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.
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.
by Charles Buchel (Karl August Büchel)
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.
Sir Walter Ralegh (Raleigh)
by Nicholas Hilliard
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.
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.
Image banner: Photograph Marysa Dowling © National Portrait Gallery, London
Schools and colleges
A unique opportunity for students to meet artists associated with the National Portrait Gallery.
A project encouraging young artists with opportunities to gain insights from past BP Portrait Award artists.