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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 (215)

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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: Augustus John

Portrait of the Day: Augustus John

  • Gallery Talk

30 August 2015, 12:30
Room 22
Free

The original archetypal rebel artist, John was lauded for his draughtsmanship at the Slade School of Art before he was 20 years of age.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: Colley Cibber

Portrait of the Day: Colley Cibber

  • Gallery Talk

31 August 2015, 12:30
Room 10
Free

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

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

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 .

Family Activity Base (FAB)

Family Activity Base (FAB)

  • Family||Workshop

1 August - 31 August 2015, 11:00-16:00
Victorian Landing
Free

Visit our wonderful Family Activity Base (FAB) where you can come and collect our exciting resource for families called Talking Heads.

All families welcome.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

1 September 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

2 September 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

3 September 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Lunchtime Lecture: 'Long to reign over us'

Lunchtime Lecture: 'Long to reign over us'

3 September 2015, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £3 (£2 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Biographer Matthew Dennison examines parallels in the lives and reigns of two long-lived queens and asks what is the significance of their longevity and extended period of pre-eminence to their country.

Guest DJ: Neil Prince

Guest DJ: Neil Prince

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
3 September 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.

In Conversation: What Would Keir Hardie say?

In Conversation: What Would Keir Hardie say?

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

To mark the centenary of Keir Hardie’s death and the Gallery’s current display, writer Melissa Benn and MP Keir Starmer discuss his political life and legacy, particularly for the Labour Party now.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

4 September 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Screening: The Unforgiven (1960, PG)

Screening: The Unforgiven (1960, PG)

4 September 2015, 18:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Distinctly cast against type, Hepburn plays the adopted daughter of a frontier family in this western based on a novel by Alan LeMay.

Live Music: Jeremy Reed & The Ginger Light

Live Music: Jeremy Reed & The Ginger Light

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

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

The poet presents a response to the theme of People in Simon Schama’s Face of Britain.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
4 September 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.

Walking Tour: Camden Radicals

Walking Tour: Camden Radicals

5 September 2015, 11:00
Details of the meeting place will be supplied upon booking
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Led by Blue Badge Guide Sarah Ciacci, explore the rich cultural heritage of Camden Town.

As part of the programme of events complementing Creative Connections: Camden

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

5 September 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

6 September 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Sunday Session: Hybrid Portraits

Sunday Session: Hybrid Portraits

  • Workshop||Young People
  • BSL

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

Visit the Creative Connections display and work with photographers Othello De'souza-Hartley and Marysa Dowling to create an object based photographic self-portrait.

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

7 September 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

8 September 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

9 September 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

10 September 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

In Conversation: Painting in Britain 1500-1630: Production, Influences and Patronage

In Conversation: Painting in Britain 1500-1630: Production, Influences and Patronage

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

Discussion on some of the highlights of the research from the Gallery’s Making Art in Tudor Britain project.

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
10 September 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

11 September 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Screening: Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961, PG)

Screening: Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961, PG)

11 September 2015, 18:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

In perhaps her most iconic role, which writer Truman Capote famously wrote for Marilyn Monroe, Hepburn shines as the effortlessly stylish Holly Golightly.

Live Music: Alba Duo

Live Music: Alba Duo

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

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

Baroque and Latin music from this dynamic flute and guitar duo.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

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

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

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

12 September 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

13 September 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Weekend Workshop: Painting Yourself into the Past

Weekend Workshop: Painting Yourself into the Past

12 September - 13 September 2015, 11:00-17:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £150 (£125 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Paint yourself into the 17th century using Anthony Van Dyck’s self portrait as inspiration. Join portrait artist, Robin-Lee Hall, for a weekend workshop creating self-portraits and exploring Van Dyck’s methods.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

14 September 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

15 September 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

16 September 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

17 September 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Lunchtime Lecture: Liberté! The Life of Second World War Heroine Noor Inayat Khan

Lunchtime Lecture: Liberté! The Life of Second World War Heroine Noor Inayat Khan

17 September 2015, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £3 (£2 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

As part of the programme of events complementing Creative Connections: Camden, Shrabani Basu, author of Spy Princess, traces the story of Noor Inayat Khan

Guest DJ: Richard Osborne

Guest DJ: Richard Osborne

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
17 September 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.

Lecture: Simon Schama’s Face of Britain

Lecture: Simon Schama’s Face of Britain

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

Professor Simon Schama introduces the Gallery’s new themed displays.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

18 September 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Live Music: Late Shift Sessions: Audrey Hepburn

Live Music: Late Shift Sessions: Audrey Hepburn

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

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

Exploring the Audrey Hepburn exhibition with The Portrait Choir and leading musical theatre performers, including scenes from My Fair Lady.

Screening: Charade (1963, PG)

Screening: Charade (1963, PG)

18 September 2015, 18:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

In this Hitchcockian thriller, Hepburn plays a woman whose husband is murdered and finds herself pursued by shady characters after his hidden fortune.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

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

Join artist Viyki Turnbull for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

19 September 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

The Portrait Choir: Audrey Hepburn

The Portrait Choir: Audrey Hepburn

  • The Portrait Choir

19 September 2015, 13:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

The Portrait Choir will perform a programme of music by leading contemporary female composers, including works by Judith Weir and Charlotte Bray.

Part of the programme of events complementing Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

Pick up a Pencil: Friendship Portraits with Chantal Joffe & Ishbel Myerscough

Pick up a Pencil: Friendship Portraits with Chantal Joffe & Ishbel Myerscough

  • Workshop||Young People

19 September 2015, 14:00-16:00
Room 41 & 41a
Free

Friendly drop-in drawing sessions hosted by the Gallery’s Youth Forum with guest artists Chantal Joffe and Ishbel Myerscough 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

20 September 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Drop-in Family Session: Talking Portraits

Drop-in Family Session: Talking Portraits

  • Family||Workshop

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

Ever wondered what conversations the people in the portraits have when there's no one in the Gallery?

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

Drop-in Family Session: Talking Portraits

Drop-in Family Session: Talking Portraits

  • Family||Workshop

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

Ever wondered what conversations the people in the portraits have when there's no one in the Gallery?

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

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

21 September 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

22 September 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

23 September 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

24 September 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Visualising Portraits: Friendship Portraits

Visualising Portraits: Friendship Portraits

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

Picture description for visually impaired visitors.

In Conversation: Friendship Portraits: Joffe and Myerscough

In Conversation: Friendship Portraits: Joffe and Myerscough

  • Gallery Talk||Late Shift||Lecture

A part of Late Shift
24 September 2015, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free

The artists discuss their very particular artistic collaboration with Contemporary Curator Sarah Howgate.

BSL Gallery Tour: Picture in Focus: Sir Henry Unton

BSL Gallery Tour: Picture in Focus: Sir Henry Unton

  • Gallery Talk||Late Shift
  • BSL

A part of Late Shift
24 September 2015, 19:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Curator Charlotte Bolland discusses the findings of new research into this fascinating portrait. Interpreted into BSL.
Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
24 September 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

25 September 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Live Music: Yair Avidor and Eva Caballero

Live Music: Yair Avidor and Eva Caballero

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

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

Baroque flute and theorbo music from the Court of Versailles.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
25 September 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.

Life Drawing: Simon Schama’s Face of Britain

Life Drawing: Simon Schama’s Face of Britain

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

Join Grace Adam in this session inspired by Simon Shama's curation of the Gallery's Face of Britain display.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

26 September 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

27 September 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Weekend Workshop: Photography: Portraits of Power

Weekend Workshop: Photography: Portraits of Power

26 September - 27 September 2015, 11:00-17:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £150 (£125 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

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

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

28 September 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room

  • Workshop

28 September 2015, 13:00-15:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

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

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

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

29 September 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

30 September 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

1 October 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Lunchtime Lecture: Van Dyck: Transforming British Art

Lunchtime Lecture: Van Dyck: Transforming British Art

1 October 2015, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £3 (£2 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Emily Burns, Assistant Curator, explores how the seventeenth-century Flemish painter, Sir Anthony Van Dyck, transformed the face of British portraiture.

Guest DJ: John Sizzle

Guest DJ: John Sizzle

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
1 October 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.'

In Conversation: Audrey Hepburn: International Cover Star

In Conversation: Audrey Hepburn: International Cover Star

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

Lucy Bolton, University of London, discusses an amazing collection of Audrey Hepburn magazines covers from 1948 until the present day with curator Terence Pepper.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

2 October 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Live Music: Inti Rowland

Live Music: Inti Rowland

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

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

Poetic, intimate yet full-bodied music from this singer-songwriter.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
2 October 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

3 October 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

4 October 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Sunday Session: Celebrity Artist

Sunday Session: Celebrity Artist

  • Workshop||Young People

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

Be inspired by Sir Anthony van Dyck’s 17th century social status and try out his painting techniques. Led by artists Marc Woodhead and Isobel Peachey.

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 October 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

6 October 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

7 October 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

8 October 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

In Conversation: A Portrait of Fashion

In Conversation: A Portrait of Fashion

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

Aileen Ribeiro and Cally Blackman are joined by Lucy Davies from the Telegraph newspapers to discuss how fashion, portraiture and the presentation of the individual have been intimately linked throughout the history of art.

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
8 October 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

9 October 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Live Music: The Coach House Company

Live Music: The Coach House Company

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

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

Folk music from this five-piece band.

Screening: Wait Until Dark (1967, 12)

Screening: Wait Until Dark (1967, 12)

9 October 2015, 18:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

In this tense thriller for which Hepburn received her final Oscar nomination, she plays a young blind woman who is terrorised by a trio of thugs looking for a cache of heroin smuggled by her husband without her knowledge.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
9 October 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

10 October 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

11 October 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Weekend Workshop: Beardsley’s Line

Weekend Workshop: Beardsley’s Line

10 October - 11 October 2015, 11:00-17:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £150 (£125 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Taking inspiration from the work of Aubrey Beardsley, this weekend workshop, led by artist Sara Lee, guides you through the process of preparing, cutting and printing a relief block print.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

12 October 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

13 October 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

14 October 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Members’ Afternoon Preview: Alberto Giacometti: Pure Presence

Members’ Afternoon Preview: Alberto Giacometti: Pure Presence

  • For Members and Associates

14 October 2015, 14:00-16:00
Main Hall

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.

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

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

15 October 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Lunchtime Lecture: Remembering Edith Cavell

Lunchtime Lecture: Remembering Edith Cavell

15 October 2015, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £3 (£2 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Edith Cavell is remembered as a heroine of the first world war, executed in Brussels by the occupying German army for her role as a resistance worker.

Guest DJ: Ben Osborne

Guest DJ: Ben Osborne

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
15 October 2015, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

DJ Ben Osborne plays an electronic set, from classic techno, punk-funk, galactic house, to deep down and dirty disco.

Lecture: Writing in the Rain: Weather and the Arts in England

Lecture: Writing in the Rain: Weather and the Arts in England

A part of Late Shift
15 October 2015, 19:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £7 (£5 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Poets, novelists, playwrights and painters across the centuries, looking up at the same skies and walking in the same brisk air, have felt very different things.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

16 October 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Screening: Robin and Marian (1976, PG)

Screening: Robin and Marian (1976, PG)

16 October 2015, 18:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

An aging and weary Robin Hood returns from the Crusades and seeks out Marian, now an Abbess at a priory, more than twenty years after their first meeting.

Live Music: Flotilla

Live Music: Flotilla

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

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

A recital referencing early and folk music from this unique ensemble..

Drop-in Drawing: The Big Draw

Drop-in Drawing: The Big Draw

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
16 October 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

17 October 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Pick up a Pencil: The Big Draw: Every Drawing Tells a Story

Pick up a Pencil: The Big Draw: Every Drawing Tells a Story

  • Workshop||Young People

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

Friendly drop-in drawing sessions hosted by the Gallery’s Youth Forum 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

18 October 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Drop-in Family Session: The Big Draw: Every Drawing Tells a Story

Drop-in Family Session: The Big Draw: Every Drawing Tells a Story

  • Family||Workshop

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

Join picture book illustrator Marta Altés for an afternoon exploring drawing in the Gallery.

Suitable for ages 3+. No ticket required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Drop-in Family Session: The Big Draw: Every Drawing Tells a Story

Drop-in Family Session: The Big Draw: Every Drawing Tells a Story

  • Family||Workshop

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

Join picture book illustrator Marta Altés for an afternoon exploring drawing in the Gallery.

Suitable for ages 7+. No ticket required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

19 October 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

20 October 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

21 October 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

22 October 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Lecture: Inside Giacometti’s Studio

Lecture: Inside Giacometti’s Studio

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

Giacometti’s chaotic little studio behind Montparnasse was the absolute centre of the artist’s life and work from 1926 until his death forty years later.

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
22 October 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

23 October 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Live Music: Les Bougies Baroques

Live Music: Les Bougies Baroques

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

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

The battle for musical supremacy between four great composers.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

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

Join artist Grace Adam for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

24 October 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

25 October 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Weekend Workshop: Practical Portrait Photography

Weekend Workshop: Practical Portrait Photography

24 October - 25 October 2015, 11:00-17:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £150 (£125 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Photographer Othello De’Souza- Hartley leads a two-day workshop looking at light and composition.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

26 October 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Family Art Workshop: Family Figures

Family Art Workshop: Family Figures

  • Family||Workshop

26 October 2015, 11:30-13:00
Education Studio
Free

Trace, stuff, fold, wrap and transform a  life sized 2d drawing into a 3d sculpture inspired by Giacometti: Pure Presence

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

Please note the 14.30 session will be BSL interpreted

The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room

  • Workshop

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

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

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

Family Art Workshop: Family Figures

Family Art Workshop: Family Figures

  • Family||Workshop
  • BSL

26 October 2015, 14:30-16:00
Education Studio
Free

Trace, stuff, fold, wrap and transform a  life sized 2d drawing into a 3d sculpture inspired by Giacometti: Pure Presence

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: Pop-Up People

Drop-in: Pop-Up People

  • Family||Workshop

26 October 2015, 13:00-16:00
Room 21
Free

Join our creative session.

Suitable for ages 3+. No ticket needed.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

27 October 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Family Art Workshop: Twisted Lines

Family Art Workshop: Twisted Lines

  • Family||Workshop

27 October 2015, 11:30-13:00
Education Studio
Free

Construct a wire sculpture of a figure and wrap with tape, inspired by Giacometti: Pure Presence.

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: Twisted Lines

Family Art Workshop: Twisted Lines

  • Family||Workshop

27 October 2015, 14:30-16:00
Education Studio
Free

Construct a wire sculpture of a figure and wrap with tape, inspired by Giacometti: Pure Presence.

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: Pop-Up People

Drop-in: Pop-Up People

  • Family||Workshop

27 October 2015, 13:00-16:00
Room 21
Free

Join our creative session.

Suitable for ages 3+. No ticket needed.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

28 October 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Family Art Workshop: Take a Line for a Walk

Family Art Workshop: Take a Line for a Walk

  • Family||Workshop

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

Inspired by the drawings of Alberto Giacometti in Giacometti: Pure Presence.

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: Pop-Up People

Drop-in: Pop-Up People

  • Family||Workshop

28 October 2015, 13:00-16:00
Room 21
Free

Join our creative session.

Suitable for ages 3+. No ticket needed.

Family Art Workshop: Take a Line for a Walk

Family Art Workshop: Take a Line for a Walk

  • Family||Workshop

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

Inspired by the drawings of Alberto Giacometti in Giacometti: Pure Presence.

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

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

29 October 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Family Art Workshop: Clay Portraits

Family Art Workshop: Clay Portraits

  • Family||Workshop

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

Taking inspiration from the bronze sculptures in Giacometti: Pure Presence make your own sculpture using clay

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: Van Dyck: Transforming British Art

Visualising Portraits: Van Dyck: Transforming British Art

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

Picture description for visually impaired visitors.

Drop-in: Pop-Up People

Drop-in: Pop-Up People

  • Family||Workshop

29 October 2015, 13:00-16:00
Room 21
Free

Join our creative session.

Suitable for ages 3+. No ticket needed.

Family Art Workshop: Clay Portraits

Family Art Workshop: Clay Portraits

  • Family||Workshop

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

Taking inspiration from the bronze sculptures in Giacometti: Pure Presence make your own sculpture using clay

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

Guest DJ: Mr Madam

Guest DJ: Mr Madam

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
29 October 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: On Liberty

In Conversation: On Liberty

A part of Late Shift
29 October 2015, 19:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £8 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, discusses the people’s struggles for rights and freedom with writer Rachel Holmes.

BSL Gallery Tour: Face of Britain

BSL Gallery Tour: Face of Britain

  • Gallery Talk||Late Shift
  • BSL

29 October 2015, 19:30
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Chisato Minamimura leads a tour of Simon Schama’s Face of Britain. In BSL with interpretation into English.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

30 October 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Drop-in: Experimental Animation

Drop-in: Experimental Animation

  • Family||Workshop

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

Join our team of animators for an experimental session inspired by portraits in the Collections and Giacometti: Pure Presence.

Suitable for ages 3+. No ticket needed.

Family Activity Base

Family Activity Base

  • Family||Workshop

26 October - 30 October 2015, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Visit our Family Activity Base (FAB) where you can come and collect resources and trails to create your own art work, taking inspiration from portraits in our Collection.
Half Term Activities: Walk the Line

Half Term Activities: Walk the Line

  • Family||Workshop
  • BSL

26 October - 30 October 2015, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A week of ticketed and drop-in sessions inspired by Giacometti: Pure Presence. During the week families will have the opportunity to work with clay, plaster and wire to construct 3D models. The 14.30 Workshop on Monday 26 October will be BSL interpreted.

Suitable for ages 5+. Some sessions require free tickets which are available one hour before the event Please note the 14.30 Family Art Workshop on Monday 26 October will be BSL interpreted

Three Day Workshop: Self, Power & Fame

Three Day Workshop: Self, Power & Fame

  • Workshop||Young People

28 October - 30 October 2015, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Inspired by key themes in Simon Schama’s Face of Britain, poet Anthony Anaxagorou and artist Peta Taylor lead a spoken word workshop.

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

Drop-in: Experimental Animation

Drop-in: Experimental Animation

  • Family||Workshop

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

Join our team of animators for an experimental session inspired by portraits in the Collections and Giacometti: Pure Presence.

Suitable for ages 3+. No ticket needed.

Showcase: Self, Power & Fame

Showcase: Self, Power & Fame

  • Workshop||Young People

30 October 2015, 17:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Inspired by key themes in Simon Schama’s Face of Britain, poet Anthony Anaxagorou and artist Peta Taylor showcase works from the spoken word workshop.

No booking required. All ages welcome.

Live Music: Luca Luciano

Live Music: Luca Luciano

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

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

Contemporary clarinet featuring Messiaen, Gershwin and original compositions by Luciano.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
30 October 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.

Life Drawing: Concepts of Pure Presence

Life Drawing: Concepts of Pure Presence

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

“To be able to make a head, one head, just once”. Inspired by Giacometti’s obsession with perception and presence, painter Andy Pankhurst will help you explore new ways of looking at and portraying a model.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

31 October 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

1 November 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Sunday Session: Abandoning the Real

Sunday Session: Abandoning the Real

  • Workshop||Young People

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

Explore 2D and 3D representation in response to Giacometti: Pure Presence. Led by artists Jasleen Kaur and Robin-Lee Hall

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 November 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

3 November 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

4 November 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

5 November 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Lunchtime Lecture: Fashioning the Face of Britain: Clothing and Power at the Stuart Court

Lunchtime Lecture: Fashioning the Face of Britain: Clothing and Power at the Stuart Court

5 November 2015, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £3 (£2 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

At Stuart court it was important to dress to impress if you wanted power and prestige.  Favourites such as George Villiers knew how to manipulate the language of clothing to get ahead.

In Conversation: Queer Perspectives

In Conversation: Queer Perspectives

A part of Late Shift
5 November 2015, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free

Resident artist Sadie Lee and guest discuss works in the Collection which have a personal resonance.

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
5 November 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

6 November 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Live Music: Syrinx

Live Music: Syrinx

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

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

Wind band present music by Handel and Telemann.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
6 November 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

7 November 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

8 November 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

9 November 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

10 November 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

11 November 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Members’ Afternoon Preview: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015

Members’ Afternoon Preview: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015

  • For Members and Associates

11 November 2015, 14:00-16:00
Main Hall

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

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

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

12 November 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Guest DJ: Neil Prince

Guest DJ: Neil Prince

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
12 November 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: Giacometti: Pure Presence

Lecture: Giacometti: Pure Presence

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

Paul Moorhouse outlines his approach to the curating the exhibition and explores the importance of portraiture within Giacometti’s life and work.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

13 November 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Live Music: Nadine Khouri

Live Music: Nadine Khouri

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

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

Effortlessly powerful vocals and loop-based experimentation.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
13 November 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

14 November 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

15 November 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Special Sunday Session: An Afternoon with Dame Jacqueline Wilson

Special Sunday Session: An Afternoon with Dame Jacqueline Wilson

15 November 2015, 14:00-15:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: Free, Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Join us to hear how Jacqueline Wilson started her writing career and created some of her best-loved characters as well as finding out which portraits from the Collection inspire her.

Free ticket required, advance booking. For ages 8+

Weekend Workshop: The Quest for Reality: Giacometti & Uglow

Weekend Workshop: The Quest for Reality: Giacometti & Uglow

14 November - 15 November 2015, 11:00-17:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £150 (£125 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Artist Andy Pankhurst examines the shared attempts of Alberto Giacometti and figurative artist Euan Uglow to realise a pictorial equivalent of reality.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

16 November 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

17 November 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

18 November 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

19 November 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Lunchtime Lecture: A Curious Colony: Leicester Square and the Swiss

Lunchtime Lecture: A Curious Colony: Leicester Square and the Swiss

19 November 2015, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £3 (£2 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Peter Barber, Former Head of Cartographic and Topographic Material at the British Library, looks at the history of the Swiss association with Leicester Square and its neighbourhoods.

In Conversation: New Commissions

In Conversation: New Commissions

  • Gallery Talk||Late Shift||Lecture

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

Contemporary Curator Sarah Howgate talks to Sean Henry and Rupert Alexander, artists recently commissioned by the Fund for New Commissions supported by J.P. Morgan.

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
19 November 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

20 November 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Live Music: Musical Portraits

Live Music: Musical Portraits

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

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

Ignite, Wigmore Hall Learning's creative outreach ensemble perform compositions created by young people responding to portraits in the Gallery's collection.

In Conversation: Oliver Jeffers

In Conversation: Oliver Jeffers

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

Artist and illustrator Oliver Jeffers discusses his Dipped Paintings project.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

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

Join artist Grace Adam for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery.

Youth Insights: Van Dyck & Portraiture

Youth Insights: Van Dyck & Portraiture

  • Workshop||Young People

21 November 2015, 11:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Members of the Gallery’s Youth Forum lead a short talk on Van Dyck. All ages welcome.

No booking required. All ages welcome.

Youth Insights: Van Dyck & Portraiture

Youth Insights: Van Dyck & Portraiture

  • Workshop||Young People

21 November 2015, 11:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Members of the Gallery’s Youth Forum lead a short talk on Van Dyck. All ages welcome.

No booking required. All ages welcome.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

21 November 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Pick up a Pencil: Simon Schama’s Face of Britain

Pick up a Pencil: Simon Schama’s Face of Britain

  • Workshop||Young People

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

Friendly drop-in drawing sessions hosted by the Gallery’s Youth Forum 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

22 November 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

23 November 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

24 November 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

25 November 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

26 November 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Visualising Portraits: Simon Schama’s Face of Britain

Visualising Portraits: Simon Schama’s Face of Britain

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

Picture description for visually impaired visitors.

Guest DJ: Timberlina

Guest DJ: Timberlina

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
26 November 2015, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

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

In Conversation: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015

In Conversation: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015

  • Gallery Talk||Late Shift||Lecture

A part of Late Shift
26 November 2015, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free

Head of Photographs Phillip Prodger assesses this year’s selection of the best in contemporary portrait photography with fellow judge Hannah Starkey and last year’s winner, David Titlow.

BSL Gallery Tour: Van Dyck: Transforming British Art

BSL Gallery Tour: Van Dyck: Transforming British Art

  • Gallery Talk||Late Shift
  • BSL

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

Join John Wilson for a tour of the display, led in BSL.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

27 November 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Live Music: Concordia Foundation

Live Music: Concordia Foundation

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

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

An evening of music and theatre in the spirit of a soiree musicale.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
27 November 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.

Life Drawing: The Hero and the Anti-hero

Life Drawing: The Hero and the Anti-hero

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

Join artist Gayna Pelham for this session where dramatic poses and ordinary everyday actions will be explored and compared and discover heroism in the mundane and the ordinary.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

28 November 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

29 November 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

The Portrait Choir: The Visitors’ Choir Rehearsal

The Portrait Choir: The Visitors’ Choir Rehearsal

29 November 2015, 10:30-17:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £35 (£30 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online.

For the first time, Gallery visitors are invited to form a choir and perform as part of a concert alongside members of The Portrait Choir at the Gallery’s Late Shift.

Weekend Workshop: Classic Photographic Portraits

Weekend Workshop: Classic Photographic Portraits

28 November - 29 November 2015, 11:00-17:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £150 (£125 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Taking inspiration from the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015, hone your skills in this two day practical workshop.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

30 November 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.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery’s Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room

  • Workshop

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

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

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

Members Evening Private View: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 and Alberto Giacometti: Pure Presence

Members Evening Private View: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 and Alberto Giacometti: Pure Presence

  • For Members and Associates

6 January 2016, 18:30-20:30
Main Hall

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

Please bring your Membership card with you to ensure entry.
Please RSVP membersevents@npg.org.uk / 020 7321 6283.

Displays (19)

Spotlight

Spotlight

1 July - 7 September 2015
Room 31
Free

This display marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of W.B. Yeats with a portrait of the poet by Howard Coster, taken in 1935, accompanied by five photographs including three snapshots by Ottoline Morrell.

Simon Schama’s Face of Britain

Simon Schama’s Face of Britain

16 September 2015 - 4 January 2016
Across the Gallery
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.

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.
Van Dyck: Transforming British Art

Van Dyck: Transforming British Art

4 September 2015 - 3 January 2016
Room 5
Free

Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599 – 1641) was the most influential portrait painter ever to work in Britain. This display looks at the artist’s work and how he transformed British portraiture. Comprising portraits from the Gallery’s own Collection, supplemented by two rarely-seen paintings of King Charles I and Henrietta Maria from Chequers, the self-portrait is set alongside other works by the artist, paintings from his studio and portraits by his contemporaries and followers.

Organised with support from the Art Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund

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.

William Gifford Palgrave: Master of Disguise

William Gifford Palgrave: Master of Disguise

3 August 2015 - 24 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: case displays
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 - 13 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.

Aubrey Beardsley: Artist and Aesthete

Aubrey Beardsley: Artist and Aesthete

14 July 2015 - 28 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.  

Public and Private: Winston Churchill in Photographs

Public and Private: Winston Churchill in Photographs

27 October 2015 - 5 June 2016
Room 31: case display
Free

To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the death of Winston Churchill, this display gives a broad picture of Churchill’s many roles through works from the Photographs 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: Camden Radical Characters

Creative Connections: Camden Radical Characters

1 July - 11 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 - 27 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 (7)

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.

Picture the Poet

Picture the Poet

  • Partnership exhibition

19 September - 29 November 2015
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

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.

BP Portrait Award 2015

BP Portrait Award 2015

  • Touring exhibition

10 October 2015 - 28 February 2016
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Free

The annual BP Portrait Award is the most prestigious portrait competition in the world, promoting the very best in contemporary portrait painting.

BP Portrait Award 2015

BP Portrait Award 2015

  • Touring exhibition

11 March - 12 June 2016
Ulster Museum
Free

The annual BP Portrait Award is the most prestigious portrait competition in the world, promoting the very best in contemporary portrait painting.