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Do something different with your evenings at Late Shift. Unwind with a cocktail from the Late Shift Bar, enjoy the DJ as you explore the Gallery and engage in talks and discussions every Thursday night. On Friday nights, listen to live music or get creative in our popular drop-in drawing class.

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Events (39)

In Conversation: Faces of the Past, Images in Question

In Conversation: Faces of the Past, Images in Question

A part of Late Shift
29 June 2017, 19:00
Free ticket required: Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Catherine Hall discusses with Hilary Fraser how historians’ discoveries and analysis change the way we remember the fundamental causes of the country’s history. The discussion will be moderated by writer Marina Warner.

BSL Gallery Tour: Life, Death and Memory

BSL Gallery Tour: Life, Death and Memory

  • Late Shift||Talks and Lectures
  • BSL

A part of Late Shift
29 June 2017, 19:30
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Chisato Minamimura leads a tour of this display which looks at how artists have used self-portraiture as a way of examining their own mortality. Led in BSL.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
30 June 2017, 18:30
Room 12, Floor 2
Free

Join artist artist Robin-Lee Hall for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery.

Live Music: Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Live Music: Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
30 June 2017, 18:30
Room 20, Floor 2
Free

Exploring synaesthesia, focusing on the music of Olivier Messiaen with Peter Tuite and Rolf Hind.

Life Drawing: Movement and the Baroque

Life Drawing: Movement and the Baroque

A part of Late Shift
30 June 2017, 18:30-20:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £9 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

This dynamic evening of life drawing with artist Andy Pankhurst is inspired by poses in selected works from the 17th Century within the Collection.

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Guest DJ: Mr Madam

Guest DJ: Mr Madam

  • Late Shift||LGBTQI||Music

A part of Late Shift
6 July 2017, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

DJ Mr Madam combines a range of musical styles to create his sets.

Lecture: Margaret Thatcher: A Life and Legacy

Lecture: Margaret Thatcher: A Life and Legacy

A part of Late Shift
6 July 2017, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £8 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Few modern women have made as great a political impact as Margaret Hilda Roberts, the grocer’s daughter who, as Margaret Thatcher, became Britain’s first female prime minister. Professor Sir David Cannadine looks at her life and political legacy.

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Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
7 July 2017, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join artist artist Gayna Pelham for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery.

Live Music: The BRIT School

Live Music: The BRIT School

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
7 July 2017, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Creative responses to the BP Portrait Award 2017 exhibition.

Exhibition Tour: BP Portrait Award 2017

Exhibition Tour: BP Portrait Award 2017

  • Late Shift||Talks and Lectures

A part of Late Shift
13 July 2017, 19:00
Free

See this year’s selection of the very best of contemporary portrait painting from around the world led by exhibiting artist Madeline Fenton.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
14 July 2017, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join artist artist Robin-Lee Hall for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery.

Live Music: Investec Opera Holland Park: Regency Rossini

Live Music: Investec Opera Holland Park: Regency Rossini

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
14 July 2017, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Singers from the company perform a collection of lesser and well known Rossini arias.

Guest DJ: Neil Prince

Guest DJ: Neil Prince

  • Late Shift||Music||LGBTQI

A part of Late Shift
20 July 2017, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Listen and unwind at the Late Shift bar as DJ Neil Prince creates a set in response to the works on display.

Lecture: Jane Austen and her World

Lecture: Jane Austen and her World

A part of Late Shift
20 July 2017, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £8 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Writer Josephine Ross looks at the life of Jane Austen through the prism of the great men and women who inspired and influenced her and whose portraits, along with her own, are now in the Collection of the National Portrait Gallery.

Live Music: Melange

Live Music: Melange

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
21 July 2017, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A melting pot of sounds around the Mediterranean, Melange presents a vibrant programme of traditional and original music.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
21 July 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.

In Conversation: The Encounter: An Exhibition in the Making

In Conversation: The Encounter: An Exhibition in the Making

A part of Late Shift
27 July 2017, 19:00
Tickets: £8 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Co-curators Tarnya Cooper and Charlotte Bolland talk about the process of researching and selecting the Gallery’s summer exhibition of Renaissance and Baroque portrait drawings.

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BSL Gallery Tour: BP Portrait Award

BSL Gallery Tour: BP Portrait Award

  • Late Shift||Talks and Lectures
  • BSL

A part of Late Shift
27 July 2017, 19:30
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Join John Wilson for a tour of the most prestigious portrait painting competition in the world. Led in BSL.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
28 July 2017, 18:30
Free

Join artist Andy Pankhurst for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery.

Live Music: Fontane Liang

Live Music: Fontane Liang

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
28 July 2017, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

The Singaporean harpist performs original arrangements of folksongs from Southeast Asia.

Life Drawing: Draw like the Masters - tools and techniques

Life Drawing: Draw like the Masters - tools and techniques

A part of Late Shift
28 July 2017, 18:30-20:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £9 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Join artist Robin-Lee Hall for this session that takes inspiration from masters of observational drawing during the Renaissance and Baroque period.

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The Drawing Room: Caricature

The Drawing Room: Caricature

  • Late Shift||Talks and Lectures

31 July 2017, 13:00-15:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Capture expression and personality inspired by the sketches of politician William Gladstone.

Guest DJ: Timberlina

Guest DJ: Timberlina

  • Late Shift||Music||LGBTQI

A part of Late Shift
3 August 2017, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

DJ Timberlina mixes a range of genres and music from across the ages to reflect the Collection – from spoken word to classical, via jazz, hip-hop, world, prog rock, new wave and contemporary.

In Conversation: Queer Perspectives

In Conversation: Queer Perspectives

A part of Late Shift
3 August 2017, 19:00
Free ticket required: Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Gain a Queer Perspective on our Collection with resident artist Sadie Lee and her special guest as they discuss portraits which have a personal resonance.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
4 August 2017, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join artist artist Gayna Pelham for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery.

Live Music: Octandre Trio

Live Music: Octandre Trio

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
4 August 2017, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Responding to the theme of War the trio give the London-premiere of Pickard’s The Gardener of Aleppo (Syria) and perform Bax’s Elegiac Trio and Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp.

Lecture: ‘Taking of physionamies’: the techniques and functions of Holbein's portrait drawings

Lecture: ‘Taking of physionamies’: the techniques and functions of Holbein's portrait drawings

A part of Late Shift
10 August 2017, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £8 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Dr Susan Foister, Director, Public Engagement and Deputy Director at the National Gallery, explores the role that Holbein’s drawings play in the process of creating his portraits of the Tudor court, and discusses the complex network of possibilities which lie between the sitter’s commission to Holbein and the finished portrait.

Live Music: SEIL LIEN

Live Music: SEIL LIEN

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
11 August 2017, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Haunting vocals, atmospheric guitars and rich sounding percussion.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
11 August 2017, 18:30-20:30
Free

Join artist Susan Wilson for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery.

Guest DJ: Neil Prince

Guest DJ: Neil Prince

  • Late Shift||Music||LGBTQI

A part of Late Shift
17 August 2017, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Listen and unwind at the Late Shift bar as DJ Neil Prince creates a set in response to the works on display.

Exhibition Tour: BP Portrait Award 2017

Exhibition Tour: BP Portrait Award 2017

  • Late Shift||Talks and Lectures

A part of Late Shift
17 August 2017, 19:00
Free

See this year’s selection of the very best of contemporary portrait painting from around the world led by exhibiting artist Fiona Graham-Mackay.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
18 August 2017, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join artist artist Marc Woodhead for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery.

Live Music: Robert Taira Wilson

Live Music: Robert Taira Wilson

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
18 August 2017, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

The singer-songwriter returns to the Gallery to perform music from his new album ‘Cold In The Heat’.

Lecture: Slavery Remembrance Day

Lecture: Slavery Remembrance Day

A part of Late Shift
24 August 2017, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: Free, ticket required Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Join us for a special event as we mark Slavery Remembrance Day. See website for details.

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Live Music: Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian

Live Music: Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
25 August 2017, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

The composer-performer returns with her voice, harp and reel-to-reel with a programme responding to issues of slavery.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
25 August 2017, 18:30
Free

Join artist Andy Pankhurst for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery.

Life Drawing: Brush Up!

Life Drawing: Brush Up!

A part of Late Shift
25 August 2017, 18:30-20:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £9 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Artist Grace Adam leads you on a refresher session focussing on looking, measuring, materials and techniques to revitalise your drawing and tackle a few of those demons.

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The Drawing Room: Renaissance and Baroque

The Drawing Room: Renaissance and Baroque

  • Late Shift||Talks and Lectures

28 August 2017, 13:00-15:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Take inspiration from masters of observational drawing during the Renaissance and Baroque period.

BSL Gallery Tour: Fashion as statement

BSL Gallery Tour: Fashion as statement

  • Late Shift||Talks and Lectures
  • BSL

A part of Late Shift
31 August 2017, 19:30
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Serena Cant explores the significance of clothing in portraits with examples from different periods. Led in BSL with interpretation into English.