS BY NICK DANZIGER (24 Feb 2007 - 15 Jul 2007)

In March 2003, as Tony Blair took the final steps towards leading the nation to war with Iraq, award-winning photojournalist Nick Danziger and Times Literary Supplement editor Peter Stothard were given thirty days of unprecedented access to the Prime Minister and his closest aides. On display to the public for the first time, Danziger’s portraits tell the candid story of a decisive time in Britain’s political history.

NEW PORTRAIT OF LANCE CORPORAL JOHNSON BEHARRY UNVEILED AT NPG

A new painting of Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry, the first living recipient since 1965 of the Victoria Cross, was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery on Thursday 22 February. The citation for his award, Britain’s highest for gallantry, received on 18 March 2005, said: ‘Private Beharry carried out two individual acts of great heroism by which he saved the lives of his comrades. Both were in direct face of the enemy, under intense fire, at great personal risk to himself (one leading to him sustaining very serious injuries). His valour is worthy of the highest recognition.’ Beharry has been quoted as saying: ‘maybe I was brave, I don’t know. At the time I was just doing the job. I didn’t have time for other thoughts.’

GALLERY HAS BEST YEAR FOR VISITOR FIGURES

The National Portrait Gallery enters its 150th Anniversary year on a high as visitor figures published today show in 2005 the Gallery received its highest ever number of visitors. The Gallery received 1, 539, 766 visitors last year according to figures released today by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions. This was an increase of 1.5% on 2004.

FACE OF FASHION (15 Feb 2007 - 28 May 2007)

Face of Fashion is a major exhibition focusing on the portraits of five outstanding fashion photographers from Europe and America: Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, Corinne Day, Steven Klein, Paolo Roversi and Mario Sorrenti. It is the first exhibition of its kind, celebrating the innovation and diversity of current fashion portraiture.

CORINNE DAY / KATE MOSS COMMISSION

A newly commissioned portrait of model Kate Moss by photographer Corinne Day will go on display on Monday 12 February, and join the National Portrait Gallery’s Photographs Collection. The commission will be unveiled in the same week that Face of Fashion opens, a major exhibition looking at portraiture in fashion photography, featuring the work of Corinne Day, Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, Steven Klein, Paolo Roversi and Mario Sorrenti

FAITH AND CHURCH: PORTRAITS BY DON MCCULLIN (03 Feb 2007 - 07 May 2007)

Faith and Church celebrates the rich spiritual diversity of contemporary England. In ten newly commissioned portraits profiling the leaders and representatives of the main faiths in this country, the sitters were invited to pose in environments that reflect their spiritual life. The photographer, Don McCullin is internationally recognised as one of the world’s greatest photojournalists.

VICTORIAN PHOTOGRAPHS BY ELLIOTT & FRY (20 Jan 2007 - 30 Sep 2007)

The firm of Elliott and Fry, founded in 1863 and active until 1963, was one of the most important in the history of studio portraiture in London. This display of sixteen famous subjects from the 1880s and 1890s celebrates the acquisition of a much larger lost archive of their prints found in a provincial saleroom and generously donated to the National Portrait Gallery by John Morton Morris.

BP PORTRAIT AWARD NEW AGE RANGE

The BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery is to change the rules of entry so that for the first time since the annual portrait award competition started in the Gallery in 1980, it will be open to all people over the age of 40. With the renewal of the BP sponsorship until 2011, the competition and exhibition will now celebrate the very best of contemporary portraiture from artists over the age of 18 – with no upper age limit.

PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2006 (08 Nov 2006 - 18 Feb 2006)

Four photographers have been shortlisted for the £12,000 Photographic Portrait Prize, the major international photography award. This is the fourth year of the National Portrait Gallery’s Photographic Portrait Prize, which has already firmly established itself as the leading showcase for new talent in portrait photography. The judges have selected 60 portraits for the exhibition by 58 photographers from 5, 065 prints entered by 2, 021 photographers who submitted from around the world.

PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2006: WINNER ANNOUNCED (07 Nov 2006 - 18 Feb 2006)

The fourth annual Photographic Portrait Prize has been won by Richard Boll, 29, for ‘Joe’. The £12,000 award was presented at the National Portrait Gallery, London, last night (Monday 6 November). His first-prize winning photograph was taken outside his flat on Brighton’s seafront and is the result of a four-minute chance meeting with Joe, a total stranger walking past, who initially did not want to be photographed.

EXCEPTIONAL YOUTH: PHOTOGRAPHS BY EMMA HARDY (30 Oct 2006 - 08 Apr 2007)

The National Portrait Gallery presents a display of photographs by Emma Hardy of exceptional young Britons including violinist Nicola Benedetti, actor Daniel Radcliffe and gun crime lobbyist Jae'don Fearon.

PET SHOP BOYS PORTRAITS (30 Oct 2006 - 04 Mar 2007)

In a new display of iconic photographic portraits and album covers tracing the band's inventive use of their public image, the National Portrait Gallery celebrates the long career of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe as Pet Shop Boys, the most successful duo in British pop history.

PHOTOGRAPHS 1965-2006 (28 Oct 2006 - 08 Apr 2007)

Divided into four separate sections, the display brings together a stunning collection of new acquisitions: Jorge Lewinski’s Women of the 1960s; Bob Collins’ studies of Artists at work in the 1970s; Portraits the 1970s and 1980s featuring influential figures photographed by Robin Laurance, David Reed, Susan Lipper , Brian Griffin and Francesco Scavullo; and bringing us right up-to-date, contemporary portraits of inspiring young Britons in Exceptional Youth: Photographs by Emma Hardy.

DAVID HOCKNEY: PORTRAITS (12 Oct 2006 - 21 Jan 2007)

David Hockney: Portraits will be the first major exhibition of one of Britain’s most distinguished living artists to focus on the range of his portraits, spanning fifty years from his earliest work right up to the most recent.

CHERISH:CHINESE FAMILIES IN BRITAIN (23 Sep 2006 - 11 Mar 2007)

An exhibition exploring the lives of Chinese families living in the UK today. Cherish is the fifth exhibition in the Gallery's innovative Reaching Out Drawing In series.

EXPLORING ELIZABETH I: TUDOR RESOURCE FOR SEN TEACHERS

The National Portrait Gallery launches a new resource for teachers of children with special educational needs. The resource, available online now at www.npg.org.uk/exploreelizabeth, has been developed in partnership with I CAN, I CAN's Meath School and the Vodafone UK Foundation.

PORTRAIT OF SIR STEVE REDGRAVE UNVEILED

A newly commissioned portrait of Sir Steve Redgrave - ‘Sustained Endeavour’ by Dryden Goodwin - will go on show tomorrow at the National Portrait Gallery (Thursday 7 September). The portrait consists of 25 meticulous pencil drawings, based on the same photograph, displayed alongside an animated, high-definition video of the drawings played in rapid succession.

SIR BENJAMIN STONE'S PARLIAMENTARY PICTURES (01 Aug 2006 - 14 Jan 2007)

Founder of the National Photographic Record Association, Sir Benjamin Stone (1838-1914) is best remembered for his enthusiastic advocacy of photography as a historical record. This display highlights the range of people photographed by Stone between 1897 and 1911.

JOHN GAY (27 Jul 2006 - 31 Dec 2006)

This display highlights the acquisition of a comprehensive archive of the portrait photographs of John Gay (1909-1999).

ANGUS MCBEAN: PORTRAITS (05 Jul 2006 - 22 Oct 2006)

Angus McBean: Portraits is the first museum retrospective devoted to Angus McBean (1904--90), one of the most significant British photographers of the twentieth century.

THE BEATLES ON THE BALCONY (05 Jul 2006 - 22 Oct 2006)

Classic, rare and unseen photographs in a celebration of defining images of the Beatles, selected from leading photographers including Linda McCartney, Richard Avedon and Robert Whitaker.

BP 2006: ANNOUCEMENT OF SHORTLIST (15 Jun 2006 - 17 Sep 2006)

Following a record number of entries three artists have been short-listed for the BP Portrait Award 2006, one of Britain’s most prestigious art prizes. In addition to a cash prize of £25,000, the winner will receive a commission worth £4,000. Second prize will be £6,000 and third £4,000.

BP PORTRAIT AWARD WINNER ANNOUNCED AS BP OFFERS FIVE-YEAR SPONSORSHIP (15 Jun 2006 - 17 Sep 2006)

ON TUESDAY 13 JUNE the winner of the BP Portrait Award 2006 was announced by singer and art collector Bryan Ferry at the National Portrait Gallery. In the 17th year of its support, BP also announced it was extending its sponsorship of the competition from 2007 until 2011.

BENJAMIN'S BRITAIN (13 Jun 2006 - 10 Sep 2006)

Poet and author Benjamin Zephaniah brings together a group of photographs representing his passions and his vision of Britain today.

A PICTURE OF HEALTH: PHOTOGRAPHS BY JULIA FULLERTON-BATTEN (06 Jun 2006 - 10 Sep 2006)

The health sector is the subject of a highly topical display of sixteen newly commissioned large format colour photographs. A Picture of Health profiles some of the outstanding men and women who have shaped healthcare at the beginning of the 21st century. Julia Fullerton-Batten’s intriguing portraits include key figures working for the National Health Service as leaders, clinicians, and Primary Carers. Campaigners and Government policy advisors are also represented

MOSTLY WOMEN: PHOTOGRAPHS BY MICHAEL WARD (06 Jun 2006 - 30 Oct 2006)

This new display celebrates the photographic career and extraordinary life of the portraitist and photojournalist Michael Ward who was born on the 15 January 1929.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY AND NATIONAL TRUST CELEBRATE £0.8M BENINGBROUGH RELAUNCH

On 3 June 2006, the National Portrait Gallery and the National Trust open the doors on a groundbreaking £0.8 million refurbishment and redisplay at Beningbrough Hall, York. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Department of Culture, Media and Support and other trusts and private donors, Beningbrough now offers the most innovative and ambitious interactive visitor experience in any British country house.

JOHN DONNE PORTRAIT SECURED FOR THE NATION

Visitors to the National Portrait Gallery this bank holiday weekend will have the chance to make the very last contributions to its public appeal to acquire the portrait of the poet John Donne. In a six-month appeal remarkable for the large number of donations from the public as well as the generous grants of £750,000 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) and £200,000 from The Art Fund, the Gallery can now announce it is able to secure this historic portrait for the nation.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY NOW NEEDS £116,000 FOR JOHN DONNE PORTRAIT

Today, the National Portrait Gallery is delighted to announce that the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) has agreed to contribute £750,000 towards the acquisition of the portrait of John Donne. This very generous grant will help to secure the portrait for the nation.

FAME! (08 Apr 2006 - 06 Aug 2006)

Fame! is the fourth exhibition in the National Portrait Gallery’s Reaching Out, Drawing In series, a sustained programme of new audience development which seeks to give wider access to the Gallery's collections through innovative and engaging interpretation. Developed in partnership with the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB), this exhibition explores concepts of fame and celebrity from the perspective of blind and partially sighted people.

FERGUS GREER: PHOTOGRAPHER IN FOCUS (07 Mar 2006 - 10 Sep 2006)

Portraits of David Bowie, Julie Christie, Damien Hirst, Bill Gates, Ray Winstone and Michael Caine are some of the highlights in a new installation of photographs. This display celebrates the acquisition of an important archive of fifty portraits, spanning the last fifteen years, taken by leading international photographer Fergus Greer.

ICONS AND IDOLS: COMMISSIONING CONTEMPORARY PORTRAITS (02 Mar 2006 - 18 Jun 2006)

Icons and Idols: Commissioning Contemporary Portraits explores the activities of the National Portrait Gallery over the past 25 years in commissioning portraits of celebrated individuals for the collection. Subjects include HRH The Prince of Wales, former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher, fashion designer Sir Paul Smith, Marc Quinn's DNA Portrait of Sir John Sulston, footballer David Beckham, and David Bailey's photograph of Diana, Princess of Wales.

SEARCHING FOR SHAKESPEARE (02 Mar 2006 - 29 May 2005)

On the occasion of its 150th Anniversary in 2006, the National Portrait Gallery presents an exhibition devoted to William Shakespeare. With portraits, costumes, manuscripts and jewellery from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, it will be the biggest ever exhibition to focus on Shakespeare in his own time, drawing directly on original records relating to the playwright and his contemporaries. Many of the exhibits loaned from around the world have never been on public display until now.

GALLERY LAUNCHES APPEAL TO ACQUIRE JOHN DONNE PORTRAIT

The National Portrait Gallery today launches, with the support of the Art Fund, a major appeal to acquire the most important portrait of John Donne, preacher and author of some of the greatest love poems in the English language. The portrait, which has been in one family collection since it was bequeathed to them in Donne’s will, was ‘lost’ for years before being ‘rediscovered’ in 1959. Since then, this dark study of a young poet emerging from the shadows with his piercing eyes, sensual lips, large hat and suggestively unlaced collar has become one of the most iconic literary images, having appeared on many renaissance poetry covers. The Gallery has six months to acquire this picture – already on loan to it for its forthcoming Searching for Shakespeare exhibition – and is seeking to raise £1,652,000

ROYAL COURT THEATRE: A CELEBRATION OF FIFTY YEARS (25 Jan 2006 - 02 Jul 2006)

To celebrate the Royal Court Theatre’s 50th anniversary in April 2006, a new display at the National Portrait Gallery will show photographs of actors, directors and writers who have enjoyed a close association with a company renowned for its commitment to new writing and for premiering some of the seminal plays of the last fifty years.

ANDY WARHOL: TEN PORTRAITS OF JEWS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY (24 Jan 2006 - 02 Jul 2006)

Andy Warhol was a central figure in the development of Pop Art in the 1960s and he became widely celebrated for his paintings of soup cans, dollar notes and other images taken from popular culture. By the 1980s, his work took on a retrospective character. This display features one of his most important late works which pays homage to some of the great figures of the last century. Including Sarah Bernhardt, Albert Einstein and the Marx Brothers. The work is on loan from a private collection

COMMISSIONING PHOTOGRAPHS 1917-1970 (23 Jan 2006 - 04 Jun 2006)

Before the National Portrait Gallery began to display photographs in the 1970s, a remarkable collection of over 10,000 photographic portraits was created documenting British society’s leading figures from the end of World War One up until the end of the ‘Swinging Sixties’. This display highlights these, and features works by the three National Photographic Record photographers, Walter Stoneman, Walter Bird and Godfrey Argent. Subjects include David Hockney, Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, Peter Sellers, and Sean Connery.

THE ROYAL BALLET AT 75 (14 Jan 2006 - 23 Jul 2006)

2006 marks the 75th anniversary of the Royal Ballet. To celebrate the occasion, this display comprises photographs of some of the key figures who shaped the Company and influenced British ballet in the twentieth century. Among the portraits are founder Ninette de Valois, choreographers Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan, and dancers Robert Helpmann, Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, Lynn Seymour and Darcey Bussell.

SMALL DISPLAYS 2005-2006

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NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY CELEBRATES 150th ANNIVERSARY

The National Portrait Gallery celebrates its 150th year in 2006 with a year-long programme of special events, exhibitions and displays highlighting its past, present and future as the national collection of portraits of British sitters and as the world’s leading museum of portraiture.

SCHWEPPES PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2005 (09 Nov 2005 - 12 Feb 2006)

The National Portrait Gallery is delighted to announce the Call for Entries for the 2005 Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize. This major international photographic competition includes a £20, 000 prize for the winning portrait. Entry forms are now available and the closing date for entries is Friday 22 July 2005. The winner of the Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize will receive £15,000. Photographers aged 25 or under on 1 January 2005 will also be eligible for the £5,000 Deloitte Award. The Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize is open to all and provides an important platform for all photographers making portraits, which may include gifted amateurs, students and professionals of all ages.

SCHWEPPES PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2005 (09 Nov 2005 - 12 Feb 2006)

Four photographers have been shortlisted for the £15,000 Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize, a major international photography award. This is the third year of the Schweppes Prize, which has already firmly established itself as the leading showcase for new talent in portrait photography. The judges have selected 60 portraits for the exhibition from the 6,000 submitted images. The exhibition will run from 9 November 2005– 12 February 2006 at the National Portrait Gallery.

SCHWEPPES PRIZE 2005: WINNER ANNOUNCED (09 Nov 2005 - 12 Feb 2006)

The third Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize has been won by Shara Henderson for Girl With Baby – Poland. The £12,000 award was presented at the National Portrait Gallery, London, last night (Monday 7 November).

NEWLY CONSERVED GRAFTON PORTRAIT FUELS FRESH DEBATE ON SHAKESPEARE

As part of the forthcoming SEARCHING FOR SHAKESPEARE exhibition The National Portrait Gallery has restored an iconic portrait used as covers to many editions of complete works.

SELF-PORTRAIT: RENAISSANCE TO CONTEMPORARY (20 Oct 2005 - 29 Jan 2006)

SELF PORTRAIT: Renaissance to Contemporary is the first large-scale exhibition to bring artists’ own images together from across periods and places within the tradition of western painting. From van Eyck to Jenny Saville, visitors will enjoy many portraits rarely seen outside the collections and cities in which they are permanently displayed. The appeal of this genre of painting is well known, and this exhibition explores the diversity of the image through which the artist is represented.

HEADS OF GOVERNMENT: PHOTOGRAPHS BY DAVID PARTNER (18 Oct 2005 - 05 Mar 2006)

This new display of 20 striking black and white photographs focuses on some of the faces of the men and women responsible for governing the United Kingdom. In 2004 David Partner undertook a project to photograph prominent members of the Labour Government.

NEW CHUCK CLOSE SELF-PORTRAIT UNVEILED

A new self-portrait by the American artist Chuck Close has been unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery as part of the Gallery’s major autumn exhibition, SELF PORTRAIT Renaissance to Contemporary. Close has painted Self-portrait, 2005 especially for inclusion in the exhibition, which runs from 20 October 2005 – 29 January 2006.

NEW ACQUISITION: SYLVIA PLATH'S PORTRAIT OF TED HUGHES

The National Portrait Gallery has acquired through auction what is believed to be the only surviving drawing of Ted Hughes, one of the late 20th Century’s leading poets, made by his then wife, the writer Sylvia Plath. The 1957 portrait, auctioned at Bonhams was sold for ₤27,600. The National Art Collections Fund (Art Fund) awarded a grant of £5,111 towards the purchase which has also been supported by their donors.

FRANCIS ALYS: SEVEN WALKS (28 Sep 2005 - 20 Nov 2005)

Seven Walks is presented within two distinctive London buildings. Drawings, paintings, photographs and videos – are presented within the faded grandeur of one of the great neo-classical buildings on Portman Square designed by James Adam in the late 18th century. The Nightwatch will be presented in the Main Hall of the National Portrait Gallery.

LOOK AT ME (24 Sep 2005 - 19 Mar 2006)

A new exhibition will showcase the art of community groups from across the UK who have worked alongside artists, photographers, poets, and videographers to create their own self-portraits. The National Portrait Gallery’s Look at Me is the third project in its innovative Reaching Out, Drawing In series of exhibitions aimed at involving new audiences. The Gallery has worked in partnership with a diverse range of organisations over a period of 6 months. These include young travellers, homeless people, those in care, those with mental health issues, young people outside formal education and those seeking asylum.

FORTHCOMING EXHIBITIONS AND DISPLAYS 2005-6

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J.K. ROWLING DISPLAYED IN 3-D PAINTED PORTRAIT

J.K. Rowling will attend the unveiling of her new portrait - a striking three-dimensional construction in mixed media - at the National Portrait Gallery this evening (Tuesday 6 September). The whole-length work by 2001 BP Portrait Award winner Stuart Pearson Wright shows the Harry Potter writer sitting at a table with a notepad and a plate of boiled eggs suggesting the café table setting where the author wrote her first novel and where she occasionally still writes.

SHOOTING STARS: CAMERA PORTRAITS BY CORNEL LUCAS (27 Jul 2005 - 22 Jan 2006)

Cornel Lucas (b.1920) has enjoyed a career as a leading photographer for over 40 years, first as one of the pre-eminent portraitists working for British Film Studios, from the late 1940s until the end of the 1950s, and thereafter as an independent photographer working in portraiture, advertising and fashion. This display brings together 50 of Lucas’s finest works both in black-and-white and colour.

NEW CHAIRMAN OF TRUSTEES ANNOUNCED

The Board of Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery has elected Professor David Cannadine FBA FRSL as Chairman in succession to Sir David Scholey, and Amelia Fawcett CBE as Deputy Chairman in succession to Professor Cannadine. Both appointments will take effect from 14 July.

CAMEROON - LONDON: PHOTOGRAPHS (08 Jul 2005 - 16 Oct 2005)

As part of Africa 2005, the National Portrait Gallery has invited two Cameroonian photographers to take part in a two-week residency in London culminating in a display at the Gallery from 8 July until 16 October. During the residency, which is supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, studio photographers Samuel Finlak and Joseph Chila will make a series of portraits, in their own distinctive style, of Londoners and Cameroonians living in London. These will then be exhibited alongside examples of their work from Cameroon.

THE WORLD'S MOST PHOTOGRAPHED (06 Jul 2005 - 23 Oct 2005)

For the first time, the National Portrait Gallery and the BBC present an exhibition and series that have been jointly developed by the two organisations. The World’s Most Photographed is a completely integrated project consisting of an exhibition of around 100 photographs and an accompanying BBC Two series exploring the lives and legends of ten well-known figures from history – Muhammad Ali, James Dean, Mahatma Gandhi, Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, Adolf Hitler, John F Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Queen Victoria.

NEW PORTRAITS

Trade Union leader Sir Bill Morris, writer Jan Morris, philosopher Onora O'Neill, conductor Bernard Haitink and pianist Alfred Brendel are honoured with new portraits unveiled today at the National Portrait Gallery.

BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2005: ANNOUNCEMENT OF SHORTLIST (15 Jun 2005 - 25 Sep 2005)

Following a record number of entries, four artists have been short-listed for the BP Portrait Award 2005, one of Britain’s most prestigious art prizes. In addition to a cash prize of £25,000, the winner will receive a commission, at the discretion of the National Portrait Gallery Trustees, worth £4,000. Second prize will be £6,000, third £4,000 and fourth £2,000. The Portrait Award, now in its 25th year at the National Portrait Gallery and 15th year of sponsorship by BP, is a highly successful annual event aimed at encouraging young artists to focus upon, and develop, the theme of portraiture within their work. This year the competition received a record 1081 entries, compared to 961 last year, and 53 portraits – 40 from the UK and 13 from abroad - have been selected for display at the Gallery

BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2005: WINNER ANNOUNCED (15 Jun 2005 - 25 Sep 2005)

The winner of the prestigious BP Portrait Award 2005 was announced by Neil Tennant at a ceremony at the National Portrait Gallery on Monday 13 June. The winner of the BP Portrait Award 2005 is Dean Marsh for Giulietta Coates Dean Marsh (b.1968) is a London-based artist who, following a Foundation course at Ravensbourne College of Design, has exhibited several times in the BP Portrait Award – in 1993, 1994, 1996 and 2000. He won fourth prize in 2003 for Man with Grey Scarf and was commended in 2002 for his portrait of Rosalind Savill. Dean wins £25,000 and a commission, at the National Portrait Gallery Trustees’ discretion, worth £4,000. Giulietta Coates is painted in oil on board and measures 731x575 mm.

DEFYING DISTANCE (14 Jun 2005 - 25 Sep 2005)

This display of recently commissioned photographs by the young South African photographers Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin profiles some of the key figures in the world of telecommunications.

GALLERY ACQUIRES LELY'S DUCHESS OF CLEVELAND

A portrait lost for almost a century of King Charles II’s leading mistress with his son has been acquired for the nation by the National Portrait Gallery. Sir Peter Lely’s Duchess of Cleveland which shows the artist’s muse with her son Charles Fitzroy as Madonna and Child was one of the great discoveries of the Gallery’s 2001 exhibition Painted Ladies: Women at the Court of Charles II exhibition. Thanks to a public appeal and financial support from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the National Art Collections Fund (Art Fund), the Camelot Group plc, members of the Chelsea Arts Club and a number of individual donors, this striking portrait has been acquired for £147, 000 and will now become a key work within the Gallery’s permanent Collection.

NEW PORTRAIT OF DAME CICELY SAUNDERS UNVEILED

A new oil painting of one of Britain’s greatest humanitarians Dame Cicely Saunders is unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery on Monday 25 April. A pioneer of modern palliative care, Cicely Saunders has helped change the way the world cares for the terminally ill. She is a Founder Trustee and President of a new force in hospice care – The Cicely Saunders Foundation. This unique charity, founded in 2002, seeks to improve the care of people at the end of life wherever they are cared for. The Foundation will discover better ways of treating the problems experienced by patients, their families and carers and promote best practice across the globe. The portrait is by Catherine Goodman and is commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery with support from BP.

EXCLUSIVE: SHAKESPEARE PORTRAIT

The Culture Show – last night on BBC TWO, followed a team of experts at the National Portrait Gallery as they uncovered the truth about one of the world’s most recognisable images of Shakespeare, which for decades has had its authenticity hotly debated. The Flower Portrait - owned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and named after the local brewing family who donated it to the theatre, was revealed to be a 19th Century fake rather than a portrait of Shakespeare painted during his lifetime as previously thought.

NEW VISITOR EXPERIENCE AT BENINGBROUGH HALL

Thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant, the National Trust, in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, is now set to attract far more people than ever. By creating cutting-edge visitor access and interpretation facilities, Beningbrough Hall’s outstanding collection of eighteenth-century portraits is about to be seen in a new light. Following the joint bid by the National Trust and the National Portrait Gallery – who have worked in partnership at Beningbrough Hall since 1979 – the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is to give £414,500 to enable the partnership to launch a brand new visitor experience at Beningbrough Hall.

NEW LUCIAN FREUD SELF-PORTRAIT UNVEILED (13 Apr 2005 - 08 May 2005)

A new self-portrait by Lucian Freud, one of the world’s greatest living figurative artists, will go on display for the first time at the National Portrait Gallery on Wednesday 13 April. Entitled The Painter Surprised by a Naked Admirer, 2005, the painting (54 x 42 ins) shows Freud in his studio pausing while painting as a woman clutches his leg.

DERRY MOORE: PHOTOGRAPHS (06 Apr 2005 - 16 Oct 2005)

Derry Moore is one of Britain’s most eminent photographers specialising in interiors and portraiture. This retrospective display, featuring 25 portraits from a career which has spanned four decades, shows a range of distinguished sitters in imaginative and stylish settings. These include Rudolf Nureyev, Alan Bennett, Gilbert and George, an unpublished portrait of V S Naipaul, a half-naked David Bowie clutching a saxophone while on holiday in Mustique, and a rarely-seen portrait of Diana, Princess of Wales with her two sons Prince William and Prince Harry.

'CONQUERING ENGLAND': IRELAND IN VICTORIAN LONDON (09 Mar 2005 - 19 Jun 2005)

'England had conquered Ireland, so there was nothing for it but to come over and conquer England.' George Bernard Shaw's comment sums up not only his own dazzling career, but the experience of many talented Irish people in nineteenth-century London. This exhibition explores the diversity of the Irish in London and their influence in the visual arts, literature, theatre, journalism and politics.

FAMILY FACES (14 Feb 2005 - 04 Sep 2005)

Family Faces, an exhibition developed with Haringey Education Services, is the second project in the National Portrait Gallery’s community education initiative, Reaching Out, Drawing In. Family Faces involved families from seven schools in the London borough of Haringey who participate in the Parental Involvement programme, working alongside ceramic artist Matt Sheratt to create clay sculptures that represent their families.

FRIDA KAHLO: PORTRAITS OF AN ICON (03 Feb 2005 - 24 Jul 2005)

This selection of 50 photographic portraits of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-54) spans the life of the artist, beginning with a photograph of a four year-old and ending with the image of Kahlo on her deathbed a mere 47 years later.

LEE MILLER: PORTRAITS (03 Feb 2005 - 30 May 2005)

Lee Miller (1907-77) was one of the most extraordinary photographers of the 20th century. This exhibition presents more than 120 black-and-white portraits from Miller's life.

CURTAIN RISES ON PORTRAIT OF JUDI DENCH (19 Jan 2005)

The National Portrait Gallery is delighted to unveil a new portrait of Dame Judi Dench by Alessandro Raho. The striking full-length painted portrait, has been commissioned by the Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery and made possible by JPMorgan through the Fund for New Commissions.

LOST PORTRAIT OF MARY SEACOLE (10 Jan 2005)

A lost painted portrait, of Mary Seacole, the famous black nurse whose outstanding work in the Crimea is often overshadowed by that of her contemporary Florence Nightingale, has recently come to light.

PORTRAIT OF THOMAS HOWARD, 4TH DUKE OF NORFOLK (25 Nov 2004)

The National Portrait Gallery is delighted to have acquired a highly significant portrait of Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, one of the most powerful figures in the Elizabethan Court. No other lifetime portrait of Thomas Howard is owned by a public collection.

SCHWEPPES PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2004 (17 Nov 2004 - 20 Feb 2005)

Four photographers have been shortlisted for the £15,000 Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize, a major international photography award.

WINNER OF £15,000 SCHWEPPES PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE ANNNOUNCED (16 Nov 2004)

The second Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize has been won by German photographer Jens Lucking for Tokyo, a striking portrait of three Japanese school-girls. The £15,000 award was presented at the National Portrait Gallery, London, last night (Monday 15 November) by fashion designer Matthew Williamson.

INNER PICTURE (23 Oct 2004 - 16 Jan 2005)

Inner Picture, an exhibition developed with Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham, marks the beginning of a new National Portrait Gallery educational initiative called Reaching Out, Drawing In.

G.F. WATTS: PORTRAITS (14 Oct 2004 - 09 Jan 2005)

Timed to coincide with the centenary of his death, this major exhibition is both the first to focus on portraits painted by the great Victorian artist George Frederic Watts (1817-1904) and the largest exhibition of his work in 50 years.

ART ON THE SQUARE: JOIN THE PARTY (26 Sep 2004)

On Sunday 26 September, London plays host to an exciting and innovative event, inspiring creativity on a mass scale. Art on the Square: Join the Party mixes a rich palette of free activities and events, bringing together leading London galleries and artists with budding enthusiasts of all ages in a day that everyone can share.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ACQUIRES MR ART (15 Sep 2004)

The National Portrait Gallery is delighted to announce that it has recently acquired Mr Art - an outstanding Pop Art portrait of the influential art critic, curator and writer David Sylvester. It is the first portrait by a major American artist of the 1960s to enter the Gallery's collection.

THREE ROYAL COURT DIRECTORS BY JUSTIN MORTIMER (08 Sep 2004)

A new portrait of three directors of London's Royal Court Theatre - Stephen Daldry, Katie Mitchell and Ian Rickson - which will go on display at the Gallery from 8 September 2004.

SCHWEPPES PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2004: ANNOUNCEMENT OF SHORT LIST (26 Aug 2004)

Four photographers have been shortlisted for the £15,000 Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize, a major international photography award.

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK (07 Jul 2004 - 31 Oct 2004)

This exhibition brings together 60 portraits, in all media, from the National Portrait Gallery's collections, alongside photographs and paintings made by the women on their travels.

BP 2004 WINNER ANNOUNCED (17 Jun 2004 - 19 Sep 2004)

The winner of the prestigious BP Portrait Award 2004 was announced at a ceremony at the National Portrait Gallery on Monday 21 June. 

SIX BRITISH PARALYMPIC ATHLETES (15 Jun 2004)

An ambitious new portrait celebrating the achievements of British Paralympic athletes by John Lessore, himself paraplegic and a wheelchair user, set in the Stadium in Sydney, during the celebrations on the last night of the 2000 Paralympic Games.

DAVID BECKHAM BY SAM TAYLOR-WOOD (27 Apr 2004)

A new video portrait of David Beckham by international artist Sam Taylor-Wood will go on display at the National Portrait Gallery from Tuesday 27 April 2004.

BELOW STAIRS: 400 YEARS OF SERVANTS' PORTRAITS (16 Oct 2003 - 11 Jan 2004)

The traditional study of portraiture in Britain has concentrated on depictions of the upper classes and the celebrated. This ground-breaking exhibition aims to redress the balance by focusing on portraits of servants, from grooms to governesses, maids to musicians. 

HEROES AND VILLIANS (30 Sep 2003 - 04 Apr 2004)

Heroes and Villains is a unique collaboration between the caricaturist Gerald Scarfe and the National Portrait Gallery. Images of well-known figures, selected from the National Portrait Gallery's collections, are juxtaposed with caricatures of the sitters by Scarfe.

MARY MOSER (25 Sep 2003 - 22 Oct 2003)

New Acquisition by George Romney. One of the only two female founding members of the Royal Academy, the flower-painter Mary Moser (1744-1819) was one of the most celebrated women artists in eighteenth-century Britain. 

CIRCLING THE SQUARE (13 Sep 2003 - 28 Mar 2004)

To coincide with the revitalisation of Trafalgar Square, Circling the Square celebrates the Square's history, through the eyes of generations of photographers, spanning over 160 years. 

NEW COMMISSIONS (09 Sep 2003)

The National Portrait Gallery will be putting several recently completed portraits on display from 9th September 2003. 

TERRY O'NEILL (06 Sep 2003 - 14 Mar 2004)

In a career spanning over 40 years, Terry O'Neill's name has become synonymous with the celebrity photographic portrait. 

DJS BY CHRIS LOPEZ (07 Jul 2003 - 28 Sep 2003)

In celebration of the modern international dance music scene, this display brings together some of the most famous DJs from around the world, photographed by leading music photographer Chris Lopez.

HIGH TREASON (02 Jul 2003 - 01 Oct 2003)

A major court painting by Sir John Lavery will go on display at the National Portrait Gallery on 2nd July 2003, depicting the controversial appeal of Roger Casement, the Irish folk hero who was hanged in 1916 for his involvement in the Irish Nationalist revolt in Dublin.

A GARDENER'S LABYRINTH (25 Jun 2003 - 19 Oct 2003)

Tessa Traeger and Patrick Kinmonth have photographed over 50 sitters working in the field, including gardeners, garden history writers, plant finders, garden designers and artists who are shaping new attitudes to plants and gardens.   

BP PORTRAIT WINNER ANNOUNCED

Rory Bremner announced the winner of the prestigious BP Portrait Award at a ceremony at the National Portrait Gallery last night (Tuesday 10 June 2003).

BP PORTRAIT WINNER ANNOUNCED (10 Jun 2003)

Rory Bremner announced the winner of the prestigious BP Portrait Award at a ceremony at the National Portrait Gallery last night (Tuesday 10 June 2003).

NEW REGENCY GALLERIES TO OPEN (20 May 2003)

The comprehensive refurbishment of the National Portrait Gallery will be completed in May, with the re-opening of the top-floor Regency Galleries, redesigned by Piers Gough of CZWG.

WILLIAM HAZLITT'S THE SPIRIT OF THE AGE (20 May 2003 - 02 Nov 2003)

This exhibition, which coincides with the re-opening of the National Portrait Gallery's refurbished Weldon Galleries, draws on the Gallery's collection of works on paper to illustrate and consider Hazlitt's critical portrait of the decades following the French Revolution. 

LICHFIELD: THE EARLY YEARS 1962-1982 (07 May 2003 - 31 Aug 2003)

This display celebrates the 40th anniversary of the start of Patrick Lichfield's life as a photographer and brings together over 30 of his most interesting early works.

NEW GALLERIES AT BODELWYDDAN CASTLE TO OPEN (30 Apr 2003)

The National Portrait Gallery will reopen the first floor galleries at Bodelwyddan Castle, Denbighshire, Wales, on 30 April 2003 following the complete refurbishment of its displays there.

RESTORATION LIVES: SAMUEL PEPYS AND HIS CIRCLE

2003 marks the tercentenary of the death of the famous diarist Samuel Pepys (1633 - 1703). The National Portrait Gallery will be celebrating the occasion with a special display and a two-day conference in September.

YOU LOOK BEAUTIFUL LIKE THAT (05 Mar 2003 - 08 Jun 2003)

The Portrait Photographs of Seydou Keïta and Malick Sidibé

BRITISH BLONDES (03 Mar 2003 - 06 Jul 2003)

From Greek goddess Aphrodite to pop goddess Madonna, blondes have always had more fun. This display brings together the best of British Blondes from the1930s to the present day.

JULIA MARGARET CAMERON (06 Feb 2003 - 26 May 2003)

This is the first major exhibition to draw on the finest of Cameron's prints, from museums and private collections throughout Europe and the United States. 

DAVID HOCKNEY (16 Jan 2003 - 29 Jun 2003)

A selection of new double portraits by David Hockney with the centrepiece of this display being the recently completed portrait of Glyndebourne opera impressario Sir George Christie, and his wife Mary, commissioned by the Gallery.  

150th ANNIVERSARY FUNDRAISING GALA

The National Portrait Gallery launches its 150th Anniversary celebrations on Tuesday 28 February with a gala event to raise funds for the Anniversary Appeal ‘Collecting for the Future’ to help acquire great portraits for the nation

ALL VISITORS TO BE HOLLYWOOD MOVIE STARS AS NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY SETS UP AS A FILM STUDIO…FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY

For one night only the National Portrait Gallery will become the ‘NPG Film Studio’, where visitors will pick up their ‘NPG Film Studio’ contracts at the door before dropping into seven star-making departments to be turned into famous movie stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Inspired by its current exhibition Glamour of the Gods: Hollywood Portraits, the Gallery’s free evening event will give budding film icons the chance to leave their handprints and star names in a specially constructed Walk of Fame. On Friday 7 October, visitors will be invited to wear black and white to Late Shift Extra: Glamour Factory, part of the Gallery’s programme of late openings, Late Shift, in partnership with FTI Consulting.

ANNIGONI’S PORTRAIT OF PRINCESS MARGARET GOES ON DISPLAY AT THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

A large rarely-seen 1957 portrait of the Queen’s sister, the late HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, by the Italian artist Pietro Annigoni is displayed at the National Portrait Gallery from today. It is the first time the portrait - which hung in the Princess’s private apartments in Kensington Palace - can be seen in public since it was auctioned among the sale of items of the Princess’s estate, at Christie’s in 2006. The Princess, who was described by the artist as being ‘enveloped in an aura of sensuality’, is shown in an English garden setting that alludes to her second name Rose, and not her royal status. Its original frame has been hand-painted with a leaf design, possibly by Annigoni himself.

AS GERHARD RICHTER PORTRAITS OPENS NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY HAS BEST YEAR EVER FOR VISITOR FIGURES

The National Portrait Gallery enters 2009 on a high, as visitor figures published today show that in 2008 the Gallery received its highest ever number of visits. The Gallery received 1,843,266 visits last year according to figures released today by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions. This was an increase of 15% on 2007.

BALFOUR PORTRAIT SAVED AT THE ELEVENTH HOUR

The National Portrait Gallery is delighted to announce that it has raised the funds to acquire John Singer Sargent's magnificent portrait of former Prime Minister Lord Balfour and save the portrait for the nation.  

BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE MUSEUM: GALLERY REVEALS SECRETS BEHIND EXHIBITIONS IN NEW TEACHING WEBSITE

The National Portrait Gallery has launched a ground-breaking new online resource www.npg.org.uk/creativeandmediadiploma which, for the first time, invites students and teachers behind the scenes at a national museum, revealing all the processes in staging an exhibition from start to finish, from concept and curating, to creating a marketing campaign, designing the 3D exhibition space and organising events. The website, which has been developed with Atticmedia, has interviews with young people and industry professionals and provides careers advice as well as project resources and blogs. The site is a dynamic and sustainable national learning resource which enables young people to turn both the Gallery and its activity ‘inside out’.

BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2009 SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED – RECORD NUMBER OF ENTRIES

Following a record number of entries, three artists have been short-listed for the BP Portrait Award, one of Britain’s most prestigious art prizes. This year the prize received 1,901 entries, an increase of over 10% on last year. For the third year running, the competition has been open to all aged 18 or over. 56 portraits have been selected for the exhibition which will be shown at the National Portrait Gallery from 18 June to 20 September 2009. The three artists shortlisted for the 2009 award are: Annalisa Avancini for Manuel; Michael Gaskell for Tom and Peter Monkman for Changeling 2.

BP PORTRAIT AWARD ART SCHOOL LAUNCHED BY TOP BRITISH PARALYMPIAN AS A CULTURAL LEGACY FOR 2012

Shelly Woods, one of the UK’s top wheelchair racers with sights set on London 2012, will take time away from the track to model in a drawing class at the National Portrait Gallery this summer. Shelly, who is one of BP’s London 2012 athlete ambassadors, will be the star attraction at two free Summer Schools for 14-19 year olds where past winners from the BP Portrait Award will draw and paint with young people from London, including some who have never drawn or stepped inside a gallery.

BP TRAVEL AWARD WINNER PLUNGES INTO FREEZING WATER FOR EXHIBITION PORTRAITS

One of the two winners of the BP Travel Award revealed how he swam in bitterly cold frozen lakes and rivers to paint his portraits, which are unveiled today at the opening of the BP Portrait Award 2008 exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.Reid won the Award jointly with Timothy Hyman (b1946) who revisited India to paint a large commemorative portrait of a close-knit group of artists centred around the painter Bhupen Khakhar (1934–2003), with whom he had worked in the 1980s. After a gap of 12 years, Hyman returned in February 2007 and had the idea of reuniting and portraying members of the group.

CALL FOR ENTRIES - TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2010

The National Portrait Gallery is delighted to announce the Call for Entries for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010, a major international photographic award. Entry forms are now available and the closing date for entries is 18 July 2010. To enter, visit www.npg.org.uk/photoprize and complete the online application form.

CALL FOR ENTRIES - TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2011

The National Portrait Gallery is delighted to announce the Call for Entries for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011, a major international photographic award. Entry forms are now available and the closing date for entries is 7 July 2011. To enter, visit www.npg.org.uk/photoprize and complete the online application form.

CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR THE BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2011

The National Portrait Gallery is delighted to announce the Call for Entries for the BP Portrait Award 2011, the world’s most prestigious open competition for portrait painting. Entry forms are now available at www.npg.org.uk/bp, and the closing date for entries is Thursday 10 February 2011. The Portrait Award, now in its thirty-second year at the National Portrait Gallery and twenty-second year of sponsorship by BP, is an annual event aimed at encouraging artists to focus upon and develop portraiture in their work.

CHURCHILL, KITCHENER… AND LILY ALLEN: THE STORIES BEHIND THE FACES OF GALLERY’S NEW MARKETING CAMPAIGN

The National Portrait Gallery today launches an innovative marketing campaign which highlights the hidden stories behind its portraits of well known Britons. The new campaign – which encourages people to 'Take another look' at the Gallery’s permanent collection – builds on research which showed that its visitors enjoyed picking up unexpected information behind the portraits. Through its underground posters and banners, the campaign, which has been developed for the Gallery by design agency True North, reveals a selection of 'surprising facts' about a cross-section of famous sitters whose portraits are on display. The sitters featured in the first part of the campaign – more will follow in the autumn – are singer and florist Lily Allen, musician and cheese maker Alex James, jazz musician and fisherman George Melly, statesman and prisoner Winston Churchill, nurse and hotelier Mary Seacole and war secretary and knitting pioneer Lord Kitchener.

CURATORS CLAIM ‘LOST’ EMPEROR PORTRAIT AT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY IS LARGEST MUGHAL PAINTING EVER SEEN

Curators of the National Portrait Gallery’s new exhibition The Indian Portrait 1560-1860 – which opens tomorrow – will reveal a six-foot, seventeenth-century life-size portrait of the Emperor Jahangir which they claim is the largest painting to come from the Mughal empire. Jahangir holding a globe, dating from 1617, is opulently painted in gold and watercolour on cotton and includes relief jewellery. Apart from its appearance in an auction-house catalogue in 1995, the epic portrait now on view at the Gallery’s exhibition has never previously been seen.

DANIEL RADCLIFFE PORTRAIT UNVEILED

Actor Daniel Radcliffe will be among the youngest to join the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection when his portrait drawing by BP Award winner Stuart Pearson Wright is acquired by the Gallery following its unveiling at the National Theatre.

DETECTIVE WORK OF CURATORS REVEALS NEW PORTRAITS OF CONSTABLE’S PARENTS

Co-curators of the forthcoming exhibition Constable Portraits: The Painter and His Circle at the National Portrait Gallery have made important discoveries concerning two portraits belonging to Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service. Anne Lyles, Tate curator and leading authority on the work of John Constable, and Martin Gayford, writer and critic, have confirmed that a portrait of Ann Constable, John Constable’s mother, is by the artist. They have also provisionally re-identified a portrait of Constable’s father, Golding Constable that was previously thought to be a portrait of his school master. These two portraits, now thought to make a pair, have been in the collection at Colchester and Ipswich Museum service since 1926. The discoveries were made by Lyles and Gayford while conducting research for the forthcoming exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, which will include the portrait of Golding Constable.

DUTCH ARTIST WINS BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2011 FOR HIS 17th PICTURE OF A LIFE-LONG MODEL

ON TUESDAY 14 JUNE 2011 the winner of the BP Portrait Award 2011 was announced at the National Portrait Gallery. In a record-breaking year for entries, the prestigious first prize was won by 57-year-old artist Wim Heldens, who has been exhibited twice before in the competition but shortlisted for the first time this year. His winning portrait, Distracted, is a picture of a 25-year-old student the artist has painted 17 times at different stages of his life. Wim Heldens wins £25,000 and a commission, at the National Portrait Gallery Trustees’ discretion, worth £4,000. The portrait can be seen at the National Portrait Gallery from Thursday 16 June when the BP Portrait Award 2011 exhibition opens to the public. The second prize of £8,000 went to Louis Smith for Holly and the third prize of £6,000 to Ian Cumberland for Just to Feel Normal. There was, also for the fifth time, the BP Young Artist Award of £5,000 for the work of an entrant aged between 18 and 30. This has been won by Sertan Saltan for Mrs Cerna.

ERIN O’CONNOR SUPPORTS NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY’S NEW ‘LATE SHIFT’ TO ATTRACT 1000 EXTRA VISITS A WEEK

The National Portrait Gallery launches a new and enhanced weekly programme of late-night openings, in partnership with the global business advisory firm FTI Consulting. The Late Shift is launching tomorrow, Friday 14 May 2010, with India Noir, the first of four special quarterly extended Friday Late Shifts when the Gallery will be open until 10pm. The Asian-themed event will coincide with the Gallery’s exhibition The Indian Portrait 1560-1860.

ERIN O’CONNOR UNVEILS NEW RANKIN PHOTOGRAPHS AT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY’S FASHION FRIDAY LATE OPENING

Nine new fashion photographs by Rankin placed alongside paintings of famous women of the past such as Nell Gwynn and Elizabeth I will be displayed for the first time – and for one-night only – at the National Portrait Gallery. The photographs can be seen during an evening of special events at the Gallery attended by Erin O’Connor and curated by award-winning initiative All Walks Beyond the Catwalk. On Friday 11 February, as part of the Gallery’s programme of late openings, Late Shift, in partnership with FTI Consulting, All Walks Beyond the Catwalk will unveil the new Rankin portraits as part of their latest campaign to broaden the range of body and beauty ideals in our media.

FIRST BRITISH PORTRAIT OF A BLACK AFRICAN MUSLIM AND FREED SLAVE GOES ON DISPLAY

The Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) and the National Portrait Gallery, London announce a cooperative agreement relating to the portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, painted by William Hoare of Bath in 1733. Following the purchase of the work by QMA at Christie’s in November 2009, the painting was the subject of export restriction, having been judged by the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art to be of outstanding importance to the history and culture of Britain. It was on this basis that the National Portrait Gallery expressed its strong interest in the painting.

FIRST EXHIBITION FOR 50 YEARS FOR WOMAN PHOTOGRAPHER AT HEART OF BOHEMIAN LIFE

A new exhibition of portraits by the twentieth-century pioneering photographer Ida Kar opens at the National Portrait Gallery in March 2011. Ida Kar: Bohemian Photographer, 1908-74 (10 March-19 June 2011) highlights the crucial role played by this key woman photographer at the heart of the creative avant-garde.

FIRST PAINTED PORTRAIT OF AMERICAN VOGUE’S ANNA WINTOUR ACQUIRED BY THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

The National Portrait Gallery, London, has acquired American artist Alex Katz’s bold portrait of Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief of American VOGUE. The painting, which was unveiled at the Gallery in 2010, is the first painted portrait of British-born Wintour. It is also the first work by influential American artist Katz to enter the Gallery’s Collection. The portrait will be on show from 13 September 2011 to coincide with London Fashion Week. Anna has been acquired for a special net price of £125,000, purchased with help in the form of a £45,000 grant from the Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for works of art. The remainder came from the Gallery's own acquisition funds.

FRANK AUERBACH PORTRAIT

The National Portrait Gallery are delighted to have acquired a rare and outstanding self-portrait by Frank Auerbach. 

GALLERY ACQUIRES MILLAIS MASTERPIECE

The National Portrait Gallery is delighted to have acquired one of Millais's greatest portraits with the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the National Art Collections Fund (Art Fund). 

GALLERY AND HISTORIC HOUSES UNITE TO CELEBRATE GREAT PORTRAITS FROM VICTORIAN AND EDWARDIAN BRITAIN

From Beatrix Potter and Charles Dickens to Ellen Terry and King Edward VII, some of the most famous names of the Victorian and Edwardian age are the focus of an exciting new collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery and the National Trust. For the first time, iconic portraits from the National Portrait Gallery Collection and selected houses of the National Trust are the subject of a new book, A Guide to Victorian & Edwardian Portraits, published on Thursday 7 April 2011.

GALLERY LAUNCHES ACTRESS PORTRAITS SHOW… AND ACQUIRES RARE PICTURE OF SOCIETY BEAUTIES AS MACBETH’S WITCHES

As it launches a major exhibition of actress portraits, the National Portrait Gallery has announced the acquisition of a large and rarely seen picture of three of eighteenth-century society’s most glamorous and notorious women – as the three witches from Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire and Elizabeth Lamb, Viscountess Melbourne – the most famous political hostesses and society beauties of their day – are shown gathered around the witches’ cauldron alongside their friend, the sculptor Anne Seymour Damer. The portrait will be seen by museum visitors for the first time at the National Portrait Gallery’s autumn exhibition The First Actresses: Nell Gwyn to Sarah Siddons, where it will be included in a section devoted to amateur dramatics. It was acquired through the Government’s Acceptance in Lieu scheme having been allocated to the Gallery from a private collection in lieu of inheritance tax.

GALLERY LAUNCHES APPEAL TO SECURE FIRST BRITISH PORTRAIT OF A BLACK AFRICAN MUSLIM AND FREED SLAVE

The National Portrait Gallery today launches, with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Art Fund, an appeal to acquire for the nation the earliest known British oil painting of a freed slave, and the first portrait that honours a named African subject as an individual and an equal.

GALLERY SEEKS NEW SPONSOR FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC PRIZE

The National Portrait Gallery’s Photographic Portrait Prize is available for sponsorship as it comes to the end of a three-year partnership with Schweppes. The Gallery presented the Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize from 2003-5 during which time the Prize has grown greatly in profile and popularity. A new title sponsor is now being sought to support the Prize for another three years.

GALLERY’S DETECTIVE WORK SHOWS TWO PORTRAITS OF ELIZABETH I TO BE PAINTED IN SAME STUDIO AT SAME TIME

New scientific detective work has revealed that two renowned 16th century portraits of Queen Elizabeth I belonging to two different galleries were painted on wood panels from the same tree. The portraits were first associated with Hilliard in 1933, and the new findings support the attribution as it is now known that both portraits were painted in the same studio. The paintings of Elizabeth I, known as the ‘Phoenix’ portrait and the ‘Pelican’ portrait, will be shown together for the first time in more than 25 years, for one week only, at the National Portrait Gallery from 13 to19 September 2010 as part of the Making Art in Tudor Britain project led by Dr Tarnya Cooper.

GOVERNMENT SPENDING REVIEW

The National Portrait Gallery welcomes the increased allocation of funds under the Government Spending Review announced this week.

LATE SHIFT EXTRA: REANIMATE FRIDAY 5 AUGUST 2011: NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY TO BE FIRST MUSEUM TO CREATE A FIVE-SENSE VISITOR EXPERIENCE … FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY

For one night only the National Portrait Gallery will become the first museum to offer a total sensory visitor experience where people can listen to sonic landscapes and DJ sets, see exhibitions and films, taste cocktails and even be intoxicated by a specially created perfume. The event is set to be one of the most far-reaching explorations of the power of the senses. On Friday 5 August, as part of the Gallery’s programme of late openings, Late Shift, in partnership with FTI Consulting, ReAnimate will be a night to indulge the senses. Exploring body and movement, the evening is inspired by the Gallery’s recently-opened Road to 2012: Changing Pace exhibition of portraits of Olympic and Paralympic participants.

LEWIS CARROLL SAVED FOR NATION

A grant of £471,500 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) will allow the consortium led by the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television (NMPFT) and the National Portrait Gallery to bid for an important collection of photographs by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known as the author Lewis Carroll.

MAJOR GRANT HELPS BRING NEW LIFE TO NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY’S DISPLAYS

The National Portrait Gallery is to receive a welcome Government grant to help turn one of its oldest public rooms into a dynamic display space with new visitor facilities. The DCMS/Wolfson Foundation Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund, it was announced today, will contribute £122, 000 towards the new project for the much-loved Landing gallery that is in the original 1896 part of the building. The grant will help pay for restoration and a lift connection from the rest of the Gallery giving total access to all public areas for the first time and helping to reclaim the importance of the Landing in the National Portrait Gallery’s original design as a key place to display portraits.

MO MOWLAM

Former Northern Ireland Secretary, Mo Mowlam, will unveil her new portrait at the National Portrait Gallery on Thursday 17 January 2002.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ACQUIRES ONLY LIFE-TIME PORTRAIT OF SHAKESPEARE COLLABORATOR

The National Portrait Gallery has succeeded in its public appeal to raise funds to purchase the only known portrait from life of John Fletcher (1579-1625), one of the most successful playwrights of the Jacobean period. The portrait was on offer for £218,000, a substantially reduced price following tax remission. Following a £50,000 grant from The Art Fund, the UK’s leading art charity, which kick-started the appeal on 16 November last year, the Gallery has raised the total in time for the appeal deadline of 20 January 2008, it was announced today.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ACQUIRES TUDOR DOUBLE PORTRAIT – A GEM OF MATRIARCHAL POWER

The National Portrait Gallery acquires one of the few Tudor family portraits on public view, a masterpiece by Hans Eworth, the most talented painter working in England after Holbein.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ANNOUNCES APPEAL TO RESTORE RARELY SEEN PAINTING OF NAVAL OFFICERS FROM WWI

The National Portrait Gallery, London announced today (Wednesday 27 March 2013) a £20,000 appeal to restore a huge portrait that has not been on display at the Gallery since the 1960s. Funds will be raised through the Gallery’s participation in DONATE, from the National Funding Scheme. The new scheme is a single national, mobile giving platform, freely available to all charitable cultural institutions. This digital solution allows visitors to donate using smartphones. The National Portrait Gallery will use the funds raised through this scheme to conserve Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope’s portrait of Naval Officers of World War I (1921). The large-scale portrait set in the Admiralty Boardroom, Whitehall, measures over 5 metres in length and comprises twenty-two portraits of the navy’s most senior figures. With the necessary funding the portrait will be restored and returned to public display in time to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War in 2014.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ANNOUNCES BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2011 SHORTLIST… AND A RECORD NUMBER OF ENTRIES

After a record number of entries, four artists have been short-listed for the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery, one of the world’s most prestigious art prizes. This year the prize received 2, 372 entries, an increase of 196 on last year. For the fifth year, the competition has been open to all aged 18 or over. 55 portraits have been selected for the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, which runs from 16 June until 18 September 2011.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY COMMISSIONS NEW PAINTING OF PRINCE WILLIAM AND PRINCE HARRY

First painted double-portrait of Prince William and Prince Harry on show for the first time at the National Portrait Gallery A new painted double portrait of Prince William and Prince Harry, by Nicky Philipps, commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery in London goes on public display there for the first time today (Wednesday 6 January 2010).

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY COMMISSIONS PAINTING OF SIR MICHAEL PARKINSON

A new painted portrait of the journalist, author and broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson has been commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, London, where it will go on display for the first time from Friday 27 May 2011. Painted in a variety of brown tones, the portrait in oil on canvas by Jonathan Yeo is a ‘head’ executed from life over five sittings in the artist’s London studio. The intimacy of Yeo’s close-cropped composition gives a sense of how it might feel to be faced by Sir Michael as one of his interview subjects, a privilege usually reserved for the famous.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY FINDS RELICS OF AN ENGLISH KING IN ITS BASEMENT

National Portrait Gallery reveals a possible true likeness of a king and secret life of its first Director as it completes archive catalogue. An archivist at the National Portrait Gallery has found relics from the tomb of King Richard II while cataloguing the papers of its first Director Sir George Scharf (1820-1895). Among the hundreds of diaries and notebooks left behind in boxes not opened for years were contents from the coffin of a medieval English king, and sketches of his skull and bones.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY HAS BEST YEAR EVER FOR VISITOR FIGURES

The National Portrait Gallery enters 2007 on a high following its 150th Anniversary year last year as visitor figures published today show last year the Gallery received its highest ever number of visitors. The Gallery received 1, 601, 448 visitors in 2006 according to figures released today by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions. This was an increase of 4% on 2005.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY HAS BEST YEAR EVER FOR VISITOR FIGURES

Just under 2 Million Visits. Highest ever exhibition visitor figures for BP Portrait Award. 8% up on last year. Visitor figures published today show that in the financial year 2009-10 the National Portrait Gallery received 1, 980, 000 visits, its highest ever number. This was an increase of 8% on 2008-9 and 20% increase on 2006-7.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY LAUNCHES ART IN HOSPITAL SCHOOLS

Artist Sir Peter Blake joined some of the 200 children in hospital who, over the next year, will make their own collages and animations inspired by the National Portrait Gallery’s Pop Art Portraits exhibition. It’s part of a pioneering new scheme launched on 9 November at the Evelina Children Hospital, at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, for arts provision at Hospital Schools.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY LAUNCHES FIRST ‘INTERACTIVE’ FAMILY AUDIO GUIDE

Touchscreen ‘treasurehunt’ to find pictures and information without needing numbers or logos on wall captions. Watch Gallery curators telling the story of over 500 years of British portraits and history. Hear sitters such as Fiona Shaw and Akram Khan talk about their portraits, and Marc Quinn on his ‘Blood Head’

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE WITH VIRTUAL GALLERY TOUR AND ‘BEHIND THE SCENES’ ACCESS

The National Portrait Gallery launches its newly redesigned website (www.npg.org.uk) offering exciting facilities, greater interactivity and fascinating glimpses of the Gallery’s work behind the scenes. The site, which has been redeveloped in partnership with digital media company Cogapp, now provides a first-class experience for the site’s 16 million visitors a year. The overall result has been to make the site more intuitive and easier to use.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY PUBLICATIONS NEW TITLE: LATER STUART PORTRAITS 1685 - 1714

This important reference work is the latest in the series of thoroughly researched, impressively detailed catalogues raisonnés of the National Portrait Gallery's Collections. It catalogues the entire Collection of portraits in all media of those active in the period 1685 and 1714, and includes new research from the Gallery's curators and art historian John Ingamells.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY SEEKS SUPPORT TO ACQUIRE MARC QUINN’S FROZEN ‘BLOOD HEAD’

The National Portrait Gallery hopes to acquire for the nation Marc Quinn’s ‘Blood Head’ – it would be the only cast of Self to join a British public collection The National Portrait Gallery is hoping to acquire a self-portrait cast of artist Marc Quinn’s head made in 2006 from his own blood and then frozen. In an appeal kick-started by The Art Fund, the UK’s leading independent art charity - which has given £100,000 towards the purchase - the Gallery has until December 31 in which to raise a total amount of £350,000.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY SHOWS MARC QUINN’S FROZEN ‘BLOOD HEAD’

The National Portrait Gallery acquires for the nation Marc Quinn’s Self – the only cast from his series of ‘Blood Heads’ to join a British public collection, on display from today The National Portrait Gallery today unveils its latest acquisition – a self-portrait cast of artist Marc Quinn’s head made in 2006 from his own blood and then frozen. The work was purchased for £300,000 following an appeal kick-started by a £100,000 grant from The Art Fund, the UK’s leading independent art charity. Other donations towards the purchase included £20,000 from The Henry Moore Foundation.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY UNVEILS DYNAMIC PAINTING OF AKRAM KHAN DANCING

Dancer Akram Khan – currently appearing with actress Juliet Binoche at the National Theatre – has his movements caught on canvas for the third Jerwood Portrait Commission Commissioned with support from the Jerwood Charitable Foundation An unusual new portrait consisting of nine panels showing the physical movement of leading dancer and choreographer Akram Khan has been unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery. Painted in sepia-tones by the American/Iranian artist Darvish Fakhr, the newly commissioned portrait depicts Khan performing each of the nine rasa, or emotions. Expressed by a dancer through a system of bodily and facial movements, the rasa are central to Khan’s performances of traditional Khatak dance. In this portrait, Khan has interpreted each rasa in a personal and deliberately ambiguous way, reflecting his innovative approach to contemporary and traditional Asian dance.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY UNVEILS ITS NEW PORTRAIT OF DAME MAGGIE SMITH

The National Portrait Gallery, London, has unveiled its most recent commissioned portrait, a painting of Dame Maggie Smith by the artist James Lloyd, it was announced today, Tuesday 9 April 2013. It was commissioned by the Gallery with the support of J. P. Morgan through the Fund for New Commissions.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY UNVEILS NEW PAINTED PORTRAIT OF WRITER V. S. NAIPAUL

A painted portrait of Nobel Prize winning writer V.S. Naipaul has been commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery and unveiled there today. The artist Paul Emsley won the BP Portrait Award, the National Portrait Gallery’s annual painting competition and exhibition in 2007. It was on the strength of Emsley’s portrait of fellow artist Michael Simpson that the Gallery was able to persuade the Nobel Prize-winning writer to have his portrait painted for the Collection.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY UNVEILS NEW PORTRAIT OF KIDS COMPANY FOUNDER CAMILA BATMANGHELIDJH

A new portrait of Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh, who has helped transform the lives of young people in inner-city London, goes on display at the National Portrait Gallery for the first time today. The portrait of Batmanghelidjh, the Iranian-born psychotherapist and social reformer, is the work of artist Dean Marsh, and was commissioned as part of the First Prize for his winning the BP Portrait Award competition at the Gallery in 2005.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY UNVEILS NEW PORTRAIT OF NOBEL PRIZE WINNING SCIENTIST - SIR MARTIN EVANS

A new portrait of Sir Martin Evans by prize-winning artist David Cobley has gone on display at the National Portrait Gallery. Sir Martin was the first scientist to identify embryonic stem cells which have applications in virtually all areas of biomedicine, from basic research to the development of new therapies.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ‘PORTRAIT GALA’ WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR EDUCATION

The National Portrait Gallery will host a Gala event on Tuesday 3 March to raise funds for its Education programme. Artists such as Stuart Pearson Wright, Humphrey Ocean, David Mach and supporters such as Joanna Trollope, Jane Asher, Bruce Oldfield, Sebastian Faulks and Sadie Coles will attend the Portrait Gala.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY'S ICONIC SHAKESPEARE PAINTING TOURS BRITAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME

Treasured Shakespeare picture, never shown in the UK outside London, embarks on four-venue, year-long tour. One of the National Portrait Gallery’s most important possessions - the ‘Chandos’ portrait of William Shakespeare - is to tour Britain for the first time since it was acquired by the Gallery as part of a major exhibition of writers’ portraits. The work will be the centrepiece of an exhibition, Writers of Influence: Shakespeare to J.K. Rowling, displaying 61 of the Gallery’s most important literary portraits. Opening in Sheffield in April, the exhibition will travel to Southampton, Plymouth and Sunderland.

NEW ACQUISITIONS

The National Portrait Gallery are delighted to have acquired Julian Opie's portrait of pop group Blur and self-portraits by two of Britain's most important female artists Tracey Emin and Sarah Lucas. 

NEW DIRECTOR

Charles Saumarez Smith, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, has been appointed as the new Director of the National Gallery.

NEW DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

Sandy Nairne, Director, Programmes at Tate, has been appointed as the new Director of the National Portrait Gallery.

NEW PORTRAIT OF CHANNEL FOUR NEWS READER JON SNOW GOES ON SHOW AT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

A new portrait of the journalist and newscaster Jon Snow has been unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in London. It was commissioned by Channel 4 to mark the sitter’s twentieth anniversary as presenter of the station’s Channel 4 News. The portrait by artist John Keane shows two faces of Jon Snow - one gazing at the viewer to the left of the picture, while to the right and slightly behind, is a hazy image of the news reader as he appears on our television screens, complete with one of his trademark colourful ties. The oil painting is on loan to the National Portrait Gallery where it can be seen until 30 September 2010.

NEW PORTRAIT OF DAME ANNE OWERS UNVEILED AT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

A new portrait of Dame Anne Owers by prize-winning artist, Diarmuid Kelley, has gone on display at the National Portrait Gallery. Dame Anne was the first woman to hold the post of H M Chief Inspector of Prisons (2001–10) and spoke out against prison overcrowding, the over-use of prisons to house those who are mentally ill, and the introduction of ‘titan’ jails.

NEW PORTRAIT OF SIR JAMES DYSON BY JULIAN OPIE ON SHOW AT THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

A new portrait of one of Britain’s most successful inventors by artist Julian Opie will go on display at the National Portrait Gallery on Saturday 6 August. The portrait of Sir James Dyson, inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaner, is the first work by Julian Opie to be commissioned by the Gallery, and will be shown alongside other works by the artist.

NEW PORTRAIT OF THE PRINCES AT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ALONGSIDE RONNIE CORBETT, TRACEY EMIN, M.I.A. AND BRIAN COX

A previously unseen portrait of Prince William and Prince Harry by Fergus Greer and a portrait of Tracey Emin by David Bailey will form part of a new display highlighting the photographs recently acquired by the National Portrait Gallery. Eighteen by Twelve: Recent Photographic Acquisitions from 7 February 2011 in Room 41a will show eighteen sitters by twelve contemporary photographers, all on display for the first time at the Gallery.

NEW PORTRAITS OF OLYMPIC SPORTS STARS UNVEILED AS PREVIEW FOR NEXT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY/BT ROAD TO 2012 EXHIBITION

Striking new photographs of Taekwondo world number one Aaron Cook doing a flying side-kick outside his Manchester home champion swimmer Eleanor Simmonds about to start a training session and former champion, now Director of Paralympic Integration, Chris Holmes relaxing in the water, were revealed today. The portraits were taken by Finlay MacKay and Emma Hardy, announced today as the latest photographers to be commissioned for the National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 Project as part of the Cultural Olympiad. Their work will be displayed at the National Portrait Gallery from 25 July in Road to 2012: Changing Pace, the second exhibition in a three-year cycle funded by BT, that documents Britain’s medal hopefuls and key figures behind the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

NEW PORTRAITS OF SEB COE, DANNY BOYLE, PHILLIPS IDOWU AND ANNA SHARKEY UNVEILED AT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY/BT ROAD TO 2012 EXHIBITION OPENING

Striking new photographs of Sebastian Coe, athlete Phillips Idowu, aspiring Paralympian Anna Sharkey and Danny Boyle, Artistic Director of the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, were unveiled as part of the new BT-supported Road to 2012: Changing Pace exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

PICTURED AND SEEN: OBJECTS IN PORTRAITS

An innovative new display exploring the role of objects in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century portraits opens at the National Trust’s Montacute House on 15 March 2014, bringing together examples of the items depicted alongside their painted counterparts.

PORTRAIT OF CRIMEAN WAR NURSE MARY SEACOLE ACQUIRED BY NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

The only known painting of Mary Seacole, the black Victorian nurse regarded as one of the most significant figures to emerge from the Crimean War, is to remain at the National Portrait Gallery where it has been on loan since 2004. The iconic portrait has been bought for £130, 000 through a public appeal by the Gallery and a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of £96,200

PORTRAIT OF OMAI

The National Portrait Gallery, the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby, and the National Museums & Galleries of Wales are delighted to announce that they have jointly acquired William Parry's group portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, Dr Daniel Solander and the Tahitian Omai following a successful fund-raising campaign.

PORTRAIT OF OMAI

The National Portrait Gallery and the National Museums & Galleries of Wales are delighted to announce that they will be collaborating to acquire William Parry's group portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, Dr Daniel Solander and the Tahitian Omai. 

PORTRAITS OF ASPIRING OLYMPIAN AND TEENAGE PRISONER MAKE SHORTLIST FOR TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2009

Four photographers have been shortlisted for the £12,000 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, the major international photography award. Firmly established as the leading showcase for new talent in portrait photography the prize is sponsored by law firm, Taylor Wessing. The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2009 will showcase the work of some of the most talented emerging young photographers, alongside that of established professionals, photography students and gifted amateurs. Selected anonymously from an open competition, the diversity of styles reflects the international mix of entrants as well as the range of approaches to the portrait genre encompassing editorial, advertising and fine art images. The judges have selected 60 portraits for the exhibition from over 6,300 submissions entered by 2,452 photographers from around the world. The exhibition will run from 5 November 2009 through to 14 February 2010 at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

RARE JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY PORTRAIT OF RICHARD ARKWRIGHT IS ACQUIRED BY LONDON AND PRESTON

The National Portrait Gallery and the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston, are delighted to announce that they have acquired a portrait of the British engineer and inventor Sir Richard Arkwright by the painter Joseph Wright of Derby. The Galleries raised a total amount of £420,000, with the help of £132, 000 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund. The appeal was kick-started by The Art Fund - the UK’s leading independent art charity - which gave £100,000 towards the purchase. The acquisition has been supported by the Headley Trust, PRISM (the Fund for the Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Material), the Harris Trust and Friends of the Harris Museum, as well as a number of generous individuals.

RATS, MURDER AND SECRET WARTIME BUNKERS…NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ARCHIVE GOES ONLINE

The National Portrait Gallery has launched its archive catalogue on the web http://archivecatalogue.npg.org.uk/, revealing to a wider audience fascinating stories about the Gallery’s activities since it was founded in 1856. An Edwardian murder and suicide in the public galleries, an outbreak of rats and the extraordinary lengths directors went to in order to ensure the safety of the nation’s portraits during the First and Second World Wars are among the discoveries available at the click of a button.

RIO FERDINAND JOINS CHARLES II AND LORD NELSON AS HEROES OF NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY HIDDEN-STORIES POSTER CAMPAIGN

Did you know Rio Ferdinand was a ballet dancer? Or Nelson suffered from sea sickness? Or Mary, Queen of Scots was the first woman golfer? Mary, Queen of Scots, Lord Nelson, King Charles II, artist L.S. Lowry and new England captain Rio Ferdinand have been chosen as the faces of the National Portrait Gallery’s latest marketing campaign, launched on posters, ads and bus shelters from today, which highlights the hidden stories behind its portraits of well known Britons.

SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED - TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2010

Four photographers have been shortlisted for the £12,000 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, the major international photography award. Firmly established as the leading showcase for new talent in portrait photography, the prize is sponsored by international law firm Taylor Wessing. The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010 will showcase the work of some of the most talented emerging young photographers, alongside that of established professionals, photography students and gifted amateurs. Selected anonymously from an open competition, the diversity of styles reflects the international mix of entrants as well as the range of approaches to the portrait genre, encompassing editorial, advertising and fine art images. The judges have selected 60 portraits for the exhibition from nearly 6,000 submissions entered by 2,401 photographers. The exhibition will run from 11 November 2010 through to 20 February 2011 at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED - TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2011

For the first time ever, five photographers have been shortlisted for the £12,000 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, the major international photography award. Firmly established as the leading showcase for new talent in portrait photography, the prize is sponsored by international law firm Taylor Wessing.

SIR BRIAN URQUHART

Recent acquisition.

STEPHEN ROBERTSON APPOINTED FIRST NON-EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER OF NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY COMPANY

One of Britain’s leading retail marketeers, Stephen Robertson, has been appointed the first Non-Executive Board member of the National Portrait Gallery Company Ltd. Director General of the British Retail Consortium, Stephen Robertson, 54, represents UK retail interests in lobbying and informing government in Westminster, Edinburgh and Brussels, as well as handling extensive media relations. The BRC has 50 employees and benefits from a successful trading arm, running events and publications.

STUDENTS AND GALLERY REVEAL TRUE IDENTITY OF ELIZABETHAN PORTRAIT IN TRACY CHEVALIER MYSTERY SHORT STORY

A sixteenth-century portrait of a young man, that belongs to the National Portrait Gallery, has been identified as Sir Robert Dudley, the illegitimate son of Queen Elizabeth I’s favourite courtier, the Earl of Leicester. The discovery coincides with the publication of a book in which the author Tracy Chevalier penned her own short story imagining the sitter’s identity. The discovery was made by Bristol University students who were working under the supervision of the National Portrait Gallery on a display of paintings of mystery figures which opens tomorrow (March 17) at the Gallery’s 16th century regional partner, the National Trust’s Montacute House.

TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2009 - CALL FOR ENTRIES AND ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE ELLE COMMISSION

The National Portrait Gallery is delighted to announce the Call for Entries for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2009, a major international photographic award. Entry forms are now available and the closing date for entries is 24 July 2009. The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize is open to all photographers over the age of 18 and provides an important platform for portrait photographers including gifted amateurs, students and professionals of all ages. Around 60 photographers will be selected for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery which in 2008 received a record 273,236 visitors. The winner of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2009 will receive £12,000.

THE ROYAL FAMILY: A CENTENARY PORTRAIT BY JOHN WONNACOTT

In celebration of the 100th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, the National Portrait Gallery has commissioned a family portrait.

THIRD YEAR OF BP PORTRAIT AWARD: NEXT GENERATION FREE ART SCHOOLS LAUNCHED

Now in its third year BP Portrait Award: Next Generation project creates free opportunities for 14-19 year olds to engage with portraiture through the BP Portrait Award, the National Portrait Gallery’s most popular exhibition. From first-time Gallery visitors to those who want to make art their career, the project connects young people with past BP Portrait Award winning artists and other young people interested in portraiture. The project provides a permanent artistic legacy and is a major part of the London 2012 Festival, the spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration running from 21 June until 9 September 2012, bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK.

TOP BRITISH PARALYMPIAN SHELLY WOODS MODELS FOR DRAWING CLASS AT BP PORTRAIT AWARD NEXT GENERATION SUMMER SCHOOL

Shelly Woods, one of the UK’s top wheelchair racers with sights set on London 2012, will today MONDAY 15 AUGUST take time away from the track to model in a drawing class for young people at the National Portrait Gallery. Shelly, who is one of BP’s London 2012 athlete ambassadors, is the star attraction at the second of two free Summer Schools for young people where past winners from the BP Portrait Award will draw and paint with young people from London, including some who have never drawn or stepped inside a gallery. Shelly says: ‘It is great to be involved in such an exciting project which, in the spirit of London 2012, has a real legacy in inspiring young people of all abilities and backgrounds to paint and draw.’

UNSEEN PORTRAITS AND RARELY-LOANED WINDSOR TREASURES…THE FIRST THOMAS LAWRENCE EXHIBITION FOR 30 YEARS

The first UK exhibition devoted to Regency painter Thomas Lawrence for 30 years. 54 outstanding portraits drawn from around the world including The Royal Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Palace of Versailles and Art Institute of Chicago. Many from private collections…one rediscovery, some seen in public for the first time

UNSEEN ‘FAVOURITE’ PORTRAIT OF WELLINGTON SET TO BE A MAJOR DRAW AT THOMAS LAWRENCE EXHIBITION

A rarely-seen portrait of the Duke of Wellington from a private collection and commissioned by one of his closest female friends is set to be a big draw at the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition devoted to the Regency artist Sir Thomas Lawrence, which opens on Thursday 21 October. Apart from a two-month exhibition in Bristol in 1951, the portrait has never been seen in public. The portrait – which shows Wellington in civilian clothes rather than military attire – is widely held to be one of the artist’s most celebrated paintings. It is also one of the most successful and revealing portraits by any artist for whom the Duke sat. It comes as close as any to penetrating Wellington's aura of heroism and capturing the essence of the man.

VISITORS HELP BUY NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ITS FIRST PAINTING BY DAVID HOCKNEY

A large recent self-portrait by David Hockney has been bought by the National Portrait Gallery from funds raised last year through its 150th Anniversary Portrait Gala and gift aid donations from tickets sold to visitors of its highly successful David Hockney Portraits exhibition. It will go on display alongside a selection of other recent acquisitions to coincide with the opening of the Gallery’s major autumn exhibition Pop Art Portraits on 11 October.

ZAHA HADID’S PORTRAIT IN CHANGING COLOURS SHOWN AT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

A groundbreaking constantly changing new portrait of a world-famous architect by one of Britain’s most influential artists goes on display at the National Portrait Gallery today. The portrait of Zaha Hadid, the Iraqi-born architect of the London 2012 Olympic Aquatics Centre, is the first work by Michael Craig-Martin, one of the key figures in British contemporary art, to be commissioned by the Gallery.

‘GIRL WITH AN iPOD’ IS VISITORS’ FAVOURITE PAINTING AT BP PORTRAIT AWARD EXHIBITION

A large and striking portrait of the head of a girl wearing earphones with eyes downwards focusing on the music on her iPod is the favourite painting of visitors to this year’s BP Portrait Award exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Each year, the BP Visitor Choice competition offers visitors to the highly popular BP Portrait Award exhibition the opportunity to vote for their favourite portrait in the exhibition. This year, a record 25,980 votes were cast between 24 June and 5 September 2010, and the overall winner was iDeath by Michal Ožibko, which received 4,127 votes. The second most popular was Sentinel by Lyndsey Jameson (2,500 votes), and the third Le Grand Natan by Daniel Enkaoua (2,098 votes). The three had maintained these positions at the top of the table since voting started.

MAD, BAD AND DANGEROUS (20 Nov 2002 - 16 Feb 2003)

This exhibition reinterprets the continuing fascination of Lord Byron (1788-1824) for a new generation.

AUTHORS OF MURDER (04 Nov 2002 - 02 Mar 2003)

A selection of Britain's most talented crime writers reveal their deadly thoughts in this intriguing display by leading photographer Nicola Kurtz.

AMERICANS (10 Oct 2002 - 12 Jan 2003)

Focussing on the lives of more than 150 men and women who have shaped American history, this exhibition is drawn from the collections of our sister institution, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

BLOW UP (21 Sep 2002 - 01 May 2003)

Six newly-acquired prints by David Bailey are the focus for this display inspired by Michelangelo Antonioni's 1966 cult classic film Blow Up. 

GENOMIC PORTRAIT (18 Sep 2002)

Leading genetic scientist Sir John Sulston and prominent "YBA" artist Marc Quinn will unveil an exciting new portrait at the National Portrait Gallery on Tuesday 18 September.

SHE BOP (08 Jul 2002 - 03 Nov 2002)

This display brings together a definitive top-twenty of women in pop from the 1960s to the present day.

BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2002 (19 Jun 2002 - 15 Sep 2002)

Announcement of the winners

BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2002 (19 Jun 2002 - 15 Sep 2002)

Announcement of shortlist 

BP TRAVEL AWARD 2001 (19 Jun 2002 - 15 Sep 2002)

The BP Travel Award is an annual prize of £2,000 which allows young artists to expand their horizons and develop the theme of portraiture within their work. Last year the BP Travel Award was won by Alan Parker.

THE GOLDEN JUBILEE PORTFOLIO (01 Jun 2002 - 31 Dec 2002)

To mark the Golden Jubilee a number of contemporary photographers from Britain and the Commonwealth were invited to take portrait photographs of H.M. The Queen.

GEORGE ROMNEY (30 May 2002 - 18 Aug 2002)

The first ever comprehensive exhibition of George Romney and reassesses this great painter with a fully rounded overview of his career.

BEATRIX POTTER TO HARRY POTTER: PORTRAITS OF CHILDREN'S WRITERS (15 May 2002 - 26 Aug 2002)

Celebrating a century of children's literature, this exhibition features popular writers and writer-illustrators who have created some of our most enduring children's stories - from Peter Rabbit to Harry Potter.

KINNOCKS UNVEIL NEW PORTRAIT (26 Apr 2002)

Politicians Neil and Glenys Kinnock unveiled a striking new portrait of themselves at the National Portrait Gallery yesterday

SAVING FACES (27 Feb 2002 - 21 Apr 2002)

This powerful exhibition is the result of a remarkable collaboration between leading surgeon Iain Hutchison, and highly acclaimed Glasgow artist Mark Gilbert.

SPORTING CONTENDERS (25 Feb 2002 - 07 Jul 2002)

Britain's brightest hopes for the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games are previewed in The Contenders a new photographic exhibition by renowned photographers Anderson & Low.

MARIO TESTINO (01 Feb 2002 - 04 Jun 2002)

This exhibition, his first at a major London institution, brings together over 120 colour and black-and-white portraits in which Testino captures our current icons of fashion, film, music and style.

PAINTED LADIES (11 Oct 2001 - 06 Jan 2002)

The first exploration and reconsideration of Restoration portraiture in twenty years, brings together some of the most beautiful and intriguing portraits from the reign of Charles II.

MIRROR MIRROR (12 Sep 2001 - 20 Jan 2002)

Brings together all of the self-portraits by women artists from the Gallery's collection alongside loans and new works acquired or commissioned for this exhibition.

EDWARD BARBER (29 Aug 2001 - 03 Mar 2002)

In the City by Edward Barber is the largest British photographic portrait project of recent years. It is also the first photographic documentary of London's Square Mile since 1986.

FERGUS GREER (02 Jul 2001 - 21 Oct 2001)

This photographic display brings together a selection of the world's best film directors, photographed by Fergus Greer.

BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2001 (21 Jun 2001 - 16 Sep 2001)

Jerry Hall announced the winners of the prestigious BP Portrait Award 2001 at an awards ceremony at the National Portrait Gallery last night (Tuesday 19 June).

THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE DAMNED (06 Jun 2001 - 07 Oct 2001)

The Creation of Identity in 19th Century Photography. This exhibition examines the rise of social and celebrity portrait photography in the 19th century.

PHILIPPE HALSMAN: A RETROSPECTIVE (23 May 2001 - 02 Sep 2001)

This long-awaited retrospective celebrates one of the most imaginative portrait photographers of the twentieth century.

NEW FACES ON THE BALCONY GALLERY (17 Mar 2001 - 18 Sep 2001)

New displays on the Balcony Gallery include rarely-seen photographs of the early Beatles, Scaffold and 1960s Liverpool by Mike McCartney, as well as a selection of political caricatures and photographic portraits of distinguished women.

HORST PORTRAITS: 60 YEARS OF STYLE (01 Mar 2001 - 03 Jun 2001)

Celebrates the exquisite portraits of Horst P. Horst (1906-1999), one of the great master photographers of the twentieth century.

ROLLIE MCKENNA: ARTISTS AND WRITERS (01 Mar 2001 - 13 May 2001)

Portraits of some of the most famous British and American poets and artists from the 1950s to the 1980s.

A RETURN TO LIFE: A NEW LOOK AT THE PORTRAIT BUST (07 Feb 2001 - 20 May 2001)

This exhibition celebrates a form of portraiture that was enormously prestigious in Britain for over 250 years but that has now fallen into neglect.

GEMMA LEVINE: PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER (22 Jan 2001 - 08 Apr 2001)

A selection of 25 portraits to celebrate her 25 years as a professional photographer, focusing on British sitters who have excelled in their chosen field

PAINTING THE CENTURY (26 Oct 2000 - 04 Feb 2001)

Brings together 100 major portraits from collections around the world to celebrate the new millennium.

ESCAPE TO EDEN: FIVE CENTURIES OF WOMEN AND GARDENS (05 Oct 2000 - 21 Jan 2001)

Examines women's achievements as garden designers, plant collectors, painters, writers, gardeners and patrons, from Elizabethan times to the present day.

HOUSES OF LORDS AND HOUSE OF COMMONS SKETCHES BY SIR GEORGE HAYTER (01 Jul 2000 - 01 Jan 2001)

This display exhibits Hayter's little known studies for his two large Parliamentary groups, The Trial of Queen Caroline, 1820 and The Reformed House of Commons, 1833.

BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2000 (22 Jun 2000 - 01 Oct 2000)

A highly successful annual event aimed at encouraging young artists to focus upon, and develop, the theme of portraiture within their work.

THE TARTAN ARMY (22 Jun 2000 - 01 Oct 2000)

Exhibition of photographic portraits by Donald MacLellan celebrates the growing prominence of Scottish actors in contemporary cinema.

POLLY BORLAND (25 May 2000 - 17 Sep 2000)

An exhibition of portraits of significant Australians who have made a contribution to British life and who have largely made their home or based their professional life in the UK.

THE ONDAATJE WING (03 May 2000)

The National Portrait Gallery's new wing designed by the Jeremy Dixon.Edward Jones architectural partnership.