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Exhibitions (2)

2 exhibitions matching the date today

BP Portrait Award 2015

BP Portrait Award 2015

18 June - 20 September 2015
Wolfson Gallery
Admission Free

Fifty-five of the best contemporary painted portraits from around the world.

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

2 July - 18 October 2015
Porter Gallery

This fascinating photographic exhibition will illustrate the life of actress and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993). From her early years as a chorus girl in London’s West End through to her philanthropic work in later life, Portraits of an Icon will celebrate one of the world’s most photographed and recognisable stars.

Events (8)

8 events matching the date today

Portrait of the Day: Paul McCartney (Mike's Brother): '67

Portrait of the Day: Paul McCartney (Mike's Brother): '67

  • Gallery Talk

Past event archive
30 July 2015, 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.

Family Art Workshop: Patterned Portraits

Family Art Workshop: Patterned Portraits

  • Family||Workshop

Past event archive
30 July 2015, 11:30-13:00

Education Studio
Free

Explore the use of pattern in both the BP Portrait Award 2015 and the Collection to make a large scale print.

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required and available one hour before event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session.

Visualising Portraits: Jack Smith: Abstract Portraits

Visualising Portraits: Jack Smith: Abstract Portraits

Past event archive
30 July 2015, 14:00

Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Picture description for visually impaired visitors. Explore this fascinating display on unconventional approaches to portraiture.

Drop-in Family Session: Pop-Up Gallery

Drop-in Family Session: Pop-Up Gallery

  • Family||Workshop

Past event archive
30 July 2015, 13:00-16:00

Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Create portraits to add to our giant pop up Gallery.

Suitable for ages 3+. No ticket needed.

Family Art Workshop: Patterned Portraits

Family Art Workshop: Patterned Portraits

  • Family||Workshop

Past event archive
30 July 2015, 14:30-16:00

Education Studio
Free

Explore the use of pattern in both the BP Portrait Award 2015 and the Collection to make a large scale print.

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required and available one hour before event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session.

Lecture: “How Do I Look?” The Mystery of Audrey Hepburn

Lecture: “How Do I Look?” The Mystery of Audrey Hepburn

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

Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw deconstructs the look and the sound of Audrey Hepburn.

BSL Gallery Tour: Allen Jones

BSL Gallery Tour: Allen Jones

  • Gallery Talk||Late Shift
  • BSL

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

Chisato Minamimura focuses on the life and art of Allen Jones, looking at examples of his work in the collection. Led in BSL with Peter Abraham providing interpretation into English.

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift

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

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

Displays (15)

15 displays matching the date today

Spotlight

Spotlight

1 July - 31 August 2015
Room 31
Free

This display marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of W.B. Yeats with a portrait of the poet by Howard Coster, taken in 1935, accompanied by five photographs including three snapshots by Ottoline Morrell.

Roy Strong at 80: Photographs by John Swannell

Roy Strong at 80: Photographs by John Swannell

19 June - 31 August 2015
Main Hall
Free

This new display celebrates the eightieth birthday of the Gallery’s former director Sir Roy Strong who, with photographer John Swannell, has devised a series of portraits that transport Sir Roy through time, inventing and reinventing him as an array of historical characters.

The Tudors Reimagined: George Perfect Harding

The Tudors Reimagined: George Perfect Harding

14 March 2015 - 17 January 2016
Room 3
Free

This display explores the fashion for historical portraits in the early 19th-century by pairing watercolours of Tudor sitters made by George Perfect Harding with the original portraits.
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.

Cornelius Johnson: Charles I’s Forgotten Painter

Cornelius Johnson: Charles I’s Forgotten Painter

15 April - 13 September 2015
Room 6
Free

Prolific and successful in his lifetime, Cornelius Johnson is the forgotten man of 17th-century British art. This display looks at a range of his paintings including rarely seen portraits of the King’s children.

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 - 2 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.

Curators' Choice: Photographs from the Terence Pepper Gift

Curators' Choice: Photographs from the Terence Pepper Gift

12 May 2015 - 24 January 2016
Room 24 and 31: case displays
Free

The works in these two component displays are drawn from around 2500 photographs from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries generously donated by Terence Pepper, Senior Special Adviser on Photographs. Curators’ Choice is a tribute to his skills of detection and identification, and his eye for an overlooked or mis-identified sitter or photographer, as well as his interest in charting cultural life in all its variety.
Keir Hardie: Radical, Socialist, Feminist

Keir Hardie: Radical, Socialist, Feminist

1 June - 13 December 2015
Room 25: case display
Free

This display presents a selection of portraits of the first leader of the Labour Party in Parliament, James Keir Hardie (1856-1915), to mark the centenary of his death on 26 September 2015.
‘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 - 19 September 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.

Aubrey Beardsley: Artist and Aesthete

Aubrey Beardsley: Artist and Aesthete

14 July 2015 - 28 March 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.
Women and the First World War

Women and the First World War

17 February - 25 October 2015
Room 31
Free

This display looks at the role women played during the war through a selection of portraits from the Gallery’s Photographic Collection.  

Jack Smith: Abstract Portraits

Jack Smith: Abstract Portraits

18 March - 31 August 2015
Room 32
Free

Continuing in the INTERVENTIONS series, this display focuses on unconventional approaches to portraiture and features abstract portraits by Jack Smith of the composers Harrison Birtwistle and Colin Matthews and the choreographer Ashley Page.
On Belonging: Photographs of Indians of African Descent

On Belonging: Photographs of Indians of African Descent

13 April - 31 August 2015
Room 33
Free

This display, fresh from its sensational showing at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi in 2013, is the result of six years spent with the Sidi people, an Indian community of African descent. The artist's charming and poignant portraits raise universal questions about nationality, ethnic origin, and the nature of diaspora.

Creative Connections: Camden Radical Characters

Creative Connections: Camden Radical Characters

1 July - 11 October 2015
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.

The spotlights for the third year of the project are the London borough of Camden and the portraits and biographies of people who have local connections. The project partner is Haverstock school and the artist is photographer Kate Peters. Together they explored the Gallery and its photographic Collection, the history of the borough and created new portraits in response to these. The students and Kate’s work will be shown alongside the Gallery Collection in the display.

Friendship Portraits: Chantal Joffe and Ishbel Myerscough

Friendship Portraits: Chantal Joffe and Ishbel Myerscough

11 June - 27 September 2015
Room 41 and 41a
Free

Friendship Portraits, a display of paintings and drawings by Chantal Joffe and Ishbel Myerscough, captures their very particular artistic collaboration. Self-portraits, portraits of each other and portraits of their children explore their lives and shared history from their student days to the present.

Supported by the William Brake Charitable Trust

Beyond the Gallery (6)

6 events matching the date today

Picture the Poet

Picture the Poet

  • Partnership exhibition

1 May - 2 August 2015
The Collection, Lincoln

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.

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014

  • Touring exhibition

2 May - 16 August 2015
Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

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

Artists in the Frame: Self-Portraits by Van Dyck and Others

Artists in the Frame: Self-Portraits by Van Dyck and Others

  • Partnership exhibition

21 May - 31 August 2015
Manchester 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  Manchester Art Gallery where it forms the centrepiece of Artists in the Frame: Self Portraits by Van Dyck and Others.

The Modernist Face:  Smith, Dobson and British Portraiture, 1920 – 1960

The Modernist Face: Smith, Dobson and British Portraiture, 1920 – 1960

  • Partnership exhibition

5 June - 27 September 2015
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham
Free

Curated by University of Birmingham postgraduate students with the Barber Institute and the National Portrait Gallery, the exhibition features portraits of author Roald Dahl, actress Jean Simmons and textile designer Marian Dorn.
Royals: then & now

Royals: then & now

  • Partnership exhibition

28 February - 1 November 2015
Beningbrough Hall, York

Marking the 300th anniversary of the accession of King George I, Royals: then & now brings major contemporary portraits to Beningbrough Hall to create a dialogue between today’s royal family and their Hanoverian ancestors.

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.