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Exhibitions (2)

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Vogue 100: A Century of Style

Vogue 100: A Century of Style

11 February - 22 May 2016

Vogue 100: A Century of Style will showcase the remarkable range of photography that has been commissioned by British Vogue since it was founded in 1916, with over 280 prints from the Condé Nast archive and international collections being shown together for the first time to tell the story of one of the most influential fashion magazines in the world.

Russia and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky

Russia and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky

17 March - 26 June 2016
Porter Gallery
Admission fee applies
Free for Members

Russia and the Arts is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a selection of masterpieces on loan from the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.

Events (63)

63 events matching the date nextMonth

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

1 March 2016, 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 March 2016, 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

3 March 2016, 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: Girl Power: Women’s self-portraits in the Gallery’s Collection

Lunchtime Lecture: Girl Power: Women’s self-portraits in the Gallery’s Collection

3 March 2016, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £3 (£2 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Liz Rideal, artist and Reader in Fine Art, Slade School of Art, looks at a fabulous array of diverse self reflections from Mary Beale to Mary McCartney.

Priority booking for Gallery Members is open now. Public booking will open on Thursday 11 February 2016.

Live DJ: Guest DJ Neil Prince

Live DJ: Guest DJ Neil Prince

  • Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
3 March 2016, 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 Vogue 100: Fashion, Women and Society

Lecture Vogue 100: Fashion, Women and Society

A part of Late Shift
3 March 2016, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £8 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Cally Blackman, lecturer at Central Saint Martins, charts the representation of women and fashion's changes over the past century through the rich sources of Vogue’s archive and the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection.

Priority booking for Gallery Members is open now. Public booking will open on Thursday 11 February 2016.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

4 March 2016, 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.

Screen Style: The Red Shoes (1948, U)

Screen Style: The Red Shoes (1948, U)

A part of Late Shift
4 March 2016, 18:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Powell and Pressburger’s gorgeous technicolour classic, based on Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale, tells the story of a young dancer torn between the man she loves and her ambition to become a prima ballerina.

Priority booking for Gallery Members is open now. Public booking will open on Thursday 11 February 2016.

Live Music: Arco

Live Music: Arco

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
4 March 2016, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

New music-theatre by composers Neil Luck, Adam de la Cour, Matthew Lee Knowles and Stephen Crowe.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
4 March 2016, 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

  • Talks and Lectures

5 March 2016, 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 March 2016, 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: Figuring Fashion

Sunday Session: Figuring Fashion

  • Workshop||Young People

6 March 2016, 13:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Draw from a clothed life model wearing a range of accessories inspired by Vogue 100, and create collaged mood boards with artist Peta Taylor and designer Georgia Lowe.

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

Priority booking for Gallery Members is open now. Public booking will open on Thursday 11 February 2016.

The Portrait Choir: Vogue Singing Day

The Portrait Choir: Vogue Singing Day

6 March 2016, 10:30-16:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £25 (£22 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online.

Explore music associated with the Vogue 100 exhibition. Participants will work through well known works by the Beatles, and other musicians who have appeared on the cover of Vogue.

Part of the programme of events complementing Vogue 100: A Century of Style

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

7 March 2016, 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 March 2016, 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

10 March 2016, 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: Charles Dickens and His Circle

Lecture: Charles Dickens and His Circle

A part of Late Shift
10 March 2016, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £8 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Historian and writer Lucinda Hawksley explores the life of Charles Dickens, her great-great-great-grandfather, and his extensive circle of friends and associates which embraced many of the most eminent and influential figures of the Victorian age.

Priority booking for Gallery Members is open now. Public booking will open on Thursday 11 February 2016.

Live DJ: Resident DJ Eddie Otchere

Live DJ: Resident DJ Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
10 March 2016, 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

  • Talks and Lectures

11 March 2016, 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: Robert Taira Wilson

Live Music: Robert Taira Wilson

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
11 March 2016, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

London-based singer-songwriter performs music from his debut album Nail and Hammer.

Screen Style: The Birds (1963, 15)

Screen Style: The Birds (1963, 15)

A part of Late Shift
11 March 2016, 18:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Based on a short story by Daphne du Maurier, Hitchcock’s classic thriller follows socialite Tippi Hedren to Bodega Bay in California in pursuit of a potential boyfriend.

Priority booking for Gallery Members is open now. Public booking will open on Thursday 11 February 2016.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
11 March 2016, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

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

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

12 March 2016, 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: It’s All About Style: The Vogue Fashion Portrait

Weekend Workshop: It’s All About Style: The Vogue Fashion Portrait

12 March - 13 March 2016, 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.

Fashion photographer Gisela Torres leads a two-day workshop looking at the art of style and how it constructs a fashion image.

Priority booking for Gallery Members is open now. Public booking will open on Thursday 11 February 2016.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

14 March 2016, 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 March 2016, 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

16 March 2016, 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: Russia and the Arts

Members’ Afternoon Preview: Russia and the Arts

  • For Members

16 March 2016, 14:00-16:00
Main Hall

Russia and the Arts is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a selection of masterpieces on loan from the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.

Please bring your Membership card with you to ensure entry.
No RSVP necessary.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

17 March 2016, 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: Life as a painter in sixteenth-century London

Lunchtime Lecture: Life as a painter in sixteenth-century London

17 March 2016, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £3 (£2 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Dr Edward Town, postdoctural research associate at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, presents a lively account of the ups and downs of life as a painter in the sixteenth century.

Priority booking for Gallery Members is open now. Public booking will open on Thursday 11 February 2016.

Live DJ: Guest DJ Ben Osborne

Live DJ: Guest DJ Ben Osborne

  • Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
17 March 2016, 18:00
Ondaatje Wing Main Hall
Free

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

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

18 March 2016, 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.

Screen Style: Darling (1965, 15)

Screen Style: Darling (1965, 15)

A part of Late Shift
18 March 2016, 18:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

A must-see film for fashion connoisseurs, selected by Vogue’s creative team and introduced by fashion students from Central St Martins.

Priority booking for Gallery Members is open now. Public booking will open on Thursday 11 February 2016.

Live Music: Russia and the Arts: Anton Lyakhovsky

Live Music: Russia and the Arts: Anton Lyakhovsky

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
18 March 2016, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

The Russian virtuoso pianist presents Mussorgsky’s masterpiece Pictures at an Exhibition.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
18 March 2016, 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

  • Talks and Lectures

19 March 2016, 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: Charlotte Brontë

Pick up a Pencil: Charlotte Brontë

  • Workshop||Young People

19 March 2016, 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. 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

  • Talks and Lectures

20 March 2016, 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: Putting on the Glitz

Drop-in Family Session: Putting on the Glitz

  • Family||Workshop

20 March 2016, 13:00-14:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Drop-in to our pop-up fashion photography studio to create a family portrait inspired by the glitz and glamour of portraits in Vogue 100.

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

Drop-in Family Session: Putting on the Glitz

Drop-in Family Session: Putting on the Glitz

  • Family||Workshop

20 March 2016, 15:00-16:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Drop-in to our pop-up fashion photography studio to create a family portrait inspired by the glitz and glamour of portraits in Vogue 100.

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

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

21 March 2016, 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 March 2016, 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 March 2016, 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

24 March 2016, 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: Crime and Punishment

In Conversation: Crime and Punishment

A part of Late Shift
24 March 2016, 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.

Oliver Ready, recent translator of Crime and Punishment, looks at Dostoyevsky then and now with Dr Sarah Young, Senior Lecturer in Russian at UCL, and assesses the writer’s legacy on contemporary Russian culture.

Live DJ: Resident DJ Eddie Otchere

Live DJ: Resident DJ Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
24 March 2016, 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

  • Talks and Lectures

25 March 2016, 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.

Life Drawing: Dramatic Encounters

Life Drawing: Dramatic Encounters

A part of Late Shift
25 March 2016, 18:30-20:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £9 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Join artist Sophie Charalambous and model/performer Chiara Stampone for a drawing session of dramatic poses inspired by Ethel Wright's portrait of Dame Christabel Pankhurst.

Priority booking for Gallery Members is open now. Public booking will open on Thursday 11 February 2016.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
25 March 2016, 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

  • Talks and Lectures

26 March 2016, 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

27 March 2016, 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

28 March 2016, 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

28 March 2016, 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

  • Talks and Lectures

29 March 2016, 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’ Evening Private View: Vogue 100 A Century of Style and Russia and the Arts

Members’ Evening Private View: Vogue 100 A Century of Style and Russia and the Arts

  • For Members

29 March 2016, 18:30-20:30
Main Hall

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

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

30 March 2016, 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

31 March 2016, 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: Charlotte Brontë

Visualising Portraits: Charlotte Brontë

31 March 2016, 14:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Find out more about novelist Charlotte Brontë in this display which includes books, letters and even her shoes.

Live DJ: Guest DJ John Sizzle

Live DJ: Guest DJ John Sizzle

  • Late Shift||LGBTQI||Music

A part of Late Shift
31 March 2016, 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: Vogue 100: British Fashion Today

In Conversation: Vogue 100: British Fashion Today

A part of Late Shift
31 March 2016, 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.

Designer Henry Holland and stylist Kate Phelan look at the state of British fashion today with the Guardian’s fashion editor  Jess Cartner-Morley.

BSL Gallery Tour: Highlights of the Collection

BSL Gallery Tour: Highlights of the Collection

  • Late Shift||Talks and Lectures
  • BSL

A part of Late Shift
31 March 2016, 19:30
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Dafydd Jones leads a tour of the Collection, picking out highlights along the way. Led in BSL with interpretation into English.

Family Holiday Activities: A Golden Age

Family Holiday Activities: A Golden Age

  • Drawing||Family||Workshop

28 March - 1 April 2016, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A week of ticketed and drop-in sessions inspired by Russian and the Arts.

Displays (9)

9 displays matching the date nextMonth

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.
William Gifford Palgrave: Master of Disguise

William Gifford Palgrave: Master of Disguise

3 August 2015 - 15 May 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).
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.

Curators' Choice: Photographs from the Terence Pepper Gift

Curators' Choice: Photographs from the Terence Pepper Gift

12 May 2015 - 5 June 2016
Room 24 case display: 12 May 2015 - 24 January 2016

Room 31 case display: 12 May 2015 - 5 June 2016

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.
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.
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.

Aubrey Beardsley: Artist and Aesthete

Aubrey Beardsley: Artist and Aesthete

14 July 2015 - 6 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.
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.

Beyond the Gallery (4)

4 events matching the date nextMonth

Picture the Poet

Picture the Poet

  • Partnership exhibition

5 December 2015 - 6 March 2016
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle

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.

I am Van Dyck

I am Van Dyck

  • Partnership exhibition

12 January - 24 April 2016
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London
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 the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London where it forms the centrepiece of I am Van Dyck.

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.

Happy Birthday Beningbrough – Celebrating 300 Years 1716 – 2016

Happy Birthday Beningbrough – Celebrating 300 Years 1716 – 2016

  • Partnership exhibition

1 March - 30 October 2016
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.