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Exhibitions (4)

BP Portrait Award 2014

BP Portrait Award 2014

26 June - 21 September 2014
Wolfson Gallery
Admission Free

The BP Portrait Award is the most prestigious international exhibition of contemporary portrait painting.

Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision

Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision

10 July - 26 October 2014
Porter Gallery

Virginia Woolf was one of the most important and celebrated writers of the twentieth century. This extensive exhibition of portraits and rare archival material will explore her life and achievements as a novelist, intellectual, campaigner and public figure.

Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy, 1860 – 1960

Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy, 1860 – 1960

16 October 2014 - 11 January 2015
Wolfson Gallery
Anarchy & Beauty explores the life and ideas of the great Victorian artist, writer and visionary thinker William Morris. Through portraits, personal items and fascinating objects, many of which will be on public display for the first time, this major exhibition illustrates Morris’s concept of ‘art for the people’ and highlights the achievements of those that he inspired.

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014

13 November 2014 - 22 February 2015
Porter Gallery

Portraits by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers from around the world.

Events (204)

Portrait of the Day: Dame Cicely Mary Strode Saunders

Portrait of the Day: Dame Cicely Mary Strode Saunders

  • Gallery Talk

31 August 2014, 12:00
Room 36
Free

A look at the life and work of the founder of St Christopher's Hospice, the first research and teaching hospice linked with clinical care. Talk led by Rose Brookes.

Programme subject to change

Weekend Workshop: Painting Workshop: The Bloomsbury Group (Day Two)

Weekend Workshop: Painting Workshop: The Bloomsbury Group (Day Two)

31 August 2014, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio
Tickets: £100 (£80 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online or visit the Gallery in person.
The Virginia Woolf: Art Life and Vision Adult Learning Programme is made possible in loving memory of Rosemary Evison.

This is an opportunity to explore the Bloomsbury Group, their radical concepts and ways of thinking and working.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

1 September 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Members

Members' Evening Private View: BP Portrait Award 2014 and Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision

  • For Members and Associates

1 September 2014, 18:30-20:30
Main Hall

Our Members’ Evening Private Views give you the chance to visit the Gallery after-hours and are a great way to see our current exhibitions away from the crowds.

Places are limited so please RSVP for these events.
Members are welcome to bring a guest.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

2 September 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

3 September 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

4 September 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Lunchtime Lecture: Virginia Woolf: A Woman of Fashion?

Lunchtime Lecture: Virginia Woolf: A Woman of Fashion?

  • Lecture

4 September 2014, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free

Dr. Claire Nicholson investigates Virginia Woolf’s ambivalent relationship with clothes and fashion. Virginia Woolf made extensive use of clothing imagery in her fiction to express character and to evoke modernist tensions of appearance and reality, but her own relationship to dress is usually described as one of awkwardness, anxiety and even despair.

Guest DJ: John Sizzle

Guest DJ: John Sizzle

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
4 September 2014, 18:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Listen and unwind at the Late Shift bar. DJ John Sizzle plays an eclectic mix of pop, dance and electronic music, combined with the retro sounds of 60s soul, show tunes, disco and even prog rock.

Screening: The War Within: A Portrait of Virginia Woolf

Screening: The War Within: A Portrait of Virginia Woolf

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
4 September 2014, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free

‘An extraordinarily moving portrait of one of the giants of twentieth century literature’. (American Film Institute).

From unique footage and interviews, paintings, music and haunting family photos of a Victorian childhood of both beauty and abuse, this definitive documentary interweaves the personal story of Woolf’s life and work with the turbulent times in which she lived.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

5 September 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Live Music: Epiphany – Portraits in Sound

Live Music: Epiphany – Portraits in Sound

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
5 September 2014, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Epiphany’s musicians will be offering unique improvised ‘Sound Portraits’ of visitors and also responding to various artworks around the Gallery.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
5 September 2014, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Take inspiration from the portraits and sketch in the Gallery in this artist-led session.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

6 September 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

7 September 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Young People’s Sunday Session: Contemporary Miniatures

Young People’s Sunday Session: Contemporary Miniatures

  • Young People

7 September 2014, 13:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Fully Booked

Create your own small-scale and unexpected portraits using macro photography, inspired by the Gallery’s collection of miniatures. Working with artist Bettina von Zwehl and photographer Marysa Dowling.

For ages 14–21.  Booking required.  Please email youthbookings@npg.org.uk or call 020 7312 2483. 

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

8 September 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

9 September 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

In Conversation: BP Portrait Award

In Conversation: BP Portrait Award

9 September 2014, 18:45-19:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free ticket required, available in advance online.

The Gallery’s Contemporary Curator and BP Portrait Award judge, Sarah Howgate, will explore the annual competition from the differing perspectives of judge and exhibitor with Richard Twose
 

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

10 September 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

11 September 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Gallery Tour: Creative Connections: Creativity, Vision, Endeavour

Gallery Tour: Creative Connections: Creativity, Vision, Endeavour

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
11 September 2014, 19:30-20:00
Rooms 37-37a
Free

Artist Eelyn Lee takes a final tour of the Creative Connections display, as we celebrate creativity, vision and endeavour.

Resident DJ: Edward Otchere

Resident DJ: Edward Otchere

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
11 September 2014, 18:00-20:45
Main Hall
Free

Every fortnight, our resident DJ Edward Otchere creates a carefully crafted themed soundscape. He plays a strictly vinyl set, drawing from his huge collection. He’s passionate about sourcing pressings from all over the world, to find the best examples of the rich sonic qualities of analogue recordings.

Projection: Creative Connections: Instagram Challenge Competition

Projection: Creative Connections: Instagram Challenge Competition

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
11 September 2014, 18:00-20:50
Ondaatje Wing Main Hall
Free

Join us for a celebration of this year’s Creative Connections project and the borough of Ealing as we project images from our series of Instagram Challenges competitions in the Ondaatje Wing Main Hall.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

12 September 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Live Music: Tori Tori Bird

Live Music: Tori Tori Bird

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
12 September 2014, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A sea of piano and child-like melodies set against intricate drums and powerful bass lines from this 4-piece band.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
12 September 2014, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Take inspiration from the portraits and sketch in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

13 September 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Weekend Workshop: Studio and Street (Day One)

Weekend Workshop: Studio and Street (Day One)

13 September 2014, 11:00-17:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £125 (£100 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online or visit the Gallery in person.
Photographer Anthony Luvera leads a two-day long workshop exploring current photographic practices and portraiture.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

14 September 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Weekend Workshop: Studio and Street (Day Two)

Weekend Workshop: Studio and Street (Day Two)

14 September 2014, 11:00-17:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £125 (£100 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online or visit the Gallery in person.
Photographer Anthony Luvera leads a two-day long workshop exploring current photographic practices and portraiture.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

15 September 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

16 September 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

17 September 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

18 September 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Lunchtime Lecture: Virginia Woolf as a Cubist Writer

Lunchtime Lecture: Virginia Woolf as a Cubist Writer

  • Lecture

18 September 2014, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free

Sarah Latham Phillips explores the fascinating relationship between Virginia Woolf's fiction and the ideas of Cubist painting. Comparing Woolf's Modernist prose post-1917 with the ideas of the Cubist movement, she considers the use of perspective, multiple viewpoints, a complex use of space, fragmentation and light and texture, focussing on  Jacob's Room and Mrs Dalloway as well as a number of short stories.

Guest DJ: Neil Prince

Guest DJ: Neil Prince

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
18 September 2014, 18:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

DJ Neil Prince provides an eclectic mix of chilled-out pop and Balearic with a pinch of 60s soul. 

In Conversation: Portraits from Life: Catherine Goodman

In Conversation: Portraits from Life: Catherine Goodman

A part of Late Shift
18 September 2014, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online or visit the Gallery in person.

Artist Catherine Goodman, whose portraits from life are currently on display, discusses the relationship between artists and sitter with Rachel Campbell-Johnston, Chief Art Critic at The Times and the Gallery’s Contemporary Curator, Sarah Howgate.
 

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

19 September 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Live Music: Dylan Howe/Will Butterworth Duo

Live Music: Dylan Howe/Will Butterworth Duo

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
19 September 2014, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free
The Duo present their bold re-imagining of Stravinsky’s masterpiece, The Rite of Spring, adapted for improvisation.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
19 September 2014, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Take inspiration from the portraits and sketch in the Gallery.

Storytelling for families: The girl who wanted to change the world

Storytelling for families: The girl who wanted to change the world

  • Family||Workshop

20 September 2014, 10:30-11:15
Room 38a
Free
Hear the fascinating story of a girl who knew exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up and find out how the photograph of her holding a mask of her own face came about!

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

20 September 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Family Art workshop

Family Art workshop

  • Family||Workshop

20 September 2014, 11:30-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Creative workshops exploring portraits in the Collection.

Suitable for ages 5+. There will be a range of ticketed and drop-in events. Ticketed events are limited to 20 children per session for children plus accompanying adults.

Storytelling for Families

Storytelling for Families

  • Family||Workshop

20 September 2014, 13:30-14:15
Please check signage on the day for details
Free
Interactive storytelling session followed by an art activity.

Pick up a Pencil

Pick up a Pencil

  • Young People

20 September 2014, 14:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Drop-in drawing session for young people, with the Gallery’s Youth Forum.

Drawing for ages 14–21.  All you have to do is pick up a pencil.  No need to book, just drop-in on the day.

Family Art workshop

Family Art workshop

  • Family||Workshop

20 September 2014, 14:30-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Creative workshops exploring portraits in the Collection.

Suitable for ages 5+. There will be a range of ticketed and drop-in events. Ticketed events are limited to 20 children per session for children plus accompanying adults.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

21 September 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

22 September 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

23 September 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

24 September 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

25 September 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Visualising Portraits: The Bloomsbury Set

Visualising Portraits: The Bloomsbury Set

25 September 2014, 14:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Picture description for visually impaired visitors.

Lecture: ‘When you see me you know me’: Likeness and Authenticity in the Portraits of the Tudor Dynasty

Lecture: ‘When you see me you know me’: Likeness and Authenticity in the Portraits of the Tudor Dynasty

A part of Late Shift
25 September 2014, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Curators Tarnya Cooper and Charlotte Bolland discuss some of the most famous faces in the Collection in the light of new research undertaken as part of the Making Art in Tudor Britain project.

Gallery Tour Suffragettes: Deeds Not Words

Gallery Tour Suffragettes: Deeds Not Words

A part of Late Shift
25 September 2014, 19:30
Meet in the Main Hall
Free
John Wilson leads a tour of the centenary display marking the spring and summer of 1914 when militant suffragettes staged their final violent protests in favour of votes for women.

Resident DJ: Edward Otchere

Resident DJ: Edward Otchere

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
25 September 2014, 18:00-20:45
Main Hall
Free

Every fortnight, our resident DJ Edward Otchere creates a carefully crafted themed soundscape. He plays a strictly vinyl set, drawing from his huge collection. He’s passionate about sourcing pressings from all over the world, to find the best examples of the rich sonic qualities of analogue recordings.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

26 September 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Live Music

Live Music

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
26 September 2014, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Listen and unwind at the Late Shift Bar.

Life Drawing: Energy and Emotion

Life Drawing: Energy and Emotion

A part of Late Shift
26 September 2014, 18:30-20:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £9 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Investigate energy and emotion with artist Gayna Pelham. Using a combination of short and long poses,  learn how to unlock the emotion within your drawings and give them greater expression and individuality.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
26 September 2014, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Take inspiration from the portraits and sketch in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

27 September 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Weekend Workshop: Portraits from Life (Day One)

Weekend Workshop: Portraits from Life (Day One)

27 September 2014, 11:00-17:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £125 (£100 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online or visit the Gallery in person.

Take a masterclass with artist Catherine Goodman during this two-day portraiture workshop. Taking inspiration from the Gallery and Goodman’s current display, Portraits from Life.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

28 September 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Weekend Workshop: Portraits from Life (Day Two)

Weekend Workshop: Portraits from Life (Day Two)

28 September 2014, 11:00-17:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £125 (£100 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online or visit the Gallery in person.

Take a masterclass with artist Catherine Goodman during this two-day portraiture workshop. Taking inspiration from the Gallery and Goodman’s current display, Portraits from Life.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

29 September 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room

29 September 2014, 13:00-15:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Artist Angela Wright leads a drop-in drawing session for disabled visitors. Open to all abilities, materials provided. 

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

30 September 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

1 October 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

2 October 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Lunchtime Lecture: Caught on Camera: The Photographic Work of Rupert and Beatrix Potter

Lunchtime Lecture: Caught on Camera: The Photographic Work of Rupert and Beatrix Potter

  • Lecture

2 October 2014, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free
Writer and historian Michael Wilson looks at the work of Rupert Potter and his daughter Beatrix, both talented amateur photographers.

Lecture: Thrown to the Woolves

Lecture: Thrown to the Woolves

A part of Late Shift
2 October 2014, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Author Virginia Nicholson talks about the challenge of writing when your great-aunt is a literary genius, and  describes coming of age during the years when her parents Quentin and Olivier Bell were researching the authorised biography and Diaries of Virginia Woolf.
 

Guest DJ: Timberlina

Guest DJ: Timberlina

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
2 October 2014, 18:00-20:45
Main Hall
Free

DJ Timberlina plays a range of genres and music from across the ages to reflect the Collection – from spoken word to classical, via jazz, hip-hop, world, prog rock, new wave and contemporary.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

3 October 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Live Music: Josephine Arthur

Live Music: Josephine Arthur

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
3 October 2014, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

The jazz singer and songwriter sings songs from the American Songbook.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
3 October 2014, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Take inspiration from the portraits and sketch in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

4 October 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

The Big Draw

The Big Draw

  • Family||Workshop
  • BSL

4 October 2014, 13:30-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join our guest artist for an afternoon of drawing, doodling, sketching and fun. This drop-in session is for all ages and is BSL interpreted.

The Big Draw: It’s Our World

The Big Draw: It’s Our World

  • Young People

4 October 2014, 13:30-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free no booking required.

Join guest artist Alexa Galea and the Gallery’s Youth Forum to explore this year’s Big Draw theme It’s Our World. Drop-in and suitable for young people aged 14–21.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

5 October 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Young People’s Sunday Session: Drawing on the Present

Young People’s Sunday Session: Drawing on the Present

  • Young People

5 October 2014, 13:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Explore drawing and writing techniques to develop your own journal, taking inspiration from Virginia Woolf, working with artist Hestia Peppe.

For ages 14–21.  Booking required.  Please email youthbookings@npg.org.uk or call 020 7312 2483.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

6 October 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

7 October 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

8 October 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

9 October 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Performance: Tongues Of Flame: The Extraordinary Life Of Richard Francis Burton

Performance: Tongues Of Flame: The Extraordinary Life Of Richard Francis Burton

A part of Late Shift
9 October 2014, 19:00
Room 20
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Storyteller Giles Abbott recounts the remarkable exploits of Sir Richard Francis Burton.

Resident DJ: Edward Otchere

Resident DJ: Edward Otchere

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
9 October 2014, 18:00-20:45
Main Hall
Free

Every fortnight, our resident DJ Edward Otchere creates a carefully crafted themed soundscape. He plays a strictly vinyl set, drawing from his huge collection. He’s passionate about sourcing pressings from all over the world, to find the best examples of the rich sonic qualities of analogue recordings.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

10 October 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Performance: Musical Portraits

Performance: Musical Portraits

  • Late Shift||Performance

A part of Late Shift
10 October 2014, 18:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Ignite, Wigmore Hall Learning Department’s resident ensemble, perform compositions created by young people responding to portraits in the Gallery’s Collection.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
10 October 2014, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Take inspiration from the portraits and sketch in the Gallery in this artist-led session.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

11 October 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Weekend Workshop: Techniques of the Tudors (Day One)

Weekend Workshop: Techniques of the Tudors (Day One)

11 October 2014, 11:00-17:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £125 (£100 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online or visit the Gallery in person.

Inspired by The Real Tudors display, join portrait artist Robin-Lee Hall on a journey through paint looking at the materials and methods of the Tudor artists.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

12 October 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Weekend Workshop: Techniques of the Tudors (Day Two)

Weekend Workshop: Techniques of the Tudors (Day Two)

12 October 2014, 11:00-17:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £125 (£100 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online or visit the Gallery in person.

Inspired by The Real Tudors display, join portrait artist Robin-Lee Hall on a journey through paint looking at the materials and methods of the Tudor artists.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

13 October 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

14 October 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

15 October 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Members

Members' Afternoon Preview: Anarchy and Beauty: William Morris and his Legacy 1860-1960

  • For Members and Associates

15 October 2014, 14:00-16:00
Main Hall

This exhibition explores the work and ideas of the great Victorian artist-craftsman, designer, poet and visionary thinker, William Morris. His concept of art for the people, and his highly original vision of a new form of society in which art could flourish has reverberated through the centuries and still affects us today.

Please bring your Membership card with you to ensure entry.
No need to RSVP for this event; Members are welcome to bring a guest.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

16 October 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Lunchtime Lecture: Ada Lovelace: Victorian Computing Visionary

Lunchtime Lecture: Ada Lovelace: Victorian Computing Visionary

  • Lecture

16 October 2014, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free
Lauded as the first ever computer programmer, Ada Lovelace was a gifted mathematician, yet the veracity of her contributions to computer science is often questioned.

Guest DJ: Ben Osborne

Guest DJ: Ben Osborne

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
16 October 2014, 18:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Listen and unwind at the Late Shift bar.

Lecture: Life With William Morris: A Biographer’s Perspective

Lecture: Life With William Morris: A Biographer’s Perspective

A part of Late Shift
16 October 2014, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £6 (£5 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Fiona MacCarthy, curator of Anarchy & Beauty, talks about her long involvement as a writer with one of the most arresting figures of Victorian Britain.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

17 October 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Late Shift Sessions: Anarchy & Beauty

Late Shift Sessions: Anarchy & Beauty

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
17 October 2014, 18:30-20:00
Please check signage on the day for details

The first Late Shift Sessions sees unique musical responses to the Anarchy & Beauty exhibition.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
17 October 2014, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Take inspiration from the portraits and sketch in the Gallery.

Storytelling for Families

Storytelling for Families

  • Family||Workshop

18 October 2014, 10:30-11:15
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Interactive storytelling session followed by an art activity.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

18 October 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Family Art Workshop

Family Art Workshop

  • Family||Workshop

18 October 2014, 11:30-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Creative workshops exploring portraits in the Collection.

Suitable for ages 5+. There will be a range of ticketed and drop-in events. Ticketed events are limited to 20 children per session for children plus accompanying adults.

Storytelling for Families

Storytelling for Families

  • Family||Workshop

18 October 2014, 13:30-14:15
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Interactive storytelling session followed by an art activity.

Pick up a Pencil

Pick up a Pencil

  • Young People

18 October 2014, 14:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Drop-in drawing session for young people, with the Gallery’s Youth Forum.

Drawing for ages 14–21.  All you have to do is pick up a pencil.  No need to book, just drop-in on the day.

Family Art Workshop

Family Art Workshop

  • Family||Workshop

18 October 2014, 14:30-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Creative workshops exploring portraits in the Collection.

Suitable for ages 5+. There will be a range of ticketed and drop-in events. Ticketed events are limited to 20 children per session for children plus accompanying adults.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

19 October 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

20 October 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

21 October 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

22 October 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

23 October 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Lecture: Getting Virginia Woolf’s Goat

Lecture: Getting Virginia Woolf’s Goat

A part of Late Shift
23 October 2014, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Novelist Ali Smith gives a talk on wit, playfulness, lightfootedness and mischief in Woolf's life and work, with special reference to her relationship with the friend and writer who, it might be said, most got Woolf's goat: Katherine Mansfield.
 

Resident DJ: Edward Otchere

Resident DJ: Edward Otchere

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
23 October 2014, 18:00-20:45
Main Hall
Free

Every fortnight, our resident DJ Edward Otchere creates a carefully crafted themed soundscape. He plays a strictly vinyl set, drawing from his huge collection. He’s passionate about sourcing pressings from all over the world, to find the best examples of the rich sonic qualities of analogue recordings.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

24 October 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Live Music: Greg Tassell & Christopher Bundhun – Chant d’automne

Live Music: Greg Tassell & Christopher Bundhun – Chant d’automne

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
24 October 2014, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

The voice and guitar duo observe the falling of autumn darkness through poetic music.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
24 October 2014, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Take inspiration from the portraits and sketch in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

25 October 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Weekend Workshop: William Morris and His Legacy (Day One)

Weekend Workshop: William Morris and His Legacy (Day One)

25 October 2014, 11:00-17:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £125 (£100 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online or visit the Gallery in person.

This two-day workshop combines art history and practical art to explore the life and work of William Morris and his circle.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

26 October 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Weekend Workshop: William Morris and His Legacy (Day Two)

Weekend Workshop: William Morris and His Legacy (Day Two)

26 October 2014, 11:00-17:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £125 (£100 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online or visit the Gallery in person.

This two-day workshop combines art history and practical art to explore the life and work of William Morris and his circle.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

27 October 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room

  • Workshop

27 October 2014, 13:00-15:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Artist Angela Wright leads a drop-in drawing session for disabled visitors. Open to all abilities, materials provided.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

28 October 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

29 October 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

30 October 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Visualising Portraits: The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered

Visualising Portraits: The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered

30 October 2014, 14:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Picture description for visually impaired visitors. Find out more about the kings and queens of this famous English dynasty and how they were represented.

Guest DJ: Mr Madam

Guest DJ: Mr Madam

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
30 October 2014, 18:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Listen and unwind at the Late Shift bar.

In Conversation: A Portrait of Britain

In Conversation: A Portrait of Britain

A part of Late Shift
30 October 2014, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Sandy Nairne, Director of the Gallery, and Tarnya Cooper, Chief Curator, discuss the history of the Gallery and the development of the Collection through time.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

31 October 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Half-Term Activities: Peacocks and Dragons

Half-Term Activities: Peacocks and Dragons

  • Family||Workshop

27 October - 31 October 2014, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free
A week of drop-in and ticketed activities inspired by Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy, 1860 – 1960. Families can take part in a range of workshops from puppet-making to designing wallpaper.

Young People’s Three-day Workshop The Manifesto of Everything

Young People’s Three-day Workshop The Manifesto of Everything

  • Workshop||Young People

29 October - 31 October 2014, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free
Explore social issues, anarchy and identity inspired by Anarchy & Beauty and Grayson Perry.

Young People’s Showcase: The Manifesto of Everything

Young People’s Showcase: The Manifesto of Everything

  • Workshop||Young People

31 October 2014, 17:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free no booking required

Young people from the three-day workshop share what they have produced. All ages welcome. 

The Portrait Choir: Anarchy & Beauty within Music and Shadows

The Portrait Choir: Anarchy & Beauty within Music and Shadows

  • Late Shift||The Portrait Choir

31 October 2014, 18:15
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Through music by Monteverdi, John Tavener and Tarik O’Regan and a special display of shadow puppetry, The Portrait Choir will explore themes associated with Anarchy & Beauty.

The Portrait Choir is supported by Hani Farsi and the Mohamed S. Farsi Foundation

The Portrait Choir: Anarchy & Beauty within Music and Shadows

The Portrait Choir: Anarchy & Beauty within Music and Shadows

  • Late Shift||The Portrait Choir

31 October 2014, 19:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Through music by Monteverdi, John Tavener and Tarik O’Regan and a special display of shadow puppetry, The Portrait Choir will explore themes associated with Anarchy & Beauty.

The Portrait Choir is supported by Hani Farsi and the Mohamed S. Farsi Foundation

Life Drawing: Life in Shadows

Life Drawing: Life in Shadows

A part of Late Shift
31 October 2014, 18:30-20:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £9 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Working with a model, props and lighting, artist Viyki Turnbull creates a theatrical set inspired by the work of Angus McBean.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
31 October 2014, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Take inspiration from the portraits and sketch in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

1 November 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

2 November 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Young People’s Sunday Session: Imagined Paper

Young People’s Sunday Session: Imagined Paper

  • Workshop||Young People
  • BSL

2 November 2014, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Taking inspiration from Anarchy & Beauty and materials from the Gallery’s archive, explore surfaces and textures to make your own free-form paper architecture piece.

For ages 14–21.  Booking required.  Please email youthbookings@npg.org.uk or call 020 7312 2483.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

3 November 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

4 November 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

5 November 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

6 November 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Lunchtime Lecture: Black Poppies: Britain’s Black Community & the Great War

Lunchtime Lecture: Black Poppies: Britain’s Black Community & the Great War

  • Lecture

6 November 2014, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free
Community historian Stephen Bourne explores the military and civilian wartime experiences of Britain's black community from the trenches to the music halls.

Gallery Talk: Queer Perspectives

Gallery Talk: Queer Perspectives

  • Gallery Talk||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
6 November 2014, 19:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join Queer Perspectives resident artist Sadie Lee as she talks to her special guest.

Resident DJ: Edward Otchere

Resident DJ: Edward Otchere

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
6 November 2014, 18:00-20:45
Main Hall
Free

Every fortnight, our resident DJ Edward Otchere creates a carefully crafted themed soundscape. He plays a strictly vinyl set, drawing from his huge collection. He’s passionate about sourcing pressings from all over the world, to find the best examples of the rich sonic qualities of analogue recordings.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

7 November 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Live Music: Gilad Atzmon & Amphion Consort

Live Music: Gilad Atzmon & Amphion Consort

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
7 November 2014, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

An unusual trio line-up of theorbo, viola da gamba and saxophone explore Baroque harmonies, jazz improvisation and Middle Eastern arabesques.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
7 November 2014, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Take inspiration from the portraits and sketch in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

8 November 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Weekend Workshop: Embroidery: Arts and Crafts Style (Day One)

Weekend Workshop: Embroidery: Arts and Crafts Style (Day One)

8 November 2014, 11:00-17:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £125 (£100 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online or visit the Gallery in person.

Historical embroidery expert Helen McCook takes inspiration from the classic designs of Morris & Co and the Arts and Crafts Movement in this two day practical workshop.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

9 November 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Weekend Workshop: Embroidery: Arts and Crafts Style (Day Two)

Weekend Workshop: Embroidery: Arts and Crafts Style (Day Two)

9 November 2014, 11:00-17:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £125 (£100 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online or visit the Gallery in person.

Historical embroidery expert Helen McCook takes inspiration from the classic designs of Morris & Co and the Arts and Crafts Movement in this two day practical workshop.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

10 November 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

11 November 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

12 November 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Members

Members' Afternoon Preview: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014

  • For Members and Associates

12 November 2014, 14:00-16:00
Main Hall

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Prize offers a unique opportunity to see portraits by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers from around the world.

Please bring your Membership card with you to ensure entry.
No need to RSVP for this event; Members are welcome to bring a guest.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

13 November 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Guest DJ: Richard Osborne

Guest DJ: Richard Osborne

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
13 November 2014, 18:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

DJ Richard Osborne plays every genre of music within his sets, including pop, rock, jazz, soul, disco and rock and roll.

Lecture: Moustaches, Whiskers and Beards: A History of Facial Hair

Lecture: Moustaches, Whiskers and Beards: A History of Facial Hair

A part of Late Shift
13 November 2014, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Author Lucinda Hawksley looks at the best, the worst and the most hilarious examples of facial hair in the Collection.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

14 November 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Live Music: Duo Van Vliet

Live Music: Duo Van Vliet

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
14 November 2014, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

The duo present a concert built around Britten’s Lachrymae, exploring how composers approach sorrow, from Dowland to the present day.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
14 November 2014, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Take inspiration from the portraits and sketch in the Gallery in this artist-led session.

Storytelling for Families

Storytelling for Families

  • Family||Workshop

15 November 2014, 10:30-11:15
Please check signage on the day for details
Free
Interactive storytelling session followed by an art activity.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

15 November 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Family Art workshop

Family Art workshop

  • Family||Workshop

15 November 2014, 11:30-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Creative workshops exploring portraits in the Collection.

Suitable for ages 5+. There will be a range of ticketed and drop-in events. Ticketed events are limited to 20 children per session for children plus accompanying adults.

Storytelling for Families

Storytelling for Families

  • Family||Workshop

15 November 2014, 13:30-14:15
Please check signage on the day for details
Free
Interactive storytelling session followed by an art activity.

Pick up a Pencil

Pick up a Pencil

  • Workshop||Young People

15 November 2014, 14:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Drop-in drawing session for young people, with the Gallery’s Youth Forum.

Drawing for ages 14–21.  All you have to do is pick up a pencil.  No need to book, just drop-in on the day.

Family Art workshop

Family Art workshop

  • Family||Workshop

15 November 2014, 14:30-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Creative workshops exploring portraits in the Collection.

Suitable for ages 5+. There will be a range of ticketed and drop-in events. Ticketed events are limited to 20 children per session for children plus accompanying adults.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

16 November 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

17 November 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

18 November 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

19 November 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

20 November 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Lunchtime Lecture:

Lunchtime Lecture: 'Something of me’ – Portraits of Cecil Beaton

  • Lecture

20 November 2014, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free
Cecil Beaton enjoyed being the sitter for portraits by his circle of artist friends as much as he enjoyed photographing them.

Lecture: Warhol/Morris

Lecture: Warhol/Morris

A part of Late Shift
20 November 2014, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller talks about curating a major exhibition at Modern Art Oxford of work by his two greatest influences.

Resident DJ: Edward Otchere

Resident DJ: Edward Otchere

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
20 November 2014, 18:00-20:45
Main Hall
Free

Every fortnight, our resident DJ Edward Otchere creates a carefully crafted themed soundscape. He plays a strictly vinyl set, drawing from his huge collection. He’s passionate about sourcing pressings from all over the world, to find the best examples of the rich sonic qualities of analogue recordings.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

21 November 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Live: Music Laura Zakian Trio – Songs for Modern Lovers

Live: Music Laura Zakian Trio – Songs for Modern Lovers

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
21 November 2014, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A personal mixtape of contemporary classics and new versions of standards that were featured on Frank Sinatra's 'Songs for Swinging Lovers'.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
21 November 2014, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Take inspiration from the portraits and sketch in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

22 November 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

23 November 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

24 November 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room

  • Workshop

24 November 2014, 13:00-15:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Artist Marc Woodhead leads a drop-in drawing session for disabled visitors. Open to all abilities, materials provided.

If you require BSL interpretation please contact education@npg.org.uk .

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

25 November 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

26 November 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

27 November 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Visualising Portraits: William Morris in the Collection

Visualising Portraits: William Morris in the Collection

27 November 2014, 14:00
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Free
Picture description for visually impaired visitors. Explore the life and ideas of the great Victorian artist, writer and visionary thinker William Morris.

Guest DJ: Sadie Lee

Guest DJ: Sadie Lee

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
27 November 2014, 18:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Listen and unwind in the Late Shift bar. Sadie Lee plays a mixed-up mish mash of cherished classics.

Gallery Tour: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014

Gallery Tour: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
27 November 2014, 19:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free tour ticket required, available from 18.00 on the day. Exhibition ticket must also be purchased.

Selection of the very best of portrait photography from around the world with Phillip Prodger, Head of Photographs.

Gallery Tour: Highlights of the Collection

Gallery Tour: Highlights of the Collection

  • Gallery Talk||Late Shift
  • BSL

A part of Late Shift
27 November 2014, 19:30
Meet in the Main Hall
Free
Chisato Minamimura leads a tour of the Collection, picking out highlights along the way. Led in BSL with interpretation into English.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

28 November 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Live Music: Voice – Patterns of Love

Live Music: Voice – Patterns of Love

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
28 November 2014, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

The engaging female vocal trio present Patterns of Love - a programme of songs that explore the beauty, heartache and humour of love.

Life Drawing: Four Paintings, Four Poses

Life Drawing: Four Paintings, Four Poses

A part of Late Shift
28 November 2014, 18:30-20:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £9 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Explore how artists have historically approached pose and composition to represent personality with artist Grace Adam and work with a model to create your own dynamic drawings.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
28 November 2014, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Take inspiration from the portraits and sketch in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

29 November 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

Weekend Workshop: Classic Photographic Portraits (Day One)

Weekend Workshop: Classic Photographic Portraits (Day One)

29 November 2014, 11:00-17:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £125 (£100 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online or visit the Gallery in person.

Taking inspiration from the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014, hone your skills in this two-day practical workshop.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

30 November 2014, 12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Programme subject to change

The Portrait Choir: Singing Day

The Portrait Choir: Singing Day

30 November 2014, 10:00-15:45
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £22 (£18 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, call 020 7306 0055 or visit the Gallery in person. Free

Explore some of the glorious music of Handel, Purcell and their 18th century music contemporaries on display at the Gallery.

Weekend Workshop: Classic Photographic Portraits (Day Two)

Weekend Workshop: Classic Photographic Portraits (Day Two)

30 November 2014, 11:00-17:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £125 (£100 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online or visit the Gallery in person.

Taking inspiration from the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014, hone your skills in this two-day practical workshop.

Displays (17)

Photograph of the Month

Photograph of the Month

1 August - 31 August 2014
Room 31
Free
August 2014 marks fifty years since the death of writer Ian Fleming (1908–64), renowned for his best-selling spy novels centred on the fictional exploits of James Bond, the Secret Intelligence Service officer also known by his code name ‘007’.

The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered

The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered

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

Hidden: An unseen portrait of Oliver Cromwell

Hidden: An unseen portrait of Oliver Cromwell

10 July 2014 - 19 October 2015
Room 5
Free

Recent investigation has revealed what may be a hidden portrait of the Parliamentarian commander Oliver Cromwell beneath a portrait of the army officer Sir Arthur Hesilrige.

Favourites: Art and Power, 1600-1800

Favourites: Art and Power, 1600-1800

18 July 2014 - 1 September 2015
Room 16
Free

Throughout British history, the reigning monarch has operated a system of favouritism by which loyalty, support and achievement have been rewarded with privileges, titles and membership of exclusive groups. This system has been central to the hierarchy of traditional British society and has helped to protect the monarch and assert the crown’s authority.

‘No end of a lesson’: The Boer War, 1899-1902

‘No end of a lesson’: The Boer War, 1899-1902

1 April - 23 November 2014
Room 23
Free
The second Boer War (1899-1902) in South Africa marked a turning point in attitudes towards the British Empire and informed British military strategy in the lead up to the First World War. This display will explore this controversial war via the stories of the campaign’s central protagonists.

Thomas Carlyle: Historian of Heroes

Thomas Carlyle: Historian of Heroes

14 July 2014 - 30 March 2015
Room 24: case display
Free

This display focuses on the eminent Victorian historian and literary figure, Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881). Carlyle established his reputation through the major works Sartor Resartus (1833-34), The French Revolution (1837) and Frederick the Great (1858-65), as well as shorter books and essays such as his collection Latter-Day Pamphlets (1850). 

Painting Parliament: The Fine Arts Commission 1841 – 1863

Painting Parliament: The Fine Arts Commission 1841 – 1863

12 August 2014 - 10 May 2015
Room 25: case display
Free

This display focuses on the committee of key Victorian figures appointed to oversee the decoration of the newly-built Houses of Parliament.

The World of Rupert Potter: Photographs of Beatrix, Millais and friends

The World of Rupert Potter: Photographs of Beatrix, Millais and friends

13 May - 16 November 2014
Room 28: case display
Free

The father of the children’s book author and illustrator Beatrix Potter, Rupert Potter (1832–1914) was a lawyer and a keen amateur photographer.

Bernard Partridge character sketches

Bernard Partridge character sketches

4 March - 16 November 2014
Room 29: case display
Free
A focus on the work of Sir Bernard Partridge (1861-1945) before he became a cartoonist for Punch. The display showcases a set of portrait studies of key figures from the late-Victorian arts scene: the actress Ellen Terry, the artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler and novelist, Hall Caine.

Suffragettes: Deeds not Words

Suffragettes: Deeds not Words

1 July 2014 - 10 May 2015
Room 31
Free
This display includes photographs of Emmeline Pankhurst and Mary Richardson, notorious for attacking the ‘Rokeby Venus’ by Diego Velasquez at the National Gallery.  It also includes original documents from the Gallery’s archive, and surveillance photographs showing a number of Suffragettes which were issued to the Gallery by the Criminal Record Bureau in 1914.

Keep the home fires burning

Keep the home fires burning

1 July 2014 - 15 February 2015
Room 31: case display
Free

This display will cast a spotlight on the stars of the music halls, musical revues and comedies who kept the public entertained during the First World War. Their performances were diverting, comforting, occasionally critical, and their songs have since become an evocative part of public remembrance of the conflict.

Grayson Perry: Who Are You?

Grayson Perry: Who Are You?

25 October 2014 - 15 March 2015
Room 32
Free

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?

Naval Officers of World War I

Naval Officers of World War I

10 May - 12 October 2014
Room 32
Free
Naval Officers of World War I by Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope is one of three large group portraits commissioned by the South African financier Sir Abraham (‘Abe’) Bailey in the aftermath of the Great War. Owing to poor condition, Naval Officers has not been seen for several decades. However, following a recent successful appeal for necessary funds to restore the work, the present display returns this important painting to public view.

Colour, Light, Texture: Portraits by Matthew Smith and Frank Dobson

Colour, Light, Texture: Portraits by Matthew Smith and Frank Dobson

5 August 2014 - 6 April 2015
Room 33
Free
This display offers the opportunity to view rarely-seen portraits by Smith showing the author Roald Dahl and the British film star Jean Simmons, which are on long-term loan to the Gallery.  In addition, Smith’s portrait of the writer and artist Angelica Garnett, recently acquired by the Gallery, will be displayed here for the first time.

Creative Connections Year 2: Ealing

Creative Connections Year 2: Ealing

19 June - 21 September 2014
Rooms 37 and 37a
Free

Creative Connections is a four-year project connecting young people with contemporary artists to create a series of new artworks inspired by the Gallery’s Collection.

The spotlight for year two has been the London Borough of Ealing. Together artist film maker Eelyn Lee and young people from the Gallery’s partner school, Brentside High, have created An Ealing Trilogy; a video installation. The installation will be shown alongside the Gallery Collection in this display.

Snowdon: A Life in View

Snowdon: A Life in View

26 September 2014 - 21 June 2015
Rooms 37 and 37a
Free

This display celebrates a major gift of photographs from Lord Snowdon to the Gallery in 2013, and coincides with a new monograph published by Rizzoli.

Catherine Goodman: Portraits from Life

Catherine Goodman: Portraits from Life

17 June - 23 November 2014
Rooms 41 and 41a
Free

A display of recent portraits by the British artist Catherine Goodman, winner of the BP Portrait Award 2002, opens to coincide with this annual exhibition. Goodman’s expressive portraits of family and friends are not only likenesses but offer a powerful insight into the interior world of both artist and sitter.

Beyond the Gallery (3)

Lasting Impressions: Twentieth Century Portrait Prints

Lasting Impressions: Twentieth Century Portrait Prints

  • Partnership exhibition

6 June - 28 September 2014
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham

This exhibition explores how artists including Eric Gill, Oskar Kokoschka and Richard Hamilton have used different print processes to convey the personalities and circumstances of sitters. Co-curated by postgraduate students from the University’s Art History, Film and Visual Studies department, the display is the third a collaborative series of exhibitions.

Royals: then & now

Royals: then & now

  • Partnership exhibition

1 March - 2 November 2014
Beningbrough Hall, York

Marking the 300th anniversary of the accession of King George I, Royals: then & now brings major contemporary portraits to Beningbrough Hall for the first time to create a dialogue between today’s royal family and their Hanoverian ancestors.

Pictured & Seen

Pictured & Seen

  • Partnership exhibition

15 March 2014 - 30 November 2015
Montacute House
Free

The display focuses on the relationship between objects and their representation in 16th and 17th century British portraiture.