Members’ event - The contemporary Collection: commissioning portraits

    Doreen Lawrence, Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon,    by Thomas Ganter,    2020,    NPG 7113,    © National Portrait Gallery, London Doreen Lawrence, Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon, by Thomas Ganter, 2020, NPG 7113, © National Portrait Gallery, London


Update
: Due to unforeseen circumstances this event has been postponed. A new date will be announced soon.

The Ondaatje Wing Theatre / Online livestream

Onsite £15
Online £8

Ticket sales for the livestream close 2.5 hours before the event start time.

In this talk, Tanya Bentley will give an overview of the Gallery’s contemporary collections and behind-the-scenes insights into the Gallery’s unique process of commissioning portraits. 

Recent commissions that will be highlighted include a portrait of the campaigner Baroness Doreen Lawrence by Thomas Ganter, hand-inscribed photographs of girls education activist Malala Yousafzai by Shirin Neshat, as well as a recent commission of Sir Nicholas Serota by Sir Steve McQueen, bringing together two giants of the art world.

About this event:
This event will take place at the National Portrait Gallery and will also be livestreamed to watch online. Select 'Book now' to buy tickets either to attend in person or to watch the livestream online.

One online ticket enables you to watch the livestream on a single device. Once you have purchased a ticket, further details of how to watch will be sent via email ahead of the event. The online event will require you to have access to a device with internet connectivity to watch.

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Head and shoulder portrait of Contemporary Curator Tanya Bentely



Tanya Bentley is the Gallery’s Contemporary Curator. As well as curating exhibitions and displays at the NPG, Tanya looks after the Gallery’s large collection of contemporary portraits (2000 – now) and acquires and commissions new works for the Collection.