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Portrait of the Day: Anne Boleyn

Portrait of the Day: Anne Boleyn

  • Talks and Lectures

18 October 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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Guest DJ: Richard Osborne

Guest DJ: Richard Osborne

  • Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
18 October 2019, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

DJ Richard Osborne plays every genre of music within his sets, including pop, jazz, soul, disco and rock and roll, creating sets that correspond to specific temporary exhibitions taking place at the Gallery.


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Exhibition Tour: Curator-led tour of Pre-Raphaelite Sisters

Exhibition Tour: Curator-led tour of Pre-Raphaelite Sisters

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates
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A part of Friday Lates
18 October 2019, 18:00
Meet outside the exhibition
Free with a 18:00 exhibition ticket

Curator Jan Marsh leads a tour of the major new exhibition, Pre-Raphaelite Sisters.


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Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Workshop||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
18 October 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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In Conversation: BP Portrait Award at 30

In Conversation: BP Portrait Award at 30

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates
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A part of Friday Lates
18 October 2019, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

To mark the 30th anniversary of the BP Portrait Award, Chief Curator Alison Smith talks to past winners, James Lloyd and Ishbel Myerscough, and this year's winner, Charlie Schaffer.

 


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Highlights Tours

Highlights Tours

  • Talks and Lectures

19 October 2019, 11:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Step back through time with a free highlights tour exploring our collection and building.


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Portrait of the Day: Nell Gwyn

Portrait of the Day: Nell Gwyn

  • Talks and Lectures

19 October 2019, 12:30
Room 7
Free

Nell Gwyn: Eleanor Gywn, or 'Pretty witty Nell', as Pepys called her, came to London as an orange-seller, and rose to become one of the leading comic actresses of the day, and mistress to the King, Charles II.

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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Highlights Tours

Highlights Tours

  • Talks and Lectures

19 October 2019, 15:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Step back through time with a free highlights tour exploring our collection and building.


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Portrait of the Day: Malala Yousafzai

Portrait of the Day: Malala Yousafzai

  • Talks and Lectures

20 October 2019, 12:30
Room 32
Free

Born in Mingora, Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai is a human rights activist for female education.

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

21 October 2019, 12:30
Room 28
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: Sir Edward Elgar

Portrait of the Day: Sir Edward Elgar

  • Talks and Lectures

22 October 2019, 12:30
Room 28
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: Katherine Parr - Her Life & Times

Portrait of the Day: Katherine Parr - Her Life & Times

  • Talks and Lectures

23 October 2019, 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.

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

24 October 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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Families: The Big Draw: Drawn To Life

Families: The Big Draw: Drawn To Life

  • Family||Workshop

24 October 2019, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
First session: 11.00-13.00
Second session: 14.00-16.00

Free drop-in

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


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