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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 (12)

12 events matching the date thisWeek

Portrait of the Day: Horatio Nelson

Portrait of the Day: Horatio Nelson

  • Talks and Lectures

31 August 2016, 12:30
Room 17
Free

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

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

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

1 September 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.

Lunchtime Lecture: In the steps of exceptional women

Lunchtime Lecture: In the steps of exceptional women

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

Writer and activist Jane Grant follows the history of the Fawcett Society from its origins in the Women’s Suffrage Petition in 1866 to its 150th anniversary this year.

Guest DJ: Neil Prince

Guest DJ: Neil Prince

  • Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
1 September 2016, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Listen and unwind at the Late Shift bar as DJ Neil Prince creates a set in response to the works on display.

In Conversation: Creative Connections: Neil Kenlock

In Conversation: Creative Connections: Neil Kenlock

  • Late Shift||Talks and Lectures

A part of Late Shift
1 September 2016, 19:00
Room 20
Free

Photographer Neil Kenlock talks to broadcaster and journalist Brenda Emmanus about significant moments in his career from his defining images of the Jamaican community in the UK and his time as official photographer for the UK Black Panther Movement to key work from Lambeth including his portrait of campaigner Olive Morris, recently acquired by the Gallery.

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

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

  • Talks and Lectures

2 September 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.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

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

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

Live Music: Mafarowi

Live Music: Mafarowi

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
2 September 2016, 18:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free

A new project by alto sax player Martin Speake exploring his interest in rhythmic music from across the globe.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

3 September 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

4 September 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.

Sunday Session: New Perspectives

Sunday Session: New Perspectives

  • Workshop||Young People

4 September 2016, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Be inspired by the Luc Tuymans: Glasses display and explore how accessories can provide more information about the sitters through painting portraits.

Led by artists Isobel Peachey and Robin Lee-Hall.

 

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

5 September 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.

Displays (15)

15 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.

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.
Reproducing Fame: Printmakers and the Nineteenth Century Stage

Reproducing Fame: Printmakers and the Nineteenth Century Stage

27 August 2016 - 2 July 2017
Room 24: case display
Free

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

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.

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.

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.

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 (5)

5 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.
Tanya Raabe-Webber

Tanya Raabe-Webber

16 July - 1 October 2016
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, London, Stoke City Football Club and Beningbrough Hall, York

Portraits Untold explores and celebrates the diversity of our common humanity through a series of four live portrait sittings with high profile figures in well-known venues across the UK.

Portraits Untold has been developed by artist Tanya Raabe-Webber in partnership with the host venues

Supported by Arts Council England.

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.