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National Portrait Gallery

Hire this venue for your own event - it has eight function rooms the largest of which can hold a maximum of 400 guests and the smallest is ideal for 40.

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. The sense of progression and the feeling of familiarity with many subjects are what make the gallery so appealing. Having said that, critically acclaimed self-portraits by William Hogarth, Sir Joshua Reynolds and other notable British artists are also displayed alongside the 10,000 portraits of everyone from statesmen to showbiz stars and media barons. The collection represents Britain and is arranged thematically, starting with the Tudors and ending with present day politicians and pop stars. Look out for the only surviving portrait of Shakespeare taken from life in The Ondaajte Wing, the Hans Holbein cartoon of Henry VIII, the anamorphic portrait of Edward VI, and the sculpture of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in medieval costume. Photographs, caricatures, drawings and sculpture are included in the collection which also boasts 250,000 archived images. The National Portrait Gallery also hosts the annual Portrait Prize competition alongside ever-changing collections of contemporary work.

Best for: Accessible art, portraits and posing, Shakespeare and showbiz.

 

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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, o25th February 2017Sunday 26th February 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Ongoing
The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016
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TIMES  17th November 2016 to 26th February 2017  PRICING  £3 (Adults), £2 (Concs), Free for members
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
 
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 An25th February 2017Sunday 2nd April 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOngoing
Luc Tuymans: Glasses
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TIMES  4th October 2016 to 2nd April 2017  PRICING  Free
"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 October25th February 2017Thursday 7th September 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Free EventOngoing
Antony Gormley: Object
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TIMES  7th September 2016 to 7th September 2017  PRICING  Free
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
 
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.2nd March 2017Thursday 2nd March 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere
event  Thursday 2nd March 2017
TIMES  Thursday 2nd March 2017 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
Take advantage of the Gallery's late opening and enjoy DJ Eddie's set and a drink at our pop-up bar.
Musical PortraitsMusical PortraitsIgnite Ensemble perform a selection of their own compositions and pieces created by young musicians.3rd March 2017Friday 3rd March 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Musical Portraits
event  Friday 3rd March 2017
TIMES  Friday 3rd March 2017 - 6.30pm  PRICING  Free
Ignite Ensemble perform a selection of their own compositions and pieces created by young musicians.
Guest DJ: Ben OsborneGuest DJ: Ben OsborneThe guest DJ plays every genre of music within his sets, including electronica, classic techno, punk-funk, galactic house, and deep and dirty disco.9th March 2017Thursday 9th March 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Guest DJ: Ben Osborne
event  Thursday 9th March 2017
TIMES  Thursday 9th March 2017 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
The guest DJ plays every genre of music within his sets, including electronica, classic techno, punk-funk, galactic house, and deep and dirty disco.
Gillian Wearing And Claude Cahun: Behind The Mask, Another MaskGillian Wearing And Claude Cahun: Behind The Mask, Another MaskGillian Wearing And Claude Cahun: Behind The Mask, Another MaskThe National Portrait Gallery brings together the work of French surrealist Claude Cahun and British contemporary artist Gillian Wearing for the first time this March for its new exhibition, Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask. Despite being born 70 years apart and coming from contrasting backgrounds, remarkable parallel9th March 2017Monday 29th May 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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On Soon
Gillian Wearing And Claude Cahun: Behind The Mask, Another Mask
event  Running from Thursday 9th March 2017 until Monday 29th May 2017
TIMES  9th March to 29th May 2017  PRICING  Adult £12, concession £10.50, members Free
The National Portrait Gallery brings together the work of French surrealist Claude Cahun and British contemporary artist Gillian Wearing for the first time this March for its new exhibition, Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask. Despite being born 70 years apart and coming from contrasting backgrounds, remarkable parallel... More about this event
 
Luca Luciano & Jose Henrique CamposLuca Luciano & Jose Henrique CamposThe duo performs a programme of works by Villa-Lobos, Berio, De Falla and Poulenc for clarinet and guitar.10th March 2017Friday 10th March 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Luca Luciano & Jose Henrique Campos
event  Friday 10th March 2017
TIMES  Friday 10th March 2017 - 6.30pm  PRICING  Free
The duo performs a programme of works by Villa-Lobos, Berio, De Falla and Poulenc for clarinet and guitar.
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.16th March 2017Thursday 16th March 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere
event  Thursday 16th March 2017
TIMES  Thursday 16th March 2017 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
Take advantage of the Gallery's late opening and enjoy DJ Eddie's set and a drink at our pop-up bar.
Shirley Smart And Tommie Black-RoffShirley Smart And Tommie Black-RoffThe cellist and accordion duo perform classical, jazz, and world music from North Africa, the Middle East, Balkans and South America.17th March 2017Friday 17th March 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Shirley Smart And Tommie Black-Roff
event  Friday 17th March 2017
TIMES  Friday 17th March 2017 - 6.30pm  PRICING  Free
The cellist and accordion duo perform classical, jazz, and world music from North Africa, the Middle East, Balkans and South America.

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