CPD & Teachers' Events

Our range of professional development programmes introduce the Gallery as an educational resource, supporting teachers to interpret portraiture and develop programming ideas for classroom work and Gallery visits.

We offer a CPD programme of practical workshops and after-hours exhibition twilight with guest speakers, which give our teaching audiences a special insight into our Collections and exhibitions.

Bookings are essential and non refundable. Please sign up to our termly e-newsletter. New events will be released throughout 2018/19 academic year.

Teachers’ Twilight Events

Join us to discover how our exhibition programme can support your teaching. These illustrated talks, with special guest speakers, give you the opportunity to share ideas with fellow educators and spark discussions to support teaching in the classroom.

The Gallery is pleased to be able to offer Teacher Twilight events for free. Please note that to cover costs there is charge of £20 per head for no shows or cancellations made after 10am the Monday before the event. We will be able to offer spaces to those on the waiting list.

Teacher Twilights in the Spring term

Radclyffe Hall
by Charles Buchel (Karl August Büchel)
NPG 4347

Teachers Seminar: LGBT History Month

Friday 1 February 2019
17.45 - 20.00

Taking place during LGBT History Month, this seminar will highlight LGBT stories and sitters in the collection and explore how to bring these narratives into the classroom.

Take a queer tour of the collection, hear from guest speakers and discuss with fellow teachers how to use portraiture to explore LGBT identities.

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Sir Walter Ralegh (Raleigh)
by Nicholas Hilliard
circa 1585
NPG 4106

Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver and Only Human: Photographs by Martin Parr

Friday 15 March 2019
17:45 - 20:00

This session will look at both contemporary photographic portraiture and historic miniature painting and consider the crossovers and influences for students today. Can we find common threads between artists Hilliard and Olivers’s painted minitures and the photographs of Martin Parr? During the session we will consider how to develop creative and critical thinking around portraiture for schools. Entry to both exhibitions is included.

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Dame Vivienne Westwood, London, 2012 © Martin Parr, Magnum Photos, Rocket Gallery

Dame Vivienne Westwood, London, 2012 © Martin Parr, Magnum Photos, Rocket Gallery

Expressions: Artist-led practical one day workshops

Teacher’s photography workshop
Saturday 30 March 2019
11.00 – 16.00
£75.00 per teacher

Inspired by the exhibition Only Human: Photographs by Martin Parr this practical CPD session aims to extend your skills and invigorate your own practice of documentary and portrait photography. In the workshop you will draw out key themes in the exhibition and create your own portraits in response.

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Teachers’ CPD

Our range of free and charged CPD and teachers’ events fall under the following categories:



An evening twilight event. Free exhibition entry with guest speaker. Share a glass of wine and ideas with colleagues.



Artist-led practical one day workshop. Refresh and revive your creativity. £75 per person


Expressions Twilight

Artist-led practical twilight two hour workshop. Refresh and revive your creativity. £25 per person


The Gallery also runs practical activities, which are suitable for teachers to join, during our Friday Lates. For updates on our Schools’ Programme please sign up to our termly e-newsletter

Image banner: Photograph Marysa Dowling © National Portrait Gallery, London