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Exhibitions (2)

2 exhibitions matching the date thisMonth

Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask

Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask

9 March - 29 May 2017
Wolfson Gallery
Tickets with donation: Full price £12 (Concessions £10.50) Members Free
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This exhibition brings together for the first time the work of French Surrealist artist Claude Cahun and British contemporary artist Gillian Wearing.

Spring Season 2017 sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends

Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends

23 March - 18 June 2017
Porter Gallery
Tickets with donation: Full price £12 (Concessions £10.50) Members Free
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Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends. This is the first exhibition of portraits by Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017), one of Britain’s greatest artists. Hodgkin’s paintings are characterised by rich colour, complex illusionistic space and sensuous brushwork.

Spring Season 2017 sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Events (24)

24 events matching the date thisMonth

Portrait of the Day: Pocahontas & John Smith

Portrait of the Day: Pocahontas & John Smith

  • Talks and Lectures

23 May 2017, 12:30
Room 6
Free

Join us today to learn of the story which has been made famous through various depictions, including the Disney animated film. Pocahontas’ myth and legend live on. Today we will explore Pocahontas’ life and legacy, and death in England 400 years ago.

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: Mary Anne Clarke

Portrait of the Day: Mary Anne Clarke

  • Talks and Lectures

24 May 2017, 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.

Portrait of the Day: Michael Faraday

Portrait of the Day: Michael Faraday

  • Talks and Lectures

25 May 2017, 12:30
Room 27
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: Akram Zaatari

Visualising Portraits: Akram Zaatari

25 May 2017, 14:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Discover Lebanese artist Akram Zaatari’s selection from photographer Hashem el Madani’s archive from 1950s Lebanon.

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
25 May 2017, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

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

Performance: A Search For Perfection - Alexander Pope

Performance: A Search For Perfection - Alexander Pope

A part of Late Shift
25 May 2017, 19:00
Please check signage on the day
Tickets: £8 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Award winning blind storyteller Giles Abbott weaves the complexities of celebrated poet and savage satirist Alexander Pope’s life into a story of his art, his ambitions, his feuds with friends and literary rivals, exploring the conflicts both around and within this extraordinary man.

In partnership with Pope’s Grotto Preservation Trust.

BSL Gallery Tour: Speak its Name!

BSL Gallery Tour: Speak its Name!

  • Late Shift||Talks and Lectures||LGBTQI
  • BSL

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

John Wilson leads a tour of a display which features portraits accompanied by quotations from the sitters discussing their own experience of ‘coming out’. Led in BSL.

Portrait of the Day: Maria Anne Fitzherbert (née Smythe)

Portrait of the Day: Maria Anne Fitzherbert (née Smythe)

  • Talks and Lectures

26 May 2017, 12:30
Room 17
Free

A woman of tact and discretion, Mrs Fitzherbert was one of the great beauties of her day.

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

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
26 May 2017, 18:30
Please check signage on the day
Free

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

Live Music: Concordia Foundation

Live Music: Concordia Foundation

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
26 May 2017, 18:30
Please check signage on the day
Free

Concordia Foundation’s International Ensemble presents ‘Masquerade’ – a musical journey behind the mask.

Life Drawing: Pose/Counterpose

Life Drawing: Pose/Counterpose

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

Led by artist Marc Woodhead, this session explores the influence of Classicism on pose and posture on British portraiture, and the modernist anti-classical movement in the 20th century. 

Portrait of the Day: Wilfred Owen

Portrait of the Day: Wilfred Owen

  • Talks and Lectures

27 May 2017, 12:30
Room 31
Free

Poet. Born in Oswestry, Owen enlisted in 1915 and was commissioned into the Manchester Regiment in 1916. He was invalided home in 1917, but returned to the Western Front and won an MC before his death in November 1918. His powerful poems, such as 'Dulce et Decorum Est', are the War's most eloquent expression of disillusionment.

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: John Clare

Portrait of the Day: John Clare

  • Talks and Lectures

28 May 2017, 12:30
Room 18
Free

Promoted as 'the Northamptonshire Peasant Poet', Clare spent much of his life as a poor agricultural labourer before mental illness condemned him to an asylum in 1837. His intensely detailed poetry reflects his love of his native countryside. It also movingly describes the hardship suffered by the rural poor.

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

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

29 May 2017, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

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

Drop-in Family Session (3+): In the Bag

Drop-in Family Session (3+): In the Bag

  • Family||Workshop

29 May 2017, 11:00-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, Drop-in no ticket required

Design and decorate a special  friendship bag to take home

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

The Drawing Room: Life, Death and Memory

The Drawing Room: Life, Death and Memory

  • Workshop

29 May 2017, 13:00-15:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free artist-led drawing classes for disabled visitors

Explore this display that reflects on life and death and focus on memento mori emblems.

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

Drop-in Family Session (3+): In the Bag

Drop-in Family Session (3+): In the Bag

  • Family||Workshop

29 May 2017, 14:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, Drop-in no ticket required

Design and decorate a special  friendship bag to take home

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

Portrait of the Day: Paul McCartney (Mike's Brother)

Portrait of the Day: Paul McCartney (Mike's Brother)

  • Talks and Lectures

30 May 2017, 12:30
Room 32
Free

Monday 14 June 1965. This day showed McCartney’s vocal diversity, and stylistic talent which he brought to The Beatles.

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

Family Art Workshop: Make your Mark!  (Ages 5+)

Family Art Workshop: Make your Mark! (Ages 5+)

  • Family||Workshop

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

Explore feelings and emotions through mark making and stop frame animation

Family Art Workshop: Make your Mark!  (Ages 5+)

Family Art Workshop: Make your Mark! (Ages 5+)

  • Family||Workshop

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

Explore feelings and emotions through mark making and stop frame animation

Portrait of the Day: Eleanor (Nell) Gwynn

Portrait of the Day: Eleanor (Nell) Gwynn

  • Talks and Lectures

31 May 2017, 12:30
Room 7
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

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

Family Art Workshop: Crazy Colour Creations in 3D (Ages 5+)

Family Art Workshop: Crazy Colour Creations in 3D (Ages 5+)

  • Family||Workshop

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

Create a colourful 3D stage set inspired by  Howard Hodgkin Portraits: Absent Friends

Gallery Tour: London History Day

Gallery Tour: London History Day

  • Talks and Lectures

31 May 2017, 15:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Join us as we celebrate the first ever London History Day, organised by Historic England. Take part in curator-led Gallery talks as we highlight portraits of great Londoners. London History day is held on the day Big Ben first started keeping time. We’re joining museums and galleries across London to mark the people and places that have contributed to the city’s unique identity.

Family Art Workshop: Crazy Colour Creations in 3D (Ages 5+)

Family Art Workshop: Crazy Colour Creations in 3D (Ages 5+)

  • Family||Workshop

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

Create a colourful 3D stage set inspired by  Howard Hodgkin Portraits: Absent Friends

Displays (11)

11 displays matching the date thisMonth

Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs

Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs

19 February 2016 - 16 July 2017
Room 3
Free

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

Life, Death and Memory

Life, Death and Memory

17 April 2017 - 16 March 2018
Room 16
Free

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

Marlene Dumas: Oscar Wilde and Bosie

Marlene Dumas: Oscar Wilde and Bosie

29 March - 30 October 2017
Room 21
Free

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

First World War Poets

First World War Poets

28 February - 1 October 2017
Room 22
Free

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

Reproducing Fame: Printmakers and the Nineteenth Century Stage

Reproducing Fame: Printmakers and the Nineteenth Century Stage

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

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

At the Despatch Box: Gladstone in Action

At the Despatch Box: Gladstone in Action

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

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

A Century of Photography, 1840-1940

A Century of Photography, 1840-1940

17 October 2016 - 29 October 2017
Room 29
Free

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

Speak its Name!

Speak its Name!

22 November 2016 - 6 August 2017
Room 32
Free

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

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

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

27 May - 1 October 2017
Room 32
Free

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

Double Take: Akram Zaatari and the Arab Image Foundation

Double Take: Akram Zaatari and the Arab Image Foundation

27 March - 3 September 2017
Room 33
Free

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

David Gwinnutt: Before We Were Men

David Gwinnutt: Before We Were Men

9 March - 24 September 2017
Room 39
Free

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

Beyond the Gallery (6)

6 events matching the date thisMonth

Modern Visionaries: Van Dyck and the Artists’ Eye

Modern Visionaries: Van Dyck and the Artists’ Eye

  • Partnership exhibition

28 January - 4 June 2017
Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle

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

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

  • Touring exhibition

18 March - 4 June 2017
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

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

BP Portrait Award 2016

BP Portrait Award 2016

  • Touring exhibition

7 April - 18 June 2017
Firstsite, Colchester
Free

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

Picasso Portraits

Picasso Portraits

  • Touring exhibition

16 March - 25 June 2017
Museu Picasso, Barcelona

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

Copying Holbein

Copying Holbein

  • Partnership exhibition

5 March - 30 October 2017
Montacute House, Somerset

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

Director’s Choice

Director’s Choice

  • Partnership exhibition

4 March - 5 November 2017
Beningbrough Hall, York

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