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Exhibitions (2)

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BP Portrait Award 2016

BP Portrait Award 2016

23 June - 4 September 2016
Wolfson Gallery
Admission Free

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

William Eggleston Portraits

William Eggleston Portraits

21 July - 23 October 2016
Porter Gallery

This exhibition of 100 works surveys Eggleston’s full career from the 1960s to the present day and is the most comprehensive display of his portrait photography ever.

Events (89)

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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

1 July 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.

Symposium: About Face

Symposium: About Face

1 July 2016, 16:00-18:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free ticket required Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Artists, theorists, curators and writers investigate the representation of exposure, exploring themes such as the revealing and concealing of the self, identity, and traces of ownership.
Live Music: One Man Destruction Show – Adam J. Harmer

Live Music: One Man Destruction Show – Adam J. Harmer

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
1 July 2016, 18:30
Room 20 , Floor 2
Free

To celebrate Creative Connections: South of the River we present the first of two performances with the Brixton institution, The Windmill.

Please note this replaces Ben Romans Hopcraft.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
1 July 2016, 18:30-20:30
Meet in Room 32, Floor 1
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

2 July 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: William John Christopher Vassall

Portrait of the Day: William John Christopher Vassall

  • Talks and Lectures

3 July 2016, 12:30
Room 32
Free

William John Christopher Vassall: Vassall was an RAF photographer during the Second World War, who in 1946, worked as a clerk in the Admiralty.

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

4 July 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: Jean Simmons: "From Cricklewood to Hollywood".

Portrait of the Day: Jean Simmons: "From Cricklewood to Hollywood".

  • Talks and Lectures

5 July 2016, 12:30
Room 31
Free

William John Christopher Vassall: Vassall was an RAF photographer during the Second World War, who in 1946, worked as a clerk in the Admiralty.

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 July 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: Sir William Herschel

Portrait of the Day: Sir William Herschel

  • Talks and Lectures

7 July 2016, 12:30
Room 18
Free

In 1781 the amateur astronomer Herschel identified Uranus, the first planet to be discovered since Antiquity.

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

Lunchtime Lecture: A Bloody Necessity?: The Battle of the Somme 1916

Lunchtime Lecture: A Bloody Necessity?: The Battle of the Somme 1916

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

To mark the centenary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme, historian Andrew Robertshaw outlines one of the bloodiest conflicts in military history and investigates what life was like for a soldier on the Western Front.

Guest DJ John Sizzle

Guest DJ John Sizzle

  • Late Shift||LGBTQI||Music

A part of Late Shift
7 July 2016, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Guest DJ John Sizzle ‘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: Lucian Freud Unseen

In Conversation: Lucian Freud Unseen

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

Writer and critic Martin Gayford discusses Lucian Freud’s sketchbooks, with Contemporary curator Sarah Howgate.

Portrait of the Day: Jane Austen

Portrait of the Day: Jane Austen

  • Talks and Lectures

8 July 2016, 12:30
Room 18
Free

Few English novelists have commanded such popular affection and critical respect as the author of works including Pride and Prejudice (1813) and Emma (1816).

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

Live Music: The BRIT School

Live Music: The BRIT School

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

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

Creative responses to the BP Portrait Award 2016 exhibition.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

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

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

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

9 July 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 July 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 Portrait Choir: Singing Day: Great British Choral Highlights

The Portrait Choir: Singing Day: Great British Choral Highlights

10 July 2016, 10:15-15:45
Please check signage on the day for details
Free Tickets: £25 (£22 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, call 020 7321 6600 or visit the Gallery in person.

Exploring choral music inspired by the Gallery Collection, participants will work through well known works by Purcell, Handel, Parry and Elgar as well as by popular modern musicians.

Weekend Workshop: Nude… Or Rude?

Weekend Workshop: Nude… Or Rude?

9 July - 10 July 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.

Using the Exposed display as a starting point, artist Sadie Lee leads this practical workshop that looks at the difference between the naked and nude in art and considers the impact of making images of known figures without clothing.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

11 July 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

12 July 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: Jean Simmons: "From Cricklewood to Hollywood".

Portrait of the Day: Jean Simmons: "From Cricklewood to Hollywood".

  • Talks and Lectures

13 July 2016, 12:30
Room 31
Free

William John Christopher Vassall: Vassall was an RAF photographer during the Second World War, who in 1946, worked as a clerk in the Admiralty.

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 July 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.

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift||LGBTQI||Music

A part of Late Shift
14 July 2016, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Listen and unwind at the Late Shift bar as the Live DJ creates a set in response to the works on display. Take advantage of the Gallery’s late opening and enjoy Eddie’s set and a drink at our pop-up bar.

In Conversation: Thomas J Price: Now You See Me

In Conversation: Thomas J Price: Now You See Me

  • Late Shift||Talks and Lectures

A part of Late Shift
14 July 2016, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free

Artist Thomas J Price talks about his composite sculptures of young black men with curator and cultural historian Gus Casely-Hayford.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

15 July 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: EFDSS presents The Bookshop Band

Live Music: EFDSS presents The Bookshop Band

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

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

The duo present their songs inspired by books.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

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

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

Portrait of the Day: William John Christopher Vassall

Portrait of the Day: William John Christopher Vassall

  • Talks and Lectures

16 July 2016, 12:30
Room 32
Free

William John Christopher Vassall: Vassall was an RAF photographer during the Second World War, who in 1946, worked as a clerk in the Admiralty.

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.

Taster Session: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

Taster Session: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

  • Workshop||Young People

16 July 2016, 10:30-14:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Portraiture drawing in the Gallery with BP Portrait Award artists. Free. Bookings in advance to bpnextgeneration@npg.org.uk

Pick up a Pencil: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

Pick up a Pencil: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

  • Workshop||Young People

16 July 2016, 14:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

How to draw a face, with a BP Portrait Award artist. For all abilities, all materials provided. 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

17 July 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: Creative Connections

Drop-in Family Session: Creative Connections

  • Family||Workshop

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

Inspired by the Creative Connections display join photographer Marysa Dowling to create a collaborative large-scale portrait exploring the theme of people and place.

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

Drop-in Family Session: Creative Connections

Drop-in Family Session: Creative Connections

  • Family||Workshop

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

Inspired by the Creative Connections display join photographer Marysa Dowling to create a collaborative large-scale portrait exploring the theme of people and place.

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

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

18 July 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

19 July 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

20 July 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: William Eggleston Portraits

Members’ Afternoon Preview: William Eggleston Portraits

  • For Members

20 July 2016, 14:00-16:00
Porter Gallery

William Eggleston is a pioneering American photographer renowned for his vivid, poetic and mysterious images. This exhibition of 100 works surveys Eggleston’s full career from the 1960s to the present day and is the most comprehensive display of his portrait photography ever.

No need to RSVP for this event. Please bring your Membership card with you to ensure entry.

Portrait of the Day: Horatio Nelson

Portrait of the Day: Horatio Nelson

  • Talks and Lectures

21 July 2016, 12:30
Room 17
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 Mystical and Mysterious Iris Murdoch

Lunchtime Lecture: The Mystical and Mysterious Iris Murdoch

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

Iris Murdoch, writer and philosopher, was a celebrated novelist of her generation.

Guest DJ: Ben Osborne

Guest DJ: Ben Osborne

  • Late Shift||LGBTQI||Music

A part of Late Shift
21 July 2016, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Listen and unwind at the Late Shift bar as the Live DJ creates a set in response to the works on display. DJ Ben Osborne plays an electronic set, from classic techno, punk-funk, galactic house, to deep down and dirty disco.

Masters of Photography: William Eggleston

Masters of Photography: William Eggleston

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

William Eggleston discusses his life and work with fellow photographer Juergen Teller and the Guardian’s Sean O’Hagan.

Portrait of the Day: Emmeline Pankhurst

Portrait of the Day: Emmeline Pankhurst

  • Talks and Lectures

22 July 2016, 12:30
Room 30
Free

Widely known as the leader of the Suffragette movement in England, Emmeline Pankhurst's parents, husband and early work life took a big part in making her such a remarkable leader.

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: Joo Yeon Sir

Live Music: Joo Yeon Sir

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

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

The Korean-born British violinist presents an evening of solo violin repertoire.

Special event: Portraits Untold

Special event: Portraits Untold

  • Late Shift||Talks and Lectures

A part of Late Shift
22 July 2016, 12:30-20:00
Please check signage on the day for details

Artist Tanya Raabe-Webber creates a portrait of virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie over the course of a day.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
22 July 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: Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

Portrait of the Day: Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

  • Talks and Lectures

23 July 2016, 12:30
Room 2
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.

Walking Tour: Journey from the A-Z to Ziggy Stardust

Walking Tour: Journey from the A-Z to Ziggy Stardust

23 July 2016, 11:00-13:00
Details of the meeting place will be supplied upon booking
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Historian and author Lucinda Hawksley leads a tour around Lambeth and Southwark.

Portrait of the Day: Ira Aldridge

Portrait of the Day: Ira Aldridge

  • Talks and Lectures

24 July 2016, 12:30
Room 19
Free

An introduction to the pioneering Black American actor, who made his name playing Othello in the West End in 1833 as the Abolition Movement came into effect throughout the British Empire.

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: Street Portraiture

Weekend Workshop: Street Portraiture

23 July - 24 July 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.

Award-winning portrait and documentary photographer Peter Zelewski leads this two-day practical portraiture workshop designed to equip participants with the necessary skills for taking expert portraits on the street.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

25 July 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: Portrait Jigsaws

Drop-in Family Session: Portrait Jigsaws

  • Family||Workshop

25 July 2016, 11:30-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Visit the BP Portrait Award 2016 for inspiration to create your own portrait jigsaw.

Suitable for ages 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Drawing Room: Contemporary Conversations: Theatre

The Drawing Room: Contemporary Conversations: Theatre

  • Workshop

25 July 2016, 13:00-15:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Consider connections between the representation of historic and contemporary actors and directors.

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

Family Activity Base

Family Activity Base

  • Family||Workshop

25 July 2016, 11:00-16:00
Main Hall
Free

Visit our Family Activity Base to borrow art materials to use in the Gallery, spaces, pick up free resources to explore the Collections together.

Suitable for children aged 3+ and accompany adults.

Drop-in Family Session: Portrait Jigsaws

Drop-in Family Session: Portrait Jigsaws

  • Family||Workshop

25 July 2016, 14:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Visit the BP Portrait Award 2016 for inspiration to create your own portrait jigsaw.

Suitable for ages 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

26 July 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.

Art Workshop: Painting Portraits

Art Workshop: Painting Portraits

  • Family||Workshop

26 July 2016, 11:30-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, ticket required

Join us in our studio to discover the secrets behind how artists in the past made their own paints. Try your hand grinding pigments to make new colours and then experiment with different mediums to create a portrait. 

Suitable for ages 5+.

Family Activity Base

Family Activity Base

  • Family||Workshop

26 July 2016, 11:00-16:00
Main Hall
Free

Visit our Family Activity Base to borrow art materials to use in the Gallery, spaces, pick up free resources to explore the Collections together.

Suitable for children aged 3+ and accompany adults.

Drop-in Activity: Pop-Up Portraits

Drop-in Activity: Pop-Up Portraits

  • Family||Workshop

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

Pick up tips on how to draw portraits.

Suitable for ages 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Art Workshop: Painting Portraits

Art Workshop: Painting Portraits

  • Family||Workshop

26 July 2016, 14:30-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, ticket required

Join us in our studio to discover the secrets behind how artists in the past made their own paints. Try your hand grinding pigments to make new colours and then experiment with different mediums to create a portrait. 

Suitable for ages 5+.

Portrait of the Day: Jean Simmons: "From Cricklewood to Hollywood".

Portrait of the Day: Jean Simmons: "From Cricklewood to Hollywood".

  • Talks and Lectures

27 July 2016, 12:30
Room 31
Free

William John Christopher Vassall: Vassall was an RAF photographer during the Second World War, who in 1946, worked as a clerk in the Admiralty.

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.

Art Workshop: Animating People

Art Workshop: Animating People

  • Family||Workshop

27 July 2016, 11:30-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, ticket required

Explore the people painted in the BP Portrait Award 2016, and then create an animation in our studio imaging what might happen next!

Suitable for ages 5+.

Family Activity Base

Family Activity Base

  • Family||Workshop

27 July 2016, 11:00-16:00
Main Hall
Free, ticket required

Visit our new Family Activity Base to borrow art materials to use in the Gallery, spaces, pick up free resources to explore the Collections together.

Suitable for children aged 3+ and accompany adults.

Drop-in Activity: Every Picture tells a story

Drop-in Activity: Every Picture tells a story

  • Family||Workshop

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

What stories lie behind the portraits in the BP Portrait Award 2016? Join our creative writing session and let your imagine run wild!

Suitable for ages 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult

Art Workshop: Animating People

Art Workshop: Animating People

  • Family||Workshop

27 July 2016, 14:30-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, ticket required

Explore the people painted in the BP Portrait Award 2016, and then create an animation in our studio imaging what might happen next!

Suitable for ages 5+.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

28 July 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.

Art Workshop: My Space

Art Workshop: My Space

  • Family||Workshop

28 July 2016, 11:30-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, ticket required

What sort of space do you think an artist makes portraits in? Imagine you have been asked to design a creative space, and then construct a 3d model of your design.

Suitable for ages 5+.

Visualising Portraits: Creative Connections: South London

Visualising Portraits: Creative Connections: South London

28 July 2016, 14:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Find out more about Lambeth and Southwark through portraits of David Bowie, Adele, Vivienne Westwood and Rio Ferdinand.

Family Activity Base

Family Activity Base

  • Family||Workshop

28 July 2016, 11:00-16:00
See signage on the day for details.
Free

Visit our Family Activity Base to borrow art materials to use in the Gallery, spaces, pick up free resources to explore the Collections together.

Suitable for children aged 3+ and accompany adults.

Art Workshop: My Space

Art Workshop: My Space

  • Family||Workshop

28 July 2016, 14:30-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, ticket required

What sort of space do you think an artist makes portraits in? Imagine you have been asked to design a creative space, and then construct a 3d model of your design.

Suitable for ages 5+.

Drop-in Activity: Portrait Posters

Drop-in Activity: Portrait Posters

  • Family||Workshop

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

Design and make a exhibition poster for BP Portrait Award 2016.

Suitable for ages 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
28 July 2016, 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.

Exhibition Tour: BP Portrait Award 2016

Exhibition Tour: BP Portrait Award 2016

  • Late Shift||Talks and Lectures

A part of Late Shift
28 July 2016, 19:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

See this year's selection of the very best of contemporary portrait painting from around the world.

BSL Gallery Tour: BP Portrait Award 2016

BSL Gallery Tour: BP Portrait Award 2016

  • Late Shift||Talks and Lectures
  • BSL

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

Join John Wilson for a tour of the BP Portrait Award 2016. Led in BSL.

Portrait of the Day: James Cook

Portrait of the Day: James Cook

  • Talks and Lectures

29 July 2016, 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.

Art Workshop: Animal Magic!

Art Workshop: Animal Magic!

  • Family||Workshop

29 July 2016, 11:30-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, ticket required

Explore how sculptors have created 3d animals shown in both contemporary and historical portraits, and then make your own animal with modelling materials.

Suitable for ages 5+.

Drop-in Activity: Portrait key rings

Drop-in Activity: Portrait key rings

  • Family||Workshop

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

Make a special portrait key ring Inspired by BP Travel Award 2016.

Suitable for ages 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Art Workshop: Animal Magic!

Art Workshop: Animal Magic!

  • Family||Workshop

29 July 2016, 14:30-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, ticket required

Explore how sculptors have created 3d animals shown in both contemporary and historical portraits, and then make your own animal with modelling materials.

Suitable for ages 5+.

Young People’s Guide to Self-Portraiture

Young People’s Guide to Self-Portraiture

  • Workshop||Young People

25 July - 29 July 2016, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Discover self-portraits, develop research, filming and presentation skills, explore behind-the-scenes and create an online guide.
Live Music: John Martin’s Hidden Notes

Live Music: John Martin’s Hidden Notes

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

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

Exploring the polyphonic possibilities of the saxophone in tonal music with his quintet.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
29 July 2016, 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.

Life Drawing: Double Act

Life Drawing: Double Act

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

Artist Grace Adam leads this session during which you will explore the way painters communicate relationships, working with two models to explore body language and composition.

Portrait of the Day: William Gilbert (W.G) Grace

Portrait of the Day: William Gilbert (W.G) Grace

  • Talks and Lectures

30 July 2016, 12:30
Room 22
Free

The life and career of the Victorian legend; the world's first sporting superstar, possibly England's greatest cricketer and the man responsible for the invention of "the Ashes".

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.

Taster Session: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

Taster Session: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

  • Workshop||Young People
  • BSL

30 July 2016, 11:00-14:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Portraiture drawing in the Gallery with BP Portrait Award artists. Bookings in advance to bpnextgeneration@npg.org.uk For ages 14–21. Booking required.

Family Activity Base

Family Activity Base

  • Family||Workshop

30 July 2016, 11:00-16:00
Main Hall
Free

Visit our Family Activity Base to borrow art materials to use in the Gallery, spaces, pick up free resources to explore the Collections together.

Suitable for children aged 3+ and accompany adults.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

31 July 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.

Taster Session: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

Taster Session: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

  • Workshop||Young People

31 July 2016, 11:00-14:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Portraiture drawing with BP Portrait Award artists. Life drawing with a nude model. Parent/guardian permission required – see www.npg.org.uk/bpnextgeneration for details. For ages 14–21.  Booking required.

Family Activity Base

Family Activity Base

  • Family||Workshop

31 July 2016, 11:00-16:00
Main Hall
Free

Visit our Family Activity Base to borrow art materials to use in the Gallery, spaces, pick up free resources to explore the Collections together.

Suitable for children aged 3+ and accompany adults.

Displays (15)

15 displays matching the date nextMonth

Spotlight

Spotlight

18 May - 4 September 2016
Room 31
Free

This Spotlight forms part of Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862-1948 and  includes recently acquired works of dancer Berto Pasuka (1911-63) by theatrical and surrealist photographer Angus McBean taken in the late 1940s.

Portraits of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge

Portraits of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge

21 June - 27 July 2016
Main Hall
Free

The National Portrait Gallery has acquired, as a gift from the photographer Josh Olins, five of the photographic portraits of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge commissioned for the June 2016 centenary issue of British Vogue as a collaboration between the magazine, the Gallery and The Duchess. Three of the portraits are now on display in the Ondaatje Wing Main Hall until 27 July 2016.
Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs

Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs

19 February - 31 December 2016
Room 3
Free

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

Exposed: The Naked Portrait

Exposed: The Naked Portrait

9 January - 11 September 2016
Room 16
Free

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

Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862 – 1948

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

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

Part of Autograph ABP’s The Missing Chapter programme, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Celebrating Charlotte Brontë: 1816 – 1855

Celebrating Charlotte Brontë: 1816 – 1855

22 February - 14 August 2016
Room 24
Free

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

Wise, Constant and Courageous: Millicent Garrett Fawcett

Wise, Constant and Courageous: Millicent Garrett Fawcett

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

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

Setting the Scene: Staging and Backdrops in Studio Photographs

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

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

Aubrey Beardsley: Artist and Aesthete

Aubrey Beardsley: Artist and Aesthete

14 July 2015 - 30 September 2016
Room 29: case display
Free

A focus on the illustrator and writer, Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898). In a short life of intense and fevered activity, Beardsley produced many original and highly-finished black-and-white drawings for process block reproduction.
Conscientious Objectors of the First World War

Conscientious Objectors of the First World War

21 June 2016 - 5 February 2017
Room 31: case display
Free

This display marks one hundred years since the introduction of conscription by Herbert Asquith's government, in March 1916.

Lewis Morley ‘Mammoth’ Prints

Lewis Morley ‘Mammoth’ Prints

25 February - 20 November 2016
Room 32
Free

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

Leon Golub Powerplay: The Political Portraits

Leon Golub Powerplay: The Political Portraits

18 March - 25 September 2016
Room 32
Free

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

Creative Connections: Southwark and Lambeth

Creative Connections: Southwark and Lambeth

10 June - 6 September 2016
Room 37 and 37a
Free

Creative Connections is a four-year project connecting young people with contemporary artists to create a series of new artworks inspired by the Gallery’s Collection.

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

Creative Connections is generously supported by the Palley family.

Lucian Freud Unseen

Lucian Freud Unseen

11 June - 6 September 2016
Room 40
Free

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

Thomas J Price: Now You See Me

24 June - 5 September 2016
Room 41 and 41a
Free

Now You See Me presents a selection of contemporary artist Thomas J Price’s sculptural work from the last five years, in which he uses cast bronze and aluminium to create fictional, anonymous heads and figures.

Thomas J Price: Now You See Me is supported by the William Brake Charitable Trust

Beyond the Gallery (4)

4 events matching the date nextMonth

Turning to See: From Van Dyck to Lucian Freud

Turning to See: From Van Dyck to Lucian Freud

  • Partnership exhibition

28 May - 4 September 2016
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Free

Sir Anthony van Dyck's last Self-Portrait is one of the most remarkable self-portraits ever painted in Britain. The portrait can now be seen at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London where it forms the centrepiece of I am Van Dyck.

All The World’s a Stage: Court, Patrons & Writers in Shakespeare’s Circle

All The World’s a Stage: Court, Patrons & Writers in Shakespeare’s Circle

  • Partnership exhibition

10 June - 25 September 2016
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

This display marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and explores Shakespeare’s social and artistic circle.  It has been co-curated by the Gallery, with the Barber Institute of Fine Arts and postgraduate students from the University.
Copying Holbein

Copying Holbein

  • Partnership exhibition

5 March - 30 October 2016
Montacute house, Somerset

This display brings together a selection of portraits of prominent individuals from the court of Henry VIII, all of which are copies after portraits by Hans Holbein the Younger. The exhibition will be on display at Montacute House in Somerset, one of the Gallery’s long term regional partners.
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.