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Spotlight

Spotlight

22 February - 15 May 2016
Room 31
Free

This Spotlight celebrates the recently acquired gift of thirteen photographs of Jean Simmons given by her daughter Tracy Granger. Two newly acquired works by photographers Eve Arnold and Peter Basch are shown alongside a portrait by Cornel Lucas.

Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs

Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs

19 February - 31 December 2016
Room 3
Free

This small display of paintings and miniatures explores the collars and ruffs that were such a striking feature of sixteenth and seventeenth century dress. Their design and scale changed continually over the period, with each decade heralding a new fashion that allowed sitters to demonstrate their wealth and style.

Exposed: The Naked Portrait

Exposed: The Naked Portrait

9 January - 11 September 2016
Room 16
Free

The naked human figure has been a preoccupation of art from prehistory to the present day. This cross-period display of unclothed portraits from the Collection raises questions about identity and gender, the real and ideal. It includes portraits ranging from the flirtatious royal mistress Nell Gwyn to the interrogation of nudity by contemporary artists.
Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862 – 1948

Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862 – 1948

18 May - 11 December 2016
Room 23, 31 and 33
Free

Black Chronicles brings together over thirty photographs which present a unique snapshot of black lives and experiences. Developed in collaboration with Autograph ABP, this intervention includes some of the earliest photographs from the Gallery’s Collection alongside rediscovered photographs from the Hulton Archive. These portraits highlight an important and complex black presence in Britain before 1948, a watershed moment when the Empire Windrush brought the first large group of West Indians to the UK.

Part of Autograph ABP’s The Missing Chapter programme, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
William Gifford Palgrave: Master of Disguise

William Gifford Palgrave: Master of Disguise

3 August 2015 - 15 May 2016
Room 23: case display
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).
Celebrating Charlotte Brontë: 1816 – 1855

Celebrating Charlotte Brontë: 1816 – 1855

22 February - 14 August 2016
Room 24
Free

This display explores Brontë’s life and literary career through portraits and includes treasures on loan from the Brontë Parsonage Museum.

Wise, Constant and Courageous: Millicent Garrett Fawcett

Wise, Constant and Courageous: Millicent Garrett Fawcett

15 December 2015 - 4 September 2016
Room 25: case display
Free

This display presents a number of photographs of Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett (1847-1929), leader of the constitutional women's suffrage movement and author.
Setting the Scene: Staging and Backdrops in Studio Photographs

Setting the Scene: Staging and Backdrops in Studio Photographs

22 March - 4 December 2016
Room 28: case display
Free

This display shows the inventiveness and skill demonstrated by some of the Victorian period's most sought-after photographers.

Aubrey Beardsley: Artist and Aesthete

Aubrey Beardsley: Artist and Aesthete

14 July 2015 - 30 September 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.
Curators' Choice: Photographs from the Terence Pepper Gift

Curators' Choice: Photographs from the Terence Pepper Gift

12 May 2015 - 5 June 2016
Room 31 case display
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.
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.
Lewis Morley ‘Mammoth’ Prints

Lewis Morley ‘Mammoth’ Prints

25 February - 20 November 2016
Room 32
Free

Included in the display are sensational portraits of the brilliant, ill-fated playwright Joe Orton, and two portraits of model Christine Keeler, whose suggestive erotic pose straddling a wooden chair became one of the defining images of the 1960s.

Leon Golub Powerplay: The Political Portraits

Leon Golub Powerplay: The Political Portraits

18 March - 25 September 2016
Room 32
Free

This display focuses on Golub’s Political Portraits from the 1970s. Comprising portraits of heads of state, corporate, military and religious leaders, it explores the evolution of the ‘gaze’ in the artist’s pictorial language, in particular the way facial expression conveys an impression of power and the psychology of the sitter.

Creative Connections: Southwark and Lambeth

Creative Connections: Southwark and Lambeth

10 June - 6 September 2016
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.

This photographic display explores the lives of inspiring people with connections to South London and features responses made to these by artist Simon Terrill and students from St Saviours and St Olaves School. The photographs the students and Simon have made are shown alongside the Collection works that inspired them.

Creative Connections is generously supported by the Palley family.

Lucian Freud Unseen

Lucian Freud Unseen

11 June - 6 September 2016
Room 40
Free

A rare unfinished self-portrait painting and a small selection of fascinating sketchbooks, childhood drawings and letters by the late Lucian Freud are brought together for the first time in a display to celebrate this important acquisition of his archive for the nation through the Arts Council England’s Acceptance in Lieu scheme.