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Exhibitions (3)

BP Portrait Award 2015

BP Portrait Award 2015

18 June - 20 September 2015
Wolfson Gallery
Admission Free

Fifty-five of the best contemporary painted portraits from around the world.

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.
Giacometti: Pure Presence

Giacometti: Pure Presence

15 October 2015 - 10 January 2016
Wolfson Gallery

Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966) is widely regarded as one of the most important and distinctive artists of the 20th century. A restless innovator, he explored a range of styles and subjects; however portraiture remained a continuous preoccupation.

Events (151)

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

1 July 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 July 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: M. H. Spielmann: Victorian Editor, Scholar, and Artists’ Advocate

Lunchtime Lecture: M. H. Spielmann: Victorian Editor, Scholar, and Artists’ Advocate

  • Lecture

2 July 2015, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free

Professor Julie Codell looks at the career of M.H. Spielmann, an influential figure in the Victorian and Edwardian art worlds, and the powerful effect he had on public taste .
In Conversation: Sir Portrait: 30 Portraits of Roy Strong

In Conversation: Sir Portrait: 30 Portraits of Roy Strong

A part of Late Shift
2 July 2015, 19:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

The sitter Sir Roy Strong and the photographer John Swannell discuss their collaboration on a unique photographic project to mark the sitter's 80th birthday.

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
2 July 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

3 July 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: John Metcalfe

Live Music: John Metcalfe

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

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

Music from the composer’s latest album, The Appearance of Colour.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

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

Join artist Andy Pankhurst for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

4 July 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 July 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.

Taster Session: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

Taster Session: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

  • Workshop||Young People
  • BSL

5 July 2015, 11:00-14:30
Please check signage on the day for details

Have a go at portraiture drawing in the Gallery with BP Portrait Award- winning artists. #BPNextGen npg.org.uk/bpnextgeneration

For ages 14–19. Free Booking is essential, please email bpnextgeneration@npg.org.uk or call 020 7312 2483

The Portrait Choir Singing Day

The Portrait Choir Singing Day

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

Explore music associated with the Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon exhibition.
Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

6 July 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 July 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

8 July 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 July 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: Neil Prince

Guest DJ: Neil Prince

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
9 July 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: Audrey Hepburn: Becoming a Modern Icon

Lecture: Audrey Hepburn: Becoming a Modern Icon

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

Helen Trompeteler, co-curator of Audrey Hepburn discusses the development of her public image.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

10 July 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: The BRIT School

Live Music: The BRIT School

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

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

Creative responses to the BP Portrait Award 2015 exhibition

Screening: Roman Holiday (1953, U)

Screening: Roman Holiday (1953, U)

A part of Late Shift
10 July 2015, 18:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Fall in love with Audrey in her breakthrough role, for which she won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. Directed by William Wyler, 118 min. Starring Gregory Peck.

Gallery Talk: Creative Connections: An Introduction

Gallery Talk: Creative Connections: An Introduction

  • Gallery Talk||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
10 July 2015, 19:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Photographer Kate Peters introduces her new creative work and response to working with young people in Camden.
Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

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

Join artist Gayna Pelham  for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

11 July 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 BP Portrait Award 2015 (Day One)

Weekend Workshop BP Portrait Award 2015 (Day One)

11 July 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.

Explore and take inspiration from this year’s BP Portrait Award 2015, to create your own portrait working from a model under the expert tuition of exhibiting artist Raoof Haghighi.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

12 July 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 BP Portrait Award 2015 (Day Two)

Weekend Workshop BP Portrait Award 2015 (Day Two)

12 July 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.

Explore and take inspiration from this year’s BP Portrait Award 2015, to create your own portrait working from a model under the expert tuition of exhibiting artist Raoof Haghighi.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

13 July 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 July 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 July 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: Creative Connections: Barbara Hepworth

Lunchtime Lecture: Creative Connections: Barbara Hepworth

  • Lecture

16 July 2015, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free

Inga Fraser, Assistant Curator at Tate, looks at the life and work of sculptor Barbara Hepworth. Subject of a major new exhibition at Tate Britain, she was associated with St Ives, but was also a resident of Camden in the 1930s.
Lecture: Audrey Hepburn: Assessing an Icon

Lecture: Audrey Hepburn: Assessing an Icon

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

Pamela Church-Gibson looks at Audrey Hepburn's status within the fashion industry, past and present.

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
16 July 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

17 July 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.

Screening: Sabrina (1954, U)

Screening: Sabrina (1954, U)

A part of Late Shift
17 July 2015, 18:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Hepburn earned a second Oscar nomination for her title role in this romantic comedy in which the young heroine is caught between two very different brothers.

Live Music: Blondel: England be Glad

Live Music: Blondel: England be Glad

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

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

Music for the Tudor Monarchs performed on shawms, bagpipes, recorders and curtails.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

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

Join artist Robin-Lee Hall  for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

18 July 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: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

Pick up a Pencil: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

  • Workshop||Young People

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

Hosted by the Gallery’s Youth Forum, use a wide range of materials and be inspired by the BP Portrait Award 2015 and BP Portrait Award artists in these friendly drop-in drawing sessions which take place on the third Saturday of every month.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

19 July 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.

Taster Session: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

Taster Session: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

  • Workshop||Young People

19 July 2015, 11:00-14:30
Please check signage on the day for details

Have a go at portraiture drawing in the Gallery with BP Portrait Award- winning artists. #BPNextGen npg.org.uk/bpnextgeneration

For ages 14–19. Free Booking is essential, please email bpnextgeneration@npg.org.uk or call 020 7312 2483

Drop-in Family Session: Creative Connections

Drop-in Family Session: Creative Connections

  • Family||Workshop

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

Inspired by the Creative Connections display, turn yourself into a life-size sculpture and work with project artist Kate Peters on a photographic portrait of your sculpture.

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

Drop-in Family Session: Creative Connections

Drop-in Family Session: Creative Connections

  • Family||Workshop

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

Inspired by the Creative Connections display, turn yourself into a life-size sculpture and work with project artist Kate Peters on a photographic portrait of your sculpture.

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

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

20 July 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 July 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 July 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 July 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
23 July 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.

In Conversation: BP Portrait Award Judges

In Conversation: BP Portrait Award Judges

A part of Late Shift
23 July 2015, 19:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Pim Baxter, Deputy Director and Chair of judges, is joined by fellow judges, artist Peter Monkman and Kim Mawhinney (Head of Art for National Museums Northern Ireland), to assess this year’s competition.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

24 July 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: Juliet Fraser

Live Music: Juliet Fraser

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

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

Fraser presents Morton Feldman’s rarely performed Three Voices.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

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

Join artist Andy Pankhurst  for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

25 July 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: Iconic Portraits (Day One)

Weekend Workshop: Iconic Portraits (Day One)

25 July 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 Marysa Dowling leads this workshop inspired by iconic photographic portraits of Audrey Hepburn.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

26 July 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.

Screening: War and Peace (1956,  PG)

Screening: War and Peace (1956, PG)

26 July 2015, 13:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Hepburn stars as Natasha opposite first husband Mel Ferrer’s Prince Andrei Bolkonsky in an adaptation of Tolstoy’s novel, for which she was nominated for a BAFTA and Golden Globe.

Weekend Workshop: Iconic Portraits (Day Two)

Weekend Workshop: Iconic Portraits (Day Two)

26 July 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 Marysa Dowling leads this workshop inspired by iconic photographic portraits of Audrey Hepburn.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

27 July 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: Seeing Double

Drop-in Family Session: Seeing Double

  • Family||Workshop

27 July 2015, 11:30-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Inspired by the BP portrait Award 2015, create a small wallet double portrait to keep in your pocket.

Suitable for ages 3+. No ticket needed.

The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room

  • Workshop

27 July 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 .

Drop-in Family Session: Seeing Double

Drop-in Family Session: Seeing Double

  • Family||Workshop

27 July 2015, 14:30-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Inspired by the BP portrait Award 2015, create a small wallet double portrait to keep in your pocket.

Suitable for ages 3+. No ticket needed.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

28 July 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.

Family Art Workshop: Conceal & Reveal

Family Art Workshop: Conceal & Reveal

  • Family||Workshop

28 July 2015, 11:30-13:00
Education Studio
Free

Taking inspiration from portraits in BP Portrait Award 2015 make photographic portraits that both reveal & conceal your personality

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required and available one hour before event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session.

Family Art Workshop: Conceal & Reveal

Family Art Workshop: Conceal & Reveal

  • Family||Workshop

28 July 2015, 14:30-16:00
Education Studio
Free

Taking inspiration from portraits in BP Portrait Award 2015 make photographic portraits that both reveal & conceal your personality

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required and available one hour before event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session.

Drop-in Family Session: Ever Changing Conversations

Drop-in Family Session: Ever Changing Conversations

  • Family||Workshop

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

Construct 3D reflective sculptures and then create a story based around them

Suitable for ages 3+. No ticket needed.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

29 July 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.

Family Art Workshop: Pliable Portraits

Family Art Workshop: Pliable Portraits

  • Family||Workshop

29 July 2015, 11:30-13:00
Education Studio
Free

Create a relief portrait using coloured modelling clay instead of paint

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required and available one hour before event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session.

Family Art Workshop: Pliable Portraits

Family Art Workshop: Pliable Portraits

  • Family||Workshop

29 July 2015, 14:30-16:00
Education Studio
Free

Create a relief portrait using coloured modelling clay instead of paint

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required and available one hour before event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session.

Drop-in Family Session: Portraits in Profile

Drop-in Family Session: Portraits in Profile

  • Family||Workshop

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

Create a profile portrait of you or someone in your family.

Suitable for ages 3+. No ticket needed.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

30 July 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.

Family Art Workshop: Patterned Portraits

Family Art Workshop: Patterned Portraits

  • Family||Workshop

30 July 2015, 11:30-13:00
Education Studio
Free

Explore the use of pattern in both the BP Portrait Award 2015 and the Collection to make a large scale print.

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required and available one hour before event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session.

Visualising Portraits: Jack Smith: Abstract Portraits

Visualising Portraits: Jack Smith: Abstract Portraits

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

Picture description for visually impaired visitors. Explore this fascinating display on unconventional approaches to portraiture.

Family Art Workshop: Patterned Portraits

Family Art Workshop: Patterned Portraits

  • Family||Workshop

30 July 2015, 14:30-16:00
Education Studio
Free

Explore the use of pattern in both the BP Portrait Award 2015 and the Collection to make a large scale print.

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required and available one hour before event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session.

Drop-in Family Session: Pop-Up Gallery

Drop-in Family Session: Pop-Up Gallery

  • Family||Workshop

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

Create portraits to add to our giant pop up Gallery.

Suitable for ages 3+. No ticket needed.

Lecture: “How Do I Look?” The Mystery of Audrey Hepburn

Lecture: “How Do I Look?” The Mystery of Audrey Hepburn

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

Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw deconstructs the look and the sound of Audrey Hepburn.

BSL Gallery Tour: Collection

BSL Gallery Tour: Collection

  • Gallery Talk||Late Shift
  • BSL

A part of Late Shift
30 July 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.
Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
30 July 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

31 July 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.

Family Art Workshop: Time Flies

Family Art Workshop: Time Flies

  • Family||Workshop

31 July 2015, 11:30-13:00
Education Studio
Free

Looking at portraits of the very young and the elerly, come and make a layered portrait and explore concepts of time.

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required and available one hour before event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session.

Drop-in Family Session: Pop-Up Gallery

Drop-in Family Session: Pop-Up Gallery

  • Family||Workshop

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

Create portraits to add to our giant pop up Gallery.

Suitable for ages 3+. No ticket needed.

Family Art Workshop: Time Flies

Family Art Workshop: Time Flies

  • Family||Workshop

31 July 2015, 14:30-16:00
Education Studio
Free

Looking at portraits of the very young and the elerly, come and make a layered portrait and explore concepts of time.

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required and available one hour before event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session.

Live Music: English Folk Dance and Song Society: Jack Harris

Live Music: English Folk Dance and Song Society: Jack Harris

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

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

Literate, narrative songwriting backed by intricate guitar work.

Life Drawing: Sculpting the Body on Paper

Life Drawing: Sculpting the Body on Paper

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

Artist Gayna Pelham shows you how to ‘sculpt’ on paper, working from a life model and letting the form emerge from darkness or light.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

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

Join artist Robin-Lee Hall for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery. 

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

1 August 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.

Taster Session: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

Taster Session: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

  • Workshop||Young People

1 August 2015, 11:00-14:30
Please check signage on the day for details

Have a go at portraiture drawing in the Gallery with BP Portrait Award- winning artists. #BPNextGen npg.org.uk/bpnextgeneration

For ages 14–19. Free Booking is essential, please email bpnextgeneration@npg.org.uk or call 020 7312 2483

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

2 August 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.

Sunday Session Photo Icon

Sunday Session Photo Icon

  • Workshop||Young People

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

Join us for a photoshoot on how to portray an icon, inspired by Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon. Led by photographers Emily Stein and Elizabeth Doak.

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

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

3 August 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.

Family Art Workshop: Characters

Family Art Workshop: Characters

  • Family||Workshop

3 August 2015, 11:30-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join Yasmeen Ismail, illustrator of this year’s BP Portrait Award Family Trail for a workshop exploring how to create characters for your stories. The 14.30 session will be BSL interpreted and there will be a book-signing in the Exhibition Shop at 13.30.

Family Art Workshop: Characters

Family Art Workshop: Characters

  • Family||Workshop
  • BSL

3 August 2015, 14:30-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join Yasmeen Ismail, illustrator of this year’s BP Portrait Award Family Trail for a workshop exploring how to create characters for your stories. The 14.30 session will be BSL interpreted and there will be a book-signing in the Exhibition Shop at 13.30.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

4 August 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 Private View BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

Young People’s Private View BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

  • Workshop||Young People

4 August 2015, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details

Exclusive after-hours viewing of the BP Portrait Award 2015, with artists, art activities, competitions, music, refreshments and much more. For young people, by young people. #BPNextGen npg.org.uk/bpnextgeneration.

FREE. For ages 14-19. RSVP essential. Please email bpnextgeneration@npg.org.uk with your full name, age and email address. Bookings open for non-Gallery members on Tuesday 12 May 2015.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

5 August 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 August 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: Six Degrees of Separation

Lunchtime Lecture: Six Degrees of Separation

  • Lecture

6 August 2015, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free

Photographer Kate Peters, whose work is on display in Creative Connections, explores the many surprising links between people with connections to Camden and provides insight into their fascinating lives.
Guest DJ: Richard Osborne

Guest DJ: Richard Osborne

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
6 August 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, jazz, soul, disco and rock and roll, creating sets that correspond to specific temporary exhibitions taking place at the Gallery.

Conversation: Queer Perspectives: Christopher Biggins

Conversation: Queer Perspectives: Christopher Biggins

A part of Late Shift
6 August 2015, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free ticket required. Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Join Queer Perspectives resident artist Sadie Lee as she talks to her special guest Christopher Biggins about works in the Collection which have a personal resonance for him.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

7 August 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 Holiday Activities: In The Frame

Summer Holiday Activities: In The Frame

  • Family||Workshop

27 July - 7 August 2015, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Two weeks of ticketed and drop-in sessions inspired by the BP Portrait Award 2015. Please note, places are limited for ticketed sessions. For ages 5+.
Screening: Love in the Afternoon (1957, PG)

Screening: Love in the Afternoon (1957, PG)

A part of Late Shift
7 August 2015, 18:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Hepburn stars alongside Gary Cooper and Maurice Chevalier in Billy Wilder’s comedy, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe.

Live Music: Snowden: Sir Duo

Live Music: Snowden: Sir Duo

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

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

The award-winning violin and guitar duo present their own transcriptions and compositions.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

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

Join artist Gayna Pelham  for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

8 August 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 BP Portrait Award 2015 (Day One)

Weekend Workshop BP Portrait Award 2015 (Day One)

8 August 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.

Explore and take inspiration from this year’s BP Portrait Award 2015, to create your own portrait working from a model under the expert tuition of exhibiting artist Alan McGowan. Suitable for all abilities.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

9 August 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 BP Portrait Award 2015 (Day Two)

Weekend Workshop BP Portrait Award 2015 (Day Two)

9 August 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.

Explore and take inspiration from this year’s BP Portrait Award 2015, to create your own portrait working from a model under the expert tuition of exhibiting artist Alan McGowan. Suitable for all abilities.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

10 August 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

11 August 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 August 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 August 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.

Exhibition Tour: BP Portrait Award

Exhibition Tour: BP Portrait Award

  • Gallery Talk||Late Shift

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

See this year’s selection of the very best of contemporary portraiture. Led by exhibiting artist Sophie Williams.

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
13 August 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

14 August 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.

Screening: Funny Face (1957, U)

Screening: Funny Face (1957, U)

A part of Late Shift
14 August 2015, 18:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Fred Astaire’s fashion photographer lures Audrey Hepburn’s beatnik bookshop clerk to Paris for a photoshoot, in her first musical role.

Live Music: English Folk Dance and Song Society: Rosie Hood

Live Music: English Folk Dance and Song Society: Rosie Hood

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

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

A concert by the young singer and recent BBC Performing Arts Fellow.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

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

Join artist Andy Pankhurst  for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

15 August 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: On Belonging

Pick up a Pencil: On Belonging

  • Workshop||Young People

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

Hosted by the Gallery’s Youth Forum, use a wide range of materials and be inspired by the Gallery’s Collection in these friendly drop-in drawing sessions which take place on the third Saturday of every month. To get started, all you have to do is pick up a pencil, no need to book. #PickUpAPencil

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

16 August 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: Portrait Painting

Drop-in Family Session: Portrait Painting

  • Family||Workshop

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

Inspired by the BP Portrait Award, try out new paint techniques and processes to create a giant mural in our studio.

This session is aimed at children aged 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Drop-in Family Session: Portrait Painting

Drop-in Family Session: Portrait Painting

  • Family||Workshop

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

Inspired by the BP Portrait Award, try out new paint techniques and processes to create a giant mural in our studio.

This session is aimed at children aged 7+. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

17 August 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

18 August 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 August 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 August 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: Audrey Hepburn: Architect of a Rare and Precious Talent

Lunchtime Lecture: Audrey Hepburn: Architect of a Rare and Precious Talent

  • Lecture

20 August 2015, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free

Film historian Sandra Shevey examines the flint behind the floss, arguing that the success of Hepburn’s career was due to trenchant self-awareness combined with a willingness to take creative chances.
Guest DJ: John Sizzle

Guest DJ: John Sizzle

  • Late Shift

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

‘The Gallery is a special, quite sacred space so I like to start of with something gentle and soothingly familiar before moving onto more challenging and experimental pieces.'

Lecture: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Emancipation

Lecture: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Emancipation

  • Late Shift||Lecture

A part of Late Shift
20 August 2015, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free

To mark Slavery Remembrance Day, Dr Adam Smith reassesses President Abraham Lincoln’s role in the abolition of slavery in America.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

21 August 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.

Screening: The Nun’s Story (1959, U)

Screening: The Nun’s Story (1959, U)

A part of Late Shift
21 August 2015, 18:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

In this BAFTA Award-winning and Academy and Golden Globe nominated role, Hepburn plays Sister Luke, a young nun facing crisis after crisis of faith.

Live Music: Apple of my Eye

Live Music: Apple of my Eye

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

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

The folk group sing sweet songs of love, loss and transformation.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

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

Join artist Robin-Lee Hall  for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

22 August 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: Creative Portraits (Day One)

Weekend Workshop: Creative Portraits (Day One)

22 August 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.

Join photographer Kate Peters and have fun making creative portraiture.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

23 August 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: Creative Portraits (Day Two)

Weekend Workshop: Creative Portraits (Day Two)

23 August 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.

Join photographer Kate Peters and have fun making creative portraiture.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

24 August 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 August 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

26 August 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 August 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: On Belonging: Photographs of Indians of African Descent

Visualising Portraits: On Belonging: Photographs of Indians of African Descent

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

Picture description for visually impaired visitors.

BSL Gallery Tour: BP Portrait Award 2015

BSL Gallery Tour: BP Portrait Award 2015

  • Gallery Talk||Late Shift
  • BSL

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

See this year’s selection of the very best of contemporary portrait painting from around the world. Led by exhibiting artist Antony Williams. Interpreted into BSL.

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
27 August 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.

Live Music: Peter Sheppard Skærved

Live Music: Peter Sheppard Skærved

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

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

The violinist presents music by Tartini and Olofsson.

Life Drawing: After the Camden Town Group

Life Drawing: After the Camden Town Group

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

Working from a life model, and inspired by the artists of the Camden Town Group, explore tone and colour in your drawings.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

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

Join artist Marc Woodhead  for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

29 August 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 August 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

31 August 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

31 August 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 .

Displays (20)

Simon Schama’s The Face of Britain

Simon Schama’s The Face of Britain

16 September 2015 - 4 January 2016
Free

Simon Schama at the National Portrait Gallery, London © Oxford Film and Television Ltd

Historian Simon Schama joins forces with National Portrait Gallery curators to create five new displays exploring the development, character and meanings of British portraiture.

Spotlight

Spotlight

11 May - 30 June 2015
Room 31
Free

This showcase places the spotlight on Dame Barbara Hepworth’s career through three portraits by the photographers Madame Yevonde, Peter Keen and Mayotte Magnus.

Roy Strong at 80: Photographs by John Swannell

Roy Strong at 80: Photographs by John Swannell

19 June - 31 August 2015
Main Hall
Free

This new display celebrates the eightieth birthday of the Gallery’s former director Sir Roy Strong who, with photographer John Swannell, has devised a series of portraits that transport Sir Roy through time, inventing and reinventing him as an array of historical characters.

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 - 26 July 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 - 2 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.

William Gifford Palgrave: Master of Disguise

William Gifford Palgrave: Master of Disguise

3 August 2015 - 1 April 2016
Room 23
Free

This display showcases the Gallery’s diverse collection of photographs of the leading British explorer and scholar of the Middle East, William Gifford Palgrave (1826-1888).
Curators' Choice: Photographs from the Terence Pepper Gift

Curators' Choice: Photographs from the Terence Pepper Gift

12 May 2015 - 24 January 2016
Room 24 and 31
Free

The works in these two component displays are drawn from around 2500 photographs from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries generously donated by Terence Pepper, Senior Special Adviser on Photographs. Curators’ Choice is a tribute to his skills of detection and identification, and his eye for an overlooked or mis-identified sitter or photographer, as well as his interest in charting cultural life in all its variety.
Keir Hardie: Radical, Socialist, Feminist

Keir Hardie: Radical, Socialist, Feminist

1 June - 1 December 2015
Room 25: case display
Free

This display presents a selection of portraits of the first leader of the Labour Party in Parliament, James Keir Hardie (1856-1915), to mark the centenary of his death on 26 September 2015.
George Scharf and his Circles: the National Portrait Gallery and the Victorian art world

George Scharf and his Circles: the National Portrait Gallery and the Victorian art world

21 September 2015 - 20 March 2016
Room 28: case display
Free

This display explores key social and professional relationships that were to prove vital to the success of his practice, through portraits of figures from the London art world, the nineteenth-century museum world and the aristocracy.

‘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 - 19 September 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 - 12 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.

Aubrey Beardsley: Artist and Aesthete

Aubrey Beardsley: Artist and Aesthete

14 July 2015 - 1 March 2016
Room 29: case display
Free

A focus on the illustrator and writer, Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898). In a short life of intense and fevered activity, Beardsley produced many original and highly-finished black-and-white drawings for process block reproduction.
Women and the First World War

Women and the First World War

17 February - 25 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.  

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.
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.

Creative Connections Year 3: Camden

Creative Connections Year 3: Camden

1 July - 10 October 2015
Room 37 and 37a
Free

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

The spotlights for the third year of the project are the London borough of Camden and the portraits and biographies of people who have local connections. The project partner is Haverstock school and the artist is photographer Kate Peters. Together they explored the Gallery and its photographic Collection, the history of the borough and created new portraits in response to these. The students and Kate’s work will be shown alongside the Gallery Collection in the display.

Friendship Portraits: Chantal Joffe and Ishbel Myerscough

Friendship Portraits: Chantal Joffe and Ishbel Myerscough

11 June - 28 September 2015
Room 41 and 41a
Free

Friendship Portraits, a display of paintings and drawings by Chantal Joffe and Ishbel Myerscough, captures their very particular artistic collaboration. Self-portraits, portraits of each other and portraits of their children explore their lives and shared history from their student days to the present.

Supported by the William Brake Charitable Trust

Beyond the Gallery (6)

For Richer for Poorer, for Better for Worse’: The National Portrait Gallery at Latitude Festival.

For Richer for Poorer, for Better for Worse’: The National Portrait Gallery at Latitude Festival.

16 July - 19 July 2015

This display features reproductions of portraits from the Gallery’s collection which relate to this year’s Latitude theme: ‘For richer for poorer, for better for worse’. As part of the festival the National Portrait Gallery's Choir in Residence, The Portrait Choir, will give a performance of music and readings inspired by the display. 

Picture the Poet

Picture the Poet

  • Partnership exhibition

1 May - 2 August 2015
The Collection, Lincoln

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.

Artists in the Frame: Self-Portraits by Van Dyck and Others

Artists in the Frame: Self-Portraits by Van Dyck and Others

  • Partnership exhibition

21 May - 31 August 2015
Manchester Art Gallery
Free

Sir Anthony van Dyck's last Self-Portrait is one of the most remarkable self-portraits ever painted in Britain.  The portrait can now be seen at  Manchester Art Gallery where it forms the centrepiece of Artists in the Frame: Self Portraits by Van Dyck and Others.

The Modernist Face:  Smith, Dobson and British Portraiture, 1920 – 1960

The Modernist Face: Smith, Dobson and British Portraiture, 1920 – 1960

  • Partnership exhibition

5 June - 27 September 2015
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham
Free

Curated by University of Birmingham postgraduate students with the Barber Institute and the National Portrait Gallery, the exhibition features portraits of author Roald Dahl, actress Jean Simmons and textile designer Marian Dorn.
Royals: then & now

Royals: then & now

  • Partnership exhibition

28 February - 1 November 2015
Beningbrough Hall, York

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

Pictured & Seen

Pictured & Seen

  • Partnership exhibition

15 March 2014 - 30 November 2015
Montacute House
Free

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