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Portrait of the Day: Dame Margot Fonteyn

Portrait of the Day: Dame Margot Fonteyn

  • Talks and Lectures

14 November 2019, 12:30
Room 31
Free

Born Margaret Hookham in Reigate, in 1934 Margot attended the Vic-Wells Ballet School, and by the time she was twenty had danced the lead in three of the great classics: Giselle, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty.

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: Jane Seymour

Portrait of the Day: Jane Seymour

  • Talks and Lectures

15 November 2019, 12:30
Room 1
Free

Born at Wolf Hall, Wiltshire, probably in 1509. She was the sister of Edward Seymour, later Duke of Somerset, and Thomas Seymour, Lord High Admiral. She came to Henry VIII's notice as a lady-in-waiting, first to Katherine of Aragon and then to Anne Boleyn.

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: Ben Osborne

Guest DJ: Ben Osborne

  • Music||Friday Lates

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

Described by Time Out as a "polymath", Ben Osborne is a DJ, writer, musician, award winning creative producer and founder of pioneering music and art collective, Noise of Art.


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Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Workshop||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
15 November 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: Always Nearly Famous

In Conversation: Always Nearly Famous

  • Talks and Lectures||Friday Lates
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A part of Friday Lates
15 November 2019, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

With reference to Joanna Wells (nee Boyce), Marie Spartali and Evelyn DeMorgan,  art historian Pamela Gerrish-Nunn, Chief Curator Alison Smith and journalist Rachel Cooke will examine the issues surrounding female artists and the perception of legacy.


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Highlights Tours

Highlights Tours

  • Talks and Lectures

16 November 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: Malala Yousafzai

Portrait of the Day: Malala Yousafzai

  • Talks and Lectures

16 November 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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Highlights Tours

Highlights Tours

  • Talks and Lectures

16 November 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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Young People: Life-drawing Workshop

Young People: Life-drawing Workshop

  • Workshop||Young People

16 November 2019, 13:00-16:00
Education Studio
Fully booked

Take inspiration from the Pre-Raphaelite Sisters exhibition then learn figure-drawing techniques working from a clothed life model. Led by artist Caroline Dorset.


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Portrait of the Day: Nell Gwyn

Portrait of the Day: Nell Gwyn

  • Talks and Lectures

17 November 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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In conversation: Nan Goldin and Dr Nicholas Cullinan

In conversation: Nan Goldin and Dr Nicholas Cullinan

17 November 2019, 16:30-17:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

To coincide with the opening of her major new exhibition, Sirens, at Marian Goodman Gallery, we are delighted to welcome one of the most important and influential artists of her generation.


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Portrait of the Day: Sir Edward Elgar & his muses

Portrait of the Day: Sir Edward Elgar & his muses

  • Talks and Lectures

18 November 2019, 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

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

19 November 2019, 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 & his muses

Portrait of the Day: Sir Edward Elgar & his muses

  • Talks and Lectures

20 November 2019, 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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