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Exhibitions (2)

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BP Portrait Award 2014

BP Portrait Award 2014

26 June - 21 September 2014
Wolfson Gallery
Admission Free

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

Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision

Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision

10 July - 26 October 2014
Porter Gallery

Virginia Woolf was one of the most important and celebrated writers of the twentieth century. This extensive exhibition of portraits and rare archival material will explore her life and achievements as a novelist, intellectual, campaigner and public figure.

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Portrait of the Day: Stamford Raffles

Portrait of the Day: Stamford Raffles

  • Gallery Talk

21 August 2014, 12:00
Room 19
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection. Talk led by Duncan Crawford.

Programme subject to change

Lunchtime Lecture: Legacies of British Slave-Ownership: Hidden Histories in the Collection

Lunchtime Lecture: Legacies of British Slave-Ownership: Hidden Histories in the Collection

  • Lecture

21 August 2014, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free
To mark Slavery Remembrance Day, Dr Nick Draper re-examines images in the Gallery’s Collection to highlight the common history behind figures.

Lecture: ‘Absolutely Divine’: Virginia Woolf and Charleston

Lecture: ‘Absolutely Divine’: Virginia Woolf and Charleston

A part of Late Shift
21 August 2014, 19:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £6 (£5 concessions, Gallery Supporters and members) Bookings online or visit the Gallery in person.
The Virginia Woolf: Art Life and Vision Adult Learning Programme is made possible in loving memory of Rosemary Evison.

Dr Darren Clarke, Head of Curatorial Services for the Charleston Trust, explores the lives and work of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant at Charleston and Woolf’s responses to it.

Guest DJ: Sadie Lee

Guest DJ: Sadie Lee

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
21 August 2014, 18:00-20:45
Main Hall
Free

Sadie Lee plays a mixed-up mish mash of cherished classics, poignant pop, quirky covers and foreign language lounge.

Displays (15)

15 displays matching the date today

Photograph of the Month

Photograph of the Month

1 August - 31 August 2014
Room 31
Free
August 2014 marks fifty years since the death of writer Ian Fleming (1908–64), renowned for his best-selling spy novels centred on the fictional exploits of James Bond, the Secret Intelligence Service officer also known by his code name ‘007’.

Hans Holbein Re-made: Copies and versions of portraits from the Tudor court

Hans Holbein Re-made: Copies and versions of portraits from the Tudor court

4 March - 26 August 2014
Room 3
Free
This display will bring together a selection of the Gallery’s copies of Holbein’s portraits, all of which have undergone technical analysis as part of the Making Art in Tudor Britain project.

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.

‘No end of a lesson’: The Boer War, 1899-1902

‘No end of a lesson’: The Boer War, 1899-1902

1 April - 23 November 2014
Room 23
Free
The second Boer War (1899-1902) in South Africa marked a turning point in attitudes towards the British Empire and informed British military strategy in the lead up to the First World War. This display will explore this controversial war via the stories of the campaign’s central protagonists.

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 World of Rupert Potter: Photographs of Beatrix, Millais and friends

The World of Rupert Potter: Photographs of Beatrix, Millais and friends

13 May - 16 November 2014
Room 28: case display
Free

The father of the children’s book author and illustrator Beatrix Potter, Rupert Potter (1832–1914) was a lawyer and a keen amateur photographer.

Bernard Partridge character sketches

Bernard Partridge character sketches

4 March - 16 November 2014
Room 29: case display
Free
A focus on the work of Sir Bernard Partridge (1861-1945) before he became a cartoonist for Punch. The display showcases a set of portrait studies of key figures from the late-Victorian arts scene: the actress Ellen Terry, the artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler and novelist, Hall Caine.

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.

Naval Officers of World War I

Naval Officers of World War I

10 May - 12 October 2014
Room 32
Free
Naval Officers of World War I by Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope is one of three large group portraits commissioned by the South African financier Sir Abraham (‘Abe’) Bailey in the aftermath of the Great War. Owing to poor condition, Naval Officers has not been seen for several decades. However, following a recent successful appeal for necessary funds to restore the work, the present display returns this important painting to public view.

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.

Creative Connections Year 2: Ealing

Creative Connections Year 2: Ealing

19 June - 21 September 2014
Rooms 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 spotlight for year two has been the London Borough of Ealing. Together artist film maker Eelyn Lee and young people from the Gallery’s partner school, Brentside High, have created An Ealing Trilogy; a video installation. The installation will be shown alongside the Gallery Collection in this display.

Catherine Goodman: Portraits from Life

Catherine Goodman: Portraits from Life

17 June - 23 November 2014
Rooms 41 and 41a
Free

A display of recent portraits by the British artist Catherine Goodman, winner of the BP Portrait Award 2002, opens to coincide with this annual exhibition. Goodman’s expressive portraits of family and friends are not only likenesses but offer a powerful insight into the interior world of both artist and sitter.

Beyond the Gallery (3)

3 events matching the date today

Lasting Impressions: Twentieth Century Portrait Prints

Lasting Impressions: Twentieth Century Portrait Prints

  • Partnership exhibition

6 June - 28 September 2014
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham

This exhibition explores how artists including Eric Gill, Oskar Kokoschka and Richard Hamilton have used different print processes to convey the personalities and circumstances of sitters. Co-curated by postgraduate students from the University’s Art History, Film and Visual Studies department, the display is the third a collaborative series of exhibitions.

Royals: then & now

Royals: then & now

  • Partnership exhibition

1 March - 2 November 2014
Beningbrough Hall, York

Marking the 300th anniversary of the accession of King George I, Royals: then & now brings major contemporary portraits to Beningbrough Hall for the first time 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.