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Calendar

Exhibitions (6)

BP Portrait Award 2019

BP Portrait Award 2019

13 June - 20 October 2019
Porter Gallery

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


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Elizabeth Peyton: Aire and Angels

Elizabeth Peyton: Aire and Angels

3 October 2019 - 5 January 2020
Lerner Galleries
Free Admission

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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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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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 (103)

Portrait of the Day: Gwen John

Portrait of the Day: Gwen John

  • Talks and Lectures

14 October 2019, 12:30
Room 28
Free

Gwen John: Painter; trained at the Slade School, 1895-8, and in Paris at Whistler's Académie Carmen, 1898-9; lived permanently in France after 1903 where she formed a passionate relationship with the sculptor, Rodin, and became acquainted with the leading figures of the artistic avant-garde.

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

15 October 2019, 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

16 October 2019, 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: Pre Raphaelite Sisters

Members’ Afternoon Preview: Pre Raphaelite Sisters

  • For Members

16 October 2019, 14:00-16:00
Wolfson Galleries

This major exhibition is the first-ever to focus on the untold story of the women of Pre-Raphaelite art. 160 years after the first pictures were exhibited by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1849, Pre-Raphaelite Sisters, explores the overlooked contribution of twelve women to the Pre-Raphaelite movement.

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: Edward Carpenter

Portrait of the Day: Edward Carpenter

  • Talks and Lectures

17 October 2019, 12:30
Room 28
Free

Writer and advocate of libertarian beliefs; after a brief career at Cambridge, worked as a University Extension lecturer in northern England; settled at Millthorpe, Derbyshire, 1883, where he combined his literary work with a simple life of gardening and sandal-making. Influenced by Walt Whitman and Socialism

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: Shadow King: The Life and Death of Henry VI

Lunchtime Lecture: Shadow King: The Life and Death of Henry VI

17 October 2019, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £4 (£3 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

Only child of a warrior father who defeated the French at Agincourt, Henry VI of the House of Lancaster inherited the crowns of England and France before his first birthday.


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Portrait of the Day: Anne Boleyn

Portrait of the Day: Anne Boleyn

  • Talks and Lectures

18 October 2019, 12:30
Room 1
Free

Anne is one of the most famous queens in English history, although her reign only lasted for three years, she helped to change the course of history.

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
18 October 2019, 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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Exhibition Tour: Curator-led tour of Pre-Raphaelite Sisters

Exhibition Tour: Curator-led tour of Pre-Raphaelite Sisters

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates
  • Book now

A part of Friday Lates
18 October 2019, 18:00
Meet outside the exhibition
Free with a 18:00 exhibition ticket

Curator Jan Marsh leads a tour of the major new exhibition, Pre-Raphaelite Sisters.


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Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Workshop||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
18 October 2019, 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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In Conversation: BP Portrait Award at 30

In Conversation: BP Portrait Award at 30

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates
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A part of Friday Lates
18 October 2019, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

To mark the 30th anniversary of the BP Portrait Award, Chief Curator Alison Smith talks to past winners, James Lloyd and Ishbel Myerscough, and this year's winner, Charlie Schaffer.

 


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Highlights Tours

Highlights Tours

  • Talks and Lectures

19 October 2019, 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: Nell Gwyn

Portrait of the Day: Nell Gwyn

  • Talks and Lectures

19 October 2019, 12:30
Room 7
Free

Nell Gwyn: Eleanor Gywn, or 'Pretty witty Nell', as Pepys called her, came to London as an orange-seller, and rose to become one of the leading comic actresses of the day, and mistress to the King, Charles II.

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

19 October 2019, 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: Malala Yousafzai

Portrait of the Day: Malala Yousafzai

  • Talks and Lectures

20 October 2019, 12:30
Room 32
Free

Born in Mingora, Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai is a human rights activist for female education.

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: Edward Elgar

Portrait of the Day: Edward Elgar

  • Talks and Lectures

21 October 2019, 12:30
Room 30
Free

Largely self-taught, Elgar came to prominence in the 1890s with high-profile commissions including the Imperial March for Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee (1897).

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: Edward Elgar

Portrait of the Day: Edward Elgar

  • Talks and Lectures

22 October 2019, 12:30
Room 30
Free

Largely self-taught, Elgar came to prominence in the 1890s with high-profile commissions including the Imperial March for Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee (1897).

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: Katherine Parr - Her Life & Times

Portrait of the Day: Katherine Parr - Her Life & Times

  • Talks and Lectures

23 October 2019, 12:30
Room 1
Free

Henry VIII's sixth and last wife was a learned and pious woman, who had a moderating influence on the ageing king.

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: Angela Burdett-Coutts

Portrait of the Day: Angela Burdett-Coutts

  • Talks and Lectures

24 October 2019, 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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Families: The Big Draw: Drawn To Life

Families: The Big Draw: Drawn To Life

  • Family||Workshop

24 October 2019, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
First session: 11.00-13.00
Second session: 14.00-16.00

Free drop-in

This October half term bring your family and friends to the Gallery for an art extravaganza! Celebrate the world's biggest drawing festival from The Campaign for Drawing with our team of artists and take part in creative activities across the Gallery.


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Portrait of the Day: Naval Officers of World War I

Portrait of the Day: Naval Officers of World War I

  • Talks and Lectures

25 October 2019, 12:30
Room 31
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
25 October 2019, 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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Exhibition Tour: Elizabeth Peyton Aire and Angels

Exhibition Tour: Elizabeth Peyton Aire and Angels

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
25 October 2019, 18:00
Meet outside the exhibition
Free

Curator Lucy Dahlsen leads a tour of Elizabeth Peyton Aire and Angels and explores the development of Peyton’s unique portraiture from the 1990s to the present day.


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Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Workshop||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
25 October 2019, 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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Life Drawing: Pre-Raphaelite Sisters

Life Drawing: Pre-Raphaelite Sisters

  • Drawing||Workshop||Friday Lates
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A part of Friday Lates
25 October 2019, 18:30-20:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

Join artist Grace Adam for a life drawing session that draws inspiration from female artists whose works are currently on display as part of the major exhibition, Pre-Raphaelite Sisters.


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Highlights Tours

Highlights Tours

  • Talks and Lectures

26 October 2019, 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

26 October 2019, 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

26 October 2019, 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

27 October 2019, 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: My (De)generation

Weekend Workshop: My (De)generation

26 October - 27 October 2019, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio
Tickets: £150 (£125 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

Acknowledging the 100 year anniversary of the formation of the Weimar Republic, artist Sadie Lee leads this weekend painting workshop looking at some of the fascinating styles and subjects that influenced artists of the era.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

28 October 2019, 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

29 October 2019, 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

30 October 2019, 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: Gwen John

Portrait of the Day: Gwen John

  • Talks and Lectures

31 October 2019, 12:30
Room 28
Free

Gwen John: Painter; trained at the Slade School, 1895-8, and in Paris at Whistler's Académie Carmen, 1898-9; lived permanently in France after 1903 where she formed a passionate relationship with the sculptor, Rodin, and became acquainted with the leading figures of the artistic avant-garde.

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: Self Portraits

Visualising Portraits: Self Portraits

31 October 2019, 14:00
Meet in main hall
Free

What can self-portraits tell us about how an artist sees themselves? Picture description session.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

1 November 2019, 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
1 November 2019, 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
1 November 2019, 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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Poetry Reading: Pre-Raphaelite Sisters in Poetry

Poetry Reading: Pre-Raphaelite Sisters in Poetry

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates
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A part of Friday Lates
1 November 2019, 18:00-19:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free with a 18:00 exhibition ticket
Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Acting students from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama read poems featured in the exhibition Pre-Raphaelite Sisters by poets including Christina Rossetti, Elizabeth Siddal, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Alfred, Lord Tennyson and William Morris. Free with exhibition ticket.

 


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Queer Perspecitves: Rikki Beadle-Blair

Queer Perspecitves: Rikki Beadle-Blair

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates||LGBTQI
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A part of Friday Lates
1 November 2019, 19:00
Room 20
Free ticket required Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Resident artist Sadie Lee introduces her special guest, Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE.


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In Conversation: Elizabeth Siddal: Poetry, Art, Life

In Conversation: Elizabeth Siddal: Poetry, Art, Life

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates
  • Book now

A part of Friday Lates
1 November 2019, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Curator Jan Marsh, poet Gillian Allnutt, Dr Serena Trowbridge and journalist Alison Flood look at the poetry, art and life of Elizabeth Siddall.


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Highlights Tours

Highlights Tours

  • Talks and Lectures

2 November 2019, 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

2 November 2019, 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

2 November 2019, 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

3 November 2019, 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 November 2019, 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 November 2019, 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 November 2019, 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: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

Members’ Afternoon Preview: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

  • For Members

6 November 2019, 14:00-16:00
Porter Gallery

The Photographic Portrait Prize has established a reputation for creativity and excellence, with works submitted by a range of photographers. From leading professionals to talented amateurs and the most exciting emerging artists, the competition is open to everyone aged 18 and over from around the world.

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

7 November 2019, 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: George Eliot: From “Strong-minded Woman” to Great Novelist

Lunchtime Lecture: George Eliot: From “Strong-minded Woman” to Great Novelist

7 November 2019, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £4 (£3 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

How did Mary Anne Evans, born in 1819 the daughter of an estate manager in Warwickshire, become 'George Eliot', the new 'unknown' novelist who on arrival on the literary scene in 1859 with her first novel Adam Bede immediately won critical success to rival that of Dickens and Thackeray? 


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

8 November 2019, 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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Exhibition Tour: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

Exhibition Tour: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates
  • Book now

A part of Friday Lates
8 November 2019, 18:00
Meet outside the exhibition
Free with a 18:00 exhibition ticket

Take a tour of the the leading international photographic portrait competition, which celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography from around the world.


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Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
8 November 2019, 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
8 November 2019, 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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BSL Tour: Portraying George Eliot

BSL Tour: Portraying George Eliot

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates
  • BSL

A part of Friday Lates
8 November 2019, 19:30
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

John Wilson leads a tour of the display that marks the bicentenary of the birth of George Eliot, one of Britain's most renowned novelists.


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Highlights Tours

Highlights Tours

  • Talks and Lectures

9 November 2019, 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

9 November 2019, 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

9 November 2019, 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

10 November 2019, 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: Remembrance

Families: Remembrance

  • Family||Workshop

10 November 2019, 11:05-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free drop-in

To commemorate Remembrance Sunday, join us for a family day of reflection through craft and storytelling activities.


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Weekend Workshop: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

Weekend Workshop: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

9 November - 10 November 2019, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio
Tickets: £150 (£125 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Taking inspiration from the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019, hone your studio skills in this two day workshop.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

11 November 2019, 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 November 2019, 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 November 2019, 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 November 2019, 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

15 November 2019, 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: Ben Osborne

Guest DJ: Ben Osborne

  • Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
15 November 2019, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Described by Time Out as a "polymath", Ben Osborne is a DJ, writer, musician, award winning creative producer and founder of pioneering music and art collective, Noise of Art.


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Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Workshop||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
15 November 2019, 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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In Conversation: Always Nearly Famous

In Conversation: Always Nearly Famous

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates
  • Book now

A part of Friday Lates
15 November 2019, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

What does it take for female artists of the past to become famous?

 


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Highlights Tours

Highlights Tours

  • Talks and Lectures

16 November 2019, 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

16 November 2019, 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

16 November 2019, 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: Life-drawing Workshop

Young People: Life-drawing Workshop

  • Workshop||Young People

16 November 2019, 13:00-16:00
Education Studio
Fully booked

Take inspiration from the Pre-Raphaelite Sisters exhibition then learn figure-drawing techniques working from a clothed life model. Led by artist Caroline Dorset.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

17 November 2019, 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 November 2019, 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 November 2019, 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 November 2019, 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

21 November 2019, 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: From Myth to Molten Bronze: making public statues

Lunchtime Lecture: From Myth to Molten Bronze: making public statues

21 November 2019, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £4 (£3 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

For the annual Society of Portrait Sculptors Lecture, Martin Jennings discusses public statues illustrated not only with examples of his own work but also with those of his contemporaries and with examples drawn from sculptural history.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

22 November 2019, 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
22 November 2019, 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
22 November 2019, 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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Lecture: Ali Smith celebrates Jane Austen

Lecture: Ali Smith celebrates Jane Austen

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates
  • Book now

A part of Friday Lates
22 November 2019, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Novelist Ali Smith delivers the T. Edward Carpenter Lecture on Jane Austen. In partnership with Jane Austen's House Museum.


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Highlights Tours

Highlights Tours

  • Talks and Lectures

23 November 2019, 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

23 November 2019, 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

23 November 2019, 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

24 November 2019, 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: ‘Sister’ Portraits

Weekend Workshop: ‘Sister’ Portraits

23 November - 24 November 2019, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio
Tickets: £150 (£125 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Inspired by the major exhibition Pre-Raphaelite Sisters, join portrait artist Robin-Lee Hall for a practical painting workshop focusing on the female artists linked to the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

25 November 2019, 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 November 2019, 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

27 November 2019, 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 November 2019, 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: Muses and Lovers

Visualising Portraits: Muses and Lovers

28 November 2019, 14:00
Meet in main hall
Free

Muses and Lovers - women behind the portraits. Picture description.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

29 November 2019, 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
29 November 2019, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

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


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Gallery Talk: Carla van de Puttelaar’s Women in the Art World

Gallery Talk: Carla van de Puttelaar’s Women in the Art World

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
29 November 2019, 18:00
Room 29
Free

Photographer Carla van de Puttelaar introduces work from her series Women in the Art World. Followed by book signing.


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Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Workshop||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
29 November 2019, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

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


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Life Drawing: Pre-Raphaelite Longing

Life Drawing: Pre-Raphaelite Longing

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

A part of Friday Lates
29 November 2019, 18:30-20:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Artist Marc Woodhead leads a life drawing session inspired by the major exhibition Pre-Raphaelite Sisters


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Highlights Tours

Highlights Tours

  • Talks and Lectures

30 November 2019, 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

30 November 2019, 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

30 November 2019, 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’ Evening Private View: Pre-Raphaelite Sisters and Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

Members’ Evening Private View: Pre-Raphaelite Sisters and Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

  • For Members

13 January 2020, 18:30-20:30
Main Hall, Porter, Lerner and Wolfson Galleries

Join us for an evening of two must-see exhibitions. View the best of both worlds with portraits by the very best contemporary photographers in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019 alongside the Pre-Raphaelite heroine’s unseen works.

Please RSVP for this event from 4 November 2019

 

 

 


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Displays (7)

Everyday Icons: Collecting Popular Portraits

Everyday Icons: Collecting Popular Portraits

7 September 2019 - 1 March 2020

This display is temporarily closed, apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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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'This sceptred isle': Shakespeare and the Plantagenets

'This sceptred isle': Shakespeare and the Plantagenets

8 December 2018 - 31 May 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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Peterloo 1819: Democracy, Protest and Justice

Peterloo 1819: Democracy, Protest and Justice

26 July 2019 - 1 March 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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Portraying George Eliot

Portraying George Eliot

16 January - 8 December 2019
Room 25, Floor 1
Free

This display marks the bicentenary of the birth of George Eliot (1819–80), one of Britain’s most renowned novelists.


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Inspiring Photographs: Collecting for the Future

Inspiring Photographs: Collecting for the Future

5 October 2019 - 1 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 LGTBQ community, highlighting the Gallery’s ongoing commitment to represent diversity.


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Indian Nobility in Britain

Indian Nobility in Britain

6 April - 15 December 2019
Room 31 showcase, Floor 1
Free

This display celebrates the interlinked history between India and Britain in the early years of the twentieth century.


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New Commission Supported by Outset Contemporary Art Fund display

New Commission Supported by Outset Contemporary Art Fund display

5 October 2019 - 1 June 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 (13)

COMING HOME: Jessica Ennis-Hill

COMING HOME: Jessica Ennis-Hill

23 July - 20 October 2019
Weston Park, Museums, Sheffield

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


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COMING HOME: Maxine Peake

COMING HOME: Maxine Peake

1 July - 21 October 2019
The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

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


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Yorkshire! Achievers, Grit and Controversy

Yorkshire! Achievers, Grit and Controversy

5 March - 3 November 2019
Beningbrough Hall, York

The fascinating display will sit alongside narratives and interactives delving into the stories behind the people, their highs and their lows.ociated with.


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COMING HOME: Lord Byron

COMING HOME: Lord Byron

13 July - 3 November 2019
Newstead Abbey, Ravenshead

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


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Faces of Change: Nature's Champions

Faces of Change: Nature's Champions

21 September - 9 December 2019
Upton House, Warwickshire

From David Attenborough and Beatrix Potter to Vivienne Westwood and Joe Strummer, see portraits from the National Portrait Gallery's collection of people who've shaped the way we think or feel about green spaces and nature today.


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COMING HOME: Samuel Johnson

COMING HOME: Samuel Johnson

13 September 2019 - 3 January 2020
Lichfield Cathedral, Lichfield

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


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COMING HOME: William Wilberforce

COMING HOME: William Wilberforce

21 September 2019 - 19 January 2020
The Ferens Art Gallery, Hull

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


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COMING HOME: Virginia Woolf

COMING HOME: Virginia Woolf

13 September 2019 - 19 January 2020
Charleston, Lewes

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


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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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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 (3)

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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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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