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Exhibitions (5)

Pre-Raphaelite Sisters

Pre-Raphaelite Sisters

17 October 2019 - 26 January 2020
Wolfson Plus
Tickets without donation: £18-20
Concessions without donation: £17-19

£5 tickets for under 25s on Fridays
£5 tickets for concessions and over 60s Monday - Wednesday 10:00-11:00am

Free for Members and Patrons

This major exhibition is the first-ever to focus on the untold story of the women of Pre-Raphaelite art.


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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

7 November 2019 - 16 February 2020
Tickets without donation: £6
Concessions without donation: £5

£3 tickets for under 25s on Fridays
£3 tickets for concessions and over 60s Monday - Wednesday 10:00-11:00am

Free for Members and Patrons

Portraits by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers from around the world.


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Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things

Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things

12 March - 7 June 2020
Porter Plus
Tickets without donation: £17-20
£5 tickets
Every Friday £5 tickets are available to anyone aged under 25. Proof of age will be required.
Free for Members and Patrons

This major new exhibition will explore the extravagant world of the glamorous and stylish ‘Bright Young Things’ of the twenties and thirties, seen through the eye of renowned British photographer Cecil Beaton.


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BP Portrait Award 2020

BP Portrait Award 2020

21 May - 28 June 2020
Porter Gallery

The BP Portrait Award is the most prestigious international exhibition of contemporary portrait painting.


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David Hockney: Drawing from Life

David Hockney: Drawing from Life

27 February - 28 June 2020
Wolfson Gallery
Tickets without donation: £17-20
Free for Members and Patrons

The first major exhibition devoted to David Hockney’s drawings in over twenty years, David Hockney: Drawing from Life, explores Hockney as a draughtsman from the 1950s to the present by focusing on depictions of himself and a small group of sitters close to him: his muse, Celia Birtwell; his mother, Laura Hockney; and friends, the curator, Gregory Evans, and master printer, Maurice Payne.


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Events (85)

Portrait of the Day: Duncan Grant

Portrait of the Day: Duncan Grant

  • Talks and Lectures

21 January 2020, 12:30
Room 30
Free

Painter and decorative artist. Born in Rothiemurchus, Scotland, Grant studied at Westminster School of Art and in Paris with Jacques-Emile Blanche.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

22 January 2020, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Portrait of the Day: Sir Oswald Mosley

Portrait of the Day: Sir Oswald Mosley

  • Talks and Lectures

23 January 2020, 12:30
Room 31
Free

Mosley became Conservative MP for Harrow in 1918, but left the party over its Irish policy in 1920 and stood as an Independent in 1922.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

24 January 2020, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Guest DJ: Richard Osborne

Guest DJ: Richard Osborne

  • Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
24 January 2020, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

DJ Richard Osborne plays every genre of music within his sets, including pop, jazz, soul, disco and rock and roll, creating sets that correspond to specific temporary exhibitions taking place at the Gallery.


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Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Workshop||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
24 January 2020, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join artist Robin-Lee Hall for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery.


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In Conversation: Pre-Raphaelite Sisters: A Legacy

In Conversation: Pre-Raphaelite Sisters: A Legacy

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates
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A part of Friday Lates
24 January 2020, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

Novelist Elizabeth McNeal (The Doll Factory), writer and blogger Kirsty Stonell Walker (Pre-Raphaelite Girl Gang; Stunner: The Fall and Rise of Fanny Cornforth; The Kissed Mouth) and composer Howard Goodall (The Stunners Opera) talk to biographer Lucinda Hawksley (Lizzie Siddal: The Tragedy of a Pre-Raphaelite Supermodel) about the enduring fascination with women associated with the Pre-Raphaelites.


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Highlights Tours

Highlights Tours

  • Talks and Lectures

25 January 2020, 11:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Step back through time with a free highlights tour exploring our collection and building.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

25 January 2020, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Highlights Tours

Highlights Tours

  • Talks and Lectures

25 January 2020, 15:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Step back through time with a free highlights tour exploring our collection and building.


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Portrait of the Day: Jane Seymour

Portrait of the Day: Jane Seymour

  • Talks and Lectures

26 January 2020, 12:30
Room 1
Free

Born at Wolf Hall, Wiltshire, probably in 1509. She was the sister of Edward Seymour, later Duke of Somerset, and Thomas Seymour, Lord High Admiral. She came to Henry VIII's notice as a lady-in-waiting, first to Katherine of Aragon and then to Anne Boleyn.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

27 January 2020, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

28 January 2020, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Portrait of the Day: Percy Bysshe Shelley

Portrait of the Day: Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • Talks and Lectures

29 January 2020, 12:30
Room 18
Free

The poet and novelist Shelley was sent down from Oxford in 1811 for professing his atheism.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Portrait of the Day: Sir Winston Churchill - His Life 1874-1940

Portrait of the Day: Sir Winston Churchill - His Life 1874-1940

  • Talks and Lectures

30 January 2020, 12:30
Room 31
Free

Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace, his family's estate. After serving in the army, he entered parliament in 1900 and was appointed First Lord of the Admiralty in 1911.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Visualising Portraits: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

Visualising Portraits: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

30 January 2020, 14:00
Meet in main hall
Free

A focus on family portraits for the festive season. Picture description for blind and visually impaired visitors.


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Portrait of the Day: Angela Burdett-Coutts

Portrait of the Day: Angela Burdett-Coutts

  • Talks and Lectures

31 January 2020, 12:30
Room 24
Free

Philanthropist; daughter of Sir Francis Burdett and heiress of the fortune of her grandfather Thomas Coutts, whose surname she adopted.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
31 January 2020, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Take advantage of the Gallery’s late opening and enjoy Eddie’s set and a drink at our pop-up bar.


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Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Workshop||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
31 January 2020, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join artist Marc Woodhead for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery.


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Gallery Tour: Portraits in Music

Gallery Tour: Portraits in Music

  • Talks and Lectures

A part of Friday Lates
31 January 2020, 19:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Many of the artists and sitters in the Collection were involved with music.


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Life Drawing: Shadow Shapes

Life Drawing: Shadow Shapes

  • Drawing||Workshop||Friday Lates
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A part of Friday Lates
31 January 2020, 18:30-20:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

Join portrait artist Robin-Lee Hall for a post New Year ‘winter warm-up’ Life drawing session. During the evening the model will be posed in different lighting conditions, to show how the shape of shadows help to convey depth and form.


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Highlights Tours

Highlights Tours

  • Talks and Lectures

1 February 2020, 11:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Step back through time with a free highlights tour exploring our collection and building.


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Highlights Tours

Highlights Tours

  • Talks and Lectures

1 February 2020, 15:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Step back through time with a free highlights tour exploring our collection and building.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

2 February 2020, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

2 February 2020, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

3 February 2020, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

4 February 2020, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

5 February 2020, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

6 February 2020, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Lunchtime Lecture: Playing Gay in the Golden Age of British TV

Lunchtime Lecture: Playing Gay in the Golden Age of British TV

6 February 2020, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £4 (£3 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

In celebration of LGBT History Month, historian Stephen Bourne looks at how gay men were portrayed on British TV from the '30s to the '80s, the subject of his latest book.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

7 February 2020, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
7 February 2020, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Take advantage of the Gallery’s late opening and enjoy Eddie’s set and a drink at our pop-up bar.


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Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Workshop||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
7 February 2020, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join artist Andy Pankhurst for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery.


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Queer Perspectives : Celebrating the Transgressive Lives and Performances of Fanny Kelly and Lola Montez

Queer Perspectives : Celebrating the Transgressive Lives and Performances of Fanny Kelly and Lola Montez

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates||LGBTQI
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A part of Friday Lates
7 February 2020, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free ticket required

Sadie Lee introduces a fantastical journey through the lives and loves, romances and revolutions and conquests of Lola Montez, one of the great women of the nineteenth century, and her muse Fanny Kelly.


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Highlights Tours

Highlights Tours

  • Talks and Lectures

8 February 2020, 11:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Step back through time with a free highlights tour exploring our collection and building.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

8 February 2020, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Highlights Tours

Highlights Tours

  • Talks and Lectures

8 February 2020, 15:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Step back through time with a free highlights tour exploring our collection and building.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

9 February 2020, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Weekend Workshop: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

Weekend Workshop: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

8 February - 9 February 2020, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio
Tickets: £150 (£125 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

Exhibiting photographer Vikram Kushwah leads this two-day workshop in which you will investigate the simple, complex and ambiguous nature of photographic portraiture.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

10 February 2020, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

11 February 2020, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

12 February 2020, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

13 February 2020, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

14 February 2020, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Guest DJ: Timberlina

Guest DJ: Timberlina

  • Music||Friday Lates||LGBTQI

A part of Friday Lates
14 February 2020, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

DJ Timberlina mixes a range of genres and music from across the ages to reflect the Collection – from spoken word to classical, via jazz, hip-hop, world, prog rock, new wave and contemporary.


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Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Workshop||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
14 February 2020, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join artist Alison Kusner for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery.


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Lecture: The Meeting with Nadav Kander

Lecture: The Meeting with Nadav Kander

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates
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A part of Friday Lates
14 February 2020, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

Artist Nadav Kander introduces his new book, The Meeting, the first collection dedicated to his portraiture, and talks about his aim to move beyond capturing a physical likeness and show what makes his sitters human.


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BSL Tour: All You Need is Love

BSL Tour: All You Need is Love

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates
  • BSL

A part of Friday Lates
14 February 2020, 19:30
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Join John Wilson for a Valentine's Day tour of the Gallery, exploring the love stories of some of the Gallery's sittters, from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, to Peter Pears and Benjamin Britten. Led in BSL.


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Highlights Tours

Highlights Tours

  • Talks and Lectures

15 February 2020, 11:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Step back through time with a free highlights tour exploring our collection and building.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

15 February 2020, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Highlights Tours

Highlights Tours

  • Talks and Lectures

15 February 2020, 15:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Step back through time with a free highlights tour exploring our collection and building.


Find out more
Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

16 February 2020, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

17 February 2020, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

18 February 2020, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

19 February 2020, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

20 February 2020, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Families Workshop: Rainbow Family Day

Families Workshop: Rainbow Family Day

  • Family||Workshop

20 February 2020, 11:00-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free drop-in

This February half term, bring your family and friends to enjoy activities across the Gallery and be inspired by stories of LGBT history and people in the Collection.


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Lunchtime Lecture: Freud’s War

Lunchtime Lecture: Freud’s War

20 February 2020, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £4 (£3 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

Writer and historian Helen Fry charts the story of the Freud family following their departure from Austria as refugees. In partnership with Insiders Outsiders Festival.


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Families Workshop: Rainbow Family Day

Families Workshop: Rainbow Family Day

  • Family||Workshop

20 February 2020, 14:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free drop-in

This February half term, bring your family and friends to enjoy activities across the Gallery and be inspired by stories of LGBT history and people in the Collection.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

21 February 2020, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
21 February 2020, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Take advantage of the Gallery’s late opening and enjoy Eddie’s set and a drink at our pop-up bar.


Find out more
Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Workshop||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
21 February 2020, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join artist Andy Pankhurst for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery.


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Performance: Blake and Byron, Incandescent Fame

Performance: Blake and Byron, Incandescent Fame

A part of Friday Lates
21 February 2020, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

William Blake and Lord Byron were contemporaries yet they never met. However, today their portraits hang together in the National Portrait Gallery.


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Highlights Tours

Highlights Tours

  • Talks and Lectures

22 February 2020, 11:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Step back through time with a free highlights tour exploring our collection and building.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

22 February 2020, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Highlights Tours

Highlights Tours

  • Talks and Lectures

22 February 2020, 15:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Step back through time with a free highlights tour exploring our collection and building.


Find out more
Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

23 February 2020, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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In Conversation: Shirin Neshat and Dr Nicholas Cullinan

In Conversation: Shirin Neshat and Dr Nicholas Cullinan

23 February 2020, 14:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

To mark the opening of Land of Dreams, the UK premiere of Shirin Neshat’s most recent body of work at Goodman Gallery, the renowned artist speaks to Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director, The National Portrait Gallery about her first solo exhibition in London in two decades.


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Weekend Workshop: Gainsborough vs. Reynolds

Weekend Workshop: Gainsborough vs. Reynolds

22 February - 23 February 2020, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio
Tickets: £150 (£125 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

Artist Alison Kusner leads this two day workshop in which you will learn portrait painting techniques through comparing the work of Gainsborough and Reynolds.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

24 February 2020, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

25 February 2020, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

26 February 2020, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Members’ Afternoon Preview: David Hockney: Drawing from Life

Members’ Afternoon Preview: David Hockney: Drawing from Life

  • For Members

26 February 2020, 14:00-16:00
Wolfson Gallery

The first major exhibition devoted to David Hockney’s drawings in over twenty years, David Hockney: Drawing from Life, explores Hockney as a draughtsman from the 1950s to the present by focusing on depictions of himself and a small group of sitters close to him.

No need to RSVP, simply bring your Membership card to the entrance of the exhibition for admittance to this Members’ only preview.

 

 

 


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

27 February 2020, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Visualising Portraits: Science

Visualising Portraits: Science

27 February 2020, 14:00
Meet in main hall
Free

Meet sitters of note in the fields of science and medicine.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

28 February 2020, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Guest DJ: Mr Madam

Guest DJ: Mr Madam

  • LGBTQI||Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
28 February 2020, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

DJ Mr Madam combines a range of musical styles to create his sets.


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Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Workshop||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
28 February 2020, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join artist Marc Woodhead for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery.


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Life Drawing: Drag and Draw – audience with a queen

Life Drawing: Drag and Draw – audience with a queen

  • Drawing||Workshop||Friday Lates||LGBTQI
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A part of Friday Lates
28 February 2020, 18:30-20:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

To celebrate LGBT History Month, artist Jon Sleigh leads this session in which you embrace otherness and queer identity in your work through a close investigation of gender, form and perception.


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Highlights Tours

Highlights Tours

  • Talks and Lectures

29 February 2020, 11:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Step back through time with a free highlights tour exploring our collection and building.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

29 February 2020, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.


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Highlights Tours

Highlights Tours

  • Talks and Lectures

29 February 2020, 15:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Step back through time with a free highlights tour exploring our collection and building.


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Members’ Afternoon Preview: Cecil Beaton’s: Bright Young Things

Members’ Afternoon Preview: Cecil Beaton’s: Bright Young Things

  • For Members

11 March 2020, 14:00-16:00
Porter Plus

This major new exhibition will explore the extravagant world of the glamorous and stylish ‘Bright Young Things’ of the twenties and thirties, seen through the eye of renowned British photographer Cecil Beaton.  It will bring to life a deliriously eccentric, glamorous and creative era of British cultural life, combining High Society and the avant-garde, artists and writers, socialites and partygoers.

No need to RSVP, simply bring your Membership card to the entrance of the exhibition for admittance to this Members’ only preview.

 

 

 


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Members’ Evening Private View: David Hockney: Drawing from Life and Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things

Members’ Evening Private View: David Hockney: Drawing from Life and Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things

  • For Members

20 April 2020, 18:30-20:30
Wolfson Gallery and Porter Plus

Join us for a viewing of drawing and photography in an evening that celebrates two artists renowned for their craft. David Hockney: Drawing from Life explores the artist’s draughtsmanship from the 1950s until today and Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things will bring to life the extravagant world of the glamorous and stylish from the 20s and 30s.

No need to RSVP, simply bring your Membership card to the entrance of the exhibition for admittance to this Members’ only preview.

 

 

 


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Members’ Afternoon Preview: BP Portrait Award 2020

Members’ Afternoon Preview: BP Portrait Award 2020

  • For Members

20 May 2020, 14:00-16:00
Porter

The BP Portrait Award is the most prestigious portrait painting competition in the world and represents the very best in contemporary portrait painting. The Award aims to encourage artists to focus upon and develop portraiture in their work. Over the years, this has attracted over 40,000 entries from more than 100 countries.

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Displays (6)

'This sceptred isle': Shakespeare and the Plantagenets

'This sceptred isle': Shakespeare and the Plantagenets

8 December 2018 - 28 June 2020
Room 3, Floor 2
Free

This small display examines the Tudor construction of Plantagenet portraits and their legacy in the popular imagination.


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Everyday Icons: Collecting Popular Portraits

Everyday Icons: Collecting Popular Portraits

7 September 2019 - 1 March 2020
Room 16, Floor 2
Free

This display focuses on ‘Popular Portraits’ – representations of named individuals or identifiable characters that would have been owned or seen by a wide cross-section of society. ‘Popular Portraits’ have been part of everyday life from the Anglo-Saxons to the present day, spanning political caricatures to Barbie dolls modelled on royalty and the peoples’ heroes.


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Peterloo 1819: Democracy, Protest and Justice

Peterloo 1819: Democracy, Protest and Justice

26 July 2019 - 1 May 2020
Room 18, Floor 2
Free

This display marks the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre, a tragic event which is part of the unfolding story of the development of civil rights and democracy.


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Florence Nightingale at 200

Florence Nightingale at 200

10 December 2019 - 1 May 2020
Room 25, Floor 1
Free

This new display, which includes watercolours, photographs and a commemorative medal, traces the image of the woman who transformed the public image of nursing.


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Inspiring Photographs: Collecting for the Future

Inspiring Photographs: Collecting for the Future

5 October 2019 - 28 June 2020
Room 29, Floor 1
Free

Alongside contemporary musicians and politicians, the display includes women photographers, BAME artists and sitters, and members of the LGBTQ community, highlighting the Gallery’s ongoing commitment to represent diversity.


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The Outset Commission 2019: Jonathan Ive by Andreas Gursky

The Outset Commission 2019: Jonathan Ive by Andreas Gursky

5 October 2019 - 9 February 2020
Room 32, Floor 1
Free

The National Portrait Gallery has commissioned a major new portrait of designer Sir Jonathan Ive by the photographer Andreas Gursky, supported by Scott Collins in partnership with Outset Contemporary Art Fund. This is the second in a series of three Outset commissions, following on from the first portrait of Malala Yousafzai by the artist Shirin Neshat in 2018. 


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National Programme (8)

COMING HOME: Horatio Nelson

COMING HOME: Horatio Nelson

12 October 2019 - 26 January 2020
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich

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


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COMING HOME: Ira Frederick Aldridge

COMING HOME: Ira Frederick Aldridge

3 October 2019 - 1 March 2020
The Holburne Museum, Bath

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


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BP Portrait Award 2019

BP Portrait Award 2019

7 December 2019 - 22 March 2020
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

The BP Portrait Award is the most prestigious international exhibition of contemporary portrait painting.


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COMING HOME: David Beckham

COMING HOME: David Beckham

5 December 2019 - 30 March 2020
Whipps Cross Hospital, Leytonstone

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


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COMING HOME: Meera Syal

COMING HOME: Meera Syal

11 January - 5 April 2020
Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton

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


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Tudors to Windsors

Tudors to Windsors

3 April - 31 August 2020
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

The Collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London, embraces over 500 years of British history, more than 60,000 sitters and explores ideas of social change, power and influence. Arguably as powerful and influential as any individual are the heads of state and empire, whose portraits are among the most popular in the Gallery’s Collection.


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Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things

Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things

25 June - 18 October 2020
Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

This major new exhibition will explore the extravagant world of the glamorous and stylish ‘Bright Young Things’ of the twenties and thirties, seen through the eye of renowned British photographer Cecil Beaton.


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Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things

Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things

14 November 2020 - 28 February 2021
The Wilson, Cheltenham

This major new exhibition will explore the extravagant world of the glamorous and stylish ‘Bright Young Things’ of the twenties and thirties, seen through the eye of renowned British photographer Cecil Beaton.


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International Programme (4)

Michael Jackson: On the Wall

Michael Jackson: On the Wall

21 August 2019 - 26 January 2020
Espoo Museum of Modern Art (EMMA) (Espoo, Finland)

This landmark exhibition explores the influence of Michael Jackson on some of the leading names in contemporary art, spanning several generations of artists across all media.

An illuminating Path, 1998 by David LaChapelle. Courtesy of the artist. © David LaChapelle (detail)


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Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman

26 October 2019 - 8 March 2020
Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada

A major new retrospective of works by leading contemporary artist Cindy Sherman will go on display in Summer 2019.


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Elizabeth Peyton

Elizabeth Peyton

27 June - 7 October 2020
UCCA Beijing, China

Created in close collaboration with the artist, Elizabeth Peyton: Aire and Angels, explores the development of Peyton’s unique art from the 1990s.


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David Hockney: Drawing from Life

David Hockney: Drawing from Life

2 October 2020 - 17 January 2021
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, USA

The first major exhibition devoted to David Hockney’s drawings in over twenty years, David Hockney: Drawing from Life, explores Hockney as a draughtsman from the 1950s to the present by focusing on depictions of himself and a small group of sitters close to him: his muse, Celia Birtwell; his mother, Laura Hockney; and friends, the curator, Gregory Evans, and master printer, Maurice Payne.


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