Events

A programme of special events including talks, tours and workshops complements the  exhibition.

All events are free except where indicated. Places are limited and available at the Gallery on a first-come, first-served basis. For charged events you can book tickets online, call 020 7306 0055 or visit the Gallery.

Family Trail and Labels

You can explore this year’s exhibition with our free family trail and labels, with drawings by illustrator Anna Hymas. The trail includes a range of activities inspired by the portraits on display, and the chance to win a goody bag with signed books from Anna.







Events (29)

29 events matching the search term BP Portrait Award

Taster Session: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

Taster Session: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

  • Workshop||Young People

16 July 2016, 10:30-14:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Portraiture drawing in the Gallery with BP Portrait Award artists. Free. Bookings in advance to bpnextgeneration@npg.org.uk

Pick up a Pencil: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

Pick up a Pencil: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

  • Workshop||Young People

16 July 2016, 14:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

How to draw a face, with a BP Portrait Award artist. For all abilities, all materials provided. Drawing for ages 14–21. All you have to do is pick up a pencil. No need to book, just drop-in on the day.
Drop-in Family Session: Portrait Jigsaws

Drop-in Family Session: Portrait Jigsaws

  • Family||Workshop

25 July 2016, 11:30-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Visit the BP Portrait Award 2016 for inspiration to create your own portrait jigsaw.

Suitable for ages 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Art Workshop: Animating People

Art Workshop: Animating People

  • Family||Workshop

27 July 2016, 11:30-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, ticket required

Explore the people painted in the BP Portrait Award 2016, and then create an animation in our studio imaging what might happen next!

Suitable for ages 5+.

Art Workshop: Animating People

Art Workshop: Animating People

  • Family||Workshop

27 July 2016, 14:30-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, ticket required

Explore the people painted in the BP Portrait Award 2016, and then create an animation in our studio imaging what might happen next!

Suitable for ages 5+.

Drop-in Activity: Every Picture tells a story

Drop-in Activity: Every Picture tells a story

  • Family||Workshop

27 July 2016, 13:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

What stories lie behind the portraits in the BP Portrait Award 2016? Join our creative writing session and let your imagine run wild!

Suitable for ages 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult

Drop-in Activity: Portrait Posters

Drop-in Activity: Portrait Posters

  • Family||Workshop

28 July 2016, 13:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Design and make a exhibition poster for BP Portrait Award 2016.

Suitable for ages 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Drop-in Family Session: Portrait Jigsaws

Drop-in Family Session: Portrait Jigsaws

  • Family||Workshop

28 July 2016, 14:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Visit the BP Portrait Award 2016 for inspiration to create your own portrait jigsaw.

Suitable for ages 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Exhibition Tour: BP Portrait Award 2016

Exhibition Tour: BP Portrait Award 2016

  • Late Shift||Talks and Lectures

A part of Late Shift
28 July 2016, 19:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

See this year's selection of the very best of contemporary portrait painting from around the world.

BSL Gallery Tour: BP Portrait Award 2016

BSL Gallery Tour: BP Portrait Award 2016

  • Late Shift||Talks and Lectures
  • BSL

A part of Late Shift
28 July 2016, 19:30
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Join John Wilson for a tour of the BP Portrait Award 2016. Led in BSL.

Drop-in Activity: Portrait key rings

Drop-in Activity: Portrait key rings

  • Family||Workshop

29 July 2016, 13:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Make a special portrait key ring Inspired by BP Travel Award 2016.

Suitable for ages 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Taster Session: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

Taster Session: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

  • Workshop||Young People
  • BSL

30 July 2016, 11:00-14:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Portraiture drawing in the Gallery with BP Portrait Award artists. Bookings in advance to bpnextgeneration@npg.org.uk For ages 14–21. Booking required.

Taster Session: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

Taster Session: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

  • Workshop||Young People

31 July 2016, 11:00-14:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Portraiture drawing with BP Portrait Award artists. Life drawing with a nude model. Parent/guardian permission required – see www.npg.org.uk/bpnextgeneration for details. For ages 14–21.  Booking required.

Art Workshop: Travel Bags

Art Workshop: Travel Bags

  • Family||Workshop

1 August 2016, 11:30-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, ticket required

Using this year’s BP Travel Award display for inspiration, print your own patterned portrait tote bag to take home.

Suitable for ages 5+.

Art Workshop: Travel Bags

Art Workshop: Travel Bags

  • Family||Workshop

1 August 2016, 14:30-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, ticket required

Using this year’s BP Travel Award display for inspiration, print your own patterned portrait tote bag to take home.

Suitable for ages 5+.

Art Workshop: Characters in Stories

Art Workshop: Characters in Stories

  • Family||Workshop

2 August 2016, 11:30-13:00
Main Hall
Free

Join Emily Rand, illustrator of this year’s BP Portrait Award Family Trail, for a workshop on drawing characters for stories.

Suitable for ages 5+.

BSL Family: Holiday Activities: Characters in Stories

BSL Family: Holiday Activities: Characters in Stories

  • Family||Workshop
  • BSL

2 August 2016, 14:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free ticket required

Join Emily Rand, illustrator of this year’s BP Portrait Award Family Trail, for a workshop on drawing characters for stories. The 14.30 session will be BSL interpreted.

Suitable for ages 5+.

Young People’s Private View: BP Portrait Award 2016

Young People’s Private View: BP Portrait Award 2016

  • Young People

A part of Late Shift
2 August 2016, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join the Gallery’s Youth Forum for an after-hours viewing of BP Portrait Award 2016 with artists, drawing, food, competitions, music and more. RSVP essential to bpnextgeneration@npg.org.uk with your full name, age and email address.

Art Workshop: Reflections

Art Workshop: Reflections

  • Family||Workshop

4 August 2016, 11:30-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, ticket required

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall.....what do we see when we look in the mirror?  A creative session exploring self portraits inspired by BP Portrait Award 2016.

Suitable for ages 5+.

Art Workshop: Reflections

Art Workshop: Reflections

  • Family||Workshop

4 August 2016, 14:30-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, ticket required

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall.....what do we see when we look in the mirror?  A creative session exploring self portraits inspired by BP Portrait Award 2016.

Suitable for ages 5+.

Art Workshop: Hands Up!

Art Workshop: Hands Up!

  • Family||Workshop

5 August 2016, 11:30-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, ticket required

An art workshop focusing on drawing hands inspired by portraits in BP Portrait Award 2016.

Suitable for ages 5+.

Art Workshop: Hands Up!

Art Workshop: Hands Up!

  • Family||Workshop

5 August 2016, 14:30-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, ticket required

An art workshop focusing on drawing hands inspired by portraits in BP Portrait Award 2016.

Taster Sessions: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

Taster Sessions: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

  • Workshop||Young People

6 August 2016, 14:00-17:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Portraiture drawing in the Gallery with BP Portrait Award artists. For ages 14–21.  Booking required.  Please email bpnextgeneration@npg.org.uk or call 020 7312 2483.

Summer School: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

Summer School: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

  • Workshop||Young People

15 August - 17 August 2016, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Applications open on 23 June 2016 (for all applications) and close on Wednesday 3 August 2016, 12.00. Please see www.npg.org.uk/bpnextgeneration for application forms and full information

Exhibition Tour: BP Portrait Award 2016

Exhibition Tour: BP Portrait Award 2016

  • Late Shift||Talks and Lectures

A part of Late Shift
18 August 2016, 19:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

See this year's selection of the very best of contemporary portrait painting from around the world.

Pick up a Pencil: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

Pick up a Pencil: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

  • Drawing||Workshop||Young People

20 August 2016, 14:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Pick up a paintbrush, with a BP Portrait Award artist. Join the Gallery’s Youth Forum for free, fun drop-in drawing in the Galleries. A different theme and guest artist each month. For all abilities, all materials provided. For ages 14–21. No need to book, just drop-in on the day.

Drop-in Family Session (3+): Portrait Painting

Drop-in Family Session (3+): Portrait Painting

  • Family||Workshop

21 August 2016, 13:00-14:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Try out new painting techniques and processes to create a self-portrait inspired by the BP Portrait Award 2016.

This session is aimed at children aged 3+ plus an accompanying adult.

Drop-in Family Session (7+): Portrait Painting

Drop-in Family Session (7+): Portrait Painting

  • Family||Workshop

21 August 2016, 15:00-16:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Try out new painting techniques and processes to create a self-portrait inspired by the BP Portrait Award 2016.

This session is aimed at children aged 7+ plus an accompanying adult.

Summer School: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

Summer School: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

  • Workshop||Young People

22 August - 24 August 2016, 11:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, drop-in, no ticket required

Applications open on 23 June 2016 (for all applications) and close on Wednesday 3 August 2016, 12.00. Please see www.npg.org.uk/bpnextgeneration for application forms and full information.