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Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends

Exhibitions (4)

Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends

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.
Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions

Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions

12 March - 7 June 2015
Porter Gallery
Free

Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions, the first gallery exhibition devoted to the Duke of Wellington, marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo (18 June 1815).
BP Portrait Award 2015

BP Portrait Award 2015

18 June - 20 September 2015
Wolfson Gallery

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

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

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.

Events (186)

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

5 March 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Lunchtime Lecture: Vera Brittain and the First World War

Lunchtime Lecture: Vera Brittain and the First World War

  • Lecture

5 March 2015, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free

Mark Bostridge, the leading authority on Vera Brittain, explores the effects that the First World War had on her, both in terms of her personal life and on her development as a writer.

Seats for our lunchtime lectures are allocated on a first come, first served basis and are subject to availability.
Doors open at 12.30pm

Guest DJ: Neil Prince

Guest DJ: Neil Prince

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
5 March 2015, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Listen and unwind at the Late Shift bar as DJ Neil Prince plays an eclectic mix of chilled out pop and Balearic with a pinch of '60s soul.

Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
5 March 2015, 18:30-20:30
Free

Celebrate the achievements of inspirational women in the Collection with a series of curator-led tours to mark International Women’s Day.

Portrait of the Day: The First World War in Poetry

Portrait of the Day: The First World War in Poetry

  • Gallery Talk

6 March 2015, 12:30
Porter Gallery
Free

An exploration of how the experiences of the First World War changed people's world views through the poetry of Sassoon; Owen; Rosenberg; Pope, and Brooke. Talk led by Samuel Catterall-Young.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Live Music: Jack Wyllie & Adrian Corker

Live Music: Jack Wyllie & Adrian Corker

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
6 March 2015, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Portico Quartet’s Jack Wyllie and composer Adrian Corker present a series of new pieces developed from improvisations on manipulated saxophone and electronics.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
6 March 2015, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Take inspiration from the portraits on display and sketch in the Gallery in this session led by artist Marc Woodhead.

Portrait of the Day: The Bronte Sisters

Portrait of the Day: The Bronte Sisters

  • Gallery Talk

7 March 2015, 12:30
Room 24
Free

Charlotte, Emily and Anne were the authors of some of our best loved novels from the Victorian era, including Jane Eyre; Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and yet during their own lifetime they were criticised for their strong, independant minded female heroines. Talk led by Nathalie Nadeau.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

8 March 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

The Portrait Choir Singing Day

The Portrait Choir Singing Day

8 March 2015, 10:00-15:45
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £25, £22 (concessions available) Book online or visit the Gallery in person.

Explore choral music associated with the Gallery’s current Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends exhibition.

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

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

9 March 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

10 March 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day: Ellen Terry

Portrait of the Day: Ellen Terry

  • Gallery Talk

11 March 2015, 12:30
Room 26
Free

Born into a family of actors, Ellen Terry came to be known as one of the leading Shakespearean actresses of her day, gaining fame as Portia in The Merchant of Venice with Henry Irving's company. With the advent of the film industry Terry continued acting well into her seventies, before retiring to Smallhythe Place where she died in 1928.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Members’ Afternoon Preview: Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions

Members’ Afternoon Preview: Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions

11 March 2015, 14:00-16:00
Porter Gallery
Free

Marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, this exhibition explores Wellington’s political and military career as well as his personal life.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

12 March 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Lecture: Sargent in Paris, 1874-1886

Lecture: Sargent in Paris, 1874-1886

A part of Late Shift
12 March 2015, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Richard Ormond, curator of Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends, investigates his great uncle’s training in Paris.

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
12 March 2015, 18:00-20:45
Main Hall
Free

Our resident DJ Eddie blends rare grooves with popular classics to provide a soundtrack to your visit.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

13 March 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Live Music: Trinity Laban - Daryl Runswick Composition Prize Final 2015

Live Music: Trinity Laban - Daryl Runswick Composition Prize Final 2015

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
13 March 2015, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join Trinity Laban's acclaimed Composition Department for an evening of new music inspired by Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
13 March 2015, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Draw a portrait in ten minutes or two hours – it’s your choice in this drawing session led by artist Grace Adam.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

14 March 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Weekend Workshop: Painterly Photographic Portraits (Day One)

Weekend Workshop: Painterly Photographic Portraits (Day One)

  • Workshop

14 March 2015, 11:00-17:00
Please check signage on the day for details

Sold out

Tickets: £125 (£100 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

Photographer Jill Wooster leads this two-day practical workshop in which you will investigate how painting has influenced photographic portraiture.

Portrait of the Day: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Portrait of the Day: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

  • Gallery Talk

15 March 2015, 12:30
Room 18
Free

Mary Shelley was the author of one of the world’s earliest and best-loved horror stories, Frankenstein. Join us for this Portrait of the Day talk as we search for the sources of Shelley’s inspiration through the gothic stories of her own fascinating yet tragic life.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Family Session: Double Portraits

Family Session: Double Portraits

  • Family||Workshop

15 March 2015, 13:00-14:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

What were those good little children in old portraits really like?

This session is aimed at children aged 3+ plus an accompanying adult.

Family Session: Double Portraits

Family Session: Double Portraits

  • Family||Workshop

15 March 2015, 15:00-16:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

What were those good little children in old portraits really like?

This session is aimed at children aged 7+ plus an accompanying adult.

Weekend Workshop: Painterly Photographic Portraits (Day Two)

Weekend Workshop: Painterly Photographic Portraits (Day Two)

  • Workshop

15 March 2015, 11:00-17:00
Please check signage on the day for details

Sold out

Tickets: £125 (£100 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

Photographer Jill Wooster leads this two-day practical workshop in which you will investigate how painting has influenced photographic portraiture.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

16 March 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day: Roald Dahl

Portrait of the Day: Roald Dahl

  • Gallery Talk

17 March 2015, 12:30
Room 33
Free

The author of some of Britain's best loved children's books, Roald Dahl is a national treasure and intrinsic part of childhood memories to many. And yet surprisingly little is known about the man himself. From "The Great Mouse Plot of 1924" to  flying Hurricans in the Second World War, learn about the real-life inspiration of the fantastic stories.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day: Harold Moody

Portrait of the Day: Harold Moody

  • Gallery Talk

18 March 2015, 12:30
Room 31
Free

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Moody travelled to England at the turn of the twentieth century to become a doctor and set up his own practise. Experiencing discrimination and racism, including being unable to fight during WW1, because of the colour of his skin, Moody founded the League of Coloured People.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

19 March 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Lunchtime Lecture: Sargent and Impressionism in England

Lunchtime Lecture: Sargent and Impressionism in England

  • Lecture

19 March 2015, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free

Scholar Elaine Kilmurray looks at Sargent’s most sustained experiments with French Impressionism, which took place in an artists’ colony in the heart of the English countryside in the mid 1880s. 

Seats for our lunchtime lectures are allocated on a first come, first served basis and are subject to availability.
Doors open at 12.30pm

Guest DJ: Tim Redfern

Guest DJ: Tim Redfern

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
19 March 2015, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

DJ Timberlina mixes a range of genres and music from across the ages to reflect the Collection

Lecture: Napoleon and Wellington

Lecture: Napoleon and Wellington

A part of Late Shift
19 March 2015, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Historian Andrew Roberts investigates the relationship between Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington.

Portrait of the Day: Richard III

Portrait of the Day: Richard III

  • Gallery Talk

20 March 2015, 12:30
Room 1
Free

Few British monarchs elicit such strong emotional responses as Richard III.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Live Music: Tamsin Waley-Cohen & Huw Watkins

Live Music: Tamsin Waley-Cohen & Huw Watkins

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
20 March 2015, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

The violinist and sitter for Sargent, Charles Martin Loeffler, forms the subject of this performance, which features works by George Gershwin amongst others.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
20 March 2015, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Artist Robin-Lee Hall leads this drop-in group session in the Gallery space, taking inspiration from the portraits on display.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

21 March 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Pick up a Pencil

Pick up a Pencil

  • Workshop||Young People

21 March 2015, 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.

Portrait of the Day: Alfred Lord Tennyson

Portrait of the Day: Alfred Lord Tennyson

  • Gallery Talk

22 March 2015, 12:30
Room 24
Free

Alfred Lord Tennyson b.1809 was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom during much of Queen Victoria's reign and remains one of the most popular British poets to this day.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day: The Bronte Sisters

Portrait of the Day: The Bronte Sisters

  • Gallery Talk

23 March 2015, 12:30
Room 24
Free

Charlotte, Emily and Anne were the authors of some of our best loved novels from the Victorian era, including Jane Eyre; Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and yet during their own lifetime they were criticised for their strong, independant minded female heroines. Talk led by Nathalie Nadeau.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

24 March 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

25 March 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day: Robert Baden-Powell

Portrait of the Day: Robert Baden-Powell

  • Gallery Talk

26 March 2015, 12:30
Room 23
Free

Victory at the Siege of Mafeking was met with celebratory crowd scenes usually associated with VE Day in 1945. One of the heroes of this victory was Robert Baden-Powell, who through the ingenious use of ever dwindling supplies managed to hold out until relief arrived. Usually known for his work with the Boy Scout Movement, join us to learn about the earlier career of this inspiring man.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Visualising Portraits: Portraits by Matthew Smith and Frank Dobson

Visualising Portraits: Portraits by Matthew Smith and Frank Dobson

26 March 2015, 14:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Picture description for visually impaired visitors.

Lecture: Jack Smith: Abstract Portraits

Lecture: Jack Smith: Abstract Portraits

  • Late Shift||Lecture

A part of Late Shift
26 March 2015, 19:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Assistant Curator Lucy Wood reflects on the life and work of the 20th century painter Jack Smith.

Gallery Tour: Snowdon: A Life in View

Gallery Tour: Snowdon: A Life in View

  • Gallery Talk||Late Shift
  • BSL

A part of Late Shift
26 March 2015, 19:30
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

John Wilson leads a tour of Snowdon: A Life in View in British Sign Language.

N.B. There is no interpretation into English for this tour.

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
26 March 2015, 18:00-20:45
Main Hall
Free

Our resident DJ provides a soundtrack to your visit.

Portrait of the Day: Joanna of Navarre

Portrait of the Day: Joanna of Navarre

  • Gallery Talk

27 March 2015, 12:30
First Floor Balcony Landing
Free

Very little is really known about Joanna of Navarre. What we do know is that she must have led an extraordinary life; first a Princess of Navarre, then the Duchess of Brittany. 

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Live Music: Quest Duo

Live Music: Quest Duo

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
27 March 2015, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Vibrant and experimental compositions from the engaging Quest Duo.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
27 March 2015, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Artist Andy Pankhurst leads our popular free drop-in drawing session in the Gallery.

Life Drawing: Clothed and Unclothed

Life Drawing: Clothed and Unclothed

A part of Late Shift
27 March 2015, 18:30-20:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £9 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Take this opportunity to draw from a clothed and nude life model in the same pose. Artist Gayna Pelham leads our popular life-drawing session which takes place on the last Friday of each month in the Ondaatje Wing Theatre. 

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

28 March 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Weekend Workshop: Portrait Painting is Dead – Long Live Portrait Painting (Day One)

Weekend Workshop: Portrait Painting is Dead – Long Live Portrait Painting (Day One)

28 March 2015, 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.

Artist Sadie Lee leads a two-day workshop investigating the current practice in portraiture of using photographic images as reference for paintings.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

29 March 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Weekend Workshop: Portrait Painting is Dead – Long Live Portrait Painting (Day Two)

Weekend Workshop: Portrait Painting is Dead – Long Live Portrait Painting (Day Two)

29 March 2015, 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.

Artist Sadie Lee leads a two-day workshop investigating the current practice in portraiture of using photographic images as reference for paintings.

Portrait of the Day: William Blake

Portrait of the Day: William Blake

  • Gallery Talk

30 March 2015, 12:30
Room 18
Free

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

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room

  • Workshop

30 March 2015, 13:00-15:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Draw in the Gallery at this artist-led drop-in drawing session for disabled visitors.

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

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

31 March 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

1 April 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

2 April 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Lunchtime Lecture: Artistic Commemorations of the Battle of Waterloo

Lunchtime Lecture: Artistic Commemorations of the Battle of Waterloo

  • Lecture

2 April 2015, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free

Paul Cox, curator of Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions, explores the efforts to commemorate Wellington’s victory at Waterloo through officially commissioned and commercially produced works of art in a variety of media.

Seats for our lunchtime lectures are allocated on a first come, first served basis and are subject to availability.
Doors open at 12.30pm

Guest DJ: Ben Osborne

Guest DJ: Ben Osborne

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
2 April 2015, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Listen and unwind at the Late Shift bar.

Lecture: Spitalfields Nippers

Lecture: Spitalfields Nippers

A part of Late Shift
2 April 2015, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

The Gentle Author, creator of the daily blog Spitalfields Life, introduces Horace Warner’s Spitalfields Nippers.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

3 April 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Live Music: Brandenburg Choral Festival: The Tiffinians

Live Music: Brandenburg Choral Festival: The Tiffinians

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
3 April 2015, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

The close-harmony vocal group from Tiffin School perform a selection of a cappella favourites.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
3 April 2015, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join artist Susan Wilson for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery. 

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

4 April 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

5 April 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

6 April 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

7 April 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Members’ Evening Private View: Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends and Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions

Members’ Evening Private View: Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends and Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions

7 April 2015, 18:30-20:30
Main Hall
Free

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 this event via email membersevents@npg.org.uk

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

8 April 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

9 April 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Lecture: The King's Bed: Sex, Power and the Court of Charles II

Lecture: The King's Bed: Sex, Power and the Court of Charles II

A part of Late Shift
9 April 2015, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

The private life of Charles II was anything but private.  His amorous liaisons were largely conducted in royal palaces surrounded by friends, courtiers and hundreds of servants and soldiers. 

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
9 April 2015, 18:00-20:45
Main Hall
Free

Grab a drink from the Late Shift bar and relax to Eddie’s vinyl set.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

10 April 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Easter Holiday Family Activities Setting the Scene

Easter Holiday Family Activities Setting the Scene

  • Family||Workshop

6 April - 10 April 2015, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A week of ticketed workshops and drop-in sessions exploring how artists have used props and sets to set the scene in a portrait.
Live Music: Maz O’Connor: Singing Portraits

Live Music: Maz O’Connor: Singing Portraits

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
10 April 2015, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

The folk singer-songwriter performs a brand new selection of songs inspired by portraits of women in the Gallery’s Collection.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
10 April 2015, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Grace Adam leads our ever-popular drop-in drawing session in the Gallery. Join her at 18.30 for an introduction or pop by at any time. 

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

11 April 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Weekend Workshop: Portraits of Power (Day One)

Weekend Workshop: Portraits of Power (Day One)

  • Workshop

11 April 2015, 11:00-17:00
Please check signage on the day for details

Sold out

Tickets: £125 (£100 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

Photographer Giles Price leads a two-day practical photographic workshop investigating both archetypal and subversive depictions of strength and power.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

12 April 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Weekend Workshop: Portraits of Power (Day Two)

Weekend Workshop: Portraits of Power (Day Two)

  • Workshop

12 April 2015, 11:00-17:00
Please check signage on the day for details

Sold out

Tickets: £125 (£100 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

Photographer Giles Price leads a two-day practical photographic workshop investigating both archetypal and subversive depictions of strength and power.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

13 April 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

14 April 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

15 April 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

16 April 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Lunchtime Lecture: Elizabeth: Renaissance Prince

Lunchtime Lecture: Elizabeth: Renaissance Prince

  • Lecture

16 April 2015, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free

Biographer Lisa Hilton reassesses the reign of Elizabeth I, an exceptional ruler who saw herself primarily as a Renaissance prince descended from a triumphant line of princes.

Seats for our lunchtime lectures are allocated on a first come, first served basis and are subject to availability.
Doors open at 12.30pm

Three Day Workshop: Drawn in the Frame

Three Day Workshop: Drawn in the Frame

  • Workshop||Young People

14 April - 16 April 2015, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Create your own hand-drawn animation in just three days. Work with professional animators Lizzy Hobbs and Shelly Wain to learn the art of animation. Taking inspiration from the Georgian Collection, with an opportunity to research original documents in the Heinz Archive and Library.

For ages 14–21. Booking required. Please email youthbookings@npg.org.uk or call 020 7312 2483. Please check your school holiday dates before booking.

Drawn In the Frame Showcase

Drawn In the Frame Showcase

  • Workshop||Young People

16 April 2015, 17:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Showcase of artwork produced during the young people’s three-day workshop. All ages welcome.

No booking required.

Guest DJ: Neil Prince

Guest DJ: Neil Prince

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
16 April 2015, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Listen and unwind at the Late Shift bar as DJ Neil Prince creates a set in response to the works on display.

Lecture: Discovering Cornelius Johnson: Charles I’s Other Portraitist

Lecture: Discovering Cornelius Johnson: Charles I’s Other Portraitist

  • Late Shift||Lecture

A part of Late Shift
16 April 2015, 19:00
Room 5
Free

Karen Hearn, curator of Charles I’s Forgotten Painter, introduces Cornelius Johnson, the King’s little-known ‘picture-drawer’.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

17 April 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Conference: Sargent and the Arts of His Time

Conference: Sargent and the Arts of His Time

  • Conference

17 April 2015, 10:00-16:20
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £30 (£25 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

This conference uses the occasion of the exhibition Sargent: Portrait of Artists and Friends at the National Portrait Gallery to place his work in the wider context of the international artistic milieu of the time, with particular reference to the painter’s wide circle of friends.

Live Music: Sargent and Music

Live Music: Sargent and Music

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
17 April 2015, 18:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free

A special programme devised by Oliver Davies focussing on musical sitters on display in Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends 

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
17 April 2015, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Artist Robin-Lee Hall leads tonight’s session of mass-participation drawing, taking inspiration from works on display.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

18 April 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Pick up a Pencil

Pick up a Pencil

  • Workshop||Young People

18 April 2015, 14:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Take a break from exam revision at this special Pick up a Pencil session. Work with a special guest artist and the Gallery’s Youth Forum to take creative inspiration from the Gallery’s Collection, in this drop-in session.

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.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

19 April 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Drop-in Family Session: Pop-Up Portrait Puppets

Drop-in Family Session: Pop-Up Portrait Puppets

  • Family||Workshop

19 April 2015, 13:00-14:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Make a mixed-media shadow puppet of your favourite portrait and then create a performance of its magical journey. 

This session is aimed at children aged 3+ plus an accompanying adult.

Drop-in Family Session: Pop-Up Portrait Puppets

Drop-in Family Session: Pop-Up Portrait Puppets

  • Family||Workshop

19 April 2015, 15:00-16:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Make a mixed-media shadow puppet of your favourite portrait and then create a performance of its magical journey. 

This session is aimed at children aged 7+ plus an accompanying adult.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

20 April 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

21 April 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

22 April 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

23 April 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Performance: Shakespeare’s Birthday

Performance: Shakespeare’s Birthday

  • Late Shift||Performance

A part of Late Shift
23 April 2015, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Look out for students from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama who will be strolling around the Gallery reciting Shakespeare over the course of the evening.

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
23 April 2015, 18:00-20:45
Main Hall
Free

Take advantage of the Gallery’s late opening and enjoy Eddie’s set and a drink at our pop-up bar.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

24 April 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Live Music: Channel Firing: Peter Sheppard Skærved

Live Music: Channel Firing: Peter Sheppard Skærved

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
24 April 2015, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

The violinist presents a personal response to 1914-2014.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
24 April 2015, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Artist Gayna Pelham leads this week’s popular drop-in session, taking inspiration from works in the Gallery.

Life Drawing: Henry Tonks: Studies of the Artist

Life Drawing: Henry Tonks: Studies of the Artist

A part of Late Shift
24 April 2015, 18:30-20:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £9 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Figurative painter Andy Pankhurst questions the importance of Henry Tonks’s emphasis on anatomy during his time as a Professor at the Slade School of Fine Art.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

25 April 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Weekend Workshop: Sargent’s Spanish Dancer (Day One)

Weekend Workshop: Sargent’s Spanish Dancer (Day One)

25 April 2015, 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.

Artist Susan Wilson leads a two-day workshop which recreates the mood and atmosphere of one of Sargent’s sittings with a Spanish dancer in full costume. 

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

26 April 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Weekend Workshop: Sargent’s Spanish Dancer (Day Two)

Weekend Workshop: Sargent’s Spanish Dancer (Day Two)

26 April 2015, 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.

Artist Susan Wilson leads a two-day workshop which recreates the mood and atmosphere of one of Sargent’s sittings with a Spanish dancer in full costume. 

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

27 April 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room

  • Workshop

27 April 2015, 13:00-15:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Draw in the Gallery at this artist-led drop-in session for disabled visitors.

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

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

28 April 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

29 April 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

30 April 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Visualising Portraits: Snowdon: A Life in View

Visualising Portraits: Snowdon: A Life in View

30 April 2015, 14:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Picture description for visually impaired visitors.

Guest DJ: Richard Osborne

Guest DJ: Richard Osborne

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
30 April 2015, 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.

Exhibition Tour: Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions

Exhibition Tour: Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions

  • Gallery Talk||Late Shift
  • BSL

A part of Late Shift
30 April 2015, 19:30
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Curator Paul Cox leads a free exhibition tour interpreted into British Sign Language.
Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

1 May 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Live Music: Wellington: Piatti Quartet

Live Music: Wellington: Piatti Quartet

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
1 May 2015, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

One of the UK's foremost young string quartets presents Beethoven's String Quartet No. 7Op. 59 No. 1 'Rasumovsky ‘, composed in 1806

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
1 May 2015, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Take inspiration from the portraits on display and sketch in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

2 May 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

3 May 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Young People’s Sunday Session: Mere Dabs and Blurs

Young People’s Sunday Session: Mere Dabs and Blurs

  • Workshop||Young People
  • BSL

3 May 2015, 13:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Inspired by Sargent’s techniques, work with artists Marc Woodhead and Isobel Peachey to see what is possible in a speed painting session. Communication support is available upon request.

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

4 May 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

5 May 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

6 May 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

7 May 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Lunchtime Lecture: John Singer Sargent and his Picture Frames

Lunchtime Lecture: John Singer Sargent and his Picture Frames

  • Lecture

7 May 2015, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free

Research Fellow Jacob Simon tells the story of framing in four cities.

Seats for our lunchtime lectures are allocated on a first come, first served basis and are subject to availability.
Doors open at 12.30pm

The Portrait Choir Solo Song Residency

The Portrait Choir Solo Song Residency

  • The Portrait Choir

A part of Late Shift
7 May 2015, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Members of The Portrait Choir will be giving two special solo recitals.

In Conversation: Queer Perspectives

In Conversation: Queer Perspectives

  • Gallery Talk||Late Shift||Lecture

A part of Late Shift
7 May 2015, 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 about works in the Collection which have a personal resonance.

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
7 May 2015, 18:00-20:45
Main Hall
Free

Photographer and DJ Eddie Otchere curates a music set inspired by the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

8 May 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

The Portrait Choir Solo Song Residency

The Portrait Choir Solo Song Residency

  • The Portrait Choir

A part of Late Shift
8 May 2015, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Members of The Portrait Choir will be giving two special solo recitals.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
8 May 2015, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Artist Grace Adam leads our free, friendly drop-in, taking inspiration from the portraits on display. 

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

9 May 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Weekend Workshop: Painting With Light and Shadow (Day One)

Weekend Workshop: Painting With Light and Shadow (Day One)

9 May 2015, 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 and filmmaker Gisela Torres leads this two-day photographic masterclass responding to paintings from the Gallery’s Collection.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

10 May 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Weekend Workshop: Painting With Light and Shadow (Day Two)

Weekend Workshop: Painting With Light and Shadow (Day Two)

10 May 2015, 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 and filmmaker Gisela Torres leads this two-day photographic masterclass responding to paintings from the Gallery’s Collection.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

11 May 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

12 May 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

13 May 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

14 May 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Guest DJ: Mr Madam

Guest DJ: Mr Madam

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
14 May 2015, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

DJ Mr Madam combines a range of musical styles to create his sets; from Thomas Tallis to Gracie Fields; Grace Jones to John Barry; Duke Ellington to Lord Creator; if you can hum it, he will try and play it.

Lecture: Sargent’s Methods for Painting Portraits

Lecture: Sargent’s Methods for Painting Portraits

A part of Late Shift
14 May 2015, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Tate Paintings Conservator, Rebecca Hellen, and Tate Conservation Scientist, Dr Joyce Townsend, share recent research into key works by Sargent in Tate’s collection

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

15 May 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Museums at Night

Museums at Night

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
15 May 2015, 18:30-21:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Take advantage of the Gallery’s late night opening by visiting an exhibition, meeting friends at the bar, enjoying live music and conversation, or participating in our popular Drop-in Drawing session.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

16 May 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Pick up a Pencil

Pick up a Pencil

  • Workshop||Young People

16 May 2015, 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.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

17 May 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Drop-in Family Session: Portraits in Clay

Drop-in Family Session: Portraits in Clay

  • Family||Workshop

17 May 2015, 13:00-14:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Roll, mould, pinch and coil, in this month’s new Drop-in Family Session focussing on portraits in clay.

This session is aimed at children aged 3+ plus an accompanying adult.

Drop-in Family Session: Portraits in Clay

Drop-in Family Session: Portraits in Clay

  • Family||Workshop

17 May 2015, 15:00-16:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Roll, mould, pinch and coil, in this month’s new Drop-in Family Session focussing on portraits in clay.

This session is aimed at children aged 7+ plus an accompanying adult.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

18 May 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

19 May 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

20 May 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

21 May 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Lunchtime Lecture: The ‘dusk of disproportionate passion’: Henry James’s Garden Room in Rye and Tilling

Lunchtime Lecture: The ‘dusk of disproportionate passion’: Henry James’s Garden Room in Rye and Tilling

  • Lecture

21 May 2015, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free

In 1896, Henry James became captivated by Lamb House in Rye, a Georgian red brick with a unique, bow-windowed garden room.

Seats for our lunchtime lectures are allocated on a first come, first served basis and are subject to availability.
Doors open at 12.30pm

Photo London

Photo London

  • Late Shift||Lecture

A part of Late Shift
21 May 2015, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Further details and booking information to follow.

Join us for two evening sessions on portraiture chaired by Phillip Prodger, Head of Photographs, National Portrait Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

22 May 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Photo London

Photo London

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
22 May 2015, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Further details and booking information to follow.

Join us for a second evening investigating contemporary photography with our partners, Photo London. Take part in discussions, listen to live music, meet friends at the Late Shift Bar or join our free Drop-in Drawing session.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

23 May 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

24 May 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

25 May 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room

  • Workshop

25 May 2015, 13:00-15:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Draw in the Gallery at this artist-led drop-in drawing session for disabled visitors.

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

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

26 May 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

27 May 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

28 May 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Visualising Portraits: Favourites: Painting and Power, 1600 - 1800

Visualising Portraits: Favourites: Painting and Power, 1600 - 1800

28 May 2015, 14:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Picture description for visually impaired visitors.

Guest DJ: Tim Redfern

Guest DJ: Tim Redfern

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
28 May 2015, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Relax and unwind as DJ Timberlina provides a soundtrack to your visit.

Lecture: The Africans of Georgian Britain: Active Agents of Change

Lecture: The Africans of Georgian Britain: Active Agents of Change

A part of Late Shift
28 May 2015, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Historian Onyeka tells the untold story of Africans in Georgian Britain and the role they played in the development of society. 

BSL Tour: Highlights of the Collection

BSL Tour: Highlights of the Collection

  • Gallery Talk||Late Shift
  • BSL

A part of Late Shift
28 May 2015, 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

29 May 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Summer Half Term Holiday: Family Activities Take A Closer Look

Summer Half Term Holiday: Family Activities Take A Closer Look

  • Family||Workshop

25 May - 29 May 2015, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A week exploring what makes a portrait. Using the temporary displays and the collection to discover different ways of creating a portrait using photography, printmaking painting and animation.

Family Art workshops: Free ticket required, available one hour before the events starts on a first Come, first served basis. Places are limited to 20 tickets per session for children, plus accompanying adults.

Live Music: Kaz Simmons

Live Music: Kaz Simmons

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
29 May 2015, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

The jazz and folk influenced singer-songwriter returns to perform her ethereal and intimate original songs and selected covers from the likes of Rufus Wainwright and Billy Joel.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
29 May 2015, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Artist Gayna Pelham leads tonight’s session. There is a short introduction at 18.30, but feel free to drop-in at any time. 

Life Drawing: Tackling Tone

Life Drawing: Tackling Tone

A part of Late Shift
29 May 2015, 18:30-20:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £9 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Inspired by Goya's mastery of tonal contrast and line in his portrait of the Duke of Wellington, join artist Robin-Lee Hall for an evening of life-drawing capturing dramatic lights and darks.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

30 May 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Weekend Workshop: Mixed media, Collage and Printing (Day One)

Weekend Workshop: Mixed media, Collage and Printing (Day One)

30 May 2015, 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.

Artist Alison Kusner leads a two-day workshop inspired by contemporary portraits in the Collection.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

31 May 2015, 12:30
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Weekend Workshop: Mixed media, Collage and Printing (Day Two)

Weekend Workshop: Mixed media, Collage and Printing (Day Two)

31 May 2015, 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.

Artist Alison Kusner leads a two-day workshop inspired by contemporary portraits in the Collection.

Members Afternoon Preview: BP Portrait Award 2015

Members Afternoon Preview: BP Portrait Award 2015

17 June 2015, 14:00-16:00
Wolfson Gallery
Free

Each year this exhibition presents a variety of styles and approaches that together illustrate the vitality of contemporary portrait painting. Come along to this afternoon preview to be amongst the first to see the works on show in the most prestigious portrait painting competition in the world.

Displays (17)

Spotlight

Spotlight

25 February - 31 March 2015
Room 31
Free

To launch the new bi-monthly series of ‘Spotlight’ displays, this showcase places the spotlight on T.S. Eliot’s career through three portraits by significant photographers of the twentieth century.

The Tudors Reimagined: George Perfect Harding

The Tudors Reimagined: George Perfect Harding

14 March 2015 - 17 January 2016
Room 3
Free

This display explores the fashion for historical portraits in the early 19th-century by pairing watercolours of Tudor sitters made by George Perfect Harding with the original portraits.
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.

Cornelius Johnson: Charles I’s Forgotten Painter

Cornelius Johnson: Charles I’s Forgotten Painter

15 April - 13 September 2015
Room 6
Free

Prolific and successful in his lifetime, Cornelius Johnson is the forgotten man of 17th-century British art. This display looks at a range of his paintings including rarely seen portraits of the King’s children.

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.

Old Titles and New Money: American Heiresses and the British Aristocracy

Old Titles and New Money: American Heiresses and the British Aristocracy

25 November 2014 - 1 August 2015
Room 23
Free

A focus on the late-nineteenth-century phenomenon of American heiresses marrying into British aristocracy.  The display will explore how women such as Mary Curzon and Jennie Churchill became charismatic leaders of British society.

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 artist’s cause at heart’: M.H. Spielmann, Collector and Donor

‘The artist’s cause at heart’: M.H. Spielmann, Collector and Donor

18 November 2014 - 1 August 2015
Room 28: case display
Free

A range of nineteenth century Punch self-portraits, photographs of sculptors and Jewish personalities throws light on the writer and art historian Marion Harry Spielmann’s work, and his decades of generosity towards the Gallery.

Henry Tonks: Studies of the Artist

Henry Tonks: Studies of the Artist

18 November 2014 - 1 July 2015
Room 29
Free

This display showcases three self-portrait sketches by one of the most influential art teachers of the twentieth century, Henry Tonks (1862-1937).  The studies were made on the eve of the First World War, while Tonks was a teacher at the Slade School of Fine Art.

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.
Women and the First World War

Women and the First World War

17 February - 1 October 2015
Room 31
Free

This display looks at the role women played during the war through a selection of portraits from the Gallery’s Photographic Collection.  

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?

Jack Smith: Abstract Portraits

Jack Smith: Abstract Portraits

18 March - 31 August 2015
Room 32
Free

Continuing in the INTERVENTIONS series, this display focuses on unconventional approaches to portraiture and features abstract portraits by Jack Smith of the composers Harrison Birtwistle and Colin Matthews and the choreographer Ashley Page.
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.
On Belonging: Photographs of Indians of African Descent

On Belonging: Photographs of Indians of African Descent

13 April - 31 August 2015
Room 33
Free

This display, fresh from its sensational showing at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi in 2013, is the result of six years spent with the Sidi people, an Indian community of African descent. The artist's charming and poignant portraits raise universal questions about nationality, ethnic origin, and the nature of diaspora.

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.

Beyond the Gallery (2)

Picture the Poet

Picture the Poet

  • Partnership exhibition

3 September 2014 - 29 November 2015
Graves Gallery, Sheffield

Discover the faces of poets working today, including Benjamin Zephaniah, Simon Armitage and Carol Ann Duffy, in this touring exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery.

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.