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BP Portrait Award 2017

BP Portrait Award 2017

22 June - 24 September 2017
Wolfson Gallery
Admission Free

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

Events (12)

12 events matching the date thisWeek

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

27 June 2017, 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: Alexander McQueen; Isabella Blow

Portrait of the Day: Alexander McQueen; Isabella Blow

  • Talks and Lectures

28 June 2017, 12:30
Room 32
Free

Join us today to find out more about these three revolutionary artists and fanatics of fashion. They explored the boundaries between art, fashion, and theatricals. Together we will discover the ties that bind them together.

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: Anne Boleyn

Portrait of the Day: Anne Boleyn

  • Talks and Lectures

29 June 2017, 12:30
Room 1
Free

Anne is one of the most famous queens in English history, although her reign only lasted for three years, she helped to change the course of history. Anne joined Henry VIII’s court, in 1522; it wasn’t long before she became the most fascinating women there.

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: First World War Poets

Visualising Portraits: First World War Poets

29 June 2017, 14:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Find out more about this display which marks the centenary of the First World War, through the work of poets who wrote both from the trenches and on the home front during the conflict.

In Conversation: Faces of the Past, Images in Question

In Conversation: Faces of the Past, Images in Question

A part of Late Shift
29 June 2017, 19:00
Free ticket required: Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Catherine Hall discusses with Hilary Fraser how historians’ discoveries and analysis change the way we remember the fundamental causes of the country’s history. The discussion will be moderated by writer Marina Warner.

BSL Gallery Tour: Life, Death and Memory

BSL Gallery Tour: Life, Death and Memory

  • Late Shift||Talks and Lectures
  • BSL

A part of Late Shift
29 June 2017, 19:30
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Chisato Minamimura leads a tour of this display which looks at how artists have used self-portraiture as a way of examining their own mortality. Led in BSL.

Portrait of the Day: Paul McCartney: 'Sargent Pepper 50 year anniversary'

Portrait of the Day: Paul McCartney: 'Sargent Pepper 50 year anniversary'

  • Talks and Lectures

30 June 2017, 12:30
Room 32
Free

Monday 14 June 1965. This day showed McCartney’s vocal diversity, and stylistic talent which he brought to The Beatles.

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
30 June 2017, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

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

Live Music: Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Live Music: Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
30 June 2017, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Exploring synaesthesia, focusing on the music of Olivier Messiaen with Peter Tuite and Rolf Hind.

Life Drawing: Movement and the Baroque

Life Drawing: Movement and the Baroque

A part of Late Shift
30 June 2017, 18:30-20:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £9 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

This dynamic evening of life drawing with artist Andy Pankhurst is inspired by poses in selected works from the 17th Century within the Collection.

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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

1 July 2017, 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

2 July 2017, 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 (12)

12 displays matching the date thisWeek

Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs

Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs

19 February 2016 - 16 July 2017
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.

Life, Death and Memory

Life, Death and Memory

17 April 2017 - 16 March 2018
Room 16
Free

This display draws together historic and contemporary works from the Collection that engage with this complex, sometimes troubling, relationship.

Marlene Dumas: Oscar Wilde and Bosie

Marlene Dumas: Oscar Wilde and Bosie

29 March - 30 October 2017
Room 21
Free

These portraits by contemporary artist Marlene Dumas (b.1953) represent Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) and Lord Alfred Douglas (1870–1945), also known as ‘Bosie’. Wilde is one of the most significant writers, dramatists and poets of the late nineteenth-century.

First World War Poets

First World War Poets

28 February - 1 October 2017
Room 22
Free

To mark the centenary of the First World War, this display presents a selection of men and women who wrote poetry both from the trenches and on the home front during the conflict.

Reproducing Fame: Printmakers and the Nineteenth Century Stage

Reproducing Fame: Printmakers and the Nineteenth Century Stage

27 August 2016 - 31 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.

At the Despatch Box: Gladstone in Action

At the Despatch Box: Gladstone in Action

6 September 2016 - 6 August 2017
Room 25: case display
Free

Offering a glimpse of William Gladstone’s legendary performances in parliament, this display focuses on the sketches of the politician made by the artists employed to document parliamentary proceedings for the illustrated press.

A Century of Photography, 1840-1940

A Century of Photography, 1840-1940

17 October 2016 - 29 October 2017
Room 29
Free

From October 2016 the Gallery will celebrate photography with an installation dedicated to its extraordinary Photographs Collection.

Speak its Name!

Speak its Name!

22 November 2016 - 6 August 2017
Room 32
Free

This display features seven portraits and quotations from Speak its Name!, a new book that marks the fiftieth anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.

Émigrés: Twentieth-century Self-portraits by Artists from Abroad

Émigrés: Twentieth-century Self-portraits by Artists from Abroad

27 May - 1 October 2017
Room 32
Free

With the question of migration one of intense current debate, Émigrés comprises work by artists from abroad who came to Great Britain in response to the Second World War.

Double Take: Akram Zaatari and the Arab Image Foundation

Double Take: Akram Zaatari and the Arab Image Foundation

27 March - 3 September 2017
Room 33
Free

This display will present studio portraits taken by Madani in which two people of the same sex kiss or tenderly embrace. By returning to these historical documents, Zaatari explores the specific cultural and political histories contained within Madani’s portraits.

David Gwinnutt: Before We Were Men

David Gwinnutt: Before We Were Men

9 March - 24 September 2017
Room 39
Free

David Gwinnutt away from the lights and publicity of the clubs, captured these sitters in the intimacy of their own homes, often squats or rented council accommodation. Using only his handheld camera and natural light, these grainy black and white photographs feel unguarded and spontaneous, offering a privileged glimpse into the private worlds of these rising stars who lived, worked and played together.

Samuel Fosso: Self-Portraits

Samuel Fosso: Self-Portraits

24 June - 24 September 2017
Room 41 and 41A
Free

This display showcases self-portraits by the Cameroonian-born artist Samuel Fosso (b.1962). It includes work made in the 1970s alongside a body of new self-portraits made in 2015 – 16, which are being exhibited here for the first time.

Beyond the Gallery (5)

5 events matching the date thisWeek

More Real Than Life: 19th-century Portrait Photography

More Real Than Life: 19th-century Portrait Photography

  • Partnership exhibition

9 June - 24 September 2017
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham

More Real Than Life considers the creation of studio portrait photography during the Victorian period and the role sitters played.

Paul Smith to J K Rowling: BP Portrait Award Commissions from the National Portrait Gallery

Paul Smith to J K Rowling: BP Portrait Award Commissions from the National Portrait Gallery

  • Partnership exhibition

9 June - 24 September 2017
University of Hull for the UK's City of Culture 2017

This exhibition on display at the University of Hull will showcase 22 of the first prize winning portraits from the BP Portrait Award.

Looking Good: The Male Gaze from Van Dyck to Lucian Freud

Looking Good: The Male Gaze from Van Dyck to Lucian Freud

  • Partnership exhibition

24 June - 1 October 2017
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Curated by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, as part of a three-year nationwide tour, this display considers Sir Anthony van Dyck’s Self-portrait in the context of male portraiture.

Copying Holbein

Copying Holbein

  • Partnership exhibition

5 March - 30 October 2017
Montacute House, Somerset

This display features portraits from the court of Henry VIII, all of which are copies after portraits by Hans Holbein the Younger. The display considers Holbein’s important legacy.

Director’s Choice

Director’s Choice

  • Partnership exhibition

4 March - 5 November 2017
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.