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Exhibitions (2)

2 exhibitions matching the date thisWeek

Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask

Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask

9 March - 29 May 2017
Wolfson Gallery
Tickets with donation: Full price £12 (Concessions £10.50) Members Free
Buy Gift Membership here

This exhibition brings together for the first time the work of French Surrealist artist Claude Cahun and British contemporary artist Gillian Wearing.

Spring Season 2017 sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends

Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends

23 March - 18 June 2017
Porter Gallery
Tickets with donation: Full price £12 (Concessions £10.50) Members Free
Buy Gift Membership here

Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends. This is the first exhibition of portraits by Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017), one of Britain’s greatest artists. Hodgkin’s paintings are characterised by rich colour, complex illusionistic space and sensuous brushwork.

Spring Season 2017 sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Events (10)

10 events matching the date thisWeek

Portrait of the Day: Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow

Portrait of the Day: Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow

  • Talks and Lectures

24 March 2017, 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.

Live Music: Bella Tromba

Live Music: Bella Tromba

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
24 March 2017, 18:30
Please check signage on the day
Free

The award winning brass group presents a lively and varied program of Chamber music.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
24 March 2017, 18:30
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: Wilfred Owen

Portrait of the Day: Wilfred Owen

  • Talks and Lectures

25 March 2017, 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.

Weekend Workshop: Another Mask: Making Poetry from Portraiture

Weekend Workshop: Another Mask: Making Poetry from Portraiture

25 March 2017, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio
Tickets: £75 (£60 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

This one-day poetry workshop led by poet Sarah Hesketh uses Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun as a starting point for the creation of new poetry.

 

Portrait of the Day: William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield

Portrait of the Day: William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield

  • Talks and Lectures

26 March 2017, 12:30
Room 14
Free

Lord Chief Justice, 1756-88. Known for his eloquence, he was a firm opponent of Chatham and upheld the absolute dominion of Great Britain over the colonies.

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: Jean Simmons: "From Cricklewood to Hollywood"

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

  • Talks and Lectures

27 March 2017, 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.

The Drawing Room: From every angle

The Drawing Room: From every angle

  • Workshop

27 March 2017, 13:00-15:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free artist-led drawing classes for disabled visitors

Explore some of the sculptures in the Collection by drawing all angles of the busts.

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

Portrait of the Day: Chevalier d'Eon

Portrait of the Day: Chevalier d'Eon

  • Talks and Lectures

28 March 2017, 12:30
Room 12
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 and Isabella Blow

Portrait of the Day: Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow

  • Talks and Lectures

29 March 2017, 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.

Displays (12)

12 displays matching the date thisWeek

Spotlight

Spotlight

14 February - 17 April 2017
Room 31
Free

The early twentieth century saw women increasingly challenging traditional conventions and expectations of their roles in society. This developed alongside the emergence of machine-powered aeroplanes, which offered women a new means for expressing their independence by taking to the skies.

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.

Luc Tuymans: Glasses

Luc Tuymans: Glasses

4 October 2016 - 26 March 2017
Room 16
Free

A display of portraits of sitters wearing glasses made and selected by the internationally renowned Belgian painter Luc Tuymans.

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.

At the Despatch Box: Gladstone in Action

At the Despatch Box: Gladstone in Action

6 September 2016 - 4 June 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.

Late Victorian Britain: Cultural Pioneers

Late Victorian Britain: Cultural Pioneers

6 December 2016 - 1 December 2017
Room 28 wall-case display
Free

Offering a counterpoint to the celebrated fashion for grand ‘swagger’ portraits at the turn of the nineteenth century, this display highlights the parallel growth in taste for small, highly detailed, cabinet-sized portraits.

 

A Century of Photography, 1840-1940

A Century of Photography, 1840-1940

17 October 2016 - 1 October 2017
Room 29
Free

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

First World War Poets

First World War Poets

28 February - 1 October 2017
Room 31
This display will be featured in room 22 from
17 April 2017

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.

Antony Gormley – OBJECT

Antony Gormley – OBJECT

7 September 2016 - 21 May 2017
Room 32
Free

Antony Gormley – OBJECT comprises a cast-iron life-size sculpture cast from the artist’s body suspended from the ceiling of the Ondaatje Wing main hall alongside Fall, a selection of drawings depicting a solitary figure occupying a void.

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.

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.

Beyond the Gallery (4)

4 events matching the date thisWeek

BP Portrait Award 2016

BP Portrait Award 2016

  • Touring exhibition

26 November 2016 - 26 March 2017
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
Free

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

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

  • Touring exhibition

18 March - 4 June 2017
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 is the leading international competition, open to all, which celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography from around the world.

Picasso Portraits

Picasso Portraits

  • Touring exhibition

16 March - 25 June 2017
Museu Picasso, Barcelona

Picasso’s portraits epitomise the astonishing variety and innovation of his art. This major exhibition of over eighty works focuses on the artist’s portrayal of family, friends and lovers and reveals his creative processes as he moved freely between drawing from life, humorous caricature and expressive painting from memory.

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.