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National Programme (11)

COMING HOME: Richard III

COMING HOME: Richard III

9 July - 31 October 2021
Yorkshire Museum, York
Tickets: £8/£7.20/£4

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


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Tudors to Windsors

Tudors to Windsors

28 May - 31 October 2021
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
Tickets: £10/£6.50/£5

The National Portrait Gallery’s exquisite ‘Tudors to Windsors’ touring exhibition comes to the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. This unique collection of British royal portraits gives visitors a rare opportunity to meet these famous historical and contemporary personalities face to face


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From the ground up: Exhibition and new works

From the ground up: Exhibition and new works

6 September - 3 December 2021
Brent Museum and Archives, Brent
Free

COMING HOME: Andy Murray

COMING HOME: Andy Murray

12 August - 12 December 2021
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
Tickets: £13/£11

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


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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2021

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2021

10 November 2021 - 2 January 2022
Cromwell Place, South Kensington, London
Ticket with donation: £9/£5

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 is the leading international competition, open to all, which celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography from around the world.


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Bangladesh 50 Years Artwork

Bangladesh 50 Years Artwork

2 September 2021 - 31 January 2022
Idea Store, 321 Whitechapel Road, E1 1BU
Free

Suspended from the Whitechapel Idea Store (local library), the large scale letters spelling out Bangla will be visible from the road covered in brightly coloured saree fabric and LED lights. Walking underneath the structure you can look up to see embroidered murals revealing some of the research produced by the Citizen Researchers and artist Ruhul Abdin, including the original sketches by Biman Mullick for the first stamps of new nation Bangladesh in 1971. It is a celebration of the identity, people and stories that make up the diverse Bangladeshi community in Tower Hamlets.


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Beyond Bloomsbury: Life, Love and Legacy

Beyond Bloomsbury: Life, Love and Legacy

25 November 2021 - 13 February 2022
Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

Beyond Bloomsbury: Life, Love and Legacy explores the lives and works of an extraordinary group of writers, artists and thinkers, known as the Bloomsbury Group. Key figures include the great writer and pioneer of feminist thought Virginia Woolf, her sister the painter Vanessa Bell, and the circle of friends that gathered around these young women and became well-known as the ‘Bloomsbury Group’, named after the area of London where they lived in the first decades of the twentieth-century.


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The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics

The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics

28 January - 8 May 2022
The Holburne Museum, Bath

The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics presents some of the most familiar figures from English history and instantly recognisable in the portraits that have preserved their likenesses for five hundred years, encompassing some of the most famous portraits in the National Portrait Gallery Collection. 


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Beyond Bloomsbury: Life, Love and Legacy

Beyond Bloomsbury: Life, Love and Legacy

4 March - 5 June 2022
York Art Gallery, York

Beyond Bloomsbury: Life, Love and Legacy explores the lives and works of an extraordinary group of writers, artists and thinkers, known as the Bloomsbury Group. Key figures include the great writer and pioneer of feminist thought Virginia Woolf, her sister the painter Vanessa Bell, and the circle of friends that gathered around these young women and became well-known as the ‘Bloomsbury Group’, named after the area of London where they lived in the first decades of the twentieth-century.


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The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics

The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics

20 May - 29 August 2022
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics presents some of the most familiar figures from English history and instantly recognisable in the portraits that have preserved their likenesses for five hundred years, encompassing some of the most famous portraits in the National Portrait Gallery Collection. 


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COMING HOME: L.S. Lowry

COMING HOME: L.S. Lowry

22 May 2021 - 1 September 2022
The Lowry, Salford
Free

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


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