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.
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 Autumn Term
Save the dates for our upcoming Teacher sessions this autumn:
Our next Teachers’ Seminar will take Simon Frederick’s photographic display Black is the New Black as the starting point to explore the representation of black British achievement and leadership through portraiture, leading on to wider discussion around the representation of people of colour within galleries, archives and the school curriculum. This event is open to teachers (primary and secondary) and educators.
Book online here
This session will look at both contemporary photographic portraiture and historic painting and consider the crossovers and influences for students today. Can we find common threads between artist Thomas Gainsborogh’s painted depictions of his family members and the photographs on display in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize? During the session we will consider how to develop creative and critical thinking around portraiture for schools. Entry to both the Taylor Wessing Photography Portrait Prize and Gainsborough’s Family Album exhibitions is included.
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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
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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.