This major new exhibition brings together works by one of Britain’s best-known and most widely celebrated photographers, Martin Parr. Including recognisable photographs alongside works never before exhibited it will focus on one of his most engaging subjects – people.

The exhibition will include portraits of people from around the world, with a special focus on Parr’s wry observations of Britishness, explored through a series of projects that investigate British identity today.

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7 March - 27 May 2019

Open daily 10.00 – 18.00/ Fridays until 21.00

Wolfson and Lerner Galleries

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE

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£18.00/ £16.50 (concessions)

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By phone 020 7321 6600
Daily 10.00 – 17.30 (transaction fee applies)

In person at the Gallery
Daily 10.00 – 17.00, Fridays until 20.00

Tickets without donation £18.00/£16.50 (concessions)
Tickets with donation £20.00/£18.50 (concessions)

Concessions include: senior citizens (aged 60 and over), students, children 12–18 years, registered unemployed, disabled people (with free entry for one carer). Proof of age or status required.

Become a Member today to enjoy immediate and unlimited entry to all ticketed exhibitions with no need to book. In addition, Members receive an array of fantastic benefits including special exhibition previews, priority booking and a 10% discount in the Gallery Shops, Portrait Restaurant and Portrait Café.

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Patrons enjoy all of the benefits of Membership as well as an exclusive events programme including opening night Private Views and curator-led tours.
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Free admission
Gallery Members, Supporters and children under 12 years in family groups.
National Art Pass holders 50% discount

Family Tickets
Book an Adult or Senior ticket and receive 50% off tickets for up to four children (12 – 18).

Schools
Tickets are £5 per student/pupil for groups 10+ visiting from 10.00-14.00, booking and paying at least a month in advance. Find out more. Find out more.

Group Tours
Special tours are available for groups, including a lecture and opportunity to explore the exhibition. For more information visit group tours.


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Then every Friday enjoy £5 entry to Only Human: Martin Parr. Why not make an evening of it and head to our after-hours Friday Lates on until 9pm.

 


Events

A range of free and ticketed events including talks, workshops, family activities and live music complements the exhibition

Events (7)

7 events matching the search term Martin Parr

In Conversation: British Identity – An MOT

In Conversation: British Identity – An MOT

A part of Friday Lates
5 April 2019, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Grayson Perry takes a look at the state of the nation with Guardian columnist John Harris and journalist and author Harriet Sergeant.


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Screening: Think of England and United Kingdom! – Shorts and Teddy Gray’s Sweet Factory

Screening: Think of England and United Kingdom! – Shorts and Teddy Gray’s Sweet Factory

A part of Friday Lates
6 April 2019, 14:00-15:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Magnum photographer Martin Parr exchanged his stills camera for a video camera to observe the British at leisure.


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Young People: Photography workshop

Young People: Photography workshop

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7 April 2019, 13:00-16:00
Education Studio
Free

Events for 14 –21 year olds.

Work with photographer Anthony Luvera to develop your photography skills and explore themes of British identity and humour inspired by our new Martin Parr: Only Human exhibition.


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Family workshop: Strike a Pose

Family workshop: Strike a Pose

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8 April - 9 April 2019, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, drop in

Dress up for a family photoshoot inspired by photographer Martin Parr’s self-portraits taken in studios all over the world – where will your photograph take you?


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Weekend Workshop: Identity with Suki Dhanda

Weekend Workshop: Identity with Suki Dhanda

13 April 2019, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £75 (£65 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Portrait photographer Suki Dhanda leads this one-day masterclass during which you will investigate how you see yourself and others.


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Members’ Evening Private View: Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver and Only Human: Martin Parr

Members’ Evening Private View: Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver and Only Human: Martin Parr

29 April 2019, 18:30-20:30
Main Hall, Porter, Lerner and Wolfson Galleries

Our Members’ Evening Private Views give you the chance to visit the Gallery after-hours and are a great way to see our exhibitions away from the crowds.

Please RSVP to this event from 27 February


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Performance: John Shuttleworth: It’s Nice Up North

Performance: John Shuttleworth: It’s Nice Up North

A part of Friday Lates
24 May 2019, 19:00-20:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £20 (£18 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Join John Shuttleworth and his creator Graham Fellows for an hour of music, chat and clips from the acclaimed movie It’s Nice Up North filmed by Martin Parr.


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Exhibition Catalogue

By turns witty, surprising, and ingenious, Martin Parr's photographs reveal the eccentricities of modern life with affection and insight. This book, published by Phaidon, examines what it means to be human at a time of both change and retrospection. By Philip Prodger, with an introduction by Grayson Perry.

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Exhibition Shop

Find an exclusive range of Martin Parr – inspired products and gifts in store and online.

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Portrait Restaurant

Enjoy one of our exclusive ticket and dining packages from a leisurely brunch to a wine-paired three course meal in the Portrait Restaurant with its celebrated views that stretch from Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square down Whitehall, to the Houses of Parliament and beyond.

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Become a Member

Enjoy free and unlimited entry to all ticketed exhibitions with no need to book. In addition, Members receive an array of fantastic benefits including special exhibition previews, priority booking and a 10% discount in the Gallery Shops, Portrait Restaurant and Portrait Café.

Membership starts from just £55. Find out more and join online today here.

Patrons enjoy all of the benefits of Membership as well as an exclusive events programme including opening night Private Views and curator-led tours. Find out more and join online today here.

 


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Opening hours


Daily 10.00 – 18.00
Fridays until 21.00
Last admission to the exhibition is one hour before the Gallery closes.
Exiting commences ten minutes before the closing time.

Friday Lates


Enjoy a drink at the bar and music inspired by our exhibitions, join our hugely popular mass art occupation of the Gallery and explore ideas about art, culture and society with our talks programme every Friday until 21.00.

 

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Competition

Sorrento, Italy, 2014. Picture credit: © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos / Rocket Gallery

Have you been inspired by Only Human: Martin Parr?

Have you thought about what British identity means to people today? How we capture British behaviours? Depending on where you live, your family background and your experience, this can vary tremendously.

Taking your lead from the above, share your photographs with us through Instagram. The prize… the chance to see your work on display at the National Portrait Gallery.

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Follow @nationalportraitgallery on Instagram. If you do not already have an Instagram account, you will need to download the app to your smartphone or tablet and register for free.

You can take your photo portrait using a camera, phone or tablet. Filters and other effects may be applied, but are not essential.

There are two categories - 21 and under, and 22 +.

21 and under:  #OnlyHuman21

22 +: #OnlyHumanNPG

Caption the photograph with a title, your full name and category # (see above), and upload to Instagram.

Please note: if your Instagram account is private, we will not be able access your entry.

The deadline for submissions is 23.59 on Monday 22 April 2019.

There is a further category for schools. Contact [email protected] to register your interest and receive an entry form.

Judges

Entries will be judged by Photographer Martin Parr and Sabina Jaskot-Gill, Photography Curator. Shortlisted photographers will be contacted via Instagram and asked to send in a high-resolution version of their work. Winners will be notified by 26 April 2019.

Prizes

The winning entries will be displayed at the National Portrait Gallery, London, from 6 May 2019 for three weeks. In addition, prizes will include experiences and luxury fashion items. Winners will also get the chance to meet Martin Parr at the competition award ceremony on 16 May.

All entries can be taken using either a camera, smartphone or tablet.

The competition is limited to 5 entries per person.

Images must be produced in response to the exhibition Only Human: Martin Parr and must be identifiable as portraits.

By submitting your work, you confirm that your contribution is your own original work, is not defamatory and does not infringe any UK laws and that you have the consent of a parent / guardian for anyone under eighteen who is identifiable in your contribution. Proof of consent for anyone under the age of eighteen will need to be supplied by all shortlisted photographers, please use the following consent form below.

By entering the competition, you confirm that the National Portrait Gallery may reproduce images for the purposes of marketing and promotion, including use on the Gallery website and social media sites.

All entries must be submitted by 23.59 on Monday 22 April 2019. Entries received after this time will not be eligible for consideration.

The judges will initially select 30 shortlisted works. On 23 April 2019 shortlisted photographers will be notified through Instagram, and asked to provide an original, high-resolution copy of the image by 24 April 2019. Only high-resolution images will be eligible for display at the Gallery.

The judges will select the winning photos (first, second and third prize for each category). Winners will be notified through Instagram or via email by 26 April.

No cash alternative.

The Gallery reserves the right to substitute the prize with one of similar value at its own discretion.

The Gallery also reserves the right to withdraw or amend the competition as necessary due to circumstances outside its control.

Employees of the National Portrait Gallery their families, agents or anyone else connected with the competition are not permitted to enter.