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Exhibitions (2)

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Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends

Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends

23 March - 18 June 2017
Porter Gallery
Tickets with donation: Full price £12 (Concessions £10.50) Members Free
Buy Membership here

Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends. This is the first exhibition of portraits by Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017), one of Britain’s greatest artists. Hodgkin’s paintings are characterised by rich colour, complex illusionistic space and sensuous brushwork.

Spring Season 2017 sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

BP Portrait Award 2017 - Call for entries

BP Portrait Award 2017 - Call for entries

22 June - 24 September 2017
Wolfson Gallery
Admission Free

Entry is now open for the BP Portrait Award 2017.
First Prize: £30,000
Closing date: Thursday 26 January 2017

Events (64)

64 events matching the date nextMonth

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

1 June 2017, 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: Draw on your Memory! (Ages 5+)

Family Art Workshop: Draw on your Memory! (Ages 5+)

  • Family||Workshop

1 June 2017, 11:30-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free ticket required and available 1 hour before event. 20 tickets available in each workshop for children plus accompanying adults

Have fun experimenting with an exciting range of materials to make large, colourful drawings of yourself or your friends from memory

Lunchtime Lecture: Coloured with Emotion: Shocking Pink, Hematite & Chrome Yellow

Lunchtime Lecture: Coloured with Emotion: Shocking Pink, Hematite & Chrome Yellow

1 June 2017, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £3 (£2 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Colours have always been used to express complex ideas and feelings, from the blue-cloaked Virgin in medieval devotional works to the visceral smears used by Howard Hodgkin. Some of these relationships are restricted to a time or place, while others are near universal and have their roots in the earliest human history. Kassia St Clair, design writer and author of 'The Secret Lives of Colour', tells the emotionally charged stories connected with three striking colours: hematite, shocking pink and chrome yellow. 

 

Family Art Workshop: Draw on your Memory! (Ages 5+)

Family Art Workshop: Draw on your Memory! (Ages 5+)

  • Family||Workshop

1 June 2017, 14:30-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free ticket required and available 1 hour before event. 20 tickets available in each workshop for children plus accompanying adults

Have fun experimenting with an exciting range of materials to make large, colourful drawings of yourself or your friends from memory

Gallery Tour: Highlights of the Collection

Gallery Tour: Highlights of the Collection

  • Late Shift||Talks and Lectures

A part of Late Shift
1 June 2017, 19:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Join artist Peta Taylor for a whistlestop tour of the Collection, picking out favourites along the way. Meet in the Main Hall.

Portrait of the Day: Michael Faraday

Portrait of the Day: Michael Faraday

  • Talks and Lectures

2 June 2017, 12:30
Room 27
Free

Physicist and chemist; assistant to Humphrey Davy; liquefied chlorine and other gases, and discovered benzene, 1825 discovered electro-magnetic induction, 1831.

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: Out of the Frame (Ages 5+)

Family Art Workshop: Out of the Frame (Ages 5+)

  • Family||Workshop

2 June 2017, 11:30-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free ticket required and available 1 hour before event. 20 tickets available in each workshop for children plus accompanying adults

A painting workshop with a difference.  Using the work of Howard Hodgkin as inspiration to create an abstract masterpiece that comes out of the frame

Family Art Workshop: Out of the Frame (Ages 5+)

Family Art Workshop: Out of the Frame (Ages 5+)

  • Family||Workshop

2 June 2017, 14:30-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free ticket required and available 1 hour before event. 20 tickets available in each workshop for children plus accompanying adults

A painting workshop with a difference.  Using the work of Howard Hodgkin as inspiration to create an abstract masterpiece that comes out of the frame

Live Music: Raymond Burley

Live Music: Raymond Burley

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
2 June 2017, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A programme of solo guitar works by Torroba, Tansman, Roussel, Segovia and Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
2 June 2017, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

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

Portrait of the Day: King Charles I & Henrietta Maria

Portrait of the Day: King Charles I & Henrietta Maria

  • Talks and Lectures

3 June 2017, 12:30
Room 5
Free

Charles inherited his father's belief in the 'Divine Right of Kings'. Charles and Henrietta married in 1625, and her Catholicism alienated many of her English subjects.

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: Anne Boleyn

Portrait of the Day: Anne Boleyn

  • Talks and Lectures

4 June 2017, 12:30
Room 1
Free

Anne is one of the most famous queens in English history, although her reign only lasted for three years, she helped to change the course of history. Anne joined Henry VIII’s court, in 1522; it wasn’t long before she became the most fascinating women there.

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

  • Talks and Lectures

5 June 2017, 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

  • Talks and Lectures

6 June 2017, 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: Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

Portrait of the Day: Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

  • Talks and Lectures

7 June 2017, 12:30
Room 20
Free

The most famous soldier and statesman of his day, Wellington's early victories were in India and the Spanish Peninsula.

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: James Cook

Portrait of the Day: James Cook

  • Talks and Lectures

8 June 2017, 12:30
Room 14
Free

Circumnavigator. The son of a Yorkshire labourer, Captain James Cook learned seamanship on small East Coast trading boats.

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: 28 Nights and a Poem

Screening: 28 Nights and a Poem

A part of Late Shift
8 June 2017, 18:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £8 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Akram Zaatari’s film explores the work of photographer Hashem el Madani, who has run a commercial photography studio in southern Lebanon for the last five decades, and examines the changing photographic practice and preservation though various analogue and digital media. (Dir. Arkram Zaatari 2015, 105 min, Arabic with English subtitles).

In a change to the advertised programme, the film will be introduced by artist and curator Sunil Gupta.

Guest DJ: Richard Osborne

Guest DJ: Richard Osborne

  • Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
8 June 2017, 18:00-21:00
Main Hall
Free

DJ Richard Osborne plays every genre of music within his sets, including pop, jazz, soul, disco and rock and roll, creating sets that correspond to specific temporary exhibitions taking place at the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

9 June 2017, 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: Consort of 1

Live Music: Consort of 1

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
9 June 2017, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Live-looped melodies from the 12th – 17th centuries performed by Lizzie Gutteridge on historical instruments with 21st century technology.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
9 June 2017, 18:30
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

  • Talks and Lectures

10 June 2017, 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

  • Talks and Lectures

11 June 2017, 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: Taking Control of Your Camera

Weekend Workshop: Taking Control of Your Camera

10 June - 11 June 2017, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio, Floor -2
Tickets: £150 (£125 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Get back to basics with photographer Justin Sutcliffe. Aimed at anyone who wants a no-jargon, straightforward learning experience to demystify their camera and start getting more consistent, repeatable results in photography.

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Portrait of the Day: Alexander McQueen; Isabella Blow

Portrait of the Day: Alexander McQueen; Isabella Blow

  • Talks and Lectures

12 June 2017, 12:30
Room 32
Free

Join us today to find out more about these three revolutionary artists and fanatics of fashion. They explored the boundaries between art, fashion, and theatricals. Together we will discover the ties that bind them together.

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

  • Talks and Lectures

13 June 2017, 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

  • Talks and Lectures

14 June 2017, 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: Michael Faraday

Portrait of the Day: Michael Faraday

  • Talks and Lectures

15 June 2017, 12:30
Room 27
Free

Physicist and chemist; assistant to Humphrey Davy; liquefied chlorine and other gases, and discovered benzene, 1825 discovered electro-magnetic induction, 1831.

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: Henry Marten and The Levellers

Lunchtime Lecture: Henry Marten and The Levellers

15 June 2017, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £3 (£2 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

In the remarkable era of the English Revolution of the 1640s, Henry Marten was one of its most remarkable characters.

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Lecture: Oscar Wilde: A Gay Man for All Seasons?  SOLD OUT

Lecture: Oscar Wilde: A Gay Man for All Seasons? SOLD OUT

A part of Late Shift
15 June 2017, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £8 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person. This event is SOLD OUT

Simon Callow talks about his own relationship with Oscar Wilde in parallel with the world’s changing view of the Irish wit, playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

16 June 2017, 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 Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
16 June 2017, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

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

Live Music: Florentine Arts Ensemble: Musical Encounters

Live Music: Florentine Arts Ensemble: Musical Encounters

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
16 June 2017, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A programme of Renaissance and Baroque music performed on period instruments.

Portrait of the Day: Pocahontas & John Smith

Portrait of the Day: Pocahontas & John Smith

  • Talks and Lectures

17 June 2017, 12:30
Room 6
Free

Join us today to learn of the story which has been made famous through various depictions, including the Disney animated film. Pocahontas’ myth and legend live on.

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: Wilfred Owen

Portrait of the Day: Wilfred Owen

  • Talks and Lectures

18 June 2017, 12:30
Room 22
Free

Poet. Born in Oswestry, Owen enlisted in 1915 and was commissioned into the Manchester Regiment in 1916.

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 (3+): Animating Aviators

Drop-in Family Session (3+): Animating Aviators

  • Family||Workshop

18 June 2017, 13:00-14:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join award-winning animator Lizzy Hobbs to create a stop-frame animation inspired by Women Aviators. During the session families will try out different techniques and processes. This event is part of Children’s Art Week.

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

Drop-in Family Session (7+): Animating Aviators

Drop-in Family Session (7+): Animating Aviators

  • Family||Workshop

18 June 2017, 15:00-16:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join award-winning animator Lizzy Hobbs to create a stop-frame animation inspired by Women Aviators. During the session families will try out different techniques and processes. This event is part of Children’s Art Week.

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

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

19 June 2017, 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

  • Talks and Lectures

20 June 2017, 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:  Jenny Lind

Portrait of the Day: Jenny Lind

  • Talks and Lectures

21 June 2017, 12:30
Room 24
Free

Singer; born and trained in Sweden; her exquisite voice, allied with rare qualities of character, aroused intense enthusiasm in British audiences, following her debut in 1847.

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: BP Portrait Award 2017

Members’ Afternoon Preview: BP Portrait Award 2017

  • For Members

21 June 2017, 14:00-16:00

Always a favourite with our Members’ the BP Portrait Award 2017 opens in June and you can be among the first to see it at our Members’ only afternoon preview. The Award is recognised worldwide as the most prestigious painted portrait competition and entries have increased in number from across the world since its inception.

No need to RSVP, simply bring your Membership card to the entrance of the exhibition for admittance to this Member’s only preview.

Portrait of the Day: John Soane

Portrait of the Day: John Soane

  • Talks and Lectures

22 June 2017, 12:30
Room 19
Free

An architect and collector, Soane was the son of a bricklayer who began his education in the architectural office of George Dance, a leading Neo-classical architect. In 1771.

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: Ben Osborne

Guest DJ: Ben Osborne

  • Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
22 June 2017, 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.

In Conversation: Markéta Luskačová’s London Street Musicians

In Conversation: Markéta Luskačová’s London Street Musicians

A part of Late Shift
22 June 2017, 19:00
Tickets: £8 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Distinguished photographer Markéta Luskacová talks to curator Andrew Demsey about her portraits of London street musicians taken over the past forty years.

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Portrait of the Day: Alexander McQueen; Isabella Blow

Portrait of the Day: Alexander McQueen; Isabella Blow

  • Talks and Lectures

23 June 2017, 12:30
Room 32
Free

Join us today to find out more about these three revolutionary artists and fanatics of fashion. They explored the boundaries between art, fashion, and theatricals. Together we will discover the ties that bind them together.

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: Duo Van Vliet

Live Music: Duo Van Vliet

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
23 June 2017, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

The viola and accordion duo return to present their debut album Lachrymae ReVisited.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
23 June 2017, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

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

In Conversation: Samuel Fosso and Hans Ulrich Obrist

In Conversation: Samuel Fosso and Hans Ulrich Obrist

A part of Late Shift
23 June 2017, 19:00
Tickets: £8 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Cameroonian-born photographer Samuel Fosso talks to Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries, about his new display of self-portraiture which includes work made in the 1970s alongside a body of new self-portraits made in 2015 – 16.

Walking Tour: Timberlina's Bona Troll of Soho

Walking Tour: Timberlina's Bona Troll of Soho

24 June 2017, 11:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £12 (£10 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

To mark the beginning of Pride Festival 2017, join glamorous bearded drag lady Timberlina for a troll around some of Soho’s notorious queer haunts and back passages past and present.

Portrait of the Day: Sir Isaac Newton

Portrait of the Day: Sir Isaac Newton

  • Talks and Lectures

24 June 2017, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

An immensely influential mathematical scientist, in one year (1665-6), when driven from Cambridge by plague, Newton formulated a series of important theories concerning light, colour, calculus and the 'universal law of gravitation'.

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: Pocahontas & John Smith

Portrait of the Day: Pocahontas & John Smith

  • Talks and Lectures

25 June 2017, 12:30
Room 6
Free

Join us today to learn of the story which has been made famous through various depictions, including the Disney animated film. Pocahontas’ myth and legend live on.

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: BP Portrait Award 2017

Weekend Workshop: BP Portrait Award 2017

24 June - 25 June 2017, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio, Floor -2
Tickets: £150 (£125 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

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

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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

26 June 2017, 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: A Century of Photography

The Drawing Room: A Century of Photography

  • Late Shift||Talks and Lectures

26 June 2017, 13:00-15:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Explore light, dark and shadow using only monochrome drawing materials.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

27 June 2017, 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: Alexander McQueen; Isabella Blow

Portrait of the Day: Alexander McQueen; Isabella Blow

  • Talks and Lectures

28 June 2017, 12:30
Room 32
Free

Join us today to find out more about these three revolutionary artists and fanatics of fashion. They explored the boundaries between art, fashion, and theatricals. Together we will discover the ties that bind them together.

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

  • Talks and Lectures

29 June 2017, 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: First World War Poets

Visualising Portraits: First World War Poets

29 June 2017, 14:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Find out more about this display which marks the centenary of the First World War, through the work of poets who wrote both from the trenches and on the home front during the conflict.

In Conversation: Faces of the Past, Images in Question

In Conversation: Faces of the Past, Images in Question

A part of Late Shift
29 June 2017, 19:00
Free ticket required: Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Catherine Hall discusses with Hilary Fraser how historians’ discoveries and analysis change the way we remember the fundamental causes of the country’s history.

BSL Gallery Tour: Life, Death and Memory

BSL Gallery Tour: Life, Death and Memory

  • Late Shift||Talks and Lectures
  • BSL

A part of Late Shift
29 June 2017, 19:30
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Chisato Minamimura leads a tour of this display which looks at how artists have used self-portraiture as a way of examining their own mortality. Led in BSL.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

30 June 2017, 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: Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Live Music: Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
30 June 2017, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Exploring synaesthesia, focusing on the music of Olivier Messiaen with Peter Tuite and Rolf Hind.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
30 June 2017, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

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

Life Drawing: Movement and the Baroque

Life Drawing: Movement and the Baroque

A part of Late Shift
30 June 2017, 18:30-20:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £9 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

This dynamic evening of life drawing with artist Andy Pankhurst is inspired by poses in selected works from the 17th Century within the Collection.

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Displays (12)

12 displays matching the date nextMonth

Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs

Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs

19 February 2016 - 16 July 2017
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.

Life, Death and Memory

Life, Death and Memory

17 April 2017 - 16 March 2018
Room 16
Free

This display draws together historic and contemporary works from the Collection that engage with this complex, sometimes troubling, relationship.

Marlene Dumas: Oscar Wilde and Bosie

Marlene Dumas: Oscar Wilde and Bosie

29 March - 30 October 2017
Room 21
Free

These portraits by contemporary artist Marlene Dumas (b.1953) represent Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) and Lord Alfred Douglas (1870–1945), also known as ‘Bosie’. Wilde is one of the most significant writers, dramatists and poets of the late nineteenth-century.

First World War Poets

First World War Poets

28 February - 1 October 2017
Room 22
Free

To mark the centenary of the First World War, this display presents a selection of men and women who wrote poetry both from the trenches and on the home front during the conflict.

Reproducing Fame: Printmakers and the Nineteenth Century Stage

Reproducing Fame: Printmakers and the Nineteenth Century Stage

27 August 2016 - 31 July 2017
Room 24: case display
Free

This display surveys the depiction and transmission of celebrity through print, highlighting the skill of printmakers who portrayed the ingenuity of the London stage.

At the Despatch Box: Gladstone in Action

At the Despatch Box: Gladstone in Action

6 September 2016 - 6 August 2017
Room 25: case display
Free

Offering a glimpse of William Gladstone’s legendary performances in parliament, this display focuses on the sketches of the politician made by the artists employed to document parliamentary proceedings for the illustrated press.

A Century of Photography, 1840-1940

A Century of Photography, 1840-1940

17 October 2016 - 29 October 2017
Room 29
Free

From October 2016 the Gallery will celebrate photography with an installation dedicated to its extraordinary Photographs Collection.

Speak its Name!

Speak its Name!

22 November 2016 - 6 August 2017
Room 32
Free

This display features seven portraits and quotations from Speak its Name!, a new book that marks the fiftieth anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.

Émigrés: Twentieth-century Self-portraits by Artists from Abroad

Émigrés: Twentieth-century Self-portraits by Artists from Abroad

27 May - 1 October 2017
Room 32
Free

With the question of migration one of intense current debate, Émigrés comprises work by artists from abroad who came to Great Britain in response to the Second World War.

Double Take: Akram Zaatari and the Arab Image Foundation

Double Take: Akram Zaatari and the Arab Image Foundation

27 March - 3 September 2017
Room 33
Free

This display will present studio portraits taken by Madani in which two people of the same sex kiss or tenderly embrace. By returning to these historical documents, Zaatari explores the specific cultural and political histories contained within Madani’s portraits.

David Gwinnutt: Before We Were Men

David Gwinnutt: Before We Were Men

9 March - 24 September 2017
Room 39
Free

David Gwinnutt away from the lights and publicity of the clubs, captured these sitters in the intimacy of their own homes, often squats or rented council accommodation. Using only his handheld camera and natural light, these grainy black and white photographs feel unguarded and spontaneous, offering a privileged glimpse into the private worlds of these rising stars who lived, worked and played together.

Samuel Fosso: Self-Portraits

Samuel Fosso: Self-Portraits

24 June - 24 September 2017
Room 41 and 41A
Free

This display showcases self-portraits by the Cameroonian-born artist Samuel Fosso (b.1962). It includes work made in the 1970s alongside a body of new self-portraits made in 2015 – 16, which are being exhibited here for the first time.

Beyond the Gallery (9)

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Modern Visionaries: Van Dyck and the Artists’ Eye

Modern Visionaries: Van Dyck and the Artists’ Eye

  • Partnership exhibition

28 January - 4 June 2017
Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle

Curated by the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, this presentation will consider Sir Anthony van Dyck’s Self-portrait alongside works by twentieth-century visionary artists.

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

  • Touring exhibition

18 March - 4 June 2017
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 is the leading international competition, open to all, which celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography from around the world.

BP Portrait Award 2016

BP Portrait Award 2016

  • Touring exhibition

7 April - 18 June 2017
Firstsite, Colchester
Free

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

Picasso Portraits

Picasso Portraits

  • Touring exhibition

16 March - 25 June 2017
Museu Picasso, Barcelona

Picasso’s portraits epitomise the astonishing variety and innovation of his art. This major exhibition of over eighty works focuses on the artist’s portrayal of family, friends and lovers and reveals his creative processes as he moved freely between drawing from life, humorous caricature and expressive painting from memory.

Paul Smith to J K Rowling: BP Portrait Award Commissions from the National Portrait Gallery

Paul Smith to J K Rowling: BP Portrait Award Commissions from the National Portrait Gallery

  • Partnership exhibition

9 June - 24 September 2017
University of Hull for the UK's City of Culture 2017

This exhibition on display at the University of Hull will showcase 22 of the first prize winning portraits from the BP Portrait Award.

More Real Than Life: 19th-century Portrait Photography

More Real Than Life: 19th-century Portrait Photography

  • Partnership exhibition

9 June - 24 September 2017
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham

More Real Than Life considers the creation of studio portrait photography during the Victorian period and the role sitters played.

Looking Good: The Male Gaze from Van Dyck to Lucian Freud

Looking Good: The Male Gaze from Van Dyck to Lucian Freud

  • Partnership exhibition

24 June - 1 October 2017
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Curated by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, as part of a three-year nationwide tour, this display considers Sir Anthony van Dyck’s Self-portrait in the context of male portraiture.

Copying Holbein

Copying Holbein

  • Partnership exhibition

5 March - 30 October 2017
Montacute House, Somerset

This display features portraits from the court of Henry VIII, all of which are copies after portraits by Hans Holbein the Younger. The display considers Holbein’s important legacy.

Director’s Choice

Director’s Choice

  • Partnership exhibition

4 March - 5 November 2017
Beningbrough Hall, York

To help Beningbrough celebrate its 300th birthday, Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, has curated a display of significant portraits from the Gallery’s Collection to represent each century.