Events and exhibitions calendar

Find out what's on in our current and upcoming exhibitions, displays, events, programmes, workshops and more.

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Drop-in drawing

Adult, Evening, Workshop

1 March 2024, 18.00-20.00
In Gallery
Free

Led by an artist, create your own work in the Gallery and be inspired by the world’s largest collection of portraits

The Bluestockings: The First Women’s Movement

Adult, Daytime, Talks and conversations

7 March 2024, 13.00-14.00
The Ondaatje Wing Theatre
£10 (£8 Members / concessions)

Join Susannah Gibson to celebrate the lives and achievements of the Bluestockings, women who risked everything to think and live as they wished

DJ: Tone

Adult, Evening, Music and performance

8 March 2024, 18.30-20.30
Main Hall
Free (drop-in)

To celebrate the opening of The Time is Always Now: Artists Reframe the Black Figure, join Tone for a DJ set in the Main Hall.

‘Our Aliveness’: Screening of ‘Black Poirot’ and discussion with the director

Adult, Evening, Film screening

8 March 2024, 19.00-20.00
The Ondaatje Wing Theatre
£10 (£8 Members / concessions)

Join us for a screening of Black Poirot, followed by an in-conversation with the director, Rosa Johan Uddo

‘Our Aliveness’: Damsel Elysium

Adult, Evening, Music and performance

8 March 2024, 19.30-20.00
In Gallery

Join composer and multi-instrumentalist, Damsel Elysium to celebrate the concept of ‘Blackness’ as a way to foster kinship and community.

Using portrait photography to explore identity

Adult, Daytime, Workshop

9 March 2024, 10.00-17.00
The Law Photography Studio
£125 (£100 Members / concessions)

Join this workshop exploring posed photography that communicates the complexities of living as racialised, sexualised figures under the white gaze

Drop-in drawing

Adult, Evening, Workshop

15 March 2024, 18.00-20.00
In Gallery
Free

Led by an artist, create your own work in the Gallery and be inspired by the world’s largest collection of portraits

Uncovering hidden stories to tell better histories

Adult, Evening, Talks and conversations

15 March 2024, 19.00-20.00
The Ondaatje Wing Theatre
£10 (£8 Members / concessions)

Join us for an exciting discussion about the role of heritage sites in uncovering hidden histories and re-presenting a fuller, richer story of Britain
People sitting in an auditorium.

Magda Keaney in conversation

Adult, Evening, Online, Talks and conversations

22 March 2024, 19.00-20.00
The Ondaatje Wing Theatre / Online livestream
Onsite £15 (£12 Members / concessions)
Online £8 (£6 Members / concessions)

Join curator Magda Keaney as she discusses themes explored by Francesca Woodman and Julia Margaret Cameron.
Close-up ohotograph of hands signing BSL

BSL tour: The Time is Always Now

Adult, Accessible events, Evening, Gallery tours

22 March 2024, 19.30-20.30
Main Entrance, Ross Place
Free (booking required)

Join exhibiting artist Kimathi Donkor for a free BSL interpreted Gallery talk in The Time is Always Now: Artists Reframe the Black Figure.

Digital photography workshop: BLUR

Adult, Daytime, Workshop

23 March 2024, 11.00-17.00
The Law Photography Studio
£125 (£100 Members / concessions)

Explore experimenting and innovating through the medium of photography in this workshop led by a leading contemporary photographer.

Poetry performance: Salena Godden

Adult, Daytime, Music and performance

23 March 2024, 14.00-14.30
In Gallery, Room 18
£5 (£4 Members / concessions)

Join Salena Godden for a poetry performance in the Galleries, drawing on magical realism and the notion of a dream space.

Descriptive tour: The Time is Always Now

Adult, Accessible events, Daytime, Gallery tours

26 March 2024, 14.30-16.00
In Gallery (room TBC) and Learning Centre
Free (booking required)

Join our free monthly audio described tours for visitors who are blind or partially sighted.

Drop-in drawing

Adult, Evening, Workshop

5 April 2024, 18.00-20.00
In Gallery
Free

Led by an artist, create your own work in the Gallery and be inspired by the world’s largest collection of portraits.

Trespassing: Art and Black belonging in a colonial landscape

Adult, Evening, Online, Talks and conversations

5 April 2024, 19.00-20.00
The Ondaatje Wing Theatre / Online livestream
Onsite: £10 (£8 Members / concessions)
Online £8 (£6 Members / concessions)

Join Niellah Arboine for a conversation on the role of artistic practice to create and assert a new kind of belonging in Britain’s colonial landscape

POSTPONED: ‘Photography is a place for the viewer to dream in’: What can photography do?

Adult, Daytime, Talks and conversations

11 April 2024, 13.00-14.00
The Ondaatje Wing Theatre
£10 (£8 Members / concessions)

Join us for a lecture looking at the ways in which photography is used to transport a viewer beyond reality and into a dream space.

Get loud: a dominoes night at the National Portrait Gallery

Adult, Evening, Workshop

12 April 2024, 18.00-20.00
In Gallery
Free

Join us for a pop-up dominoes tournament in our gallery space after hours, celebrating the kinship and connection fostered by the game

Digital photography workshop: gesture, pose, staging and props

Adult, Daytime, Workshop

13 April 2024, 11.00-17.00
The Law Photography Studio
£125 (£100 Members / concessions)

Use digital photography to consider pose and gesture in your own work in this one-day workshop led by contemporary photographer Lydia Goldblatt
Drop-in drawing session participants sketching in the Gallery.

Drop-in drawing

Adult, Evening, Workshop

19 April 2024, 18.00-20.00
In Gallery
Free

Led by an artist, create your own work in the Gallery and be inspired by the world’s largest collection of portraits.

Creating realistic portraits using ballpoint pen

Adult, Daytime, Workshop

20 - 21 April 2024, 11.00-17.00
The Art Studio
£250 (£200 Members / concessions)

Create your own ballpoint pen portraits of historical figures of African descent during this two-day workshop led by artist Habib Hajallie

Sensory tour: the Collection

Adult, Accessible events, Daytime, Gallery tours

22 April 2024, 12.00-12.45
In Gallery room TBC
Free (booking required)

Our sensory tours invite visitors with complex support needs and their carers to experience the Collection in imaginative ways.

Descriptive tour: the Collection

Adult, Accessible events, Daytime, Gallery tours

Various dates, next at 23 April 2024, 14.30-16.00
In Gallery
Free (booking required)

Join our free monthly audio described tours for visitors who are blind or partially sighted.

Women’s representation and the female gaze

Adult, Daytime, Talks and conversations

25 April 2024, 13.00-14.00
The Ondaatje Wing Theatre
£10 (£8 Members / concessions)

Join us as we explore the representation of women in the arts throughout history and what it means to be a woman working in the arts today.

Evening life drawing

Adult, Evening, Workshop

26 April 2024, 18.00-19.00
The Ondaatje Wing Theatre
£20 (£16 Members / concessions)

Join our monthly evening life drawing class, led by a figurative artist, and hone your technical drawing skills in a range of media.

BSL tour: the Collection

Adult, Accessible events, Evening, Gallery tours

Various dates, next at 26 April 2024, 19.30-20.30
In Gallery (room TBC)
Free (booking required)

Join our free monthly BSL tours for D/deaf and hard of hearing visitors to take a journey through the Collection.