CPD & Teachers' Events

Our range of professional development programmes introduce the Gallery as an educational resource, supporting teachers to interpret portraiture and develop programming ideas for classroom work and Gallery visits.

We offer a CPD programme of practical workshops and after-hours exhibition twilight with guest speakers, which give our teaching audiences a special insight into our Collections and exhibitions.

Bookings are essential and non refundable. Please sign up to our termly e-newsletter. New events will be released throughout 2016/17 academic year.

Teachers’ Twilight Events

Join us to discover how our exhibition programme can support your teaching. These illustrated talks, with special guest speakers, give you the opportunity to share ideas with fellow educators and spark discussions to support teaching in the classroom. 


Oscar Wilde
by Napoleon Sarony

‘Speak Its Name’ – Teachers’ Seminar exploring gender, identity and LGBT+ history

Thursday 15 June 2017
17.45 – 20.00

In the lead up to Pride Festival 2017 join us to explore ways to use portraits from our Collection to inclusively teach LGBT+ history across the curriculum. Key speakers from the LGBT+ community talk exclusively to teachers about their work, raising questions and offering strategies and lines of enquiry for bringing LGBT+ history to the classroom. 2017 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual behaviour in England and Wales and, at the Gallery, offers the opportunity for students and pupils to reflect on a key moment when notions of sexuality and identity were being questioned and attitudes transformed.

Guest Speakers:

  • Dr Justin Bengry - Lecturer in Queer History at Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Peter Tatchell – LGBT+ & Human Rights activist and writer
  • Dr Elly Barnes,MBE - CEO and Founder ofEducate & Celebrate’ charity that transform schools into LGBT+ friendly places and promotes an LGBT+ inclusive curriculum

The Gallery is pleased to be able to offer this event for free. Please note that to cover costs there will be a charge of £20 per head for no shows or cancellations made after 10am Monday 12 June. We will be able to offer spaces to those on the waiting list after 10am Monday 12 June.

This event is part of the Gallery’s ‘I am me’ season exploring art, gender and Identity.

Booking essential please click here


Jean 2015 by Jean-Paul Tibbles 2015 @ Jean-Paul Tibbles

Jean 2015 by Jean-Paul Tibbles 2015 @ Jean-Paul Tibbles

BP Portrait Award 2017

Thursday 29 June 2017
17.45 – 20.00


Join us for the BP Portrait Award 2017, the most prestigious portrait painting competition in the world which represents the very best in contemporary portrait painting. This event looks at how the competition is judged and encourages your pupils and students to think creatively and critically about portraiture.

Explore the potential lines of enquiry that can inform your current curriculum needs and topic focuses. Consider how you may use the imagery and themes back in the classroom or during a self-directed or structured visit.

Booking essential please click here to book


Teachers’ CPD

Our range of free and charged CPD and teachers’ events fall under the following categories:



An evening twilight of our Collection. Free exhibition entry with guest speaker. Share a glass of wine and ideas with colleagues. FREE



Artist-led practical one day workshop. Refresh and revive your creativity. £75 per person


Expressions Twilight

Artist-led practical twilight two hour workshop. Refresh and revive your creativity. £25 per person


The Gallery also runs practical activities, which are suitable for teachers to join, during our Thursday and Friday Late Shift evenings. For updates on our Schools’ Programme please sign up to our termly e-newsletter

Image banner: Photograph Marysa Dowling © National Portrait Gallery, London

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