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Exhibitions (1)

1 exhibition matching the date thisMonth

Michael Jackson: On the Wall

Michael Jackson: On the Wall

28 June - 21 October 2018
Wolfson and Lerner Galleries
Tickets with donation from: £17.50 - £22
Members Free

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. Curated by Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, the exhibition will open in the summer of 2018 to coincide with what would have been Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday (on 29 August 2018).

An illuminating Path, 1998 by David LaChapelle. Courtesy of the artist. © David LaChapelle (detail)


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Events (24)

24 events matching the date thisMonth

Symposium: Fashioning Michael Jackson

Symposium: Fashioning Michael Jackson

19 October 2018, 13:00-17:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Explore Michael Jackson’s impact and influence on the fashion world. Beginning with a visit to Michael Jackson: On the Wall


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Guest DJ: Just Vibez

Guest DJ: Just Vibez

  • Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
19 October 2018, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Listen and unwind at the bar as Just Vibez create a set in response to Michael Jackson: On the Wall.


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Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Workshop||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
19 October 2018, 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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In Conversation: Michael Jackson: In the Closet

In Conversation: Michael Jackson: In the Closet

A part of Friday Lates
19 October 2018, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

A panel discussion looking at Michael Jackson’s impact and enduring legacy as a fashion icon. Speakers include Philip Treacy.

 


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Portrait of the Day: Gwen John

Portrait of the Day: Gwen John

  • Talks and Lectures

20 October 2018, 12:30
Room 28
Free

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


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Portrait of the Day: Richard  III

Portrait of the Day: Richard III

  • Talks and Lectures

21 October 2018, 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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Portrait of the Day: Duro Olowu & Thelma Golden

Portrait of the Day: Duro Olowu & Thelma Golden

  • Talks and Lectures

22 October 2018, 12:30
Room 1
Free

Golden began her career at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, before joining the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1988.

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 Edward Elgar

Portrait of the Day: Sir Edward Elgar

  • Talks and Lectures

23 October 2018, 12:30
Room 30
Free

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

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


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Portrait of the Day: Mary Seacole

Portrait of the Day: Mary Seacole

  • Talks and Lectures

24 October 2018, 12:30
Room 23
Free

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Seacole owes her reputation to her nursing activities during the Crimean war. Rebuffed when she tried to join Florence Nightingale's nursing sisters, she travelled independently to Balaklava where she helped open the British Hotel halfway between the harbour and British Headquarters.

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 October 2018, 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 : Black is the New Black

Visualising Portraits : Black is the New Black

25 October 2018, 14:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Be inspired by contemporary Britons who have achieved greatness and explore these stunning new photographs by Simon Frederick.


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The Big Draw: Play

The Big Draw: Play

  • Family||Workshop

25 October 2018, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free drop-in

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


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

26 October 2018, 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

22 October - 26 October 2018, 11:00-16:00
Main Hall
Free

Visit FAB – our Family Activity Base - and collect a range of free printed resources and art materials to take into the galleries and explore the Collection, exhibitions and displays together.


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Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
26 October 2018, 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 October 2018, 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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Gallery Talk: To the Victors go the Oils?

Gallery Talk: To the Victors go the Oils?

  • Talks and Lectures

A part of Friday Lates
26 October 2018, 19:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

In December 1918, the National Portrait Gallery, through the generosity of the South African millionaire Sir Abraham Bailey, commissioned three conversation pieces depicting distinguished political, naval and military figures.


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Life Drawing: One Plus One

Life Drawing: One Plus One

A part of Friday Lates
26 October 2018, 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 session that explores how to record and evoke the relationship between two figures, with a focus on expression and gesture.


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Portrait of the Day: Beatrix Potter

Portrait of the Day: Beatrix Potter

  • Talks and Lectures

27 October 2018, 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: Charles Ricketts & Charles Shannon

Portrait of the Day: Charles Ricketts & Charles Shannon

  • Talks and Lectures

28 October 2018, 12:30
Room 28
Free

Painter, printer, designer, writer and collector. Born in Geneva, Switzerland, to an English father and French mother.

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: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018

Weekend Workshop: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018

27 October - 28 October 2018, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio
Tickets: £150 (£125 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Photographer Alejandra Carles-Tolra, whose work has been selected for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 exhibition, leads this two day workshop.


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Portrait of the Day: The Royal Family at Buckingham Palace, 1913

Portrait of the Day: The Royal Family at Buckingham Palace, 1913

  • Talks and Lectures

29 October 2018, 12:30
Room 30
Free

This imposing group which shows King George V and Queen Mary with two of their children was commissioned by the publisher W.H. Spottiswoode and presented by him to the National Portrait Gallery in 1913.

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


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Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

30 October 2018, 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 Edward Elgar

Portrait of the Day: Sir Edward Elgar

  • Talks and Lectures

31 October 2018, 12:30
Room 30
Free

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

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


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Displays (7)

7 displays matching the date thisMonth

1517: Martin Luther and the English Reformation

1517: Martin Luther and the English Reformation

21 July 2017 - 2 December 2018
Room 3, Floor 2
Free

This display looks at a selection of the portraits of some of the most prominent figures of the early years of reform in England, including the prints that were created to disseminate their ideas and commemorate their lives.


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Picturing Friendship

Picturing Friendship

30 June 2018 - 13 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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Votes for Women: Pioneers

Votes for Women: Pioneers

8 January 2018 - 13 January 2019
Room 25, Floor 1
Free

This display represents some Victorian women who were pioneers in the struggle for political representation. It commemorates the passing of the Representation of the People Act on 6 February 1918, which gave thousands of British women the right to vote in general elections; an important stepping stone towards ‘universal suffrage’ for both sexes that was finally achieved a decade later.


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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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Bobby Moore: First Gentleman of English Football

Bobby Moore: First Gentleman of English Football

27 February 2018 - 6 January 2019
Room 32, Floor 1
Free

This display celebrates Bobby Moore (1941-1993), a sporting icon who inspired a generation of football fans. Vintage press prints recently acquired by the National Portrait Gallery provide an insight into the professional and personal life of one of England’s best-loved sporting heroes.


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Illuminating women: Photographs by Mayotte Magnus

Illuminating women: Photographs by Mayotte Magnus

8 September 2018 - 24 March 2019
Room 32, Floor 1
Free

The display celebrates a range of creative women, including artists Liliane Lijn and Glenys Barton, authors Marina Warner and Margaret Drabble, actresses Glenda Jackson and Judi Dench and Nobel Prize recipient Nadine Gordimer.


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Black is the New Black: Portraits by Simon Frederick

Black is the New Black: Portraits by Simon Frederick

29 September 2018 - 27 January 2019
Room 33, Floor 1
Free

This display celebrates their acquisition as the largest group of portraits of Afro-Caribbean sitters into the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection.


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National Programme (5)

5 events matching the date thisMonth

Faces of Change: Votes for Women

Faces of Change: Votes for Women

4 August - 31 October 2018
Killerton, Devon

The exhibition presents an overview of the campaign for Votes for Women from the late 19th century until 1918. Photographs, prints, drawings and paintings from the Gallery’s collection will be displayed with some of the items from each property’s own collection which brings portraiture and places together to share stories that neither partner can tell as fully on their own.


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Making Her Mark: Creative Women

Making Her Mark: Creative Women

3 March - 4 November 2018
Beningbrough Hall, York

A display of outstanding female artists, writers, actors, singers and dancers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Featuring Collection highlights including paintings of Judi Dench, Iris Murdoch and Darcey Bussell and photographs of JK Rowling, Grace Jones and Amy Winehouse.


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BP Portrait Award 2018

BP Portrait Award 2018

13 October - 30 November 2018
Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Admission Free

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


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Elizabeth of Bohemia: The Winter Queen

Elizabeth of Bohemia: The Winter Queen

3 March - 14 December 2018
Montacute House, Somerset

This special display exploring Elizabeth’s life and portraits has been developed in partnership with the National Trust as part of the year of events exploring ‘Women and Power’.


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Exposed: The Naked Portrait

Exposed: The Naked Portrait

27 October 2018 - 3 March 2019
Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle

This exhibition of unclothed portraits from the National Portrait Gallery Collection invites questions about identity and gender, the real and ideal. It includes portraits of exposed sitters from Nell Gwyn to Naomi Campbell, Gilbert and George to John Lennon and Yoko Ono.


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