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Highlights Tours

Highlights Tours

  • Talks and Lectures

29 February 2020, 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

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

29 February 2020, 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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Highlights Tours

Highlights Tours

  • Talks and Lectures

29 February 2020, 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

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

1 March 2020, 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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Families Workshop: Inspiring Women

Families Workshop: Inspiring Women

  • Family||Workshop

1 March 2020, 11:00-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free drop-in

In celebration of International Women’s Day, make a sculpture out of clay inspired by trailblazing women. Use tools provided to ‘draw’ on features and add extra decoration.


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Families Workshop: Inspiring Women

Families Workshop: Inspiring Women

  • Family||Workshop

1 March 2020, 14:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free drop-in

In celebration of International Women’s Day, make a sculpture out of clay inspired by trailblazing women. Use tools provided to ‘draw’ on features and add extra decoration.


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Portrait of the Day: Percy Bysshe Shelley

Portrait of the Day: Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • Talks and Lectures

2 March 2020, 12:30
Room 18
Free

The poet and novelist Shelley was sent down from Oxford in 1811 for professing his atheism.

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: Gwen John

Portrait of the Day: Gwen John

  • Talks and Lectures||LGBTQI

3 March 2020, 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.

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

4 March 2020, 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: Katherine Parr - Her Life & Times

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

  • Talks and Lectures

5 March 2020, 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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Lunchtime Lecture: Square Haunting: Five Women, Freedom and London Between the Wars

Lunchtime Lecture: Square Haunting: Five Women, Freedom and London Between the Wars

5 March 2020, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £4 (£3 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

In celebration of International Women's Day, biographer Francesca Wade introduces us to modernist poet H. D., detective novelist Dorothy L. Sayers, classicist Jane Harrison, economic historian Eileen Power, and author and publisher Virginia Woolf, five exceptional women whose lives intertwined around Mecklenburgh Square on the radical fringes of Bloomsbury between the wars.


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Portrait of the Day: Jimi Hendrix

Portrait of the Day: Jimi Hendrix

  • Talks and Lectures

6 March 2020, 12:30
Room 32
Free

American-born rock guitarist and singer. Hendrix was born into a poor neighbourhood in Seattle, Washington and taught himself to play the guitar.

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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Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
6 March 2020, 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
6 March 2020, 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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In Conversation: Celia Birtwell and Marco Livingstone

In Conversation: Celia Birtwell and Marco Livingstone

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates
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A part of Friday Lates
6 March 2020, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

To celebrate the opening of David Hockney: Drawing from Life, the artist’s muse and textile designer Celia Birtwell, talks to art historian Marco Livingstone about the experience of being drawn by her friend over five decades. Chaired by curator  Sarah Howgate.


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