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

Exhibitions (6)

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.

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 - Call for Entries

BP Portrait Award 2015 - Call for Entries

18 June - 20 September 2015
Wolfson Gallery

Entry is now open for the BP Portrait Award 2015.
First Prize: £30,000
Closing date: 3 February 2015
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 (128)

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

29 December 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

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

Drop-in drawing session for disabled visitors.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

30 December 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

31 December 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 January 2015, 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 January 2015, 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: Jeremy Reed & The Ginger Light

Live Music: Jeremy Reed & The Ginger Light

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

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

The dynamic and adventurous poet lifts the New Year blues into purples and oranges in his collaboration with sonic soundscaper Itchy Ear.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
2 January 2015, 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

3 January 2015, 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 January 2015, 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: Better Cameraphone Portraiture

Young People’s Sunday Session: Better Cameraphone Portraiture

  • Workshop||Young People

4 January 2015, 13:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Fully Booked

Learn how to make the most of your cameraphone and improve your photography.

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

5 January 2015, 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 January 2015, 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 January 2015, 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 January 2015, 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: Tim Redfern

Guest DJ: Tim Redfern

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
8 January 2015, 18:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Thursday is the new Friday so grab a drink at the pop-up bar and enjoy our DJ in the Gallery.

Lecture: If I Can: Crafting Beauty

Lecture: If I Can: Crafting Beauty

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

William Morris’s first embroidery If I Can borrowed Jan van Eyck’s motto ‘alles ich kann’. This sense of fearlessness is at the heart of the Arts and Crafts movement, a crossing of boundaries between work and life. 

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

9 January 2015, 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: Melissa James

Live Music: Melissa James

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

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

Returning to the Gallery to give another soulful performance, Melissa James has been described as ‘Roberta Flack cross[ing] paths with blues man Eric Bibb’.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

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

Join our community of artists and learn more about portraiture at our free artist-led drawing class in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

10 January 2015, 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: The Art of Portrait Photography (Day One)

Weekend Workshop: The Art of Portrait Photography (Day One)

10 January 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.

This two-day workshop led by photographer Eddie Otchere explores studio and street portrait photography using film cameras. 

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

11 January 2015, 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: The Art of Portrait Photography (Day Two)

Weekend Workshop: The Art of Portrait Photography (Day Two)

11 January 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.

This two-day workshop led by photographer Eddie Otchere explores studio and street portrait photography using film cameras. 

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

12 January 2015, 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

13 January 2015, 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 January 2015, 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 January 2015, 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: ‘Doing the Right Thing for Fighting Men’: Music, Morale and the Military Body in London’s West End Nightclubs, 1915 – 19

Lunchtime Lecture: ‘Doing the Right Thing for Fighting Men’: Music, Morale and the Military Body in London’s West End Nightclubs, 1915 – 19

  • Lecture

15 January 2015, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free

Professor Rachel Cowgill explores changes in musical entertainment at Ciro’s Club, now home to the Gallery’s Heinz Archive and Library, over the course of the First World War.
Lecture: The Tudors as seen in Nineteenth - Century Art: Histories and Fictions

Lecture: The Tudors as seen in Nineteenth - Century Art: Histories and Fictions

  • Late Shift||Lecture

A part of Late Shift
15 January 2015, 19:00
Location TBC
Free

Professor Stephen Bann investigates the visual re-imaginings of the Tudor dynasty in the early nineteenth century in Britain and France.

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift

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

Every fortnight, our resident DJ Edward Otchere creates a carefully crafted themed soundscape.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

16 January 2015, 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: Brandenburg Choral Festival presents Aether Ensemble

Live Music: Brandenburg Choral Festival presents Aether Ensemble

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

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

A performance of French and English romantic part-songs by Saint-Saëns, Vaughan Williams and Arthur Sullivan.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
16 January 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 at our artist-led drawing class.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

17 January 2015, 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

Pick up a Pencil

Pick up a Pencil

  • Workshop||Young People

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

Free monthly drawing sessions on the third Saturday of the month, ‘Join us – the Gallery’s Youth Forum – in front of the portraits for these monthly drawing sessions.

Drop-in 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

18 January 2015, 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

Drop-in Family Session: Sound and Vision

Drop-in Family Session: Sound and Vision

  • Family||Workshop

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

Join us for our new Drop-in Family Session on the third Sunday of every month.

Drop-in no ticket required, for ages 3+ accompanied by an adult.

Drop-in Family Session: Sound and Vision

Drop-in Family Session: Sound and Vision

  • Family||Workshop

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

Join us for our new Drop-in Family Session on the third Sunday of every month.

Drop-in no ticket required, for ages 7+ accompanied by an adult.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

19 January 2015, 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 January 2015, 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 January 2015, 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 January 2015, 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: Ben Osborne

Guest DJ: Ben Osborne

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
22 January 2015, 18:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Banish the winter blues and spend an evening n the company of our DJ at the pop-up bar.

Panel Discussion: Who Are You?

Panel Discussion: Who Are You?

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

Artist Grayson Perry and guests investigate themes of identity.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

23 January 2015, 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: One Mint Julep

Live Music: One Mint Julep

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

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

Emine Pirhasan and Phil Stevenson, bringing to life classic jazz songs of the 30s and 40s.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

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

Be inspired by the portraits in the Gallery to create your own works at this artist-led drawing class.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

24 January 2015, 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: Drawing Faces (Day One)

Weekend Workshop: Drawing Faces (Day One)

24 January 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.

Jake Spicer, author of Draw Faces in Fifteen Minutes, leads a two-day course in practical, applied portrait drawing, working from a portrait model and the permanent Collection.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

25 January 2015, 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: Drawing Faces (Day Two)

Weekend Workshop: Drawing Faces (Day Two)

25 January 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.

Jake Spicer, author of Draw Faces in Fifteen Minutes, leads a two-day course in practical, applied portrait drawing, working from a portrait model and the permanent Collection.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

26 January 2015, 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

26 January 2015, 13:00-15:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

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

27 January 2015, 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

28 January 2015, 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 January 2015, 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: Keep the Home Fires Burning

Visualising Portraits: Keep the Home Fires Burning

29 January 2015, 14:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Picture description for visually impaired visitors.

Lecture: Dressing Elizabeth: The Phoenix Portrait as Evidence of a Royal Wardrobe

Lecture: Dressing Elizabeth: The Phoenix Portrait as Evidence of a Royal Wardrobe

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

Taking the recently conserved Phoenix portrait of Elizabeth I as her focus, Professor Maria Hayward considers the clothes, jewellery and accessories worn by the queen, and the large range of individuals involved in making the her clothes, caring for the royal wardrobe and assisting her to dress and undress.

Gallery Tour: Grayson Perry: Who Are You?

Gallery Tour: Grayson Perry: Who Are You?

  • Gallery Talk||Late Shift
  • BSL

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

John Wilson takes a tour around Grayson Perry’s special display of new works inserted into the Gallery’s 19th and 20th century displays. Led in British Sign Language and interpreted into English.
Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift

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

It’s the end of the month and pay day. Celebrate at the Gallery with music and our pop-up bar. Every fortnight, our resident DJ Edward Otchere creates a carefully crafted themed soundscape. 

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

30 January 2015, 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: Tom Hyatt

Live Music: Tom Hyatt

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

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

A personal yet universal approach to lyrics and a dynamic live delivery, make this London-based singer-songwriter one-to-watch.

Life Drawing: Video Views

Life Drawing: Video Views

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

Led by artist Robin-Lee Hall, explore working from real and recorded life as a live video backdrop shows a close-up of the model’s face.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

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

If you haven’t picked up a pencil to draw since school, abandon all inhibitions and join our free, friendly Friday night portrait drawing class.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

31 January 2015, 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 February 2015, 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: Wear it out

Young People’s Sunday Session: Wear it out

  • Workshop||Young People
  • BSL

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

Taking inspiration from Grayson Perry: Who Are You? artists Sadie Lee and Becky Boston will highlight queer identity in the Gallery’s Collection and you will explore identity through textile customisation and costume. Part of LGBT History Month. 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

2 February 2015, 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 February 2015, 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 February 2015, 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 February 2015, 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: Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary

Lunchtime Lecture: Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary

  • Lecture

5 February 2015, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free

Broadcaster and journalist Anita Anand shares the enthralling story of Sophia Duleep Singh, dispossessed princess of the Kingdom of the Sikhs and a god-daughter of Queen Victoria.
Guest DJ: John Sizzle

Guest DJ: John Sizzle

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
5 February 2015, 18:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Take advantage of our late-night exhibition openings and enjoy music and a drink at our pop-up bar.

Gallery Talk: Queer Perspectives – Outcasts and Exiles

Gallery Talk: Queer Perspectives – Outcasts and Exiles

  • Gallery Talk||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
5 February 2015, 19:00
Room 20
Free

Celebrate LGBT History month with Queer Perspectives resident artist Sadie Lee and her special guest,  Dr Rictor Norton.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

6 February 2015, 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: Le Petit Orchestre

Live Music: Le Petit Orchestre

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

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

The period ensemble performs a recital of established and less known repertoire around The Real Tudors display.

Please note, in a change from the programme printed in the What's On guide, Philip Fowke will perform later in the year.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

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

Meet people and learn to draw at our free and friendly artist-led drawing class in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

7 February 2015, 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: Working Photography (Day One)

Weekend Workshop: Working Photography (Day One)

7 February 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.

Take a masterclass with award-winning Guardian photographer Graeme Robertson, currently exhibiting in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

8 February 2015, 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: Working Photography (Day Two)

Weekend Workshop: Working Photography (Day Two)

8 February 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.

Take a masterclass with award-winning Guardian photographer Graeme Robertson, currently exhibiting in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

9 February 2015, 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

10 February 2015, 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 February 2015, 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 February 2015, 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: The Real Tudors

Gallery Tour: The Real Tudors

  • Gallery Talk||Late Shift

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

Charlotte Bolland, Project Curator for the Gallery’s Making Art in Tudor Britain project, leads a tour of The Real Tudors display.
Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift

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

Every fortnight, our resident DJ Edward Otchere creates a carefully crafted themed soundscape.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

13 February 2015, 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: The Poet, the Lover and the Lunatic

The Portrait Choir: The Poet, the Lover and the Lunatic

  • The Portrait Choir

A part of Late Shift
13 February 2015, 18:30-19:45
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Performed in rooms across the second floor of the Gallery, this multi-art performance will combine the music of Elgar and Vaughan Williams.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

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

Love is in the air so come and celebrate the muse and be inspired at our artist-led drawing class.

The Portrait Choir: The Poet, the Lover and the Lunatic

The Portrait Choir: The Poet, the Lover and the Lunatic

  • The Portrait Choir

14 February 2015, 11:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free Free

Performed in rooms across the second floor of the Gallery, this multi-art performance will combine the music of Elgar and Vaughan Williams.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

14 February 2015, 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: The Poet, the Lover and the Lunatic

The Portrait Choir: The Poet, the Lover and the Lunatic

  • The Portrait Choir

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

Performed in rooms across the second floor of the Gallery, this multi-art performance will combine the music of Elgar and Vaughan Williams.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

15 February 2015, 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

Drop-in Family Session: Out of the Shadows

Drop-in Family Session: Out of the Shadows

  • Family||Workshop
  • BSL

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

Join us for our new Drop-in Family Session on the third Sunday of every month.

Drop-in no ticket required, for ages 3+ accompanied by an adult.

Drop-in Family Session: Out of the Shadows

Drop-in Family Session: Out of the Shadows

  • Family||Workshop
  • BSL

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

Join us for our new Drop-in Family Session on the third Sunday of every month.

Drop-in no ticket required, for ages 7+ accompanied by an adult.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

16 February 2015, 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 February 2015, 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 February 2015, 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 February 2015, 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: Behind the Mask: The Life of Vita Sackville-West

Lunchtime Lecture: Behind the Mask: The Life of Vita Sackville-West

  • Lecture

19 February 2015, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free

Aristocrat, literary celebrity, ‘Rose Queen’, devoted wife, lesbian, recluse, iconoclast – Vita Sackville-West was many things, but never straightforward.
Young People’s Three-day Workshop: Painterly Portraits

Young People’s Three-day Workshop: Painterly Portraits

  • Workshop||Young People

17 February - 19 February 2015, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free
fully booked

Join us for an extended painting workshop, inspired by Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends, to refine your sketching and acrylic painting skills.

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

Young People’s Three-day Workshop: Showcase

Young People’s Three-day Workshop: Showcase

  • Workshop||Young People

19 February 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. All ages welcome.

Guest DJ

Guest DJ

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
19 February 2015, 18:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Unwind at the pop-up bar and enjoy a themed set.

Lecture: A ‘Paradoxical’ Portrait

Lecture: A ‘Paradoxical’ Portrait

A part of Late Shift
19 February 2015, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £6 (£5 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

When John Singer Sargent painted Robert Louis Stevenson in 1885, his unconventional composition made Stevenson think of ‘a caged maniac’.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

20 February 2015, 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: Friendship

Half-Term Activities: Friendship

  • Family||Workshop

16 February - 20 February 2015, 11:00-16:00
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Free

A week of half term activities inspired by Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends. During the week there will be a range of ticketed and drop-in activities. For ages 5+.
Live Music: Adam Brown ‘The A-Train to Argentina’

Live Music: Adam Brown ‘The A-Train to Argentina’

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

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

The guitars pre-eminent role in creative expression from the United States.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
20 February 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 artist-led session.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

21 February 2015, 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

Pick up a Pencil

Pick up a Pencil

  • Workshop||Young People

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

Free monthly drawing sessions on the third Saturday of the month, ‘Join us – the Gallery’s Youth Forum – in front of the portraits for these monthly drawing sessions.

Drop-in 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.

Weekend Workshop: Sargent’s Sight-Size Technique (Day One)

Weekend Workshop: Sargent’s Sight-Size Technique (Day One)

21 February 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.

Isabella Watling’s portrait in the BP Portrait Award 2014Gina and Cristiano, showcases her skills in sight-size portraiture in the tradition of Sargent.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

22 February 2015, 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: Sargent’s Sight-Size Technique (Day Two)

Weekend Workshop: Sargent’s Sight-Size Technique (Day Two)

22 February 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.

Isabella Watling’s portrait in the BP Portrait Award 2014, Gina and Cristiano, showcases her skills in sight-size portraiture in the tradition of Sargent.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

23 February 2015, 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

23 February 2015, 13:00-15:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

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

24 February 2015, 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 February 2015, 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 February 2015, 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: Grayson Perry: Who Are you?

Visualising Portraits: Grayson Perry: Who Are you?

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

Picture description for visually impaired visitors.

Gallery Talk: General Reputations of the First World War

Gallery Talk: General Reputations of the First World War

  • Gallery Talk||Late Shift
  • BSL

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

Writer and former officer in the British Army, Allan Mallinson charts the progress of the Great War.

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift

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

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

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

27 February 2015, 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: Gaia Duo: Bach and Bartok

Live Music: Gaia Duo: Bach and Bartok

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

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

Join violinists Piotr Jordan and Flora Curzon in a feast of music from the baroque era and the 20th century.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

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

Hone your portrait drawing skills at our drop-in class which takes place in the Gallery.

Life Drawing: Sargent Style

Life Drawing: Sargent Style

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

Taking inspiration from Sargent’s approach, artist Andy Pankhurst, guides you through his style in a series of quick drawings.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

28 February 2015, 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

Displays (15)

Photograph of the Month

Photograph of the Month

1 December 2014 - 1 February 2015
Room 31
Free

December 2014 marks fifty years since the death of the poet and biographer Edith Sitwell (1887-1964). Born in Scarborough, she grew up in her ancestral home, Renishaw Hall, Derbyshire, before moving to London in 1913. Sitwell’s first published poem, 'Drowned Suns', appeared that same year and in 1915 her first book of verse: The Mother and Other Poems was published.
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.

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.
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?

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.
Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year

Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year

16 December 2014 - 18 January 2015
Room 40
Free

A display of work by the three finalists in Sky Arts’ search for fresh artistic talent across Britain and Ireland. This year’s judges were portrait artist Tai Shan Schierenberg, whose work is in the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection, independent curator Kathleen Soriano and contemporary art dealer Kate Bryan.
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 (4)

Jonathan Yeo Portraits

Jonathan Yeo Portraits

  • Touring exhibition

8 November 2014 - 15 February 2015
The Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle

This retrospective of Jonathan Yeo’s work features some of Yeo’s most iconic sitters, who are leaders in their field of expertise, ranging across the arts, fashion, politics, and business. Sitters include: Jude Law, Sir Michael Parkinson, Erin O’Connor, Malala Yousafzai, Doreen Lawrence OBE, and Grayson Perry. A range of studies and sketches will also go on show, to provide a comprehensive resumé of Yeo’s artistic career, spanning over two decades.
Starring Vivien Leigh

Starring Vivien Leigh

  • Partnership exhibition

8 November 2014 - 15 February 2015
The Laing Art Gallery

One of the most famous actors of the 20th century, Leigh is seen here captured on film throughout her career by photographers including Cecil Beaton, Angus McBean, Norman Parkinson, Laszlo Willinger and Madame Yevonde.

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.