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


The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered

12 September 2014 - 1 March 2015
Room 1, 2 and 3

This special display, focusing on the portraiture of the Tudor monarchs, will allow visitors to rediscover these well-known kings and queens through the most complete presentation of their images staged to date. Works from the Gallery’s Collection will be presented alongside exceptional loans and a prized possession of each monarch, as well as recent research undertaken as part of the Making Art in Tudor Britain project, to help visitors understand how and why such images were made.

We are able to offer a facilitated session in  the special display or a Lecture Theatre discussion (for secondary groups) as an introduction to the Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered. BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Interested in visiting The Real Tudors special display as a self-guided group? Please ensure you book your visit in advance specifically stating that you intend to visit The Real Tudors display. Please read the guidelines for self-guided groups visiting the display here


Grayson Perry: Who Are You?

25 October 2014 - 15 March 2015
Room 32


Sponsored by Coutts

Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry turns his attention to portraiture and British identity for this display of new works, including a self-portrait and a tapestry, made during his Channel 4 series Who Are You? 

Please ring 020 7312 2483 to arrange an introductory talk the this special display – please note if you are interested in visiting the Grayson Perry: Who Are You? as a self- guided group due to the anticipated crowding and the additional objects in the display interspersed within the Gallery Collection Group leaders are asked to brief their group before entering the display spaces and to facilitate their group members to view the display individually or in pairs. Sketching is not permitted in front of the objects in this display.


Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014

13 November 2014 - 22 February 2015
Porter Gallery


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


Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends

12 February - 25 May 2015
Wolfson Gallery

This major exhibition of over seventy portraits spans Sargent’s time in London, Paris and Boston as well as his travels in the Italian and English countryside. Important loans from galleries and private collections in Europe and America make this an unmissible opportunity to discover the artist’s most daring, personal and distinctive portraits. 

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

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