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Exhibitions (2)

2 exhibitions matching the date thisMonth

Vogue 100: A Century of Style

Vogue 100: A Century of Style

11 February - 22 May 2016

Vogue 100: A Century of Style will showcase the remarkable range of photography that has been commissioned by British Vogue since it was founded in 1916, with over 280 prints from the Condé Nast archive and international collections being shown together for the first time to tell the story of one of the most influential fashion magazines in the world.

Russia and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky

Russia and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky

17 March - 26 June 2016
Porter Gallery
Admission fee applies
Free for Members

Russia and the Arts is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a selection of masterpieces on loan from the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.

Events (58)

58 events matching the date thisMonth

Portrait of the Day: Charlie Chaplin

Portrait of the Day: Charlie Chaplin

  • Talks and Lectures

6 May 2016, 12:30
Room 31
Free

The Most Famous Man in the World". Comic genius of the early cinema; Charlie Chaplin dubbed the world's greatest clown, began his career in London's music halls.

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

Live Music:The Hermes Experiment

Live Music:The Hermes Experiment

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
6 May 2016, 18:30
Room 20
Free

Music from contemporary quartet The Hermes Experiment – soprano, clarinet, harp and double bass.

Screen Style: The Royal Tenenbaums (2001, 15)

Screen Style: The Royal Tenenbaums (2001, 15)

A part of Late Shift
6 May 2016, 18:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Gene Hackman plays the terminally ill eponymous patriarch, who gathers his estranged wife and trio of former child prodigies to put things right before his imminent demise.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

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

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

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

7 May 2016, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

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

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

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

8 May 2016, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

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

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

Portrait of the Day: James Cook

Portrait of the Day: James Cook

  • Talks and Lectures

9 May 2016, 12:30
Room 14
Free

Circumnavigator. The son of a Yorkshire labourer, Captain James Cook learned seamanship on small East Coast trading boats.

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

Portrait of the Day: Beatles 1966: 'It was 50 years ago'

Portrait of the Day: Beatles 1966: 'It was 50 years ago'

  • Talks and Lectures

10 May 2016, 12:30
Room 31
Free

'It was 50 years ago'. The Beatles staged their third concert tour of America in 1966, and it was the last commercial tour they would ever undertake.

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: Jane Austen

Portrait of the Day: Jane Austen

  • Talks and Lectures

11 May 2016, 12:30
Room 18
Free

Jane Austen is one of the most beloved English writers 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: Edward Alexander ('Aleister') Crowley

Portrait of the Day: Edward Alexander ('Aleister') Crowley

  • Talks and Lectures

12 May 2016, 12:30
Room 31
Free

Writer, mountaineer and occultist. Find out about Crowley’s precocious formative years and erratic fanaticisms.

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 DJ: Guest DJ: Mr Madam

Live DJ: Guest DJ: Mr Madam

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
12 May 2016, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

DJ Mr Madam combines a range of musical styles to create his sets.

Lecture: Dark Victory: When Vogue Came of Age, 1939-45

Lecture: Dark Victory: When Vogue Came of Age, 1939-45

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

Robin Muir, curator of Vogue 100: A Century of Style, assesses the impact of the war years on the magazine.

Portrait of the Day: Charlie Chaplin

Portrait of the Day: Charlie Chaplin

  • Talks and Lectures

13 May 2016, 12:30
Room 31
Free

The Most Famous Man in the World". Comic genius of the early cinema; Charlie Chaplin dubbed the world's greatest clown, began his career in London's music halls.

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: Chris Bundhun

Live Music: Chris Bundhun

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

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

The guitarist connects the dots between J.S. Bach and Heitor Villa-Lobos.

Screen Style: A Single Man (2009, 12)

Screen Style: A Single Man (2009, 12)

A part of Late Shift
13 May 2016, 18:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Fashion designer Tom Ford made his directorial debut with this stylish film based on Christopher Isherwood’s novel.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
13 May 2016, 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: Thomas Paine

Portrait of the Day: Thomas Paine

  • Talks and Lectures

14 May 2016, 12:30
Room 18
Free
Cancelled

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: Leigh Bowery

Portrait of the Day: Leigh Bowery

  • Talks and Lectures

15 May 2016, 12:30
Room 16
Free

Australian born performance artist, designer, and model. Bowery was an iconic figure who expressed himself through the creation and wearing of elaborate fetishistic costumes, influencing many contemporary fashion designers.

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: Poetry in Motion

Drop-in Family Session: Poetry in Motion

  • Family||Workshop

15 May 2016, 13:00-14:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, drop-in, no ticket required

Collect stories and sounds around the Gallery, as you join a quest to create a giant moving poem.

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

Drop-in Family Session: Poetry in Motion

Drop-in Family Session: Poetry in Motion

  • Family||Workshop

15 May 2016, 15:00-16:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, drop-in, no ticket required

Collect stories and sounds around the Gallery, as you join a quest to create a giant moving poem.

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

Weekend Workshop: Notes on Charlotte

Weekend Workshop: Notes on Charlotte

  • Workshop

14 May - 15 May 2016, 11:00-17:00
Please check signage on the day for details
CANCELLED DUE TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES

This two day workshop led by artist Grace Adam gives you the opportunity to respond to the themes and characters in Charlotte Brontë's novels.

Portrait of the Day: Radclyffe Hall

Portrait of the Day: Radclyffe Hall

  • Talks and Lectures

16 May 2016, 12:30
Room 30
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: Beatles 1966: 'It was 50 years ago'

Portrait of the Day: Beatles 1966: 'It was 50 years ago'

  • Talks and Lectures

17 May 2016, 12:30
Room 31
Free

The Beatles staged their third concert tour of America in 1966, and it was the last commercial tour they would ever undertake.

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

Portrait of the Day: Sir William Herschel

Portrait of the Day: Sir William Herschel

  • Talks and Lectures

18 May 2016, 12:30
Room 18
Free

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

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

Portrait of the Day: Emmeline Pankhurst

Portrait of the Day: Emmeline Pankhurst

  • Talks and Lectures

19 May 2016, 12:30
Room 30
Free

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

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

Lunchtime Lecture: The Vanishing Man

Lunchtime Lecture: The Vanishing Man

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

Laura Cumming, the Observer’s art critic, interweaves the life of Velázquez with that of John Snare.

Photo London: Three Voices, Three Collections

Photo London: Three Voices, Three Collections

19 May 2016, 16:00-17:00
Heinz Archive and Library
Free ticket required
Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

An intimate event with three curators talking about three collections in the Archive of the National Portrait Gallery

Photo London: Black Chronicles – Photographic Portraits 1862 - 1948

Photo London: Black Chronicles – Photographic Portraits 1862 - 1948

  • Late Shift||Talks and Lectures

A part of Late Shift
19 May 2016, 18:00
Meet in Room 33

Renée Mussai, Curator and Head of Archive at Autograph ABP, leads a tour of the display which presents a unique snapshot of black lives and experiences.

Lecture: Photo London (Dayanita Singh: A Book Story)

Lecture: Photo London (Dayanita Singh: A Book Story)

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

Dayanita Singh traces her photographic journey

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
19 May 2016, 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: Catherine of Braganza

Portrait of the Day: Catherine of Braganza

  • Talks and Lectures

20 May 2016, 12:30
Room 7
Free

The Roman Catholic queen of Charles II and daughter of John, Duke of Braganza, later King of Portugal. Shy, solemn and pious, she was regarded as unsophisticated and plain, however her love of tea left its mark on Britain.

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.

Photo London: Sneak Preview of The Nine (dir. Katy Grannan, 2016)

Photo London: Sneak Preview of The Nine (dir. Katy Grannan, 2016)

20 May 2016, 14:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

There is nothing left of the American dream on the Nine—a solemn destination, a resting place for those who have relinquished the dream.

Photo London: Alternative Histories

Photo London: Alternative Histories

A part of Late Shift
20 May 2016, 17:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

The history of photography as we now know it was written largely after the Second World War, by a handful of academics including Beaumont Newhall and Helmut Gernsheim.

Live Music: Russia and the Arts: GéNIA

Live Music: Russia and the Arts: GéNIA

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

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

The outstanding Russian pianist and composer performs works by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and Scriabin alongside her own music.

Photo London: Dieter Meier in conversation with Tom Hunter

Photo London: Dieter Meier in conversation with Tom Hunter

A part of Late Shift
20 May 2016, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Photographer, performance artist, experimental film maker and musician Dieter Meier talks about his life and work with  Tom Hunter (Artist, Professor, London College of Communication).

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

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

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

Portrait of the Day: Elizabeth Taylor: 'The First $1 million Actress'

Portrait of the Day: Elizabeth Taylor: 'The First $1 million Actress'

  • Talks and Lectures

21 May 2016, 12:30
Room 31
Free

Discover the rise of Elizabeth Taylor, from child actress to classical film star. Learn about the actress’s life, including one of her most important film roles, both professionally and personally.

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: Contemporary Conversations

Pick up a Pencil: Contemporary Conversations

  • Workshop||Young People

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

Friendly drop-in drawing sessions hosted by the Gallery’s Youth Forum on the third Saturday of every month. #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: Sir Isaac Newton

Portrait of the Day: Sir Isaac Newton

  • Talks and Lectures

22 May 2016, 12:30
Room 8
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: James Cook

Portrait of the Day: James Cook

  • Talks and Lectures

23 May 2016, 12:30
Room 14
Free

Circumnavigator. The son of a Yorkshire labourer, Captain James Cook learned seamanship on small East Coast trading boats.

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

Portrait of the Day: Peter Pears; Benjamin Britten

Portrait of the Day: Peter Pears; Benjamin Britten

  • Talks and Lectures

24 May 2016, 12:30
Room 31
Free

A partnership for life of musical minds, until Britten's death they were partners in both their professional and personal lives.

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: Florence Nightingale

Portrait of the Day: Florence Nightingale

  • Talks and Lectures

25 May 2016, 12:30
Room 23
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: James Joyce

Portrait of the Day: James Joyce

  • Talks and Lectures

26 May 2016, 12:30
Room 31
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: Setting the Scene

Visualising Portraits: Setting the Scene

26 May 2016, 14:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Discover 19th century studio photography and the painted backdrops, techniques and processes behind the portraits.

Live DJ: Guest DJ Timberlina

Live DJ: Guest DJ Timberlina

  • Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
26 May 2016, 18:00
Ondaatje Wing Main Hall
Free

DJ Timberlina mixes a range of genres and music from across the ages to reflect the Collection.

Lecture: Russia in portraits, from Catherine the Great to the Avant-Garde

Lecture: Russia in portraits, from Catherine the Great to the Avant-Garde

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

Dr Rosalind P. Blakesley examines portraiture in Imperial Russia and the most exciting episodes in its Development.

BSL Gallery Tour: Celebrating Charlotte Brontë

BSL Gallery Tour: Celebrating Charlotte Brontë

  • Late Shift||Talks and Lectures
  • BSL

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

John Wilson leads a tour of the display marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë. Led in BSL.

Portrait of the Day: Leigh Bowery

Portrait of the Day: Leigh Bowery

  • Talks and Lectures

27 May 2016, 12:30
Room 16
Free

Australian born performance artist, designer, and model. Bowery was an iconic figure who expressed himself through the creation and wearing of elaborate fetishistic costumes, influencing many contemporary fashion designers.

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: Concordia Foundation: Shakespeare & Love

Live Music: Concordia Foundation: Shakespeare & Love

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

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

A musical feast of Shakespeare texts and stories of love by composers from around the world, from Purcell to Cecilia McDowall.

Life Drawing: Russia and the Arts: Poses, Characters and Gestures

Life Drawing: Russia and the Arts: Poses, Characters and Gestures

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

Artist Andy Pankhurst takes inspiration from the golden age of Russian arts with a series of sustained poses.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
27 May 2016, 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: Elizabeth Taylor: 'The First $1 million Actress'

Portrait of the Day: Elizabeth Taylor: 'The First $1 million Actress'

  • Talks and Lectures

28 May 2016, 12:30
Room 31
Free

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

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

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

29 May 2016, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

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

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

Weekend Workshop: Renaissance-inspired Photographic Portraits

Weekend Workshop: Renaissance-inspired Photographic Portraits

28 May - 29 May 2016, 11:00-17:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £150 (£125 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Drawing inspiration from the Gallery’s Tudor portraits, work with models to replicate painterly tone and lighting in the studio and investigate the dynamic between photographer and sitter.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

30 May 2016, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

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

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

The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room

  • Workshop

30 May 2016, 13:00-15:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

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

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

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

31 May 2016, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

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

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

Holiday Activities: Contemporary Portraits

Holiday Activities: Contemporary Portraits

  • Drawing||Family||Workshop

30 May - 3 June 2016, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A week of activities exploring how artists today find inspiration and what is means to be an artist in the twenty first century.

Displays (13)

13 displays matching the date thisMonth

Spotlight

Spotlight

22 February - 15 May 2016
Room 31
Free

This Spotlight celebrates the recently acquired gift of thirteen photographs of Jean Simmons given by her daughter Tracy Granger. Two newly acquired works by photographers Eve Arnold and Peter Basch are shown alongside a portrait by Cornel Lucas.

Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs

Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs

19 February - 31 December 2016
Room 3
Free

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

Exposed: The Naked Portrait

Exposed: The Naked Portrait

9 January - 11 September 2016
Room 16
Free

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

Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862 – 1948

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

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

Part of Autograph ABP’s The Missing Chapter programme, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
William Gifford Palgrave: Master of Disguise

William Gifford Palgrave: Master of Disguise

3 August 2015 - 15 May 2016
Room 23: case display
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).
Celebrating Charlotte Brontë: 1816 – 1855

Celebrating Charlotte Brontë: 1816 – 1855

22 February - 14 August 2016
Room 24
Free

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

Wise, Constant and Courageous: Millicent Garrett Fawcett

Wise, Constant and Courageous: Millicent Garrett Fawcett

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

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

Setting the Scene: Staging and Backdrops in Studio Photographs

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

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

Aubrey Beardsley: Artist and Aesthete

Aubrey Beardsley: Artist and Aesthete

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

A focus on the illustrator and writer, Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898). In a short life of intense and fevered activity, Beardsley produced many original and highly-finished black-and-white drawings for process block reproduction.
Curators' Choice: Photographs from the Terence Pepper Gift

Curators' Choice: Photographs from the Terence Pepper Gift

12 May 2015 - 5 June 2016
Room 31 case display
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.
Public and Private: Winston Churchill in Photographs

Public and Private: Winston Churchill in Photographs

27 October 2015 - 5 June 2016
Room 31: case display
Free

To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the death of Winston Churchill, this display gives a broad picture of Churchill’s many roles through works from the Photographs Collection.
Leon Golub Powerplay: The Political Portraits

Leon Golub Powerplay: The Political Portraits

18 March - 25 September 2016
Room 32
Free

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

Lewis Morley ‘Mammoth’ Prints

Lewis Morley ‘Mammoth’ Prints

25 February - 20 November 2016
Room 32
Free

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

Beyond the Gallery (4)

4 events matching the date thisMonth

BP Portrait Award 2015

BP Portrait Award 2015

  • Touring exhibition

11 March - 12 June 2016
Ulster Museum
Free

The annual BP Portrait Award is the most prestigious portrait competition in the world, promoting the very best in contemporary portrait painting.

Turning to See: From Van Dyck to Lucian Freud

Turning to See: From Van Dyck to Lucian Freud

  • Partnership exhibition

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

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

Happy Birthday Beningbrough – Celebrating 300 Years 1716 – 2016

Happy Birthday Beningbrough – Celebrating 300 Years 1716 – 2016

  • Partnership exhibition

1 March - 30 October 2016
Beningbrough Hall, York

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

Copying Holbein

  • Partnership exhibition

5 March - 30 October 2016
Montacute house, Somerset

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