Exhibitions

Every Thursday and Friday you can enjoy exploring our special exhibitions after hours until 21.00

Jordan by Alan Coulson, 2014 © Alan Coulson
Jordan by Alan Coulson, 2014 © Alan Coulson

BP Portrait Award 2014

26 June - 21 September 2014
Admission Free

The BP Portrait Award showcases fifty-five of the most outstanding and innovative new portraits from around the world. From informal and personal studies of friends and family to revealing paintings of famous faces, the exhibition features a variety of styles and approaches to the contemporary painted portrait. These include the winner of the £30,000 first prize as well as the work of the BP Young Artist 2014 and the BP Travel Award 2013 winner.

Supported by BP



T.S. Eliot; Virginia Woolf by Lady Ottoline Morrell, June 1924 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision

Until 26 October 2014
Tickets Including Gift Aid: £7 (seniors £6.50/concs £6)
Seniors only £6 (£5.40 without Gift Aid) every Wednesday.
Standard prices also available. Advance booking is highly recommended.

Free for Members

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.

Curated by biographer and art historian Frances Spalding, the exhibition includes distinctive portraits of Woolf by her Bloomsbury Group contemporaries Vanessa Bell and Roger Fry and photographs by Beresford and Man Ray, as well as intimate images recording her time spent with friends and family. Woolf’s early life and literary achievements, alongside lesser known aspects of her time in London and political views, are brought into focus through in-depth research and a remarkable array of personal objects including letters, diaries and books.

Supported by the Virginia Woolf Exhibition Supporters Group and The T.S. Eliot Estate

Exhibitions (4)

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.

Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy, 1860 – 1960

Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy, 1860 – 1960

16 October 2014 - 11 January 2015
Wolfson Gallery
Anarchy & Beauty explores the life and ideas of the great Victorian artist, writer and visionary thinker William Morris. Through portraits, personal items and fascinating objects, many of which will be on public display for the first time, this major exhibition illustrates Morris’s concept of ‘art for the people’ and highlights the achievements of those that he inspired.

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.