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.



Self-Portrait of Me Now in Mask by Gillian Wearing, 2011. Collection of Mario Testino © Gillian Wearing, courtesy Maureen Paley, London

Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask

Thursday 16 March 2017
17.45 - 20.00


Join us to explore this fascinating exhibition which brings together the work of French Surrealist artist Claude Cahun and British contemporary artist Gillian Wearing for the first time. Consider remarkable parallels that can be drawn between the two artists born 70 years apart. Learn about their fascination with the self-portrait and their use of self-image, through the medium of photography, often played out through masquerade and performance.

Discuss potential lines of enquiry for your curriculum needs and consider how this exhibition can support the teaching of a variety of themes including identity and gender.

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Absent Friends by Howard Hodgkin, 2000-1 © Howard Hodgkin

Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends

Thursday 30 March 2017
17.45 - 20.00


Join us for this, the first exhibition of portraits by Howard Hodgkin, one of Britain’s leading artists. This event looks at how his work, which frequently appears entirely abstract, incorporates the artist’s principal concern to evoke a human presence. Consider the role that memory, expression of emotion, and the exploration of relationships between people and places inform his work.

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.

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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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