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 2017/18 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.

Laura by Shawn McGovern, 2018 © Shawn McGovern

BP Portrait Award 2018 and Michael Jackson: On the Wall

Friday 13 July 2018
17.45 – 20.00

Join us to explore the BP Portrait Award 2018 and Michael Jackson: On The Wall exhibitions

This session will focus on contemporary portraiture and consider the choices and methods artists employ when deciding how to depict themselves and others. During the session we will consider how to develop creative and critical thinking around portraiture and how this can influence your teaching practice.

This free event is an opportunity to share ideas, meet the Schools Team, hear from guest speakers and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine with colleagues at the Gallery’s Friday Late.

Book online here

Teacher Twilights in the Autumn Term

Save the dates for our upcoming Teacher sessions this autumn:

12 October 17.45-20.00: Seminar focussing on the photographic display by Simon Frederick Black is the New Black. Book online here

23 November 17.45-20.00: Teacher Twilight exploring themes inspired by Taylor Wessing Photography Portrait Prize 2018 and Gainsborough’s Family Album exhibitions. Book online here

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 Thursday and Friday Late Shift evenings. For updates on our Schools’ Programme please sign up to our termly e-newsletter

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