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Exhibitions (8)

Only Human: Martin Parr

Only Human: Martin Parr

7 March - 27 May 2019
Wolfson and Lerner Galleries
Tickets without donation: £18.00
Free for Members and Patrons

A major new exhibition of works by Martin Parr, one of Britain’s best-known and most widely celebrated photographers. Only Human: Martin Parr, brings together some of Parr’s best known photographs with a number of works never exhibited before to focus on one of his most engaging subjects – people. 


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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019 - Call for entries

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019 - Call for entries

10 April - 11 June 2019

FIRST PRIZE: £15,000
Deadline for entry: 11 June 2019

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


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Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman

27 June - 15 September 2019
Wolfson and Lerner Galleries
Tickets: £18-20
With donation: £20-22

Concessions: £17-19
With donation: £19-21

£5 tickets for under 25s on Fridays
Free for Members and Patrons

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


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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

Elizabeth Peyton

3 October 2019 - 5 January 2020
Lerner Galleries
Free Admission

Created in close collaboration with the artist, Elizabeth Peyton, explores the development of Peyton’s unique portraiture from the 1990s to the present day


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Pre-Raphaelite Sisters

Pre-Raphaelite Sisters

17 October 2019 - 26 January 2020
Wolfson Plus
Tickets: £18-20
With donation: £20-22

Concessions: £17-19
With donation: £19-21

£5 tickets for under 25s on Fridays
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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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 (188)

Portrait of the Day: Ralph Vaughan Williams

Portrait of the Day: Ralph Vaughan Williams

  • Talks and Lectures

21 May 2019, 12:30
Room 31
Free

Vaughan Williams studied with Parry at the Royal College of Music, with Brüch in Berlin and Ravel in Paris. He was a leading figure, with Holst, in the folk-song revival and shifted the course of English-language hymnody with his English Hymnal (1906).

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: Nelson Mandela

Portrait of the Day: Nelson Mandela

  • Talks and Lectures

22 May 2019, 12:30
Room 32
Free

Former leader of the African National Congress, Nelson Mandela 'Madiba' was South Africa's first black head of state and the first president to be elected democratically.

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: Adelina Patti

Portrait of the Day: Adelina Patti

  • Talks and Lectures

23 May 2019, 12:30
Room 22
Free

'The Unknown Diva'. Adelina Patti is arguably the world's first true "celebrity" and yet today very few people have heard of her. Learn more about her life.

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

24 May 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.


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Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
24 May 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
24 May 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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Performance: John Shuttleworth: It’s Nice Up North

Performance: John Shuttleworth: It’s Nice Up North

A part of Friday Lates
24 May 2019, 19:00-20:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £20 (£18 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Join John Shuttleworth and his creator Graham Fellows for an hour of music, chat and clips from the acclaimed movie It’s Nice Up North filmed by Martin Parr.


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Portrait of the Day: Jesse Boot 1st Baron Trent

Portrait of the Day: Jesse Boot 1st Baron Trent

  • Talks and Lectures

25 May 2019, 12:30
Room 27
Free

One of the great entrepreneurs of the Victorian period whose firm remains a household name today.

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: Florence Nightingale

Portrait of the Day: Florence Nightingale

  • Talks and Lectures

26 May 2019, 12:30
Room 23
Free

Nightingale reformed hospital nursing during the 19th Century.

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: Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Portrait of the Day: Dante Gabriel Rossetti

  • Talks and Lectures

27 May 2019, 12:30
Room 26
Free

Rossetti was a painter and poet; studied at the Royal Academy where he began translating Dante.

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: Beatrix Potter

Portrait of the Day: Beatrix Potter

  • Talks and Lectures

28 May 2019, 12:30
Room 31
Free

Writer, artist and conservationist. Informally educated, Potter spent hours drawing in the Natural History Museum.

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 May 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: Sir Winston Churchill - His Life 1874-1940

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

  • Talks and Lectures

30 May 2019, 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: Viva Victoria

Visualising Portraits: Viva Victoria

30 May 2019, 14:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

For her 200th birthday month, take a closer look at portraits of one of our longest reigning monarch, Queen Victoria.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

31 May 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
31 May 2019, 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
31 May 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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Life Drawing: Measuring Up

Life Drawing: Measuring Up

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

Join artist Grace Adam for a dynamic session of drawing from a model in which you will explore scale and proportion.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

1 June 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

2 June 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

3 June 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 June 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 June 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 June 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: Sir Thomas Gresham: banker, builder, art patron

Lunchtime Lecture: Sir Thomas Gresham: banker, builder, art patron

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

Sir Thomas Gresham is long acclaimed as the architect of the City of London’s commercial greatness and the founder of the Royal Exchange and Gresham College.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

7 June 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
7 June 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
7 June 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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In Conversation: A Modest Living, Memoirs of a Cockney Sikh

In Conversation: A Modest Living, Memoirs of a Cockney Sikh

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

Suresh Singh talks to Stefan Dickers, about the candid and sometimes surprising story of his father Joginder Singh, who came to Spitalfields in 1949 and is the subject of the first biography to be written about a London Sikh.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

8 June 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

9 June 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

10 June 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

11 June 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 June 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: BP Portrait Award 2019

Members’ Afternoon Preview: BP Portrait Award 2019

  • For Members

12 June 2019, 14:00-16:00
Porter and Room 33

This Members’ favourite, the BP Portrait Award 2019, is the leading international competition celebrating the very best in contemporary portrait painting from around the world and is open to everyone from ages 18 and over.

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

13 June 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 June 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: Richard Osborne

Guest DJ: Richard Osborne

  • Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
14 June 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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Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Workshop||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
14 June 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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Concert: BP Portrait Award 2019

Concert: BP Portrait Award 2019

A part of Friday Lates
14 June 2019, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free ticket required

The BRIT School of Performing Arts & Technology perform their annual concert to celebrate the launch of the BP Portrait Award 2019.


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BSL Tour: The Road to Reform

BSL Tour: The Road to Reform

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates
  • BSL

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

Alan Murray explores some of the figures at the centre of the social and political reforms of the early 19th Century. Led in BSL with interpretation.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

15 June 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 June 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: Taking Away the Veil – From Dark to Light with Nina Mae Fowler

Weekend Workshop: Taking Away the Veil – From Dark to Light with Nina Mae Fowler

15 June - 16 June 2019, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio
Tickets: £150 (£125 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Artist Nina Mae Fowler, whose Luminary Drawings: Portraits of Film Directors are currently on display, leads this two day workshop which reveals the set up and process behind the portraits.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

17 June 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 June 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 June 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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Gallery Tour: Walking with Mrs Dalloway

Gallery Tour: Walking with Mrs Dalloway

19 June 2019, 13:30-14:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free ticket required

Join Lauren Elkin, author of Flâneuse: Women Walk the City, for a tour of selected portraits of and by Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and others associated with the Bloomsbury Group and the modernist movement.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

20 June 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: Inside Faber: Toby Faber on the history of Faber and Faber

Lunchtime Lecture: Inside Faber: Toby Faber on the history of Faber and Faber

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

As the grandson of Faber’s founder, Toby Faber grew up steeped in the company’s books and its stories.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

21 June 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
21 June 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
21 June 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: John Stezaker

In Conversation: John Stezaker

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

Artist John Stezaker speaks to curator Sabina Jaskot-Gill and Professor Margaret Iversen, Emeritus Professor, School of Philosophy and Art History, University of Essex, about his new display John Stezaker: Portrait.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

22 June 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

23 June 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

24 June 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

25 June 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 June 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: Cindy Sherman

Members’ Afternoon Preview: Cindy Sherman

  • For Members

26 June 2019, 14:00-16:00
Wolfson and Lerner Galleries

Including the ground-breaking series, Untitled Film Stills, 1977-80, this major new exhibition will explore the development of Sherman’s work from the mid-1970s to the present day.

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 June 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: The Restoration

Visualising Portraits: The Restoration

27 June 2019, 14:00
Meet in main hall
Free

Fast paced and full of scandal, learn more about Britain under the reign of Charles II through portraits of the time.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

28 June 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: Neil Prince

Guest DJ: Neil Prince

  • Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
28 June 2019, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Listen and unwind at the bar as DJ Neil Prince creates a set in response to the works on display.


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Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Workshop||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
28 June 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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Exhibition Tour: BP Portrait Award 2019

Exhibition Tour: BP Portrait Award 2019

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
28 June 2019, 19:00
Meet outside the exhibition
Free

See this year’s selection of the very best of contemporary portrait painting from around the world led by exhibiting artists Tedi Lena and Luis Ruocco.


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Life Drawing: Face and Façade

Life Drawing: Face and Façade

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

Taking inspiration from the Gallery’s Collection in particular portraits where the subjects "dress to impress", Gayna Pelham leads an exciting life Drawing session that will focus on the many facets of outward façade.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

29 June 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 June 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

1 July 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

2 July 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

3 July 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 July 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: Brunel and Stephenson, a Portrait of Iron Fellowship

Lunchtime Lecture: Brunel and Stephenson, a Portrait of Iron Fellowship

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

Photo historian Rose Teanby discusses how engineering giants Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Robert Stephenson have been represented in visual media, both photography and art.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

5 July 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
5 July 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
5 July 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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Lecture: Cindy Sherman – Appearance is All

Lecture: Cindy Sherman – Appearance is All

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

Paul Moorhouse, curator of the Cindy Sherman exhibition, discusses the origins, development and meaning of Sherman’s distinctive art.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

6 July 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

7 July 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

8 July 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

9 July 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

10 July 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

11 July 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 July 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
12 July 2019, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

DJ Mr Madam combines a range of musical styles to create his sets; from Thomas Tallis to Gracie Fields, Grace Jones to John Barry, Duke Ellington to Lord Creator; if you can hum it, he will try and play it.


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Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Workshop||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
12 July 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: Luminary Drawings: Portraits of Film Directors

In Conversation: Luminary Drawings: Portraits of Film Directors

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

Artist Nina Mae Fowler talks to film critic Simran Hans about her new display of portrait drawings of leading film directors and the sittings in which each was depicted whilst watching a film of importance to them. They will be joined by novelist, critic and cultural historian Dame Marina Warner, former Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery, who proposed the commission of the drawings. Other speakers to be announced.


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BSL Tour: Shakespeare and the Plantagenets

BSL Tour: Shakespeare and the Plantagenets

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates
  • BSL

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

Join Serena Cant for a tour of our display examining the Tudor construction of Plantagenet portraits and their legacy in the popular imagination. Led in BSL.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

13 July 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 July 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: BP Portrait Award 2019

Weekend Workshop: BP Portrait Award 2019

13 July - 14 July 2019, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio
Tickets: £150 (£125 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

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 shortlisted artist Charlie Schaffer. Day one will involve drawing from a model, before moving into working with oil paint on day two. Suitable for all abilities, all materials provided. 


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

15 July 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 July 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

17 July 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 July 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: Byron and Napoleon

Lunchtime Lecture: Byron and Napoleon

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

Biographer Antony Peattie looks at the private as well as the public context in order to understand the phenomenon and explores its consequences for Byron’s life, work and death. ‘Diabolism’ (Byron’s word) manifested the principal common ground between the two men, heroism inspired by Milton’s Satan.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

19 July 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
19 July 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
19 July 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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In Conversation: Iris Murdoch’s Relationship to Painting, in Philosophy and in Life

In Conversation: Iris Murdoch’s Relationship to Painting, in Philosophy and in Life

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

In the centenary year of Iris Murdoch’s birth, Murdoch scholars Lucy Bolton and Rebecca Moden will demonstrate how paintings feature in her life and work, and examine her relationship with art, artists and philosophical thinking.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

20 July 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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Young People: Photo Collage Workshop

Young People: Photo Collage Workshop

  • Workshop||Young People

20 July 2019, 13:00-16:00
Education Studio
Free, booking required

Events for 14 –21 year olds.

Work with professional artist Marysa Dowling to explore themes of performance plus try new photographic and collage techniques. Parent/Guardian permission required for under-18s.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

21 July 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

22 July 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

23 July 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

24 July 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

25 July 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: BP Portrait Award 2019

Visualising Portraits: BP Portrait Award 2019

25 July 2019, 14:00
Meet in main hall
Free

Fresh talent features in abundance at our annual exhibition of shortlisted works from the most prestigious portrait competition in the world.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

26 July 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
26 July 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
26 July 2019, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join artist Susan Wilson for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery.


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Exhibition Tour: BP Portrait Award 2019

Exhibition Tour: BP Portrait Award 2019

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
26 July 2019, 19:00
Meet outside the exhibition
Free

See this year’s selection of the very best of contemporary portrait painting from around the world led by exhibiting artist Vanessa Garwood and shortlisted artist Charlie Schaffer.


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Life Drawing: Fast, Furious and Fun Figure Drawing

Life Drawing: Fast, Furious and Fun Figure Drawing

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

Join artist Robin-Lee Hall for a Life Drawing session aimed at those wishing to develop more confidence in drawing the figure. During the evening there will be a series of short exercises followed by a longer pose.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

27 July 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 July 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: Looking and being looked at: on portraiture and how to develop trust with your sitters

Weekend Workshop: Looking and being looked at: on portraiture and how to develop trust with your sitters

27 July - 28 July 2019, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio
Tickets: £150 (£125 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Led by photographer Alejandra Carles-Tolra, whose work was selected for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 exhibition, this two day workshop is aimed at those who would like to learn how to get access and build trust with the sitters and communities they’re interested in photographing.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

29 July 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 July 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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Young People: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation - One day workshop

Young People: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation - One day workshop

  • Workshop||Young People

30 July 2019, 11:00-16:00
Free, booking required

Events for 14 –21 year olds.

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

31 July 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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Young People: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation - One day workshop

Young People: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation - One day workshop

  • Workshop||Young People

31 July 2019, 11:00-16:00
Free, booking required

Events for 14 –21 year olds.

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

1 August 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: Louis XIV, King of the World

Lunchtime Lecture: Louis XIV, King of the World

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

Dr Philip Mansel, author of the latest biography of Louis XIV, discusses the contradictions in his personality and policies and the reasons for continued public fascination with Versailles and the Sun King and his grandiose style of monarchy that has influenced subsequent French rulers, including President Macron.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

2 August 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
2 August 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
2 August 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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In Conversation: Queer Perspectives

In Conversation: Queer Perspectives

A part of Friday Lates
2 August 2019, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Lecture Theatre
Free ticket required Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Gain a Queer Perspective on our Collection with resident artist Sadie Lee and her special guest Lady Phyll as they discuss portraits which have a personal resonance.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

3 August 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 August 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 August 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 August 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

7 August 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

8 August 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

9 August 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
9 August 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
9 August 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: Cindy Sherman

BSL Tour: Cindy Sherman

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates
  • BSL

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

Join John Wilson for a tour of our major new retrospective of works by leading contemporary artist Cindy Sherman. Led in BSL.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

10 August 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

11 August 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: BP Portrait Award 2019

Weekend Workshop: BP Portrait Award 2019

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

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 exhibiting artist Sarah Jane Moon. Suitable for all abilities, all materials provided. 


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

12 August 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 August 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 August 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 August 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: Beckett and the Portrait

Lunchtime Lecture: Beckett and the Portrait

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

Samuel Beckett's work often concentrates on the face, and this reflects a long interest in the portrait. In this illustrated talk Conor Carville draws on Beckett's writing, published and unpublished, to show how Beckett used painting as a stimulus throughout his career.


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Young People: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation - Summer School

Young People: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation - Summer School

  • Workshop||Young People

13 August - 15 August 2019, 11:00-16:30
Education Studio
Free, application required

Events for 14 –21 year olds.

Take your art practice to another level. This practical art workshop allows you to spend three-days in the art studio at the Gallery, learning from professional artists and working from a model to create a portrait and learn new skills in composition, lighting and pose.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

16 August 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
16 August 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
16 August 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: Peterloo: The Story of the Manchester Massacre

Lecture: Peterloo: The Story of the Manchester Massacre

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

On 16 August 1819 local yeomanry cavalry, supported by British-army regulars, sliced through a pro-democracy meeting of 60,000 people in Manchester.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

17 August 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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Screening: Peterloo

Screening: Peterloo

17 August 2019, 14:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

We mark the 200th anniversary of the infamous massacre with a screening of Mike Leigh’s Peterloo.  A peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter's Field in Manchester turned into one of the bloodiest and most notorious episodes in British history but also a defining moment in British democracy. Dir: Mike Leigh, 2018, 12A, 154 mins.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

18 August 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 August 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 August 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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Family workshop: Design your own doll

Family workshop: Design your own doll

  • Family||Workshop

19 August - 20 August 2019, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, drop in

Create a photo cut-out of yourself and decorate different costumes for your doll to wear.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.


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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

20 August 2019, 18:30-20:30
Free, booking required

Events for 14 –21 year olds.

The Gallery is yours for the evening. Enjoy the BP Portrait Award 2019 after-hours with live music, art workshops, competitions, refreshments and a chance to meet artists and other young creatives. RSVP required.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

21 August 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

22 August 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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Family workshop: Take the lead

Family workshop: Take the lead

  • Family||Workshop

21 August - 22 August 2019, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, drop in

Be inspired by famous leaders in the Collection to create your own campaign poster – what’s important to you?

Children must be accompanied by an adult.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

23 August 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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Family workshop: Step into a portrait

Family workshop: Step into a portrait

  • Family||Workshop

23 August 2019, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, drop in

Learn photography and collage skills and recreate famous works in the Collection – who will you become?

Children must be accompanied by an adult.


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Guest DJ: Aquila

Guest DJ: Aquila

  • Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
23 August 2019, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Before Djing comes the music! Acquila began Djing around 2000 and plays for music lovers who appreciate hearing diverse, quality, eclectic and selective genres of music.


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Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Workshop||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
23 August 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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Screening: Office Killer

Screening: Office Killer

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

To complement the Gallery’s current major exhibition, Cindy Sherman, see the artist’s only feature-length film, Office Killer (1997).


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

24 August 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

25 August 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 August 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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Family workshop: Head, shoulders, knees and toes

Family workshop: Head, shoulders, knees and toes

  • Family||Workshop

26 August 2019, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, drop in

Learn to draw a person in proportion or focus on a particular detail.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

27 August 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 August 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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Family workshop: You be the judge

Family workshop: You be the judge

  • Family||Workshop

27 August - 28 August 2019, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, drop in

Enjoy painting speedy portraits as a family, then choose a favourite and win a prize.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.


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Members’ Evening Private View: BP Portrait Award 2019 and Cindy Sherman

Members’ Evening Private View: BP Portrait Award 2019 and Cindy Sherman

  • For Members

28 August 2019, 18:30-20:30
Main Hall, Porter, Lerner and Wolfson Galleries

Join us for an evening of painting and photography. The Portrait Award showcases the very best in contemporary portrait painting with works on display from amateur artists to professionals. Cindy Sherman will explore the development of Sherman’s work from the mid-1970s to the present day and focuses on the artist’s manipulation of her own appearance.

Please RSVP for this event from 4 June 2019

 


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

29 August 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: Shakespeare and the Plantagenets

Visualising Portraits: Shakespeare and the Plantagenets

29 August 2019, 14:00
Meet in main hall
Free

Shakespeare’s plays have brought the Plantagenet Kings to life for centuries, but where does fact meet fiction?


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

30 August 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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Family workshop: All about you

Family workshop: All about you

  • Family||Workshop

29 August - 30 August 2019, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, drop in

Join a professional artist to create your own self portrait – how will you paint yourself?

Children must be accompanied by an adult.


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Family Activity Base

Family Activity Base

  • Family||Workshop

22 July - 30 August 2019, 11:00-16:00
Main Hall
Free

Visit FAB – our Family Activity Base Every weekend and Mon 22 July – Fri 30 August 2019


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Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
30 August 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
30 August 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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Exhibition Tour: BP Portrait Award 2019

Exhibition Tour: BP Portrait Award 2019

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
30 August 2019, 19:00
Meet outside the exhibition
Free

See this year’s selection of the very best of contemporary portrait painting from around the world led by shortlisted artist Emma Hopkins.


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Life Drawing: Rubens and the Baroque

Life Drawing: Rubens and the Baroque

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

Artist Andy Pankhurst leads a dynamic evening of life drawing during which you will take inspiration from expressive poses by selected artists and their works within the Collection from the 17th Century.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

31 August 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: Elizabeth Peyton

Members’ Afternoon Preview: Elizabeth Peyton

  • For Members

2 October 2019, 14:00-16:00
Lerner Galleries

Created in close collaboration with the artist, Elizabeth Peyton, explores the development of Peyton’s unique portraiture from the 1990s to the present day, presenting works in a range of media, including new portraits exhibited for the first time.

Please RSVP for this event from 4 June 2019

 


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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, including Evelyn de Morgan, Effie Millais (nee Gray), Elizabeth Siddal and Joanna Wells (nee Boyce), an artist whose work has been largely omitted from the history of the 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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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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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, 14:00-16:00
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)

'This sceptred isle': Shakespeare and the Plantagenets

'This sceptred isle': Shakespeare and the Plantagenets

8 December 2018 - 1 December 2019
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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Celebrating Queen Victoria: 200 Years

Celebrating Queen Victoria: 200 Years

5 March - 1 September 2019
Room 21, Floor 1
Free

The portraits of Victoria in this temporary display, including rarely-displayed sketches and watercolours, represent the queen at different moments during her long reign.


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Portraying George Eliot

Portraying George Eliot

16 January - 1 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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Photography: A Living Art - Then and Now

Photography: A Living Art - Then and Now

20 October 2018 - 29 September 2019
Room 29, Floor 1
Free

This display celebrates recently acquired portraits by contemporary artists, whose work builds on early photographic processes.


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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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Luminary Drawings Portraits of Film Directors by Nina Mae Fowler

Luminary Drawings Portraits of Film Directors by Nina Mae Fowler

12 April - 1 October 2019
Room 32, Floor 1
Free

This display unveils a major new commission of portrait drawings of leading film directors by the artist Nina Mae Fowler (b.1981).


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John Stezaker: Portrait

John Stezaker: Portrait

11 May - 1 September 2019
Rooms 15 and 16, Floor 2
Free

This display includes new and other previously unseen collages by Stezaker, and features a specially produced film, Marriage (2018).


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National Programme (14)

BP Portrait Award 2018

BP Portrait Award 2018

6 April - 3 June 2019
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Winchester Discovery Centre

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


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Faces of Change: Nature's Champions

Faces of Change: Nature's Champions

23 March - 9 June 2019
Dunham Massey, Cheshire

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: Anne, Countess of Pembroke (Lady Anne Clifford)

COMING HOME: Anne, Countess of Pembroke (Lady Anne Clifford)

22 March - 22 June 2019
Abbot Hall, Kendal

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


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COMING HOME: Isambard Kingdom Brunel

COMING HOME: Isambard Kingdom Brunel

18 March - 23 June 2019
Portsmouth Museum, Portsmouth

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


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COMING HOME: David Hockney

COMING HOME: David Hockney

26 February - 14 July 2019
Cartwright Hall, Bradford

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


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COMING HOME: Dylan Thomas

COMING HOME: Dylan Thomas

4 May - 1 September 2019
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea

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


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COMING HOME: Tracey Emin

COMING HOME: Tracey Emin

17 June - 8 September 2019
Margate Library in partnership with Turner Contemporary

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

22 June - 8 September 2019
Attingham Park, Shropshire

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: Sir Francis Drake

Coming Home: Sir Francis Drake

27 April - 16 September 2019
Buckland Abbey – National Trust, Yelverton

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


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COMING HOME: King Richard III

COMING HOME: King Richard III

8 June - 22 September 2019
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester

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


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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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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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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: 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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International Programme (4)

Gainsborough's Family Album

Gainsborough's Family Album

23 February - 9 June 2019
Princeton University Art Museum (New Jersey, USA)

Featuring over fifty works from public and private collections across the world, Gainsborough’s Family Album will provide a unique insight into the private life and motivations of Thomas Gainsborough (1727–88), one of Britain’s greatest artists.


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Michael Jackson: On the Wall

Michael Jackson: On the Wall

22 March - 14 July 2019
Bundeskunsthalle (Bonn, Germany)

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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Tudors to Windsors

Tudors to Windsors

16 March - 14 July 2019
Bendigo Art Gallery (Victoria, Australia)

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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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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