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Exhibitions and events calendar

Open daily: 10.30 – 18.00
Friday & Saturday: 10.30 – 21.00

Featured events

Drop-in drawing

Adult, Evening, Workshop

1 March 2024, 18.00-20.00
In Gallery
Free

The Bluestockings: The First Women’s Movement

Adult, Daytime, Talks and conversations

7 March 2024, 13.00-14.00
The Ondaatje Wing Theatre
£10 (£8 Members / concessions)

DJ: Tone

Adult, Evening, Music and performance

8 March 2024, 18.30-20.30
Main Hall
Free (drop-in)

Using portrait photography to explore identity

Adult, Daytime, Workshop

9 March 2024, 10.00-17.00
The Law Photography Studio
£125 (£100 Members / concessions)

Drop-in drawing

Adult, Evening, Workshop

15 March 2024, 18.00-20.00
In Gallery
Free

Uncovering hidden stories to tell better histories

Adult, Evening, Talks and conversations

15 March 2024, 19.00-20.00
The Ondaatje Wing Theatre
£10 (£8 Members / concessions)

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Adult programme

From performances and talks to practical workshops, DJs, drop-in drawing classes and more, our adult programme offers both free and ticketed events.

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Exhibition programme

The Time is Always Now: Artists Reframe the Black Figure

22 February - 19 May 2024
Floor 0
£16.00 / £18.00 with donation

Explore the Black figure in Western art history with contemporary artists from the African diaspora, curated by Ekow Eshun

Francesca Woodman and Julia Margaret Cameron: Portraits to Dream In

21 March - 16 June 2024

£8.50 / £9.50 with donation

Experience the creative and imaginative portraiture of influential photographers Francesca Woodman and Julia Margaret Cameron, spanning over a century

Six Lives

20 June - 8 September 2024

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Historic paintings by Hans Holbein and contemporary photography by Hiroshi Sugimoto meet in our first exhibition of historic portraiture since reopening

Herbert Smith Freehills Portrait Award 2024

11 July - 27 October 2024

Free to visit

The Herbert Smith Freehills Portrait Award returns to the National Portrait Gallery, showcasing the very best in contemporary portraiture

Francis Bacon Portraits

10 October 2024 - 19 January 2025

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Featuring works from the 1950s onwards, this exhibition will explore Francis Bacon’s deep connection to portraiture

Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize 2024

14 November 2024 - 23 February 2025

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Showcasing the work of talented young photographers, gifted amateurs and established professionals, the Prize features the very best of contemporary photography

Free displays

Windrush: Portraits of a Pioneering Generation

9 October 2023 - 1 April 2024
Room 14, Floor 3
Free

A display of ten portraits, highlighting the experiences of people who have made positive contributions to the United Kingdom.

Creative Connections: Cornwall and Southampton

26 February - 12 April 2024
Studio Gallery, Floor -2
Free

This display brings together work from projects with Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange (Penzance) and Southampton City Art Gallery

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