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Talks and Events Information

All events are free except where indicated. Book tickets at online (link to webpage), call 020 7306 0055 or visit the Gallery.


Free, but tour tickets required and available on the day from 17.00 on a first come, first served basis in addition to a timed exhibition ticket.

Friday 18 March 19.30

Thursday 21 April 19.00

Thursday 19 May 19.00


Saturday 9 April or Saturday 11 June, 11.00 – 15.00
Walk: Kar’s World

Led by Blue Badge Guide Sarah Ciacci, this walk will take you around Ida Kar’s artistic London – from 1 Litchfield Street in Soho where authors and painters mixed with socialites and the demi-monde’ to the sites of Gallery One and her favourite watering hole. The day begins with an introductory talk examining her importance as a photographer. Includes entry to the exhibition.
Tickets: £15/£12 concessions and Gallery Supporters


Wednesday 13 – Friday 15 April, 11.00 – 16.00 Daily
Three-day Workshop:
Boho Scene
Create your own short digital film in response to Ida Kar: Bohemian Photographer. Work in a team to experiment with both video and still cameras, along with editing software. Led by artists Melissa Bliss and Simon Green. Culminates in a public screening on Friday 15 April at 17.00.
For 14 - 21 year olds
. Booking required.  Please email [email protected] or call 020 7312 2483.


Monday 18 – Friday 22 April, 11.30 and 14.30
In the Frame

A week of photography workshops inspired by Ida Kar: Bohemian Photographer. 


Thursday 28 April, 18.30
Picturing the Artist

What do we expect an artist to look like? Peter Conrad and Alexandra Harris explore the image of the artist with reference to the Ida Kar exhibition.
Tickets: £5/£4

Friday 13 May, 18.00 – 22.00
LATE SHIFT EXTRA: Capturing the Capital

Inspired by both the Hoppé and Ida Kar exhibitions, explore the city with a night of music, talks, film and photography across the Gallery. Part of Museums at Night.

Thursday 9 June, 19.00
Vintage Bromides

A Poet in the City event celebrating the photography of Ida Kar and the poets that sat for her. As well as plenty of poems, the event will explore the making of portraits in photography, theatre and poetry.
Tickets: £5/£4


Tudor and Elizabethan matching pairs

Test your memory by playing our matching pairs game. Three levels of difficulty make it fun for the whole family.

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Regency familiar faces

Rearrange tiles to uncover sitters from the Gallery's Collection by playing our puzzle game.

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Who do you think you were?

Answer a few lifestyle questions about the Elizabethan period and discover your inner Elizabethan!

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