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BP Portrait Award 2014

BP Portrait Award 2014

26 June - 21 September 2014
Wolfson Gallery
Admission Free

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

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.

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Portrait of the Day: James I and VI

Portrait of the Day: James I and VI

  • Gallery Talk

11 July 2014, 12:00
Room 4
Free

When James VI of Scotland ascended to the English throne in 1603 he had already been King of Scotland for 34 years. Talk led by Anna Cusack.

Programme subject to change

Live Music: Bethany Weimers

Live Music: Bethany Weimers

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
11 July 2014, 18:30
Room 5
Free
Stunning vocals and haunting songs. Atmospheric alt-folk from critically acclaimed Oxford-based artist Bethany Weimer.

Drop-in Drawing: Composition

Drop-in Drawing: Composition

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
11 July 2014, 18:30-20:30
Room 14
Free

Take inspiration from the portraits and sketch in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: Ellen Terry

Portrait of the Day: Ellen Terry

  • Gallery Talk

12 July 2014, 12:00
Room 29
Free

Born into a family of actors, Ellen Terry came to be known as one of the leading Shakespearean actresses of her day, gaining fame as Portia in The Merchant of Venice with Henry Irving's company.Talk led by Emma Burgess.

Programme subject to change

Taster Session BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

Taster Session BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

  • Young People

12 July 2014, 11:00-14:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Experiment with drawing in a range of media working with Portrait Award artists. For ages 14–19. 

Booking required.  Please email bpnextgeneration@npg.org.uk or call 020 7312 2483.

Family Activity Base

Family Activity Base

  • Family||Workshop

12 July 2014, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

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. All materials are free to use but we do ask that you return them to the Family Activity Base before you leave the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: Mary, Queen of Scots

Portrait of the Day: Mary, Queen of Scots

  • Gallery Talk

13 July 2014, 12:00
Room 2
Free

As the Catholic rival to Elizabeth I, Mary was at the heart of some of the most well-known conspiracies of Elizabeth's early reign. However, her scandalous romantic life left her isolated and eventually seeking refuge with her rival when she was forced to abdicate in favour of her infant son.  Talk led by Anna Cusack.

Programme subject to change

Taster Session BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

Taster Session BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

  • Young People

13 July 2014, 11:00-14:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Experiment with drawing in a range of media working with Portrait Award artists. For ages 14–19. 

Booking required.  Please email bpnextgeneration@npg.org.uk or call 020 7312 2483.

Family Activity Base

Family Activity Base

  • Family||Workshop

13 July 2014, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

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. All materials are free to use but we do ask that you return them to the Family Activity Base before you leave the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: Walter Sickert

Portrait of the Day: Walter Sickert

  • Gallery Talk

14 July 2014, 12:00
Room 31
Free

Largely dismissed by the art establishment in his own lifetime, Walter Sickert’s use of found news photographs, slide projections and painterly approach have, over the years, come to exert great influence and inspire some of arts most well-known names. Artists such as Alex Katz, Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, Peter Doig and Marlene Dumas, all owe a debt to Walter Sickert. Talk led by Peter Blundell.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day: Anne Boleyn

Portrait of the Day: Anne Boleyn

  • Gallery Talk

15 July 2014, 12:00
Room 1
Free

Arguably one of the most infamous of Henry VIIIs six wives, Anne Boleyn has been dividing opinion since she arrived at the English Court in 1522. Talk led by Lauren Gillham

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day: The First World War in Poetry

Portrait of the Day: The First World War in Poetry

  • Gallery Talk

16 July 2014, 12:00
Room 30
Free

An exploration of how the experiences of the First World War changed people's world views through the poetry of Sassoon; Owen; Rosenberg; Pope, and Brooke. Talk led by Samuel Catterall-Young.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day: The Bronte Sisters

Portrait of the Day: The Bronte Sisters

  • Gallery Talk

17 July 2014, 12:00
Room 24
Free

Charlotte, Emily and Anne were the authors of some of our best loved novels from the Victorian era, including Jane Eyre; Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and yet during their own lifetime they were criticised for their strong, independant minded female heroines. Talk led by Nathalie Nadeau.

Programme subject to change

Lunchtime Lecture: The Golden Age of Self- Portraiture: Making and Collecting Self-Portraiture in England 1625–1750

Lunchtime Lecture: The Golden Age of Self- Portraiture: Making and Collecting Self-Portraiture in England 1625–1750

  • Lecture

17 July 2014, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free
Art critic and historian James Hall explores the explosion of interest in self-portraiture in Stuart and early Georgian England.

In Conversation: An Appetite for Bloomsbury

In Conversation: An Appetite for Bloomsbury

A part of Late Shift
17 July 2014, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £6 (£5 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.
The Virginia Woolf: Art Life and Vision Adult Learning Programme is made possible in loving memory of Rosemary Evison.

Writers Jans Ondaatje Rolls (The Bloomsbury Cookbook) and Stewart MacKay (The Angel of Charleston: Grace Higgens, Housekeeper to the Bloomsbury Group) discuss what the Bloomsbury Group ate, who they dined with, and who prepared their food. Moderated by writer and journalist, Rachel Cooke.

Gallery Tour: BP Portrait Award 2014

Gallery Tour: BP Portrait Award 2014

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
17 July 2014, 19:30
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

See this year’s selection of the very best of contemporary portrait painting from around the world in the BP Portrait Award 2014 led by exhibiting artist, Robert O'Brien.

Resident DJ: Edward Otchere

Resident DJ: Edward Otchere

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
17 July 2014, 18:00-20:45
Main Hall
Free

Every fortnight, our resident DJ Edward Otchere creates a carefully crafted themed soundscape. He plays a strictly vinyl set, drawing from his huge collection. He’s passionate about sourcing pressings from all over the world, to find the best examples of the rich sonic qualities of analogue recordings.

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

18 July 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. Separated just a few weeks after their wedding ceremony, George IV tried to divorce Caroline after the death of his father, culminating in one of the most scandalous court cases of the 19th century. Talk led by Alex Dennis.

Programme subject to change

Live Music: Tessitori

Live Music: Tessitori

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

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

Viola (Isabel Pereira) and Guitar (Joao Loureiro) as kindred spirits, weave together a programme of charm and elegance presenting works by Schubert, Vivaldi and Albeniz.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

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

Take inspiration from the portraits and sketch in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

Portrait of the Day: John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

  • Gallery Talk

19 July 2014, 12:00
Room 7
Free

A member of the most dissolute and licentious court circles, Rochester with his ready wit alternately fascinated and enraged Charles II. Talk led by Emma Burgess.

Programme subject to change

Family Activity Base

Family Activity Base

  • Family||Workshop

19 July 2014, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

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. All materials are free to use but we do ask that you return them to the Family Activity Base before you leave the Gallery.

Family Art Workshops Pop-Up Gallery

Family Art Workshops Pop-Up Gallery

  • Family||Workshop

19 July 2014, 13:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

‘Drop-in to our pop-up gallery and create a room filled with doodles, sketches, drawings and words.

Suitable for ages 3+ and their carers. No ticket required.

Pick up a Pencil: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

Pick up a Pencil: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

  • Young People

19 July 2014, 14:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Drop-in drawing session for young people, with the Gallery’s Youth Forum.

All you have to do is pick up a pencil. No need to book, just drop-in on the day.

Family Activity Base

Family Activity Base

  • Family||Workshop

20 July 2014, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

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. All materials are free to use but we do ask that you return them to the Family Activity Base before you leave the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: Mary I

Portrait of the Day: Mary I

  • Gallery Talk

21 July 2014, 12:00
Room 1
Free

Born nearly 500 years ago, Mary I's reign is familiar to most of us because of it's the more "bloody" aspects. She is often overshadowed by her sister's "Golden Age", but there was much more to the reign of England's first anointed Queen. Talk led by Anna Cusack.

Programme subject to change

Young People’s Private View: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

Young People’s Private View: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

  • Young People

21 July 2014, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Exclusive after-hours viewing of the BP Portrait Award 2014 with drawing, activities, talks, artists, refreshments and much more. By young people, for young people. 

For ages 14-19. RSVP essential.  Please email  bpnextgeneration@npg.org.uk with your full name, age and email address. 

Portrait of the Day: Stamford Raffles

Portrait of the Day: Stamford Raffles

  • Gallery Talk

22 July 2014, 12:00
Room 19
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection. Talk led by Duncan Crawford.

Programme subject to change

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

23 July 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. Separated just a few weeks after their wedding ceremony, George IV tried to divorce Caroline after the death of his father, culminating in one of the most scandalous court cases of the 19th century. Talk led by Alex Dennis.

Programme subject to change

Portrait of the Day: Beatrix Potter

Portrait of the Day: Beatrix Potter

  • Gallery Talk

24 July 2014, 12:00
Room 31
Free

Beatrix Potter's stories have been cherished by children of all ages worldwide for generations. However few people realise that, as well as being a successful author and illustrator, she was also an accomplished businesswoman and natural scientist. Talk led by Brooke Kerr.

Lunchtime Lecture: The Dreadnought Hoax of 1910

Lunchtime Lecture: The Dreadnought Hoax of 1910

  • Lecture

24 July 2014, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free
The Virginia Woolf: Art Life and Vision Adult Learning Programme is made possible in loving memory of Rosemary Evison.

Stuart N. Clarke, a co-founder of the Virginia Woolf Society, tells the story of how Virginia Woolf and five friends dressed up as an Abyssinian delegation, were given a red-carpet welcome at Weymouth, and were shown around HMS Dreadnought, the Royal Navy’s most advanced battleship.

Lecture: Creative Connections: Capturing Ealing Studios

Lecture: Creative Connections: Capturing Ealing Studios

  • Late Shift||Lecture

A part of Late Shift
24 July 2014, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free

Nigel Arthur, Stills Curator at BFI National Archive, presents a history of Ealing Studios, Britain's longest running film and television studio, through film clippings and archive photographs.

Guest DJ: Tim Redfern aka Timberlina

Guest DJ: Tim Redfern aka Timberlina

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
24 July 2014, 18:00-20:45
Main Hall
Free

DJ Timberlina plays a range of genres and music from across the ages to reflect the Collection – from spoken word to classical, via jazz, hip-hop, world, prog rock, new wave and contemporary.

Portrait of the Day: George IV and his Wives

Portrait of the Day: George IV and his Wives

  • Gallery Talk

25 July 2014, 12:00
Room 17
Free

Famous for his gambling and over indulgence of food and drink, George IV’s relationships with his wives are no less turbulent. Married in secret when he was just 23 to a Catholic widow, George defied his father and Parliament. Talk led by Alex Dennis.

Programme subject to change

Live Music: Anciennes et Modernes: A Sinfony for a King

Live Music: Anciennes et Modernes: A Sinfony for a King

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

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

18th century sonatas for violins, cello and harpsichord by royal musicians of the Georgian era.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
25 July 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: Representing Light in Drawings

Life Drawing: Representing Light in Drawings

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
25 July 2014, 18:30-20:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Advance tickets are now sold out.
A limited number of tickets will be available in the Gallery from 18.00 on the day.

A special artist-led life drawing class. All materials provided by Cass Art.

Portrait of the Day: Charles II and His Mistress

Portrait of the Day: Charles II and His Mistress

  • Gallery Talk

26 July 2014, 12:00
Room 7
Free

Exiled from England during his youth during Cromwell’s Protectorate, Charles II’s restoration was characterised by its flamboyance and opulence. In particular Charles was well-known for his love of beautiful and feisty women. Join us to discover more about Charles, his loves and the restoration court. Talk led by Alex Dennis.

Programme subject to change

Family Activity Base

Family Activity Base

  • Family||Workshop

26 July 2014, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

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. All materials are free to use but we do ask that you return them to the Family Activity Base before you leave the Gallery.

Weekend Workshop: Listening and Looking (Day One)

Weekend Workshop: Listening and Looking (Day One)

  • Workshop

26 July 2014, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio
Sold out
Develop your painting skills on this two-day workshop with an exhibiting artist from the BP Portrait Award 2014.

Portrait of the Day: Lloyd-George and Churchill, "The longest friendship in politics"

Portrait of the Day: Lloyd-George and Churchill, "The longest friendship in politics"

  • Gallery Talk

27 July 2014, 12:00
Room 30
Free

An exploration of the careers and relationship of two of Britain's most dynamic statesmen; both wartime Prime Ministers who left different but long-lasting marks on Great Britain. Talk led by Olivia Hey.

Programme subject to change

Family Activity Base

Family Activity Base

  • Family||Workshop

27 July 2014, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

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. All materials are free to use but we do ask that you return them to the Family Activity Base before you leave the Gallery.

Weekend Workshop: Listening and Looking (Day Two)

Weekend Workshop: Listening and Looking (Day Two)

  • Workshop

27 July 2014, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio
Sold out
Develop your painting skills on this two-day workshop with an exhibiting artist from the BP Portrait Award 2014., Eileen Hogan. You will explore Eileen’s approach to portraiture, investigating how the biography of the sitter can inform the work.

Portrait of the Day: Simon Armitage

Portrait of the Day: Simon Armitage

  • Gallery Talk

28 July 2014, 12:00
Room 42
Free

One of the most popular poets of his generation, Simon Armitage has described himself as a ‘kitchen sink writer’, with his unostentatious poetry ranging from office parties for the self-employed and motorway service stations to King Arthur. Talk led by Dan Feeney.

Programme subject to change

Family Art Workshops: Pets and People

Family Art Workshops: Pets and People

  • Family||Workshop

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

Discover why people often paint animals in portraits and create your own portrait with a favourite pet.

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required, available one hour before the event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session for children plus accompanying adult.

The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room

  • Workshop

28 July 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. 

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

Family Art Workshops: Pets and People

Family Art Workshops: Pets and People

  • Family||Workshop

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

Discover why people often paint animals in portraits and create your own portrait with a favourite pet.

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required, available one hour before the event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session for children plus accompanying adult.

Drop-in Activities: Portrait Jigsaws

Drop-in Activities: Portrait Jigsaws

  • Family||Workshop

28 July 2014, 13:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Create your own jigsaw inspired by portraits in the Gallery.

Drop in activity, no ticket required.

Family Activity Base

Family Activity Base

  • Family||Workshop

28 July 2014, 11:00-16:00
Main Hall
Free

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. All materials are free to use but we do ask that you return them to the Family Activity Base before you leave the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: William Wordsworth

Portrait of the Day: William Wordsworth

  • Gallery Talk

29 July 2014, 12:00
Room 18
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection. Talk led by Anna Cusack.

Programme subject to change

Family Art Workshops: Layers in Lace

Family Art Workshops: Layers in Lace

  • Family||Workshop

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

Explore the portraits in the BP Travel Award 2013 to create an animation using paper cut outs and lace. 

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required, available one hour before the event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session for children plus accompanying adult.

Family Art Workshops: Layers in Lace

Family Art Workshops: Layers in Lace

  • Family||Workshop

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

Explore the portraits in the BP Travel Award 2013 to create an animation using paper cut outs and lace. 

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required, available one hour before the event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session for children plus accompanying adult.

Drop-in Activities: Patterns in Portraits

Drop-in Activities: Patterns in Portraits

  • Family||Workshop

29 July 2014, 13:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Explore patterns and motifs that can be found within portraits.

Drop in activity, no ticket required.

Family Activity Base

Family Activity Base

  • Family||Workshop

29 July 2014, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

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. All materials are free to use but we do ask that you return them to the Family Activity Base before you leave the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: Ellen Terry

Portrait of the Day: Ellen Terry

  • Gallery Talk

30 July 2014, 12:00
Room 29
Free

Born into a family of actors, Ellen Terry came to be known as one of the leading Shakespearean actresses of her day, gaining fame as Portia in The Merchant of Venice with Henry Irving's company.Talk led by Emma Burgess.

Programme subject to change

Family Art Workshops: Light and dark

Family Art Workshops: Light and dark

  • Family||Workshop

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

Experiment with light and shade to see how it makes you scary or smiley. 

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required, available one hour before the event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session for children plus accompanying adult.

Family Art Workshops: Light and dark

Family Art Workshops: Light and dark

  • Family||Workshop

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

Experiment with light and shade to see how it makes you scary or smiley. 

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required, available one hour before the event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session for children plus accompanying adult.

Family Activity Base

Family Activity Base

  • Family||Workshop

30 July 2014, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

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. All materials are free to use but we do ask that you return them to the Family Activity Base before you leave the Gallery.

Drop-in Activities: Ruffs and Cuffs

Drop-in Activities: Ruffs and Cuffs

  • Family||Workshop

30 July 2014, 13:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Inspired by portraits from the BP Travel Award 2013.

Drop in activity, no ticket required.

Portrait of the Day: Amy Johnson

Portrait of the Day: Amy Johnson

  • Gallery Talk

31 July 2014, 12:00
Room 31
Free

"Amy, wonderful Amy I'm proud of the way you flew". Amy Johnson was a pioneering female aviator who captured the imagination of the British public with her record-breaking flights around the world. Her death during World War Two whilst flying for the Air Transport Auxillary was both tragic and has spawned multiple conspiracy theories ever since. Talk led by Brooke Kerr.

Programme subject to change

Family Art Workshops: Room of my own

Family Art Workshops: Room of my own

  • Family||Workshop

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

Create a 3D map of your favourite room inspired by portraits with interiors in the BP Portrait Award 2014.

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required, available one hour before the event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session for children plus accompanying adult.

Visualising Portraits: BP Portrait Award 2014

Visualising Portraits: BP Portrait Award 2014

31 July 2014, 14:00
Check signage on day for details
Free

Picture description for visually impaired visitors. Find out more about the variety of styles and approaches to the contemporary painted portrait.

Family Art Workshops: Room of my own

Family Art Workshops: Room of my own

  • Family||Workshop

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

Create a 3D map of your favourite room inspired by portraits with interiors in the BP Portrait Award 2014.

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required, available one hour before the event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session for children plus accompanying adult.

Drop-in Activities: Travelling Tales

Drop-in Activities: Travelling Tales

  • Family||Workshop

31 July 2014, 13:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

An afternoon activity exploring journeys and portraits.

Drop in activity, no ticket required.

Family Activity Base

Family Activity Base

  • Family||Workshop

31 July 2014, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

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. All materials are free to use but we do ask that you return them to the Family Activity Base before you leave the Gallery.

Lecture: When Are Words Not Enough?: Virginia Woolf and Roger Fry

Lecture: When Are Words Not Enough?: Virginia Woolf and Roger Fry

A part of Late Shift
31 July 2014, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £6 (£5 concessions, Gallery Supporters and members) Bookings online or visit the Gallery in person.
The Virginia Woolf: Art Life and Vision Adult Learning Programme is made possible in loving memory of Rosemary Evison.

Frances Spalding, curator of Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision, looks at the influence of painting on Virginia Woolf’s thinking about the novel, and also at the importance of her association with Roger Fry.

Gallery Tour: BP Portrait Award 2014

Gallery Tour: BP Portrait Award 2014

A part of Late Shift
31 July 2014, 19:30
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

See this year’s selection of the very best of contemporary portrait painting from around the world in the BP Portrait Award 2014 led by exhibiting artist, Ben Ashton.

Resident DJ: Edward Otchere

Resident DJ: Edward Otchere

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
31 July 2014, 18:00-20:45
Main Hall
Free

Every fortnight, our resident DJ Edward Otchere creates a carefully crafted themed soundscape. He plays a strictly vinyl set, drawing from his huge collection. He’s passionate about sourcing pressings from all over the world, to find the best examples of the rich sonic qualities of analogue recordings.

Displays (17)

17 displays matching the date thisMonth

Photograph of the Month

Photograph of the Month

1 July - 31 July 2014
Room 31
Free

This month we pay tribute to the life and work of photographer Roger Mayne (1929-2014).

This picture shows the photographer Roger Mayne in Addison Place, London with one of his subjects, Malcolm Revill. Mayne was renowned for earning the respect and trust of his sitters, which helped him capture their uninhibited interactions.

Hans Holbein Re-made: Copies and versions of portraits from the Tudor court

Hans Holbein Re-made: Copies and versions of portraits from the Tudor court

4 March - 31 August 2014
Room 3
Free
This display will bring together a selection of the Gallery’s copies of Holbein’s portraits, all of which have undergone technical analysis as part of the Making Art in Tudor Britain project.

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.

Ben Okri on Ayuba Suleiman Diallo: A Dialogue Across Time

Ben Okri on Ayuba Suleiman Diallo: A Dialogue Across Time

20 September 2013 - 27 July 2014
Room 11
Free
Ayuba Suleiman Diallo was an educated man from a family of Muslim clerics in West Africa. In 1731 he was taken into slavery and sent to work on a plantation in America. By his own enterprise, and assisted by a series of spectacular strokes of fortune, Diallo arrived in London in 1733.

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.

Treason, Plots and Murder

Treason, Plots and Murder

26 May 2013 - 13 July 2014
Room 16
Free
The seventeenth century was witness to frequent and often gruesome plots, scandals and murders.

‘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 - 1 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). 

Facing Blindness: Visual Impairment in the Nineteenth Century

Facing Blindness: Visual Impairment in the Nineteenth Century

18 November 2013 - 13 July 2014
Room 24: case display
Free
This display explores portraiture of prominent blind and visually-impaired people in the nineteenth century, active in the world of art, education, travel and politics, with a special focus on James Holman (1786-1857) and Henry Fawcett (1833-84). Highlighting their remarkable biographies, the display highlights how these sitters resisted limiting stereotypes to portray a positive and enabling image of blindness.

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 - 1 April 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 - 1 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.

Naval Officers of World War I

Naval Officers of World War I

10 May - 12 October 2014
Room 32
Free
Naval Officers of World War I by Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope is one of three large group portraits commissioned by the South African financier Sir Abraham (‘Abe’) Bailey in the aftermath of the Great War. Owing to poor condition, Naval Officers has not been seen for several decades. However, following a recent successful appeal for necessary funds to restore the work, the present display returns this important painting to public view.

Starring Vivien Leigh: A Centenary Celebration

Starring Vivien Leigh: A Centenary Celebration

30 November 2013 - 27 July 2014
Room 33
Free

Telling the story of the film and theatre career of the celebrated actress Vivien Leigh, and focusing on her Oscar-winning role in Gone With the Wind (1939), this display features over 50 portraits of Leigh including rare vintage photographs, magazine covers, vintage film stills and press books.

Creative Connections Year 2: Ealing

Creative Connections Year 2: Ealing

19 June - 14 September 2014
Rooms 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.

The spotlight for year two has been the London Borough of Ealing. Together artist film maker Eelyn Lee and young people from the Gallery’s partner school, Brentside High, have created An Ealing Trilogy; a video installation. The installation will be shown alongside the Gallery Collection in this display.

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 (4)

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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013

  • Touring exhibition

7 June - 20 July 2014
Cheltenham Art Gallery, Cheltenham

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

Lasting Impressions: Twentieth Century Portrait Prints

Lasting Impressions: Twentieth Century Portrait Prints

  • Partnership exhibition

6 June - 28 September 2014
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham

This exhibition explores how artists including Eric Gill, Oskar Kokoschka and Richard Hamilton have used different print processes to convey the personalities and circumstances of sitters. Co-curated by postgraduate students from the University’s Art History, Film and Visual Studies department, the display is the third a collaborative series of exhibitions.

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.