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Exhibitions (2)

2 exhibitions matching the date thisWeek

BP Portrait Award 2016

BP Portrait Award 2016

23 June - 4 September 2016
Wolfson Gallery
Admission Free

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

William Eggleston Portraits

William Eggleston Portraits

21 July - 23 October 2016
Porter Gallery

This exhibition of 100 works surveys Eggleston’s full career from the 1960s to the present day and is the most comprehensive display of his portrait photography ever.

Events (35)

35 events matching the date thisWeek

Portrait of the Day: Dame Baroness Kennedy

Portrait of the Day: Dame Baroness Kennedy

  • Talks and Lectures

25 July 2016, 12:30
Room 36
Free

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

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

Drop-in Family Session: Portrait Jigsaws

Drop-in Family Session: Portrait Jigsaws

  • Family||Workshop

25 July 2016, 11:30-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Visit the BP Portrait Award 2016 for inspiration to create your own portrait jigsaw.

Suitable for ages 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Drawing Room: Contemporary Conversations: Theatre

The Drawing Room: Contemporary Conversations: Theatre

  • Workshop

25 July 2016, 13:00-15:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Consider connections between the representation of historic and contemporary actors and directors.

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

Family Activity Base

Family Activity Base

  • Family||Workshop

25 July 2016, 11:00-16:00
Main Hall
Free

Visit our 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.

Drop-in Family Session: Portrait Jigsaws

Drop-in Family Session: Portrait Jigsaws

  • Family||Workshop

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

Visit the BP Portrait Award 2016 for inspiration to create your own portrait jigsaw.

Suitable for ages 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Portrait of the Day: Sir Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi

Portrait of the Day: Sir Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi

  • Talks and Lectures

26 July 2016, 12:30
Room 31
Free

Born to Italian parents in Leith, Edinburgh, Paolozzi studied at both the Edinburgh College, and Slade School of Art between the years 1943-7.

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.

Art Workshop: Painting Portraits

Art Workshop: Painting Portraits

  • Family||Workshop

26 July 2016, 11:30-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, ticket required

Join us in our studio to discover the secrets behind how artists in the past made their own paints. Try your hand grinding pigments to make new colours and then experiment with different mediums to create a portrait. 

Suitable for ages 5+.

Drop-in Activity: Pop-Up Portraits

Drop-in Activity: Pop-Up Portraits

  • Family||Workshop

26 July 2016, 13:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Pick up tips on how to draw portraits.

Suitable for ages 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Family Activity Base

Family Activity Base

  • Family||Workshop

26 July 2016, 11:00-16:00
Main Hall
Free

Visit our 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.

Art Workshop: Painting Portraits

Art Workshop: Painting Portraits

  • Family||Workshop

26 July 2016, 14:30-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, ticket required

Join us in our studio to discover the secrets behind how artists in the past made their own paints. Try your hand grinding pigments to make new colours and then experiment with different mediums to create a portrait. 

Suitable for ages 5+.

Portrait of the Day: Jean Simmons: "From Cricklewood to Hollywood".

Portrait of the Day: Jean Simmons: "From Cricklewood to Hollywood".

  • Talks and Lectures

27 July 2016, 12:30
Room 31
Free

Simmons began her professional career as a dancer. After early notable acting performances in Britain for David Lean, and Lawrence Olivier she made the journey to Hollywood.

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.

Art Workshop: Animating People

Art Workshop: Animating People

  • Family||Workshop

27 July 2016, 11:30-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, ticket required

Explore the people painted in the BP Portrait Award 2016, and then create an animation in our studio imaging what might happen next!

Suitable for ages 5+.

Family Activity Base

Family Activity Base

  • Family||Workshop

27 July 2016, 11:00-16:00
Main Hall
Free, ticket required

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.

Art Workshop: Animating People

Art Workshop: Animating People

  • Family||Workshop

27 July 2016, 14:30-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, ticket required

Explore the people painted in the BP Portrait Award 2016, and then create an animation in our studio imaging what might happen next!

Suitable for ages 5+.

Drop-in Activity: Every Picture tells a story

Drop-in Activity: Every Picture tells a story

  • Family||Workshop

27 July 2016, 13:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

What stories lie behind the portraits in the BP Portrait Award 2016? Join our creative writing session and let your imagine run wild!

Suitable for ages 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

28 July 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.

Art Workshop: My Space

Art Workshop: My Space

  • Family||Workshop

28 July 2016, 11:30-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, ticket required

What sort of space do you think an artist makes portraits in? Imagine you have been asked to design a creative space, and then construct a 3d model of your design.

Suitable for ages 5+.

Visualising Portraits: Creative Connections: South London

Visualising Portraits: Creative Connections: South London

28 July 2016, 14:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Find out more about Lambeth and Southwark through portraits of David Bowie, Adele, Vivienne Westwood and Rio Ferdinand.

Family Activity Base

Family Activity Base

  • Family||Workshop

28 July 2016, 11:00-16:00
See signage on the day for details.
Free

Visit our 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.

Art Workshop: My Space

Art Workshop: My Space

  • Family||Workshop

28 July 2016, 14:30-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, ticket required

What sort of space do you think an artist makes portraits in? Imagine you have been asked to design a creative space, and then construct a 3d model of your design.

Suitable for ages 5+.

Drop-in Activity: Portrait Posters

Drop-in Activity: Portrait Posters

  • Family||Workshop

28 July 2016, 13:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Design and make a exhibition poster for BP Portrait Award 2016.

Suitable for ages 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
28 July 2016, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

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

Exhibition Tour: BP Portrait Award 2016

Exhibition Tour: BP Portrait Award 2016

  • Late Shift||Talks and Lectures

A part of Late Shift
28 July 2016, 19:00
Meet at the exhibition entrance
Free

See this year's selection of the very best of contemporary portrait painting from around the world led by exhibiting artist Martin Brooks.

BSL Gallery Tour: BP Portrait Award 2016

BSL Gallery Tour: BP Portrait Award 2016

  • Late Shift||Talks and Lectures
  • BSL

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

Join John Wilson for a tour of the BP Portrait Award 2016. Led in BSL.

Portrait of the Day: James Cook

Portrait of the Day: James Cook

  • Talks and Lectures

29 July 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.

Art Workshop: Animal Magic!

Art Workshop: Animal Magic!

  • Family||Workshop

29 July 2016, 11:30-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, ticket required

Explore how sculptors have created 3d animals shown in both contemporary and historical portraits, and then make your own animal with modelling materials.

Suitable for ages 5+.

Drop-in Activity: Portrait key rings

Drop-in Activity: Portrait key rings

  • Family||Workshop

29 July 2016, 13:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Make a special portrait key ring Inspired by BP Travel Award 2016.

Suitable for ages 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Art Workshop: Animal Magic!

Art Workshop: Animal Magic!

  • Family||Workshop

29 July 2016, 14:30-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, ticket required

Explore how sculptors have created 3d animals shown in both contemporary and historical portraits, and then make your own animal with modelling materials.

Suitable for ages 5+.

Young People’s Guide to Self-Portraiture

Young People’s Guide to Self-Portraiture

  • Workshop||Young People

25 July - 29 July 2016, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Discover self-portraits, develop research, filming and presentation skills, explore behind-the-scenes and create an online guide.
Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

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

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

Live Music: John Martin’s Hidden Notes

Live Music: John Martin’s Hidden Notes

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

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

Exploring the polyphonic possibilities of the saxophone in tonal music with his quintet.

Life Drawing: Double Act

Life Drawing: Double Act

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

Artist Grace Adam leads this session during which you will explore the way painters communicate relationships, working with two models to explore body language and composition.

Portrait of the Day: William Gilbert (W.G) Grace

Portrait of the Day: William Gilbert (W.G) Grace

  • Talks and Lectures

30 July 2016, 12:30
Room 22
Free

The life and career of the Victorian legend; the world's first sporting superstar, possibly England's greatest cricketer and the man responsible for the invention of "the Ashes".

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.

Taster Session: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

Taster Session: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

  • Workshop||Young People
  • BSL

30 July 2016, 11:00-14:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Portraiture drawing in the Gallery with BP Portrait Award artists. Bookings in advance to bpnextgeneration@npg.org.uk For ages 14–21. Booking required.

Family Activity Base

Family Activity Base

  • Family||Workshop

30 July 2016, 11:00-16:00
Main Hall
Free

Visit our 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.

Displays (16)

16 displays matching the date thisWeek

Spotlight

Spotlight

18 May - 4 September 2016
Room 31
Free

This Spotlight forms part of Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862-1948 and  includes recently acquired works of dancer Berto Pasuka (1911-63) by theatrical and surrealist photographer Angus McBean taken in the late 1940s.

Portraits of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge

Portraits of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge

21 June - 27 July 2016
Main Hall
Free

The National Portrait Gallery has acquired, as a gift from the photographer Josh Olins, five of the photographic portraits of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge commissioned for the June 2016 centenary issue of British Vogue as a collaboration between the magazine, the Gallery and The Duchess. Three of the portraits are now on display in the Ondaatje Wing Main Hall until 27 July 2016.
Olympians: From London to Rio

Olympians: From London to Rio

28 July - 4 September 2016
Main Hall
Free

After the resounding success of the British team at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, having won sixty-five and 120 medals respectively, Britain’s most talented athletes are competing again at the summer 2016 Games in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. The Olympic Games take place from 5 to 21 August and the Paralympic Games are from 7 to 18 September.

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.
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.
Conscientious Objectors of the First World War

Conscientious Objectors of the First World War

21 June 2016 - 5 February 2017
Room 31: case display
Free

This display marks one hundred years since the introduction of conscription by Herbert Asquith's government, in March 1916.

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.

Creative Connections: Southwark and Lambeth

Creative Connections: Southwark and Lambeth

10 June - 6 September 2016
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.

This photographic display explores the lives of inspiring people with connections to South London and features responses made to these by artist Simon Terrill and students from St Saviours and St Olaves School. The photographs the students and Simon have made are shown alongside the Collection works that inspired them.

Creative Connections is generously supported by the Palley family.

Lucian Freud Unseen

Lucian Freud Unseen

11 June - 6 September 2016
Room 40
Free

A rare unfinished self-portrait painting and a small selection of fascinating sketchbooks, childhood drawings and letters by the late Lucian Freud are brought together for the first time in a display to celebrate this important acquisition of his archive for the nation through the Arts Council England’s Acceptance in Lieu scheme.
Thomas J Price: Now You See Me

Thomas J Price: Now You See Me

24 June - 5 September 2016
Room 41 and 41a
Free

Now You See Me presents a selection of contemporary artist Thomas J Price’s sculptural work from the last five years, in which he uses cast bronze and aluminium to create fictional, anonymous heads and figures.

Thomas J Price: Now You See Me is supported by the William Brake Charitable Trust

Beyond the Gallery (4)

4 events matching the date thisWeek

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.

All The World’s a Stage: Court, Patrons & Writers in Shakespeare’s Circle

All The World’s a Stage: Court, Patrons & Writers in Shakespeare’s Circle

  • Partnership exhibition

10 June - 25 September 2016
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

This display marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and explores Shakespeare’s social and artistic circle.  It has been co-curated by the Gallery, with the Barber Institute of Fine Arts and postgraduate students from the University.
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.
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.