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National Programme (13)

COMING HOME: Jessica Ennis-Hill

COMING HOME: Jessica Ennis-Hill

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

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


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COMING HOME: Maxine Peake

COMING HOME: Maxine Peake

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

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


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Yorkshire! Achievers, Grit and Controversy

Yorkshire! Achievers, Grit and Controversy

5 March - 3 November 2019
Beningbrough Hall, York

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


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COMING HOME: Lord Byron

COMING HOME: Lord Byron

13 July - 3 November 2019
Newstead Abbey, Ravenshead

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


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Faces of Change: Nature's Champions

Faces of Change: Nature's Champions

21 September - 9 December 2019
Upton House, Warwickshire

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


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COMING HOME: Samuel Johnson

COMING HOME: Samuel Johnson

13 September 2019 - 3 January 2020
Lichfield Cathedral, Lichfield

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


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COMING HOME: Virginia Woolf

COMING HOME: Virginia Woolf

13 September 2019 - 19 January 2020
Charleston, Lewes

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


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COMING HOME: William Wilberforce

COMING HOME: William Wilberforce

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

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


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COMING HOME: Horatio Nelson

COMING HOME: Horatio Nelson

12 October 2019 - 26 January 2020
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich

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


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COMING HOME: Ira Frederick Aldridge

COMING HOME: Ira Frederick Aldridge

3 October 2019 - 1 March 2020
The Holburne Museum, Bath

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


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BP Portrait Award 2019

BP Portrait Award 2019

7 December 2019 - 22 March 2020
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

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


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Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things

Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things

25 June - 18 October 2020
Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

This major new exhibition will explore the extravagant world of the glamorous and stylish ‘Bright Young Things’ of the twenties and thirties, seen through the eye of renowned British photographer Cecil Beaton.


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Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things

Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things

14 November 2020 - 28 February 2021
The Wilson, Cheltenham

This major new exhibition will explore the extravagant world of the glamorous and stylish ‘Bright Young Things’ of the twenties and thirties, seen through the eye of renowned British photographer Cecil Beaton.


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