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The National Portrait Gallery is currently closed until spring 2023

While essential building works take place and the building is closed, there are still lots of ways you can engage with the Collection.

Exhibitions, Displays and Events

Exhibitions (1)

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 - Call for entries

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 - Call for entries

27 October - 18 December 2022
Cromwell Place, South Kensington, London

First Prize: £15,000
Deadline for entry: 17.00 on Tuesday 31 May 2022

Open to all, it is the leading international competition, and celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary photography.


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National Programme (8)

Creative Connections Coventry

Creative Connections Coventry

4 March - 30 May 2022
The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry
Free

This exhibition celebrates Coventry - the current UK City of Culture - and the people that call it home. Spotlighting local heroes with works from our Gallery's Collection and the Collection of the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, the exhibition includes new acquisitions to our Collection, such as portraits of comedian and actor Guz Khan and the band The Specials. 


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COMING HOME: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

COMING HOME: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

7 April - 4 June 2022
Reading Museum, Reading
Free

COMING HOME sees the Gallery sending portraits of iconic individuals to places they are closely associated with.


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Beyond Bloomsbury: Life, Love and Legacy

Beyond Bloomsbury: Life, Love and Legacy

4 March - 5 June 2022
York Art Gallery, York

Beyond Bloomsbury: Life, Love and Legacy explores the lives and works of an extraordinary group of writers, artists and thinkers, known as the Bloomsbury Group. Key figures include the great writer and pioneer of feminist thought Virginia Woolf, her sister the painter Vanessa Bell, and the circle of friends that gathered around these young women and became well-known as the ‘Bloomsbury Group’, named after the area of London where they lived in the first decades of the twentieth-century.


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The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics

The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics

21 May - 29 August 2022
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics presents some of the most familiar figures from English history and instantly recognisable in the portraits that have preserved their likenesses for five hundred years, encompassing some of the most famous portraits in the National Portrait Gallery Collection. 


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COMING HOME: L.S. Lowry

COMING HOME: L.S. Lowry

22 May 2021 - 1 September 2022
The Lowry, Salford
Free

COMING HOME sees the Gallery sending portraits of iconic individuals to places they are closely associated with.


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COMING HOME: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

COMING HOME: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

13 June - 30 September 2022
Wardlaw Museum, University of St Andrews
Free

COMING HOME sees the Gallery sending portraits of iconic individuals to places they are closely associated with.


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COMING HOME: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

COMING HOME: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

16 July - 2 October 2022
Anglesey’s Oriel Môn, Wales
Free

COMING HOME sees the Gallery sending portraits of iconic individuals to places they are closely associated with.


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Bangladesh 50 Years Artwork

Bangladesh 50 Years Artwork

2 September 2021 - 1 June 2023
Idea Store, 321 Whitechapel Road, E1 1BU
Free

Suspended from the Whitechapel Idea Store (local library), the large scale letters spelling out Bangla will be visible from the road covered in brightly coloured saree fabric and LED lights. Walking underneath the structure you can look up to see embroidered murals revealing some of the research produced by the Citizen Researchers and artist Ruhul Abdin, including the original sketches by Biman Mullick for the first stamps of new nation Bangladesh in 1971. It is a celebration of the identity, people and stories that make up the diverse Bangladeshi community in Tower Hamlets.


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International Programme (1)

Icons and Identities: Shakespeare to Winehouse

Icons and Identities: Shakespeare to Winehouse

12 March - 17 July 2022
National Portrait Gallery Australia: Canberra
$25 AUD Adult ticket

Bringing together some of the most famous faces in British history alongside less well-known sitters, Shakespeare to Winehouse, the NPG Australia’s title for the Icons and Identities touring exhibition, draws upon the outstanding collections of the National Portrait Gallery to celebrate the variety and complexity of the genre of portraiture.


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