Exhibitions & Introductory Talks

Bring your school groups to the National Portrait Gallery for a self-guided visit of our exhibitions and displays and either benefit from our schools offer:

  • Free exhibition introductory talks in the lecture theatre for school groups who have pre-booked paid exhibition tickets
  • Schools groups of 10 or more receive concessionary exhibition ticket rates, we have a further discount for those visiting an exhibition Monday – Wednesday, 10.00 – 13.00.  
  • We are unable to offer guided visits inside the exhibitions for space reasons. Entry to the exhibition may need to be staggered depending on the size of the group

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

2 July – 18 October 2015
Porter Gallery

This fascinating photographic exhibition will illustrate the life of actress and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993). From her early years as a chorus girl in London’s West End through to her philanthropic work in later life, Portraits of an Icon will celebrate one of the world’s most photographed and recognisable stars.

Please ring 020 7312 2483 to arrange an introductory talk or book tickets with discounted schools concessionary rates for exhibitions

Audrey Hepburn by Terry O'Neill, 1967. Iconic Images/Terry O'Neill © Terry O'Neill

BP Portrait Award: 2015

18 June to 20 September 2015
Woolfson Gallery


The BP Portrait Award is the most prestigious international exhibition of contemporary portrait painting. The Portrait Award, now in its thirty-sixth year at the National Portrait Gallery and twenty-sixth year of sponsorship by BP, is the most prestigious portrait painting competition in the world. With a first prize of £30,000, and a total prize fund of £61,000, the Award is aimed at encouraging artists to focus upon and develop portraiture in their work. The competition is open to everyone aged 18 and over.

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