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Exhibitions (1)

1 exhibition matching the date thisWeek

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014

13 November 2014 - 22 February 2015
Porter Gallery

Portraits by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers from around the world.

Events (14)

14 events matching the date thisWeek

Portrait of the Day: The Bronte Sisters

Portrait of the Day: The Bronte Sisters

  • Gallery Talk

28 January 2015, 12:00
Room 24
Free

Charlotte, Emily and Anne were the authors of some of our best loved novels from the Victorian era, including Jane Eyre; Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and yet during their own lifetime they were criticised for their strong, independant minded female heroines.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

29 January 2015, 12:00
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Visualising Portraits: Keep the Home Fires Burning

Visualising Portraits: Keep the Home Fires Burning

29 January 2015, 14:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Picture description for visually impaired visitors.

Lecture: Dressing Elizabeth: The Phoenix Portrait as Evidence of a Royal Wardrobe

Lecture: Dressing Elizabeth: The Phoenix Portrait as Evidence of a Royal Wardrobe

A part of Late Shift
29 January 2015, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Taking the recently conserved Phoenix portrait of Elizabeth I as her focus, Professor Maria Hayward considers the clothes, jewellery and accessories worn by the queen, and the large range of individuals involved in making the her clothes, caring for the royal wardrobe and assisting her to dress and undress.

Gallery Tour: Grayson Perry: Who Are You?

Gallery Tour: Grayson Perry: Who Are You?

  • Gallery Talk||Late Shift
  • BSL

A part of Late Shift
29 January 2015, 19:30
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

John Wilson takes a tour around Grayson Perry’s special display of new works inserted into the Gallery’s 19th and 20th century displays. Led in British Sign Language and interpreted into English.
Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
29 January 2015, 18:00-20:45
Main Hall
Free

It’s the end of the month and pay day. Celebrate at the Gallery with music and our pop-up bar. Every fortnight, our resident DJ Edward Otchere creates a carefully crafted themed soundscape. 

Portrait of the Day: Alfred Lord Tennyson

Portrait of the Day: Alfred Lord Tennyson

  • Gallery Talk

30 January 2015, 12:00
Room 24
Free

Alfred Lord Tennyson b.1809 was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom during much of Queen Victoria's reign and remains one of the most popular British poets to this day.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Live Music: Tom Hyatt

Live Music: Tom Hyatt

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
30 January 2015, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A personal yet universal approach to lyrics and a dynamic live delivery, make this London-based singer-songwriter one-to-watch.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
30 January 2015, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

If you haven’t picked up a pencil to draw since school, abandon all inhibitions and join our free, friendly Friday night portrait drawing class.

Life Drawing: Video Views

Life Drawing: Video Views

A part of Late Shift
30 January 2015, 18:30-20:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £9 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Led by artist Robin-Lee Hall, explore working from real and recorded life as a live video backdrop shows a close-up of the model’s face.

Portrait of the Day: Marc Quinn's Self

Portrait of the Day: Marc Quinn's Self

  • Gallery Talk

31 January 2015, 12:00
Room 38
Free

Marc Quinn uses his art work to explore the relationship between art and science; the human body and beauty.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

1 February 2015, 12:00
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Young People’s Sunday Session: Wear it out

Young People’s Sunday Session: Wear it out

  • Workshop||Young People
  • BSL

1 February 2015, 13:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Taking inspiration from Grayson Perry: Who Are You? artists Sadie Lee and Becky Boston will highlight queer identity in the Gallery’s Collection and you will explore identity through textile customisation and costume. Part of LGBT History Month. Communication Support is available upon request. 

For ages 14–21.  Booking required.  Please email youthbookings@npg.org.uk or call 020 7312 2483.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

2 February 2015, 12:00
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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Displays (14)

14 displays matching the date thisWeek

Photograph of the Month

Photograph of the Month

1 December 2014 - 1 February 2015
Room 31
Free

December 2014 marks fifty years since the death of the poet and biographer Edith Sitwell (1887-1964). Born in Scarborough, she grew up in her ancestral home, Renishaw Hall, Derbyshire, before moving to London in 1913. Sitwell’s first published poem, 'Drowned Suns', appeared that same year and in 1915 her first book of verse: The Mother and Other Poems was published.
The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered

The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered

12 September 2014 - 1 March 2015
Room 1, 2 and 3
Free

This special display, focusing on the portraiture of the Tudor monarchs, will allow visitors to rediscover these well-known kings and queens through the most complete presentation of their images staged to date.
Hidden: An unseen portrait of Oliver Cromwell

Hidden: An unseen portrait of Oliver Cromwell

10 July 2014 - 19 October 2015
Room 5
Free

Recent investigation has revealed what may be a hidden portrait of the Parliamentarian commander Oliver Cromwell beneath a portrait of the army officer Sir Arthur Hesilrige.

Favourites: Art and Power, 1600-1800

Favourites: Art and Power, 1600-1800

18 July 2014 - 1 September 2015
Room 16
Free

Throughout British history, the reigning monarch has operated a system of favouritism by which loyalty, support and achievement have been rewarded with privileges, titles and membership of exclusive groups. This system has been central to the hierarchy of traditional British society and has helped to protect the monarch and assert the crown’s authority.

Old Titles and New Money: American Heiresses and the British Aristocracy

Old Titles and New Money: American Heiresses and the British Aristocracy

25 November 2014 - 1 August 2015
Room 23
Free

A focus on the late-nineteenth-century phenomenon of American heiresses marrying into British aristocracy.  The display will explore how women such as Mary Curzon and Jennie Churchill became charismatic leaders of British society.

Thomas Carlyle: Historian of Heroes

Thomas Carlyle: Historian of Heroes

14 July 2014 - 30 March 2015
Room 24: case display
Free

This display focuses on the eminent Victorian historian and literary figure, Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881). Carlyle established his reputation through the major works Sartor Resartus (1833-34), The French Revolution (1837) and Frederick the Great (1858-65), as well as shorter books and essays such as his collection Latter-Day Pamphlets (1850). 

Painting Parliament: The Fine Arts Commission 1841 – 1863

Painting Parliament: The Fine Arts Commission 1841 – 1863

12 August 2014 - 10 May 2015
Room 25: case display
Free

This display focuses on the committee of key Victorian figures appointed to oversee the decoration of the newly-built Houses of Parliament.

‘The artist’s cause at heart’: M.H. Spielmann, Collector and Donor

‘The artist’s cause at heart’: M.H. Spielmann, Collector and Donor

18 November 2014 - 1 August 2015
Room 28: case display
Free

A range of nineteenth century Punch self-portraits, photographs of sculptors and Jewish personalities throws light on the writer and art historian Marion Harry Spielmann’s work, and his decades of generosity towards the Gallery.

Henry Tonks: Studies of the Artist

Henry Tonks: Studies of the Artist

18 November 2014 - 1 July 2015
Room 29
Free

This display showcases three self-portrait sketches by one of the most influential art teachers of the twentieth century, Henry Tonks (1862-1937).  The studies were made on the eve of the First World War, while Tonks was a teacher at the Slade School of Fine Art.

Suffragettes: Deeds not Words

Suffragettes: Deeds not Words

1 July 2014 - 10 May 2015
Room 31
Free

This display includes photographs of Emmeline Pankhurst and Mary Richardson, notorious for attacking the ‘Rokeby Venus’ by Diego Velasquez at the National Gallery.  It also includes original documents from the Gallery’s archive, and surveillance photographs showing a number of Suffragettes which were issued to the Gallery by the Criminal Record Bureau in 1914.
Keep the home fires burning

Keep the home fires burning

1 July 2014 - 15 February 2015
Room 31: case display
Free

This display will cast a spotlight on the stars of the music halls, musical revues and comedies who kept the public entertained during the First World War. Their performances were diverting, comforting, occasionally critical, and their songs have since become an evocative part of public remembrance of the conflict.

Grayson Perry: Who Are You?

Grayson Perry: Who Are You?

25 October 2014 - 15 March 2015
Room 32
Free

Sponsored by Coutts

Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry turns his attention to portraiture and British identity for this display of new works, including a self-portrait and a tapestry, made during his Channel 4 series Who Are You?

Colour, Light, Texture: Portraits by Matthew Smith and Frank Dobson

Colour, Light, Texture: Portraits by Matthew Smith and Frank Dobson

5 August 2014 - 6 April 2015
Room 33
Free

This display offers the opportunity to view rarely-seen portraits by Smith showing the author Roald Dahl and the British film star Jean Simmons, which are on long-term loan to the Gallery.  In addition, Smith’s portrait of the writer and artist Angelica Garnett, recently acquired by the Gallery, will be displayed here for the first time.
Snowdon: A Life in View

Snowdon: A Life in View

26 September 2014 - 21 June 2015
Rooms 37 and 37a
Free

This display celebrates a major gift of photographs from Lord Snowdon to the Gallery in 2013, and coincides with a new monograph published by Rizzoli.

Beyond the Gallery (4)

4 events matching the date thisWeek

Jonathan Yeo Portraits

Jonathan Yeo Portraits

  • Touring exhibition

8 November 2014 - 15 February 2015
The Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle

This retrospective of Jonathan Yeo’s work features some of Yeo’s most iconic sitters, who are leaders in their field of expertise, ranging across the arts, fashion, politics, and business. Sitters include: Jude Law, Sir Michael Parkinson, Erin O’Connor, Malala Yousafzai, Doreen Lawrence OBE, and Grayson Perry. A range of studies and sketches will also go on show, to provide a comprehensive resumé of Yeo’s artistic career, spanning over two decades.
Starring Vivien Leigh

Starring Vivien Leigh

  • Partnership exhibition

8 November 2014 - 15 February 2015
The Laing Art Gallery

One of the most famous actors of the 20th century, Leigh is seen here captured on film throughout her career by photographers including Cecil Beaton, Angus McBean, Norman Parkinson, Laszlo Willinger and Madame Yevonde.

Picture the Poet

Picture the Poet

  • Partnership exhibition

3 September 2014 - 29 November 2015
Graves Gallery, Sheffield

Discover the faces of poets working today, including Benjamin Zephaniah, Simon Armitage and Carol Ann Duffy, in this touring exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery.

Pictured & Seen

Pictured & Seen

  • Partnership exhibition

15 March 2014 - 30 November 2015
Montacute House
Free

The display focuses on the relationship between objects and their representation in 16th and 17th century British portraiture.