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Exhibitions (3)

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
Rooms 32 & 33

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 (55)

Highlights Tours

Highlights Tours

  • Talks and Lectures

6 June 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

6 June 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

6 June 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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Young People: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation 1-Day Art Workshop

Young People: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation 1-Day Art Workshop

  • Workshop||Young People

6 June 2020, 11:00-16:00
Education Studio
Fully booked

Immerse yourself in a packed day of creativity. Learn from professional artists, discover new skills in life drawing, create your own painting, meet artists and take a tour of the BP Portrait Award exhibition. All art materials and lunch included.

Please note that participants can either book to attend a One-Day workshop or the Three-Day workshop.


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Highlights Tours

Highlights Tours

  • Talks and Lectures

7 June 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

7 June 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

7 June 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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Young People: BP Portrait Award:  Next Generation 1-Day Art Workshop

Young People: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation 1-Day Art Workshop

  • Workshop||Young People

7 June 2020, 11:00-16:00
Education Studio
Fully booked

Immerse yourself in a packed day of creativity. Learn from professional artists, discover new skills in life drawing, create your own painting, meet artists and take a tour of the BP Portrait Award exhibition. All art materials and lunch included.

Please note that participants can either book to attend a One-Day workshop or the Three-Day workshop.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

8 June 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

9 June 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

10 June 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 June 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 June 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
12 June 2020, 18:00
Main Hall

Cancelled

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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Screening: A Bigger Picture (Dir. Bruno Wollheim, 2009)

Screening: A Bigger Picture (Dir. Bruno Wollheim, 2009)

A part of Friday Lates
12 June 2020, 18:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Cancelled

Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

Director Bruno Wollheim introduces David Hockney: A Bigger Picture. Filmed over three years, it captures the artist’s return from California to paint the East Yorkshire landscape of his childhood and his move away from photography to find renewal in nature.


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Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Workshop||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
12 June 2020, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details

Cancelled

Free

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


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BSL Tour: BP Portrait Award 2020

BSL Tour: BP Portrait Award 2020

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates
  • BSL

A part of Friday Lates
12 June 2020, 19:30
Meet in the Main Hall

Cancelled

Free

John Wilson leads a tour of this year's BP Portrait Award exhibition, which celebrates the very best in contemporary portrait painting from around the world. Led in British Sign Language.


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Highlights Tours

Highlights Tours

  • Talks and Lectures

13 June 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

13 June 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

13 June 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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Highlights Tours

Highlights Tours

  • Talks and Lectures

14 June 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

14 June 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

14 June 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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Weekend Workshop: BP Portrait Award 2020

Weekend Workshop: BP Portrait Award 2020

13 June - 14 June 2020, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio
Tickets: £150 (£125 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

Inspired by this year’s selection in the best of contemporary portrait painting from around the world, spend two days in the studio working with a practicing artist


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

15 June 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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Young People: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation Young People’s Private View

Young People: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation Young People’s Private View

  • Workshop||Young People

15 June 2020, 18:30-20:30
Education Studio
Free, booking required

Immerse yourself in a packed day of creativity. Learn from professional artists, discover new skills in life drawing, create your own painting, meet artists and take a tour of the BP Portrait Award exhibition. All art materials and lunch included.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

16 June 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 June 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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Dalloway Day: Walking Tour

Dalloway Day: Walking Tour

  • Talks and Lectures

17 June 2020, 14:00
Please check back for more details and tickets
Free ticket required


Dalloway Day is an initiative set up by the Royal Society of Literature to celebrate Woolf’s novel and to examine its contemporary relevance. Event details to be confirmed. Please check back for more details and tickets.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

18 June 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: Six Wives and their Wardrobes: Power Dressing at the Court of Henry VIII

Lunchtime Lecture: Six Wives and their Wardrobes: Power Dressing at the Court of Henry VIII

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

The six wives of Henry VIII have (perhaps more than any women in history) been defined in terms of their husband.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

19 June 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

A part of Friday Lates
19 June 2020, 18:00
Main Hall

Cancelled

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
19 June 2020, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details

Cancelled

Free

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


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Highlights Tours

Highlights Tours

  • Talks and Lectures

20 June 2020, 11:00
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

20 June 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

20 June 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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Highlights Tours

Highlights Tours

  • Talks and Lectures

21 June 2020, 11:00
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

21 June 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

21 June 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

22 June 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

23 June 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

24 June 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 June 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: Inspiring Photographs: Collecting for the future

Visualising Portraits: Inspiring Photographs: Collecting for the future

25 June 2020, 14:00-15:00
Meet in main hall
Free

A look at our display of newly acquired photographic portraits.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

26 June 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
26 June 2020, 18:00
Main Hall

Cancelled

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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Life Drawing: Drawing from Hockney

Life Drawing: Drawing from Hockney

  • Drawing||Workshop||Friday Lates||LGBTQI
  • Book now

A part of Friday Lates
26 June 2020, 18:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Cancelled

Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

To coincide with the current major exhibition Drawing from Life, this Life Drawing session with artist Robin-Lee Hall explores the techniques, draughtsmanship and varied drawing materials used by David Hockney over the years. During the session, Robin will be drawing on her iPad to demonstrate Hockney’s different approaches to drawing the figure.


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Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Workshop||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
26 June 2020, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details

Cancelled

Free

Join artist Gayna Pelham for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery.


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Highlights Tours

Highlights Tours

  • Talks and Lectures

27 June 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

27 June 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

27 June 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
Highlights Tours

Highlights Tours

  • Talks and Lectures

28 June 2020, 11:00
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

28 June 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

28 June 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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Displays (2)

'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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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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National Programme (4)

COMING HOME: Ridley Scot

COMING HOME: Ridley Scot

1 April - 30 June 2020
Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne

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 (2)

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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