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BP Portrait Award 2017The increasingly popular BP Portrait Award returns for a 38th year at the National Portrait Gallery. The highly successful annual open competition, which attracted 2,557 entries from 80 countries last year, is one of the most prestigious prizes in the world for portrait painting. The three shortlisted portraits are shown alongside around 50 or so selected works in a free exhibition which returns to the National Portrait Gallery for three months this summer. Prizes include the BP Travel Award, BP Young Artist Award, open to 18 to 30 year-olds, and the £30,000 first prize. But this competition is not just about money, it's also about prestige; many previous winners have gone on to gain important commissions. Craig Wylie, for example, who won the award in 2008, was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to create a portrait of Dame Kelly Holmes.

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The National Portrait Gallery houses portraits of significant figures from the late 15th century to the present day. This isn't the place to come for serious works of exceptional artistic merit - the overriding aim of the National Portrait Gallery is to reflect the status of the sitter, not the artist - but where else in London could you hope to find The Beatles, Henry VIII, Sir Richard Branson and JK Rowling all hanging out together? The appeal of this gallery (opened in 1856) rests simply in its comprehensive commemoration of British history from the late 15th century to the present day through the medium of portraiture. More about National Portrait Gallery

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National Portrait Gallery events

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016Claudio Rasano's photograph of a Johannesburg schoolboy won this year's Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize prize while other shortlisted entries include a group of Israeli Orthodox Jews by Kovi Konowiecki and a Californian surfer and his girlfriend by Joni Sternbach. Held at the National Portrait Gallery each year, the 15,000 pound prize, o2017-01-18T00:00:00+00002017-02-26T00:00:00+0000 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
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Ongoing

event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Photography
PRICING£3 (Adults), £2 (Concs), Free for members
DATES17th November 2016 to 26th February 2017
VENUENational Portrait Gallery
Claudio Rasano's photograph of a Johannesburg schoolboy won this year's Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize prize while other shortlisted entries include a group of Israeli Orthodox Jews by Kovi Konowiecki and a Californian surfer and his girlfriend by Joni Sternbach. Held at the National Portrait Gallery each year, the 15,000 pound prize, o...†More about this event
Picasso PortraitsPicasso PortraitsPicasso PortraitsPicasso's portraits epitomise the astonishing variety and innovation of his art. This major exhibition of over 80 works focuses on the artist's portrayal of family, friends and lovers and reveals his creative processes as he moved freely between drawing from life, humorous caricature and expressive painting from memory. On display will be portraits2017-01-18T10:00:00+00002017-02-05T00:00:00+0000 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Ongoing

event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Painting
PRICING£17.50, concs £15.50
DATES6th October 2016 to 5th February 2017
VENUENational Portrait Gallery
Picasso's portraits epitomise the astonishing variety and innovation of his art. This major exhibition of over 80 works focuses on the artist's portrayal of family, friends and lovers and reveals his creative processes as he moved freely between drawing from life, humorous caricature and expressive painting from memory. On display will be portraits...†More about this event
Luc Tuymans: GlassesLuc Tuymans: GlassesLuc Tuymans: Glasses"Glasses bring a kind of distortion to the face," says Antwerp-based artist, Luc Tuymans, whose paintings of spectacle wearing sitters go on display at National Portrait Gallery from autumn 2016. Tuymans, who first came to our attention with his 2004 retrospective at Tate Modern has a larger exhibition of his works at the Museum aan de Stroom in An2017-01-18T00:00:00+00002017-04-02T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
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Free EventOngoing

event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Painting†|†PRICINGFree
DATES4th October 2016 to 2nd April 2017
VENUENational Portrait Gallery
"Glasses bring a kind of distortion to the face," says Antwerp-based artist, Luc Tuymans, whose paintings of spectacle wearing sitters go on display at National Portrait Gallery from autumn 2016. Tuymans, who first came to our attention with his 2004 retrospective at Tate Modern has a larger exhibition of his works at the Museum aan de Stroom in An...†More about this event
Antony Gormley: ObjectAntony Gormley: ObjectAntony Gormley: ObjectA life-size cast-iron sculpture by Antony Gormley has been dramatically suspended from the ceiling of the Ondaatje Wing Main Hall of the National Portrait Gallery, visible as you go up the long escalator to the gallery's second floor. The Angel of the North sculptor is the subject of a major exhibition at White Cube Bermondsey and, from 5th October2017-01-18T00:00:00+00002017-09-07T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
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Free EventOngoing

event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Installation†|†PRICINGFree
DATES7th September 2016 to 7th September 2017
VENUENational Portrait Gallery
A life-size cast-iron sculpture by Antony Gormley has been dramatically suspended from the ceiling of the Ondaatje Wing Main Hall of the National Portrait Gallery, visible as you go up the long escalator to the gallery's second floor. The Angel of the North sculptor is the subject of a major exhibition at White Cube Bermondsey and, from 5th October...†More about this event
Guest DJ: Mr MadamGuest DJ: Mr MadamDJ Mr Madam will be spinning a selection of music in the gallery as part of the Late Shift programme. Featuring music from Thomas Tallis, Gracie Fields, Grace Jones, John Barry, Duke Ellington, Lord Creator and more.2017-01-19T18:00:00+00002017-01-19T00:00:00+0000 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Guest DJ: Mr Madam
Resident DJ: Eddie OtchereResident DJ: Eddie OtchereTake advantage of the Gallery's late opening and enjoy DJ Eddie's set and a drink at our pop-up bar.2017-01-26T18:00:00+00002017-01-26T00:00:00+0000 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere
Late ShiftLate ShiftSingers and musicians perform acoustic sets.2017-01-27T18:30:00+00002017-01-27T00:00:00+0000 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Late Shift
Guest DJ: John SizzleGuest DJ: John SizzleThe drag artist and DJ, John, will be spinning a selection of music in the gallery as part of the Late Shift programme. Music will be chosen to reflect the atmosphere, weather and mood within the space.2017-02-02T18:00:00+00002017-02-02T00:00:00+0000 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
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Catherine Lee And Joseph WarwickCatherine Lee And Joseph WarwickThe cello and guitar duo perform South American music from Piazzolla to Tom Jobim.2017-02-03T18:30:00+00002017-02-03T00:00:00+0000 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Catherine Lee And Joseph Warwick
Resident DJ: Eddie OtchereResident DJ: Eddie OtchereTake advantage of the Gallery's late opening and enjoy DJ Eddie's set and a drink at our pop-up bar.2017-02-09T18:00:00+00002017-02-09T00:00:00+0000 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
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