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Exhibitions (2)

2 exhibitions matching the date thisMonth

BP Portrait Award 2018

BP Portrait Award 2018

14 June - 23 September 2018
Lerner Galleries
Admission Free

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


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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 (17)

17 events matching the date thisMonth

Portrait of the Day: Charles Ricketts & Charles Shannon

Portrait of the Day: Charles Ricketts & Charles Shannon

  • Talks and Lectures

24 July 2018, 12:30
Room 28
Free

Painter, printer, designer, writer and collector. Born in Geneva, Switzerland, to an English father and French mother. From an early age he unstintingly pursued a compulsion to live for art. In 1882 he met Charles Shannon with whom he lived for the remainder of his 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: Beatrix Potter

Portrait of the Day: Beatrix Potter

  • Talks and Lectures

25 July 2018, 12:30
Room 31
Free

Writer, artist and conservationist. Informally educated, Potter spent hours drawing in the Natural History Museum. Her children's stories, which she wrote and illustrated, began as letters to a child.

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

Portrait of the Day: Katherine Parr

  • Talks and Lectures

26 July 2018, 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. Katherine showed great kindness to the king's children by his earlier marriages (Mary, Elizabeth and Edward), and tried to diminish religious persecution.

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: Bobby Moore: First Gentleman of English Football

Visualising Portraits: Bobby Moore: First Gentleman of English Football

26 July 2018, 14:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Enjoy candid shots of this icon of English football.


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Portrait of the Day: Amy Winehouse

Portrait of the Day: Amy Winehouse

  • Talks and Lectures

27 July 2018, 12:30
Room 32
Free

Singer and songwriter Winehouse trained at the Sylvia Young Theatre School, London, and was a featured vocalist with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

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 Sophie Callis

Guest DJ Sophie Callis

  • Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
27 July 2018, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Sophie Callis plays a set inspired by Michael Jackson.


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Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Workshop||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
27 July 2018, 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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Gallery Talk: Emily Bronte: A Celebration

Gallery Talk: Emily Bronte: A Celebration

  • Talks and Lectures

A part of Friday Lates
27 July 2018, 19:00
Room 24, Floor 1
Free

Celebrate the bicentenary of Emily Bronte’s birth with a reading of her poetry in front of her portrait. In partnership with the Live Literature Company.


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Life Drawing: Capturing the art of performance

Life Drawing: Capturing the art of performance

A part of Friday Lates
27 July 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 Robin-Lee Hall for a session focusing on the signature moves of performers including Michael Jackson.


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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

28 July 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: Elsa Lanchester

Portrait of the Day: Elsa Lanchester

  • Talks and Lectures

29 July 2018, 12:30
Room 29
Free

Elsa Lanchester was a British actress who had a long career in theatre, film, and television with her most famous role being The Bride in gothic horror film 'Bride of Frankenstein' (1935). The Bride's iconic look with her electric hair has become a symbol of the character and of the film, with Elsa Lanchester's performance being considered as immortal.

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: The Way You Make Me Feel: Practical Workshop

Weekend Workshop: The Way You Make Me Feel: Practical Workshop

28 July - 29 July 2018, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio
Tickets: £150 (£125 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Artist Sadie Lee leads this weekend workshop in response to the On The Wall exhibition, which features work inspired by the life, death and phenomenon of Michael Jackson.


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Portrait of the Day: Beatrix Potter

Portrait of the Day: Beatrix Potter

  • Talks and Lectures

30 July 2018, 12:30
Room 31
Free

Writer, artist and conservationist. Informally educated, Potter spent hours drawing in the Natural History Museum. Her children's stories, which she wrote and illustrated, began as letters to a child.

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: Anne Boleyn

Portrait of the Day: Anne Boleyn

  • Talks and Lectures

31 July 2018, 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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One-day Workshop: BP Portrait Award Next Generation

One-day Workshop: BP Portrait Award Next Generation

  • Workshop||Young People

31 July 2018, 11:00-16:00
Education Studio
Free
Fully booked

Immerse yourself in a packed day of creativity. Learning 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. If you like art and want to develop your skills, this is the workshop for you. Free. Choose one day. All art materials and lunch included.


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4-day Project: Musical Portraits

4-day Project: Musical Portraits

  • Workshop||Young People

30 July - 2 August 2018, 10:30-16:00
Education Studio
Free
Apply via our partner Turtle Key Arts

A project specifically designed for young people aged 10-14 years with Autism Spectrum Conditions. Over 4 days create art and music with professionals. In partnership with Turtle Key Arts and Wigmore Hall.


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Family Activity Base

Family Activity Base

  • Family||Workshop

21 July - 2 September 2018, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free drop-in

Lookout for FAB – our Family Activity Base - in the galleries and collect free art materials to take into the galleries and make portraits together.


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Displays (6)

6 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 Public Art, 1840 - 1939

Photography: A Public Art, 1840 - 1939

4 November 2017 - 14 October 2018
Room 29, Floor 1
Free

The Gallery celebrates photography with an installation dedicated to its extraordinary Photographs Collection displaying classic images and rarely seen gems of artists, writers and actors by Edward Steichen, James Abbe, Berenice Abbott, Cecil Beaton and Dorothy Wilding among others.


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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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One Unbroken Stream

One Unbroken Stream

3 March - 2 September 2018
Room 32, Floor 1
Free

This display comprises of portraits by five major artists: Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Edgar Degas, Sickert, David Bomberg and Frank Auerbach, to reveal a chain of teacher-pupil relationships spanning a century.


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National Programme (2)

2 events matching the date thisMonth

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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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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