Welcome to our Young People’s Programme

Are you aged 14 – 21? Find out more about what we can offer you for free!

Book in for practical artist-led workshops during school holidays and weekends, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, fashion, film, music, dance, drama and poetry. Drop-in  to free drawing sessions in the Gallery spaces.

Meet professional artists and other young people interested in portraiture.

Join our Youth Forum, a peer-led panel of young people who help organise events, and act as a steering group for the Gallery.

All sessions are free and explore aspects of portraiture in exciting and innovative ways, drawing inspiration from the Gallery’s Collection or exhibitions.

Find out what’s coming up here.

Got any feedback on the activities we offer for young people or ideas for future sessions? We would like to hear from you! Please email the Young People’s Programmes Manager


BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

Now in its sixth year, BP Portrait Award: Next Generation gives young people aged 14–19 the opportunity to get creative through portraiture, connect with artists and go behind-the-scenes online, inspired by the BP Portrait Award exhibition. This summer book in for one of four Taster Sessions and an exclusive Young People’s Private View. Drop in to a Pick up a Pencil session. Apply for a place on one of our 3-day Summer Schools. Meet past-winning artists and have them look at your portfolio at Meet the Artist. All materials provided.

HOT OFF THE PRESS: For the Young People’s Private View on Tuesday 4 August for ages 14–19, we are excited to have Bridgitte Amafoh performing and goody bags donated by Cass Arts! To book a place please email bpnextgeneration@npg.org.uk or call 020 7312 2483.

Want to find out more? Visit BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

Image banner: Masquerade © Benedict Johnson Photography Limited
Image 1 credit: Moving through time with Siobhan Davies Dance © Benedict Johnson Photography Limited
Image 2 credit: Photograph Elizabeth Doak © National Portrait Gallery, London