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Exhibitions (2)

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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

16 November 2017 - 8 February 2018
Porter Gallery

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

Cézanne Portraits

Cézanne Portraits

26 October 2017 - 11 February 2018
Wolfson and Lerner Galleries
Tickets with donation: Full price £20 (Concessions £18.50)
Members Free
Buy Membership here

The major new exhibition, Cézanne Portraits, will bring together for the first time over 50 of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including works which have never been on public display in the UK.

Events (64)

64 events matching the date nextMonth

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

1 November 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

2 November 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.

Lunchtime Lecture: The Russian Revolution and British Society

Lunchtime Lecture: The Russian Revolution and British Society

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

As the Revolution of October 1917 hit the headlines, Britain was already fired by the energy and exoticism of the Russian ballet.

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
2 November 2017, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Take advantage of the Gallery’s late opening and enjoy Eddie’s set and a drink at our pop-up bar.

Lecture: Through the glass Darkly - Black History and Portraiture

Lecture: Through the glass Darkly - Black History and Portraiture

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

With a special focus on black British history, broadcaster, writer and historian David Olusoga explores the relationship between biography and portraiture.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

3 November 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
3 November 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.

Live Music: Shirley Smart and Kourosh Kanani

Live Music: Shirley Smart and Kourosh Kanani

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

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

Gypsy jazz, Parisien musette and swing from this acclaimed cello and guitar duo.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

4 November 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

5 November 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.

Sunday Session: Painted Identities

Sunday Session: Painted Identities

  • Workshop||Young People

5 November 2017, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Work with professional artists Ed Sutcliffe and Peta Taylor to draw or paint multiple takes of the same subject, as seen in Cézanne Portraits. For ages 14 to 21 years only. To book your free place, email youthbookings@npg.org.uk or call 020 7312 2483.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

6 November 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

7 November 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

8 November 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

9 November 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.

Late Shift Extra: Queer Perspectives is 10!

Late Shift Extra: Queer Perspectives is 10!

  • Late Shift||Talks and Lectures||LGBTQI

A part of Late Shift
9 November 2017, 18:00-21:00
Free

Queer Perspectives, an innovative and inclusive quarterly event hosted by artist and curator Sadie Lee, is turning 10.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

10 November 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
10 November 2017, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

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

Live Music: Anne Pigalle

Live Music: Anne Pigalle

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

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

Embodying the femme fatale of the 40s, the revolutionary chanteuse presents French poetry and performance in response to Cézanne Portraits.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

11 November 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

12 November 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.

Performance: In Remembrance: Poetry and Song of the First World War

Performance: In Remembrance: Poetry and Song of the First World War

12 November 2017, 15:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £8 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

To mark Remembrance Sunday, this special performance features work by David Jones, Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg, Ivor Gurney and other war poets read by actors Nicholas Farrell, Seiriol Tomos and Dave Fishley, accompanied by pianist Tessa Uys.

Weekend Workshop: Seeing Double - painting the same subject in different ways

Weekend Workshop: Seeing Double - painting the same subject in different ways

11 November - 12 November 2017, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio
Tickets: £150 (£125 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Join artist Robin-Lee Hall to investigate Cézanne’s numerous experimental paintings using the same sitter. Paint a number of oil sketches from a live model exploring Cézanne’s approach through composition, colour and brushstrokes.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

13 November 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.

In Conversation: Todd Hido

In Conversation: Todd Hido

13 November 2017, 14:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free ticket required Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

American photographer Todd Hido speaks to Phillip Prodger, Head of Photographs, National Portrait Gallery,  about previously unseen prints from a new body of work that are on display as part of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

14 November 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

15 November 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.

Members’ Afternoon Preview: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

Members’ Afternoon Preview: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

  • For Members

15 November 2017, 14:00-16:00
Porter Gallery

This Members’ favourite, the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017, is the leading international competition which celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography from around the world and is open to everyone from ages 18 and over.

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

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

16 November 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.

Lunchtime Lecture: Nicola Hicks: A Life in Mud and Straw

Lunchtime Lecture: Nicola Hicks: A Life in Mud and Straw

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

Internationally renowned figurative sculptor Nicola Hicks talks about how and why she sculpts, the materials she uses, and her vision that sees all that she does as portraiture. In partnership with The Society of Portrait Sculptors.

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
16 November 2017, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Take advantage of the Gallery’s late opening and enjoy Eddie’s set and a drink at our pop-up bar.

Lecture: Updating Jane Austen

Lecture: Updating Jane Austen

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

Novelist Joanna Trollope, who updated Sense and Sensibility in 2013, describes what it was like to take a novel written in 1809 and make it as relevant and sharply observant to contemporary readers.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

17 November 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
17 November 2017, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

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

Live Music: EFG London Jazz Festival: Heidi Vogel

Live Music: EFG London Jazz Festival: Heidi Vogel

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

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

Vocalist Heidi Vogel sings songs inspired by Cézanne Portraits and French composers from the early 20th century.

Young People: Youth Insights

Young People: Youth Insights

  • Young People

18 November 2017, 11:00
Free

Hear a youth perspective on portraiture with lively Gallery talks by our Youth Forum inspired by Julian Opie after Van Dyck, and contribute content to our new digital resource ‘Young People’s Guide to Self- Portraiture’. Young People 14-21.

Young People: Youth Insights

Young People: Youth Insights

  • Young People

18 November 2017, 11:30
Free

Hear a youth perspective on portraiture with lively Gallery talks by our Youth Forum inspired by Julian Opie after Van Dyck, and contribute content to our new digital resource ‘Young People’s Guide to Self- Portraiture’. Young People 14-21.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

18 November 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

19 November 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 Session (3+): Creations in Clay

Family Session (3+): Creations in Clay

  • Family||Workshop

19 November 2017, 13:00-14:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, Drop-in no ticket required

Roll, mould, twist and coil with clay in this month’s drop-in family session inspired by sculpture in the Collection.

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

Family Session (3+): Creations in Clay

Family Session (7+): Creations in Clay

Family Session (7+): Creations in Clay

  • Family||Workshop

19 November 2017, 15:00-16:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, Drop-in no ticket required

Roll, mould, twist and coil with clay in this month’s drop-in family session inspired by sculpture in the Collection.

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

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

20 November 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

21 November 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

22 November 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

23 November 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.

Guest DJ: Mr Madam

Guest DJ: Mr Madam

  • Late Shift||LGBTQI||Music

A part of Late Shift
23 November 2017, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

DJ Mr Madam combines a range of musical styles to create his sets.

Gallery Talk: Julian Opie after Van Dyck

Gallery Talk: Julian Opie after Van Dyck

A part of Late Shift
23 November 2017, 18:30-19:15
Room 7
Tickets: £8 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

There are two sessions – the first at 18.30 and the second at 19.30.


In this gallery talk, artist Julian Opie discusses the subjects and processes behind his works currently on display in Julian Opie after Van Dyck.

Gallery Talk: Julian Opie after Van Dyck

Gallery Talk: Julian Opie after Van Dyck

A part of Late Shift
23 November 2017, 19:30-20:15
Room 7
Tickets: £8 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

There are two sessions – the first at 18.30 and the second at 19.30.


In this gallery talk, artist Julian Opie discusses the subjects and processes behind his works currently on display in Julian Opie after Van Dyck.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

24 November 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: Concordia Foundation: Impressionism in Music

Live Music: Concordia Foundation: Impressionism in Music

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

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

A soirée of Impressionist French chamber music and song in response to Cézanne Portraits.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

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

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

Life Drawing: Ways of Looking

Life Drawing: Ways of Looking

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

Our popular life-drawing sessions take place on the last Friday of each month in the Ondaatje Wing Theatre. Suitable for all abilities, all materials provided.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

25 November 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

26 November 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: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

Weekend Workshop: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

25 November - 26 November 2017, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio
Tickets: £150 (£125 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Taking inspiration from the exhibition, hone your studio skills working with a model. This workshop is suitable for those who already have some knowledge of digital photography and know how to use their cameras in manual mode.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

27 November 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: Focus on Mark Making

The Drawing Room: Focus on Mark Making

  • Late Shift||Talks and Lectures

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

Experiment with creating different textures that appear in portraits using a variety of marks.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

28 November 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

29 November 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

30 November 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: Creative Connections: Nottingham

Visualising Portraits: Creative Connections: Nottingham

30 November 2017, 14:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

In this display which includes inspirational sitters connected to Nottingham.

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
30 November 2017, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Take advantage of the Gallery’s late opening and enjoy Eddie’s set and a drink at our pop-up bar.

Lecture: ‘Sit like an apple’: painting people as if they were things

Lecture: ‘Sit like an apple’: painting people as if they were things

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

Professor Paul Smith, University of Warwick, attempts to explain why Cézanne painted portraits, and apples, in the peculiar way he did.

BSL Gallery Tour: Julian Opie after Van Dyck

BSL Gallery Tour: Julian Opie after Van Dyck

  • Late Shift||Talks and Lectures
  • BSL

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

John Wilson explores the influences of Van Dyck and his contemporaries upon Julian Opie’s work. Led in BSL with interpretation into English.

Displays (8)

8 displays matching the date nextMonth

1517: Martin Luther and the English Reformation

1517: Martin Luther and the English Reformation

21 July 2017 - 2 December 2018
Room 3
Free

This display looks at a selection of the portraits of some of the most prominent figures of the early years of reform in England, including the prints that were created to disseminate their ideas and commemorate their lives.

Julian Opie after Van Dyck

Julian Opie after Van Dyck

6 October 2017 - 7 January 2018
Room 7
Free

This display shows Sir Anthony van Dyck’s Self-portrait of c.1640 in the context of new work by Julian Opie, one of Britain’s foremost contemporary artists. Works influenced by Van Dyck and artists of the period are displayed in dialogue with Van Dyck’s self-portrait in the midst of the seventeenth-century galleries.

Life, Death and Memory

Life, Death and Memory

17 April 2017 - 4 February 2018
Room 16
Free

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

Being Queen Victoria

Being Queen Victoria

7 August 2017 - 7 July 2018
Room 25: case display
Free

Until 1968, plays thought to contain material that was morally ‘corrupt’ or offensive were routinely banned. Dramatic portrayals of Queen Victoria were considered to be particularly sensitive in the decades after her death, and while several of her children were still alive. However, in anticipation of the centenary of Victoria’s accession in 1937, the rules were relaxed to specify that portrayals of a monarch could be allowed if 100 years had passed since their accession, and providing the dramas were biographical and respectful. Almost immediately, Queen Victoria began to feature as a character on stage and screen.

Photography: A Public Art, 1840 – 1939

Photography: A Public Art, 1840 – 1939

4 November 2017 - 7 October 2018
Room 29
Free

The Gallery celebrates photography with an installation dedicated to its extraordinary Photographs Collection displaying classic images and rarely seen gems of artists, writers and actors by Edward Steichen, James Abbe, Berenice Abbott, Cecil Beaton and Dorothy Wilding among others.

Out of the Shadows: Portraits by the Douglas Brothers

Out of the Shadows: Portraits by the Douglas Brothers

9 August 2017 - 28 January 2018
Room 32
Free

The late 1980s saw a new generation of young musicians, actors and novelists receiving critical acclaim for their work. This display presents portraits of these now celebrated cultural figures.

Creative Connections Nottingham

Creative Connections Nottingham

4 October 2017 - 25 February 2018
Room 32

Social documentary photographer Katherine Green works with students from Farnborough Academy, to explore community identities, inspired by the Collection and sitters with a link to the city. In partnership with Nottingham Contemporary.

Creative Connections is generously supported by the Palley family.

Thomas Ruff Portraits

Thomas Ruff Portraits

27 September 2017 - 21 January 2018
Room 33
Free

Thomas Ruff (b.1958) began his career in the 1970s as a student at the art school Staatliche Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, Germany. Known for taking a critical, conceptual approach to photography, Ruff has worked in series since the 1970s, with each body of work making use of different image-making technologies.

Beyond the Gallery (2)

2 events matching the date nextMonth

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.

BP Portrait Award 2017

BP Portrait Award 2017

  • Touring exhibition

4 October - 3 December 2017
Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter
Free

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