The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Advanced Collection search

CPD & Teachers' Events

Group in display area

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

We offer a CPD programme of practical workshops and exhibition twilights with guest artists and 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 2019/20 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.

David Hockney, "Mother, Bradford. 19 Feb 1979", Sepia ink on paper, 14 x 11", © David Hockney Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt, Collection: The David Hockney Foundation

David Hockney, "Mother, Bradford. 19 Feb 1979", Sepia ink on paper, 14 x 11", © David Hockney Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt, Collection: The David Hockney Foundation 

Teachers’ Twilight
David Hockney: Drawing from Life and Cecil Beaton: Bright Young Things
Friday 13 March 2020 17.45 - 20.00
Free

Join us to hear from guest speakers who will introduce the David Hockney: Drawing from Life and Cecil Beaton: Bright Young Things exhibitions at this evening event for teachers and educators. This session will look at both exhibitions and the influences for students today. The evening will also include an introduction to the current R&D process for the Gallery as we approach the Inspiring People project and the Gallery’s closure from end of June 2020.

Entry to both the exhibitions is included.

Fully booked

Please email [email protected] to book onto the Waiting List for this event.

David Hockney Self Portrait, March 14 2012, iPad drawing printed on paper Exhibition Proof 37 x 28" © David Hockney

David Hockney Self Portrait, March 14 2012, iPad drawing printed on paper Exhibition Proof 37 x 28" © David Hockney

Practical Drawing workshop for teachers (David Hockney: Drawing from Life)
Saturday 16 May 2020
10.00–15.30
£75.00 per teacher

Inspired by the exhibition David Hockney: Drawing from Life this practical CPD session aims to extend your skills and energise your own practice of drawing and portraiture.

Create your own portraits inspired by Hockney’s themes and techniques. Work with an artist to invigorate your own practice and develop ideas to take back to the classroom.

The workshop includes a visit to the exhibition.

During the session you will have the opportunity to

  • Gather new knowledge and inspiration for your classes.
  • Improve technical skills
  • Experiment with drawing approaches
  • Work with an artist to develop your own ideas and portraits.

Book here


Teachers’ CPD

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

 

Twilight

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

 

Practical workshops

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