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Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision

Exhibitions (2)

2 exhibitions matching the date thisMonth

Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision

Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision

10 July - 26 October 2014
Porter Gallery


Virginia Woolf was one of the most important and celebrated writers of the twentieth century. This extensive exhibition of portraits and rare archival material will explore her life and achievements as a novelist, intellectual, campaigner and public figure.
Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy, 1860 – 1960

Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy, 1860 – 1960

16 October 2014 - 11 January 2015
Wolfson Gallery

Anarchy & Beauty explores the life and ideas of the great Victorian artist, writer and visionary thinker William Morris. Through portraits, personal items and fascinating objects, many of which will be on public display for the first time, this major exhibition illustrates Morris’s concept of ‘art for the people’ and highlights the achievements of those that he inspired.

Events (33)

33 events matching the date thisMonth

Portrait of the Day: William Wordsworth

Portrait of the Day: William Wordsworth

  • Gallery Talk

25 October 2014, 12:00
Room 18
Free

William Wordsworth helped launch the Romantic Age in English Literature.

Programme subject to change

Weekend Workshop: William Morris and His Legacy (Day One)

Weekend Workshop: William Morris and His Legacy (Day One)

25 October 2014, 11:00-17:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £125 (£100 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online or visit the Gallery in person.

This two-day workshop combines art history and practical art to explore the life and work of William Morris and his circle.

Portrait of the Day: Dame Cicely Mary Strode Saunders

Portrait of the Day: Dame Cicely Mary Strode Saunders

  • Gallery Talk

26 October 2014, 12:00
Room 36
Free

A look at the life and work of the founder of St Christopher's Hospice, the first research and teaching hospice linked with clinical care.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day: Taster Tour: The poet laureates

Portrait of the Day: Taster Tour: The poet laureates

  • Gallery Talk

26 October 2014, 14:30
Meet in Main Hall
Free

A short tour of the collection to meet some of our well-known faces who have held the role of poet laureate.


Programme subject to change

Weekend Workshop: William Morris and His Legacy (Day Two)

Weekend Workshop: William Morris and His Legacy (Day Two)

26 October 2014, 11:00-17:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £125 (£100 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online or visit the Gallery in person.

This two-day workshop combines art history and practical art to explore the life and work of William Morris and his circle.

Portrait of the Day: Wallis Simpson: Duchess of Windsor and Queen of Style

Portrait of the Day: Wallis Simpson: Duchess of Windsor and Queen of Style

  • Gallery Talk

27 October 2014, 12:00
Room 31
Free

Wallis Duchess of Windsor. A talk on how Wallis used fashion to express and defend herself.

Programme subject to change

Family Art Workshop: Clay tiles

Family Art Workshop: Clay tiles

  • Family||Workshop

27 October 2014, 11:30-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join in our clay workshop and make a tile inspired by the patterns and designs of William Morris inspired by  the exhibition Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy 1860-1960

Free ticket required, available one hour before the event on a first come, first served basis.  Places are limited to 20 tickets per session for children, plus an accompany adult.  For ages 5+ 

The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room

  • Workshop

27 October 2014, 13:00-15:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Artist Angela Wright leads a drop-in drawing session for disabled visitors. Open to all abilities, materials provided.

Family Art Workshop: Clay tiles

Family Art Workshop: Clay tiles

  • Family||Workshop

27 October 2014, 14:30-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join in our clay workshop and make a tile inspired by the patterns and designs of William Morris inspired by  the exhibition Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy 1860-1960

Free ticket required, available one hour before the event on a first come, first served basis.  Places are limited to 20 tickets per session for children, plus an accompany adult.  For ages 5+ 

Drop-in: Peacocks and Dragons

Drop-in: Peacocks and Dragons

  • Family||Workshop

27 October 2014, 13:00-16:00
Meet in Room 21
Free

Experiment with pattern and design to create a small wall hanging 

Drop-in no ticket required, for ages 5+ accompanied by an adult.

Portrait of the Day: Princess Caroline and the trial of the century

Portrait of the Day: Princess Caroline and the trial of the century

  • Gallery Talk

28 October 2014, 12:00
Room 17
Free

The marriage of Caroline of Brunswick and George IV is perhaps one of the most disastrous unions in British Royal history. 

Programme subject to change

Family Art Workshop: Thread it!

Family Art Workshop: Thread it!

  • Family||Workshop

28 October 2014, 11:30-13:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join the team from Codasign to explore electronics through LEDs and conductive thread to create a piece of e-textiles inspired by Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy 1860-1960.

Free ticket required, available one hour before the event on a first come, first served basis.  Due to the nature of this workshop, places are limited to 16 tickets per session for children aged 7+, plus an accompany adult.  

Drop-in: In the frame

Drop-in: In the frame

  • Family||Workshop

28 October 2014, 13:00-16:00
Meet in Room 21
Free

Take inspiration from the designs of William Morris to create a special picture frame 

Drop-in no ticket required, for ages 5+ accompanied by an adult.

Family Art Workshop: Thread it!

Family Art Workshop: Thread it!

  • Family||Workshop

28 October 2014, 14:30-16:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join the team from Codasign to explore electronics through LEDs and conductive thread to create a piece of e-textiles inspired by Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy 1860-1960.

Free ticket required, available one hour before the event on a first come, first served basis.  Due to the nature of this workshop, places are limited to 16 tickets per session for children aged 7+, plus an accompany adult.  

Portrait of the Day: Stamford Raffles

Portrait of the Day: Stamford Raffles

  • Gallery Talk

29 October 2014, 12:00
Room 19
Free

Stamford Raffles is most widely known as the founder of Singapore, but as the first president of a new zoological society, he is also known more affectionately as the father of London Zoo. 

Programme subject to change

Family Art Workshop: Print it!

Family Art Workshop: Print it!

  • Family||Workshop

29 October 2014, 11:30-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Explore difference printing techniques to create a special book with your own hand-printed cover inspired by Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy 1860-1960.

Free ticket required, available one hour before the event on a first come, first served basis.  Places are limited to 20 tickets per session for children, plus an accompany adult.  For ages 5+ 

Family Art Workshop: Print it!

Family Art Workshop: Print it!

  • Family||Workshop

29 October 2014, 14:30-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Explore difference printing techniques to create a special book with your own hand-printed cover inspired by Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy 1860-1960

Free ticket required, available one hour before the event on a first come, first served basis.  Places are limited to 20 tickets per session for children, plus an accompany adult.  For ages 5+ 

Drop-in: Wallpaper

Drop-in: Wallpaper

  • Family||Workshop

29 October 2014, 13:00-16:00
Meet in Room 21
Free

Design your own wallpaper sample inspired by the designs of William Morris 

Drop-in no ticket required, for ages 5+ accompanied by an adult.

Portrait of the Day: Ira Aldridge

Portrait of the Day: Ira Aldridge

  • Gallery Talk

30 October 2014, 12:00
Room 19
Free

Ira Alridge was a black American actor, who overcame discrimination and prejudice to be described as one of the greatest actors of his age.

Programme subject to change

Drop-in session: Portraits in Profile

Drop-in session: Portraits in Profile

  • Family||Workshop

30 October 2014, 11:30-13:30
Meet in Room 21
Free

Make silhouette portrait of all the family and fill with patterns and shapes inspired by Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy 1860-1960.

Drop-in no ticket required, for ages 5+ accompanied by an adult.

Visualising Portraits: The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered

Visualising Portraits: The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered

30 October 2014, 14:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Picture description for visually impaired visitors. Find out more about the kings and queens of this famous English dynasty and how they were represented.

Drop-in session: Portraits in Profile

Drop-in session: Portraits in Profile

  • Family||Workshop

30 October 2014, 14:00-16:00
Meet in Room 21
Free

Make silhouette portrait of all the family and fill with patterns and shapes inspired by Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy 1860-1960.

Drop-in no ticket required, for ages 5+ accompanied by an adult.

Guest DJ: Mr Madam

Guest DJ: Mr Madam

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
30 October 2014, 18:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Listen and unwind at the Late Shift bar.

In Conversation: A Portrait of Britain

In Conversation: A Portrait of Britain

A part of Late Shift
30 October 2014, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

To celebrate the Gallery’s publication of a new guide to the highlights of the Collection,  Sandy Nairne, Director of the Gallery, and Dr Tarnya Cooper, Chief Curator, discuss the history of the Gallery and the development of the Collection through time.

Portrait of the Day: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Portrait of the Day: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

  • Gallery Talk

31 October 2014, 12:00
Room 18
Free

Mary Shelley was the author of one of the world’s earliest and best-loved horror stories, Frankenstein.

Programme subject to change

Drop-in session: Puppet on a string

Drop-in session: Puppet on a string

  • Family||Workshop

31 October 2014, 11:30-13:30
Meet in Room 21
Free

Make a puppet and then have a chance to perform a show in the Ondaatje Wing Theatre. 

Drop-in no ticket required, for ages 5+ accompanied by an adult.

Young People’s Three-day Workshop The Manifesto of Everything

Young People’s Three-day Workshop The Manifesto of Everything

  • Workshop||Young People

29 October - 31 October 2014, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free
Fully booked

Explore social issues, anarchy and identity inspired by Anarchy & Beauty and Grayson Perry.

Drop-in session: Puppet on a string

Drop-in session: Puppet on a string

  • Family||Workshop

31 October 2014, 14:00-16:00
Meet in Room 21
Free

Make a puppet and then have a chance to perform a show in the Ondaatje Wing Theatre. 

Drop-in no ticket required, for ages 5+ accompanied by an adult.

Young People’s Showcase: The Manifesto of Everything

Young People’s Showcase: The Manifesto of Everything

  • Workshop||Young People

31 October 2014, 17:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Young people from the three-day workshop share what they have produced. Invited guests only.

Please note: invited guests only

The Portrait Choir: Anarchy & Beauty within Music and Shadows

The Portrait Choir: Anarchy & Beauty within Music and Shadows

  • Late Shift||The Portrait Choir

31 October 2014, 18:15
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Through music by Monteverdi, John Tavener and Tarik O’Regan and a special display of shadow puppetry, The Portrait Choir will explore themes associated with Anarchy & Beauty.

The Portrait Choir is supported by Hani Farsi and the Mohamed S. Farsi Foundation

The Portrait Choir: Anarchy & Beauty within Music and Shadows

The Portrait Choir: Anarchy & Beauty within Music and Shadows

  • Late Shift||The Portrait Choir

31 October 2014, 19:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Through music by Monteverdi, John Tavener and Tarik O’Regan and a special display of shadow puppetry, The Portrait Choir will explore themes associated with Anarchy & Beauty.

The Portrait Choir is supported by Hani Farsi and the Mohamed S. Farsi Foundation

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
31 October 2014, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Take inspiration from the portraits and sketch in the Gallery.

Life Drawing: Life in Shadows

Life Drawing: Life in Shadows

A part of Late Shift
31 October 2014, 18:30-20:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £9 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Working with a model, props and lighting, artist Viyki Turnbull creates a theatrical set inspired by the work of Angus McBean.

Displays (15)

15 displays matching the date thisMonth

Photograph of the Month

Photograph of the Month

1 October - 31 October 2014
Room 31
Free

October 2014 marks the hundredth anniversary of the birth of the poet Dylan Thomas (1914-53) in Swansea. The photographs in this display are drawn from a portfolio of work by Rollie McKenna (1918-2003), one of the most important photographers of American and British modern poets.
The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered

The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered

12 September 2014 - 1 March 2015
Room 1, 2 and 3
Free

This special display, focusing on the portraiture of the Tudor monarchs, will allow visitors to rediscover these well-known kings and queens through the most complete presentation of their images staged to date.
Hidden: An unseen portrait of Oliver Cromwell

Hidden: An unseen portrait of Oliver Cromwell

10 July 2014 - 19 October 2015
Room 5
Free

Recent investigation has revealed what may be a hidden portrait of the Parliamentarian commander Oliver Cromwell beneath a portrait of the army officer Sir Arthur Hesilrige.

Favourites: Art and Power, 1600-1800

Favourites: Art and Power, 1600-1800

18 July 2014 - 1 September 2015
Room 16
Free

Throughout British history, the reigning monarch has operated a system of favouritism by which loyalty, support and achievement have been rewarded with privileges, titles and membership of exclusive groups. This system has been central to the hierarchy of traditional British society and has helped to protect the monarch and assert the crown’s authority.

‘No end of a lesson’: The Boer War, 1899-1902

‘No end of a lesson’: The Boer War, 1899-1902

1 April - 23 November 2014
Room 23
Free

The second Boer War (1899-1902) in South Africa marked a turning point in attitudes towards the British Empire and informed British military strategy in the lead up to the First World War. This display will explore this controversial war via the stories of the campaign’s central protagonists.
Thomas Carlyle: Historian of Heroes

Thomas Carlyle: Historian of Heroes

14 July 2014 - 30 March 2015
Room 24: case display
Free

This display focuses on the eminent Victorian historian and literary figure, Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881). Carlyle established his reputation through the major works Sartor Resartus (1833-34), The French Revolution (1837) and Frederick the Great (1858-65), as well as shorter books and essays such as his collection Latter-Day Pamphlets (1850). 

Painting Parliament: The Fine Arts Commission 1841 – 1863

Painting Parliament: The Fine Arts Commission 1841 – 1863

12 August 2014 - 10 May 2015
Room 25: case display
Free

This display focuses on the committee of key Victorian figures appointed to oversee the decoration of the newly-built Houses of Parliament.

The World of Rupert Potter: Photographs of Beatrix, Millais and friends

The World of Rupert Potter: Photographs of Beatrix, Millais and friends

13 May - 16 November 2014
Room 28: case display
Free

The father of the children’s book author and illustrator Beatrix Potter, Rupert Potter (1832–1914) was a lawyer and a keen amateur photographer.

Bernard Partridge character sketches

Bernard Partridge character sketches

4 March - 16 November 2014
Room 29: case display
Free

A focus on the work of Sir Bernard Partridge (1861-1945) before he became a cartoonist for Punch. The display showcases a set of portrait studies of key figures from the late-Victorian arts scene: the actress Ellen Terry, the artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler and novelist, Hall Caine.
Suffragettes: Deeds not Words

Suffragettes: Deeds not Words

1 July 2014 - 10 May 2015
Room 31
Free

This display includes photographs of Emmeline Pankhurst and Mary Richardson, notorious for attacking the ‘Rokeby Venus’ by Diego Velasquez at the National Gallery.  It also includes original documents from the Gallery’s archive, and surveillance photographs showing a number of Suffragettes which were issued to the Gallery by the Criminal Record Bureau in 1914.
Keep the home fires burning

Keep the home fires burning

1 July 2014 - 15 February 2015
Room 31: case display
Free

This display will cast a spotlight on the stars of the music halls, musical revues and comedies who kept the public entertained during the First World War. Their performances were diverting, comforting, occasionally critical, and their songs have since become an evocative part of public remembrance of the conflict.

Grayson Perry: Who Are You?

Grayson Perry: Who Are You?

25 October 2014 - 15 March 2015
Room 32
Free

Sponsored by Coutts

Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry turns his attention to portraiture and British identity for this display of new works, including a self-portrait and a tapestry, made during his Channel 4 series Who Are You?

Colour, Light, Texture: Portraits by Matthew Smith and Frank Dobson

Colour, Light, Texture: Portraits by Matthew Smith and Frank Dobson

5 August 2014 - 6 April 2015
Room 33
Free

This display offers the opportunity to view rarely-seen portraits by Smith showing the author Roald Dahl and the British film star Jean Simmons, which are on long-term loan to the Gallery.  In addition, Smith’s portrait of the writer and artist Angelica Garnett, recently acquired by the Gallery, will be displayed here for the first time.
Snowdon: A Life in View

Snowdon: A Life in View

26 September 2014 - 21 June 2015
Rooms 37 and 37a
Free

This display celebrates a major gift of photographs from Lord Snowdon to the Gallery in 2013, and coincides with a new monograph published by Rizzoli.

Catherine Goodman: Portraits from Life

Catherine Goodman: Portraits from Life

17 June - 23 November 2014
Rooms 41 and 41a
Free

A display of recent portraits by the British artist Catherine Goodman, winner of the BP Portrait Award 2002, opens to coincide with this annual exhibition. Goodman’s expressive portraits of family and friends are not only likenesses but offer a powerful insight into the interior world of both artist and sitter.

Beyond the Gallery (2)

2 events matching the date thisMonth

Royals: then & now

Royals: then & now

  • Partnership exhibition

1 March - 2 November 2014
Beningbrough Hall, York

Marking the 300th anniversary of the accession of King George I, Royals: then & now brings major contemporary portraits to Beningbrough Hall for the first time to create a dialogue between today’s royal family and their Hanoverian ancestors.

Pictured & Seen

Pictured & Seen

  • Partnership exhibition

15 March 2014 - 30 November 2015
Montacute House
Free

The display focuses on the relationship between objects and their representation in 16th and 17th century British portraiture.