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Exhibitions (2)

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BP Portrait Award 2015

BP Portrait Award 2015

18 June - 20 September 2015
Wolfson Gallery
Admission Free

Fifty-five of the best contemporary painted portraits from around the world.

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

2 July - 18 October 2015
Porter Gallery

This fascinating photographic exhibition will illustrate the life of actress and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993). From her early years as a chorus girl in London’s West End through to her philanthropic work in later life, Portraits of an Icon will celebrate one of the world’s most photographed and recognisable stars.

Events (76)

76 events matching the date thisMonth

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

2 August 2015, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

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

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

Sunday Session Photo Icon

Sunday Session Photo Icon

  • Workshop||Young People

2 August 2015, 13:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Fully booked

Join us for a photoshoot on how to portray an icon, inspired by Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon. Led by photographers Emily Stein and Elizabeth Doak.

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

Portrait of the Day: Alfred Lord Tennyson

Portrait of the Day: Alfred Lord Tennyson

  • Gallery Talk

3 August 2015, 12:30
Room 21
Free

Alfred Lord Tennyson was always a poet. From an early age he composed lines of verse in his head, constantly re-working them until they satisfied his exacting standards.

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: Characters

Family Art Workshop: Characters

  • Family||Workshop

3 August 2015, 11:30-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join Yasmeen Ismail, illustrator of this year’s BP Portrait Award Family Trail for a workshop exploring how to create characters for your stories. The 14.30 session will be BSL interpreted and there will be a book-signing in the Exhibition Shop at 13.30.

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required and available one hour before event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session.

Family Art Workshop: Characters

Family Art Workshop: Characters

  • Family||Workshop
  • BSL

3 August 2015, 14:30-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join Yasmeen Ismail, illustrator of this year’s BP Portrait Award Family Trail for a workshop exploring how to create characters for your stories. The 14.30 session will be BSL interpreted and there will be a book-signing in the Exhibition Shop at 13.30.

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required and available one hour before event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session.

Drop-in: Pop-Up Gallery

Drop-in: Pop-Up Gallery

  • Family||Workshop

3 August 2015, 13:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join our creative session.

Suitable for ages 3+. No ticket needed.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

4 August 2015, 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.

Family Art Workshop: Wishing Tree

Family Art Workshop: Wishing Tree

  • Family||Workshop

4 August 2015, 11:30-13:00
Education Studio
Free

Inspired by the BP Portrait Award 2015 exhibition, construct a wishing tree to pin your hopes and dreams.

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required and available one hour before event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session.

Family Art Workshop: Wishing Tree

Family Art Workshop: Wishing Tree

  • Family||Workshop

4 August 2015, 14:30-16:00
Education Studio
Free

Inspired by the BP Portrait Award 2015 exhibition, construct a wishing tree to pin your hopes and dreams.

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required and available one hour before event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session.

Drop-in: Pop-Up Gallery

Drop-in: Pop-Up Gallery

  • Family||Workshop

4 August 2015, 13:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join our creative session..

Suitable for ages 3+. No ticket needed.

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

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

  • Workshop||Young People

4 August 2015, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details

Exclusive after-hours viewing of the BP Portrait Award 2015, with artists, art activities, competitions, music, refreshments and much more. For young people, by young people. #BPNextGen npg.org.uk/bpnextgeneration. We are excited to have Bridgitte Amafoh performing and goody bags donated by Cass Arts!

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

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

5 August 2015, 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.

Family Art Workshop: How to Draw a Portrait

Family Art Workshop: How to Draw a Portrait

  • Family||Workshop

5 August 2015, 11:30-13:00
Education Studio
Free

Want some top tips on how to draw a realistic looking face? Join portrait artist Robin Lee Hall for a drawing masterclass.

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required and available one hour before event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session.

Drop-in: Pop-Up Gallery

Drop-in: Pop-Up Gallery

  • Family||Workshop

5 August 2015, 13:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join our creative session.

Suitable for ages 3+. No ticket needed.

Family Art Workshop: How to Draw a Portrait

Family Art Workshop: How to Draw a Portrait

  • Family||Workshop

5 August 2015, 14:30-16:00
Education Studio
Free

Want some top tips on how to draw a realistic looking face? Join portrait artist Robin Lee Hall for a drawing masterclass.

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required and available one hour before event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

6 August 2015, 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.

Family Art Workshop: Toby Jugs

Family Art Workshop: Toby Jugs

  • Family||Workshop

6 August 2015, 11:30-13:00
Education Studio
Free

Taking inspiration from the portraits in BP Portrait Award and the collection to make a clay jug with two faces.

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required and available one hour before event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session.

Lunchtime Lecture: Six Degrees of Separation

Lunchtime Lecture: Six Degrees of Separation

  • Lecture

6 August 2015, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free

In a change to the advertised programme, writer and historian Lucinda Hawksley explores the many surprising links between people with connections to Camden and provides insight into their fascinating lives.
Drop-in: Pop-Up Gallery

Drop-in: Pop-Up Gallery

  • Family||Workshop

6 August 2015, 13:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join our creative session..

Suitable for ages 3+. No ticket needed.

Family Art Workshop: Toby Jugs

Family Art Workshop: Toby Jugs

  • Family||Workshop

6 August 2015, 14:30-16:00
Education Studio
Free

Taking inspiration from the portraits in BP Portrait Award and the collection to make a clay jug with two faces.

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required and available one hour before event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session.

Guest DJ: Richard Osborne

Guest DJ: Richard Osborne

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
6 August 2015, 18:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

DJ Richard Osborne plays every genre of music within his sets, including pop, jazz, soul, disco and rock and roll, creating sets that correspond to specific temporary exhibitions taking place at the Gallery.

Conversation: Queer Perspectives: Christopher Biggins

Conversation: Queer Perspectives: Christopher Biggins

A part of Late Shift
6 August 2015, 19:00
Check signage on the day for location
Free ticket required. Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Join Queer Perspectives resident artist Sadie Lee as she talks to her special guest Christopher Biggins about works in the Collection which have a personal resonance for him.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

7 August 2015, 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.

Family Art Workshop: Lost in Space

Family Art Workshop: Lost in Space

  • Family||Workshop

7 August 2015, 11:30-13:00
Education Studio
Free

Create a layered portrait using coloured acetate and transfers.

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required and available one hour before event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session.

Drop-in: Pop-Up Gallery

Drop-in: Pop-Up Gallery

  • Family||Workshop

7 August 2015, 13:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join our creative session.

Suitable for ages 3+. No ticket needed.

Family Art Workshop: Lost in Space

Family Art Workshop: Lost in Space

  • Family||Workshop

7 August 2015, 14:30-16:00
Education Studio
Free

Create a layered portrait using coloured acetate and transfers.

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required and available one hour before event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session.

Live Music: Snowden: Sir Duo

Live Music: Snowden: Sir Duo

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
7 August 2015, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

The award-winning violin and guitar duo present their own transcriptions and compositions.

Screening: Love in the Afternoon (1957, PG)

Screening: Love in the Afternoon (1957, PG)

A part of Late Shift
7 August 2015, 18:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Hepburn stars alongside Gary Cooper and Maurice Chevalier in Billy Wilder’s comedy, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
7 August 2015, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

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

Portrait of the Day: George Frederic Handel

Portrait of the Day: George Frederic Handel

  • Gallery Talk

8 August 2015, 12:30
Room 12
Free

Described by his contemporaries as a dramatic genius, GFH was a key figure of the Baroque Period and one of the most important composers in the History of Music. Dedicated, hardworking and very prolific, with great passion for opera and theatre, he had a very successful life in London, and is one of our most loved composers of all time.

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: Joanna of Navarre

Portrait of the Day: Joanna of Navarre

  • Gallery Talk

9 August 2015, 12:30
First Floor Balcony Landing
Free

Very little is really known about Joanna of Navarre. What we do know is that she must have led an extraordinary life; first a Princess of Navarre, then the Duchess of Brittany.

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 BP Portrait Award 2015

Weekend Workshop BP Portrait Award 2015

8 August - 9 August 2015, 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.

Explore and take inspiration from this year’s BP Portrait Award 2015, to create your own portrait working from a model under the expert tuition of exhibiting artist Alan McGowan. Suitable for all abilities.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

10 August 2015, 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: Larry Rivers - David Sylvester/Mr Art (1962) & Howard Hodgkin - Peter Cochrane (1962)

Portrait of the Day: Larry Rivers - David Sylvester/Mr Art (1962) & Howard Hodgkin - Peter Cochrane (1962)

  • Gallery Talk

11 August 2015, 12:30
Room 32
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

  • Gallery Talk

12 August 2015, 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: Walter Sickert

Portrait of the Day: Walter Sickert

  • Gallery Talk

13 August 2015, 12:30
Room 31
Free

From 1927 until his death, the strange and enigmatic 'late' paintings of Walter Sickert were largely dismissed by the art establishment of the time. The use of found news photographs and slide projections frustrated his artistic peers.

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.

Exhibition Tour: BP Portrait Award

Exhibition Tour: BP Portrait Award

  • Gallery Talk||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
13 August 2015, 19:30
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

See this year’s selection of the very best of contemporary portraiture. Led by exhibiting artist Sophie Williams.

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
13 August 2015, 18:00-20:45
Main Hall
Free

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

Portrait of the Day: James I and VI

Portrait of the Day: James I and VI

  • Gallery Talk

14 August 2015, 12:30
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. Despite his English ascension precipitating the Union of the Crowns, he has always been viewed very differently by the subjects of each crown.

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: English Folk Dance and Song Society: Rosie Hood

Live Music: English Folk Dance and Song Society: Rosie Hood

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
14 August 2015, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A concert by the young singer and recent BBC Performing Arts Fellow.

Screening: Funny Face (1957, U)

Screening: Funny Face (1957, U)

A part of Late Shift
14 August 2015, 18:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Fred Astaire’s fashion photographer lures Audrey Hepburn’s beatnik bookshop clerk to Paris for a photoshoot, in her first musical role.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
14 August 2015, 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: Ayuba Suleiman Diallo

Portrait of the Day: Ayuba Suleiman Diallo

  • Gallery Talk

15 August 2015, 12:30
Room 11
Free

Ayuba Suleiman Diallo: his life as a slave and slave owner.

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

Pick up a Pencil: On Belonging

Pick up a Pencil: On Belonging

  • Workshop||Young People

15 August 2015, 14:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Hosted by the Gallery’s Youth Forum, use a wide range of materials and be inspired by the Gallery’s Collection in these friendly drop-in drawing sessions which take place on the third Saturday of every month. To get started, all you have to do is pick up a pencil, no need to book. #PickUpAPencil

Drop-in drawing for ages 14–21. All you have to do is pick up a pencil. No need to book, just drop-in on the day.

Portrait of the Day: Ayuba Suleiman Diallo

Portrait of the Day: Ayuba Suleiman Diallo

  • Gallery Talk

16 August 2015, 12:30
Room 12
Free

Ayuba Suleiman Diallo: his life as a slave and slave owner.

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 Painting

Drop-in Family Session: Portrait Painting

  • Family||Workshop

16 August 2015, 13:00-14:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Inspired by the BP Portrait Award, try out new paint techniques and processes to create a giant mural in our studio.

This session is aimed at children aged 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Drop-in Family Session: Portrait Painting

Drop-in Family Session: Portrait Painting

  • Family||Workshop

16 August 2015, 15:00-16:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Inspired by the BP Portrait Award, try out new paint techniques and processes to create a giant mural in our studio.

This session is aimed at children aged 7+. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

17 August 2015, 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: Mary I

Portrait of the Day: Mary I

  • Gallery Talk

18 August 2015, 12:30
Room 1
Free

Born nearly 500 years ago, Mary I's reign is familiar to most of us because of its more "bloody" aspects.

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, Queen of Scots

Portrait of the Day: Mary, Queen of Scots

  • Gallery Talk

19 August 2015, 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.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

20 August 2015, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

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

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

Lunchtime Lecture: Audrey Hepburn: Architect of a Rare and Precious Talent

Lunchtime Lecture: Audrey Hepburn: Architect of a Rare and Precious Talent

  • Lecture

20 August 2015, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free

Film historian Sandra Shevey examines the flint behind the floss, arguing that the success of Hepburn’s career was due to trenchant self-awareness combined with a willingness to take creative chances.
Guest DJ: John Sizzle

Guest DJ: John Sizzle

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
20 August 2015, 18:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

‘The Gallery is a special, quite sacred space so I like to start of with something gentle and soothingly familiar before moving onto more challenging and experimental pieces.'

Lecture: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Emancipation

Lecture: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Emancipation

  • Late Shift||Lecture

A part of Late Shift
20 August 2015, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free

To mark Slavery Remembrance Day, Dr Adam Smith reassesses President Abraham Lincoln’s role in the abolition of slavery in America.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

21 August 2015, 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.

Screening: The Nun’s Story (1959, U)

Screening: The Nun’s Story (1959, U)

A part of Late Shift
21 August 2015, 18:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

In this BAFTA Award-winning and Academy and Golden Globe nominated role, Hepburn plays Sister Luke, a young nun facing crisis after crisis of faith.

Live Music: Apple of my Eye

Live Music: Apple of my Eye

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
21 August 2015, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

The folk group sing sweet songs of love, loss and transformation.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
21 August 2015, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

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

Portrait of the Day: George Frederic Handel

Portrait of the Day: George Frederic Handel

  • Gallery Talk

22 August 2015, 12:30
Room 12
Free

Described by his contemporaries as a dramatic genius, GFH was a key figure of the Baroque Period and one of the most important composers in the History of Music. Dedicated, hardworking and very prolific, with great passion for opera and theatre, he had a very successful life in London, and is one of our most loved composers of all time.

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: Augustus John

Portrait of the Day: Augustus John

  • Gallery Talk

23 August 2015, 12:30
Room 29
Free

The original archetypal rebel artist, John was lauded for his draughtsmanship at the Slade School of Art before he was 20 years of age.

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: Creative Portraits

Weekend Workshop: Creative Portraits

22 August - 23 August 2015, 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.

Join photographer Kate Peters and have fun making creative portraiture.

Portrait of the Day: Joanna of Navarre

Portrait of the Day: Joanna of Navarre

  • Gallery Talk

24 August 2015, 12:30
First Floor Balcony Landing
Free

Very little is really known about Joanna of Navarre. What we do know is that she must have led an extraordinary life; first a Princess of Navarre, then the Duchess of Brittany.

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: Larry Rivers - David Sylvester/Mr Art (1962) & Howard Hodgkin - Peter Cochrane (1962)

Portrait of the Day: Larry Rivers - David Sylvester/Mr Art (1962) & Howard Hodgkin - Peter Cochrane (1962)

  • Gallery Talk

25 August 2015, 12:30
Room 32
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

  • Gallery Talk

26 August 2015, 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

  • Gallery Talk

27 August 2015, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

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

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

Visualising Portraits: On Belonging: Photographs of Indians of African Descent

Visualising Portraits: On Belonging: Photographs of Indians of African Descent

27 August 2015, 14:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Picture description for visually impaired visitors.

BSL Gallery Tour: BP Portrait Award 2015

BSL Gallery Tour: BP Portrait Award 2015

  • Gallery Talk||Late Shift
  • BSL

A part of Late Shift
27 August 2015, 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. Led by exhibiting artist Antony Williams. Interpreted into BSL.

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
27 August 2015, 18:00-20:45
Main Hall
Free

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

Portrait of the Day: Sir Joseph Banks, Bt

Portrait of the Day: Sir Joseph Banks, Bt

  • Gallery Talk

28 August 2015, 12:30
Room 13
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: Peter Sheppard Skærved

Live Music: Peter Sheppard Skærved

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
28 August 2015, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

The violinist presents music by Tartini and Olofsson.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
28 August 2015, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join artist Marc Woodhead  for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery.

Life Drawing: After the Camden Town Group

Life Drawing: After the Camden Town Group

A part of Late Shift
28 August 2015, 18:30-20:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £9 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Working from a life model, and inspired by the artists of the Camden Town Group, explore tone and colour in your drawings.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

29 August 2015, 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

  • Gallery Talk

30 August 2015, 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: Colley Cibber

Portrait of the Day: Colley Cibber

  • Gallery Talk

31 August 2015, 12:30
Room 10
Free

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

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

The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room

  • Workshop

31 August 2015, 13:00-15:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Draw in the Gallery at this artist-led drop-in drawing session for disabled visitors.

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

Displays (16)

16 displays matching the date thisMonth

Spotlight

Spotlight

1 July - 31 August 2015
Room 31
Free

This display marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of W.B. Yeats with a portrait of the poet by Howard Coster, taken in 1935, accompanied by five photographs including three snapshots by Ottoline Morrell.

Roy Strong at 80: Photographs by John Swannell

Roy Strong at 80: Photographs by John Swannell

19 June - 31 August 2015
Main Hall
Free

This new display celebrates the eightieth birthday of the Gallery’s former director Sir Roy Strong who, with photographer John Swannell, has devised a series of portraits that transport Sir Roy through time, inventing and reinventing him as an array of historical characters.

The Tudors Reimagined: George Perfect Harding

The Tudors Reimagined: George Perfect Harding

14 March 2015 - 17 January 2016
Room 3
Free

This display explores the fashion for historical portraits in the early 19th-century by pairing watercolours of Tudor sitters made by George Perfect Harding with the original portraits.
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.

Cornelius Johnson: Charles I’s Forgotten Painter

Cornelius Johnson: Charles I’s Forgotten Painter

15 April - 13 September 2015
Room 6
Free

Prolific and successful in his lifetime, Cornelius Johnson is the forgotten man of 17th-century British art. This display looks at a range of his paintings including rarely seen portraits of the King’s children.

Old Titles and New Money: American Heiresses and the British Aristocracy

Old Titles and New Money: American Heiresses and the British Aristocracy

25 November 2014 - 2 August 2015
Room 23
Free

A focus on the late-nineteenth-century phenomenon of American heiresses marrying into British aristocracy.  The display will explore how women such as Mary Curzon and Jennie Churchill became charismatic leaders of British society.

William Gifford Palgrave: Master of Disguise

William Gifford Palgrave: Master of Disguise

3 August 2015 - 24 April 2016
Room 23
Free

This display showcases the Gallery’s diverse collection of photographs of the leading British explorer and scholar of the Middle East, William Gifford Palgrave (1826-1888).
Curators' Choice: Photographs from the Terence Pepper Gift

Curators' Choice: Photographs from the Terence Pepper Gift

12 May 2015 - 24 January 2016
Room 24 and 31: case displays
Free

The works in these two component displays are drawn from around 2500 photographs from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries generously donated by Terence Pepper, Senior Special Adviser on Photographs. Curators’ Choice is a tribute to his skills of detection and identification, and his eye for an overlooked or mis-identified sitter or photographer, as well as his interest in charting cultural life in all its variety.
Keir Hardie: Radical, Socialist, Feminist

Keir Hardie: Radical, Socialist, Feminist

1 June - 13 December 2015
Room 25: case display
Free

This display presents a selection of portraits of the first leader of the Labour Party in Parliament, James Keir Hardie (1856-1915), to mark the centenary of his death on 26 September 2015.
‘The artist’s cause at heart’: M.H. Spielmann, Collector and Donor

‘The artist’s cause at heart’: M.H. Spielmann, Collector and Donor

18 November 2014 - 19 September 2015
Room 28: case display
Free

A range of nineteenth century Punch self-portraits, photographs of sculptors and Jewish personalities throws light on the writer and art historian Marion Harry Spielmann’s work, and his decades of generosity towards the Gallery.

Aubrey Beardsley: Artist and Aesthete

Aubrey Beardsley: Artist and Aesthete

14 July 2015 - 28 March 2016
Room 29: case display
Free

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

Women and the First World War

17 February - 25 October 2015
Room 31
Free

This display looks at the role women played during the war through a selection of portraits from the Gallery’s Photographic Collection.  

Jack Smith: Abstract Portraits

Jack Smith: Abstract Portraits

18 March - 31 August 2015
Room 32
Free

Continuing in the INTERVENTIONS series, this display focuses on unconventional approaches to portraiture and features abstract portraits by Jack Smith of the composers Harrison Birtwistle and Colin Matthews and the choreographer Ashley Page.
On Belonging: Photographs of Indians of African Descent

On Belonging: Photographs of Indians of African Descent

13 April - 31 August 2015
Room 33
Free

This display, fresh from its sensational showing at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi in 2013, is the result of six years spent with the Sidi people, an Indian community of African descent. The artist's charming and poignant portraits raise universal questions about nationality, ethnic origin, and the nature of diaspora.

Creative Connections: Camden Radical Characters

Creative Connections: Camden Radical Characters

1 July - 11 October 2015
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.

The spotlights for the third year of the project are the London borough of Camden and the portraits and biographies of people who have local connections. The project partner is Haverstock school and the artist is photographer Kate Peters. Together they explored the Gallery and its photographic Collection, the history of the borough and created new portraits in response to these. The students and Kate’s work will be shown alongside the Gallery Collection in the display.

Friendship Portraits: Chantal Joffe and Ishbel Myerscough

Friendship Portraits: Chantal Joffe and Ishbel Myerscough

11 June - 27 September 2015
Room 41 and 41a
Free

Friendship Portraits, a display of paintings and drawings by Chantal Joffe and Ishbel Myerscough, captures their very particular artistic collaboration. Self-portraits, portraits of each other and portraits of their children explore their lives and shared history from their student days to the present.

Supported by the William Brake Charitable Trust

Beyond the Gallery (5)

5 events matching the date thisMonth

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014

  • Touring exhibition

2 May - 16 August 2015
Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

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

Artists in the Frame: Self-Portraits by Van Dyck and Others

Artists in the Frame: Self-Portraits by Van Dyck and Others

  • Partnership exhibition

21 May - 31 August 2015
Manchester 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  Manchester Art Gallery where it forms the centrepiece of Artists in the Frame: Self Portraits by Van Dyck and Others.

The Modernist Face:  Smith, Dobson and British Portraiture, 1920 – 1960

The Modernist Face: Smith, Dobson and British Portraiture, 1920 – 1960

  • Partnership exhibition

5 June - 27 September 2015
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham
Free

Curated by University of Birmingham postgraduate students with the Barber Institute and the National Portrait Gallery, the exhibition features portraits of author Roald Dahl, actress Jean Simmons and textile designer Marian Dorn.
Royals: then & now

Royals: then & now

  • Partnership exhibition

28 February - 1 November 2015
Beningbrough Hall, York

Marking the 300th anniversary of the accession of King George I, Royals: then & now brings major contemporary portraits to Beningbrough Hall 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.