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Calendar

Exhibitions (7)

Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver

Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver

21 February - 19 May 2019
Porter Gallery
Tickets without donation: £10.00
Free for Members and Patrons

The first major exhibition on Tudor and Jacobean portrait miniatures in the UK for over 35 years, Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver will bring together key works from the National Portrait Gallery and major loans from public and private collections to showcase the careers of the most skilled artists of the period, Nicholas Hilliard (1547? – 1619) and Isaac Oliver (c.1565 – 1617). 


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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 without donation: £18.00
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 without donation: £18.00
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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Events (75)

Guest DJ: Mr Madam

Guest DJ: Mr Madam

  • LGBTQI||Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
19 April 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
19 April 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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Portrait of the Day: Florence Nightingale

Portrait of the Day: Florence Nightingale

  • Talks and Lectures

20 April 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: Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

Portrait of the Day: Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

  • Talks and Lectures

21 April 2019, 12:30
Room 20
Free

The most famous soldier and statesman of his day, Wellington's early victories were in India and the Spanish Peninsula.

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 April 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 Activity Base

Family Activity Base

  • Family||Workshop

8 April - 22 April 2019, 11:00-16:00
Main Hall
Free

Visit FAB – our Family Activity Base Every weekend and 8 April - 22 April 2019


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Portrait of the Day: Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Portrait of the Day: Dante Gabriel Rossetti

  • Talks and Lectures

23 April 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: Nelson Mandela

Portrait of the Day: Nelson Mandela

  • Talks and Lectures

24 April 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: Richard III

Portrait of the Day: Richard III

  • Talks and Lectures

25 April 2019, 12:30
Room 1
Free

Richard III was the last king of England of the royal house of York.

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: Picturing Britain

Visualising Portraits: Picturing Britain

25 April 2019, 14:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Explore contemporary photographs of modern Britain and some of the people that make it unique.


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Portrait of the Day: Adelina Patti

Portrait of the Day: Adelina Patti

  • Talks and Lectures

26 April 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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Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Music||Friday Lates

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

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


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Life Drawing: Quivering with Life

Life Drawing: Quivering with Life

A part of Friday Lates
26 April 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 Marc Woodhead for a  Life Drawing session inspired by Leonard McComb’s approach to drawing and painting.


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Portrait of the Day: Anne Boleyn

Portrait of the Day: Anne Boleyn

  • Talks and Lectures

27 April 2019, 12:30
Room 1
Free

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

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


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Portrait of the Day: Angela Burdett-Coutts

Portrait of the Day: Angela Burdett-Coutts

  • Talks and Lectures

28 April 2019, 12:30
Room 24
Free

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

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


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Portrait of the Day: Beatrix Potter

Portrait of the Day: Beatrix Potter

  • Talks and Lectures

29 April 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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Members’ Evening Private View: Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver and Only Human: Martin Parr

Members’ Evening Private View: Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver and Only Human: Martin Parr

29 April 2019, 18:30-20:30
Main Hall, Porter, Lerner and Wolfson Galleries

Our Members’ Evening Private Views give you the chance to visit the Gallery after-hours and are a great way to see our exhibitions away from the crowds.

Please RSVP to this event from 27 February


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Portrait of the Day: Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Portrait of the Day: Dante Gabriel Rossetti

  • Talks and Lectures

30 April 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

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

2 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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Lunchtime Lecture: Eternal Boy: The Life of Kenneth Grahame

Lunchtime Lecture: Eternal Boy: The Life of Kenneth Grahame

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

'A child and a king' in the words of one of his closest friends, for much of his life Wind in the Willows author Kenneth Grahame lived multiple existences: fantasist, senior Bank of England bureaucrat, profoundly unhappy husband.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

3 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: Neil Prince

Guest DJ: Neil Prince

  • Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
3 May 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
3 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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In Conversation: Queer Perspectives

In Conversation: Queer Perspectives

A part of Friday Lates
3 May 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

4 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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Drop in session: Shadow Portraits

Drop in session: Shadow Portraits

  • Family||Workshop

4 May 2019, 11:00-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, drop in

Inspired by the silhouette portraits on display in the Photography: A Living Art - Then and Now display, create cut out portraits of your family.


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Drop in session: Shadow Portraits

Drop in session: Shadow Portraits

  • Family||Workshop

4 May 2019, 14:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, drop in

Inspired by the silhouette portraits on display in the Photography: A Living Art - Then and Now display, create cut out portraits of your family.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

5 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

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

6 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

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

7 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

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

8 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

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

9 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

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

10 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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Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
10 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
10 May 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: London Craft Week: Close-up and Self-Portrait

In Conversation: London Craft Week: Close-up and Self-Portrait

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

Senior Curator Charlotte Bolland is joined by artist-jeweller Silvia Weidenbach and jewellery historian Beatriz Chadour-Sampson to discuss Elizabetha Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver and the enduring appeal of portrait miniatures.


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BSL Tour: Queen Victoria at 200

BSL Tour: Queen Victoria at 200

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates
  • BSL

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

John Wilson leads a tour of the Gallery's portraits of Queen Victoria in celebration of her bicentenary. Led in BSL.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

11 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

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

12 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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Weekend Workshop: Portrait Painting for the Petrified

Weekend Workshop: Portrait Painting for the Petrified

11 May - 12 May 2019, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio
Tickets: £150 (£125 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Have you always wanted to have a go at portrait painting but are just too scared to try?


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

13 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

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

14 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

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

15 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

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

16 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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Lunchtime Lecture: Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother, Widow

Lunchtime Lecture: Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother, Widow

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

Historian Lucy Worsley reintroduces Queen Victoria as a complex, contradictory woman who loved dancing, suffered calamity and bereavement, and became an eccentric, powerful and really rather magnificent old lady.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

17 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: Timberlina

Guest DJ: Timberlina

  • Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
17 May 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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Exhibition Tour: Only Human: Martin Parr

Exhibition Tour: Only Human: Martin Parr

A part of Friday Lates
17 May 2019, 18:00
Meet outside the exhibition
Free with a 18:00 exhibition ticket
Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Dr Sabina Jaskot-Gill, Curator, Photography, leads a tour of the major exhibition which brings together works by one of Britain’s best-known and most widely celebrated photographers, Martin Parr.


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Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Workshop||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
17 May 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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Photo London: Dana Lixenberg in conversation with Magda Keaney

Photo London: Dana Lixenberg in conversation with Magda Keaney

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

For our annual Photo London keynote, we are pleased to announce Dutch documentary photographer Dana Lixenberg


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

18 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

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

19 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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Me, Myself and I

Me, Myself and I

  • Young People

19 May 2019, 13:00-16:00
Free, drop in

Events for 14 –21 year olds.

Bring your friends to the Gallery for an afternoon of wellbeing activities co-curated by our Youth Forum, in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Week. Enjoy free craft and drawing workshops and talks.


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

20 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

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

21 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

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

22 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

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

23 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

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

24 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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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

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

25 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

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

26 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

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

27 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

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

28 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

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

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

30 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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Visualising Portraits: Viva Victoria

Visualising Portraits: Viva Victoria

30 May 2019, 14:00
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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
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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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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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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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Displays (8)

'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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Picturing Friendship

Picturing Friendship

30 June 2018 - 6 May 2019
Room 16, Floor 2
Free

Continuing a series of thematic explorations of the Collection, this display draws together historic and contemporary portraits that record and affirm the bonds of friendship.


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Celebrating Queen Victoria: 200 Years

Celebrating Queen Victoria: 200 Years

5 March - 3 June 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 - 3 November 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 - 31 October 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

Since the 1970s, the celebrated artist John Stezaker (b. 1949) has created distinctive collages using found photographs and illustrated ephemera, particularly mid twentieth-century film stills, press and publicity portraits.


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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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