31 October 2012



The National Portrait Gallery has been lent a major portrait of Winston Churchill, a rarely seen life-size painting by William Orpen, one of Britain’s most significant portrait painters and war artists. It goes on display at the Gallery from tomorrow, Thursday 1 November 2012. Painted in 1916, during the darkest moment in the statesman’s career, Churchill […]

28 September 2012


Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Painting Unveiled At National Portrait Gallery

A new official portrait of Her Majesty The Queen, painted by Australian-born, London-based artist Ralph Heimans was today unveiled by the Australian Governor-General Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, Australia. Entitled ‘The Coronation Theatre, Westminster Abbey: A Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’, the work is on display […]

19 September 2012


Man Ray Portrait Exhibition A National Portrait Gallery First

The national Portrait Gallery is mounting a major photographic exhibition,in February devoted to the portraits of the American Photographer Man Ray. The exhibition will include over 150 vintage prints from Man Ray’s career taken between 1916 and 1968. Drawn from private collections and major museums including the Pompidou Centre, the J. Paul Getty Museum and […]

13 September 2012



An Irish artist’s striking portrait of the Belfast poet Michael Longley by Colin Davidson has won the BP Visitors’ Choice 2012 in BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery, London this year. ‘The Dialects of Silence’ (Portrait of Michael Longley) by Colin Davidson from Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland, received 2, 814 votes from visitors […]

6 September 2012



The National Portrait Gallery have announced the shortlist for the 2012 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait prize. The four photographers that have been selected for the £12,000 Prize, considered to be one of the major international photography awards, will find out the result on Monday 5 November 2012.  The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 will […]

17 August 2012


NEIL LIBBERT New Solo Display At National Portrait Gallery

A new solo display of photographs by the photojournalist Neil Libbert will open at the National Portrait Gallery on 17 September 2012. The display of 10 portraits will celebrate Libbert’s 55 year career as a photojournalist by showcasing a selection of his portraits from the Gallery’s Collection. The display focuses on key works from 1958 – […]

7 August 2012


East Londoners Captured In New NPG Olympic Exhibition

The National Portrait Gallery is presenting  a new exhibition of 65 photographs of East Londoners that document the impact of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games on their communities. The show will be mounted at Four Corners, Bethnal Green on 9 August 2012. Using a range of photographic styles and techniques, fine art and photography […]

19 July 2012


Kate Middleton Opens Olympic Portrait Exhibition In London

The Duchess of Cambridge officially opened one of the Key Cultural Olympiad exhibitions, “BT The Road to 2012: Aiming High” at the National Portrait Gallery, with much flair and fanfare, this morning. The exhibition is the largest of the three-year summer cycle of shows and is stylishly staged across several contrasting spaces throughout the Gallery. […]

19 July 2012


Kate Middleton Unveils New Portraits Of Boris Johnson And Anish Kapoor

One hundred historically important new portraits were unveiled this morning, by The Duchess of Cambridge, at the National Portrait Gallery, an institution where she became a patron back in January. Portraits of Mark Cavendish, Boris Johnson and Anish Kapoor were included in the exhibition preview, on Thursday 19 July 2012, at the Gallery, as part […]

18 July 2012


Olympic Medalist Dame Kelly Holmes Portrait Unveiled At NPG

A portrait of Dame Kelly Holmes the double Olympic champion has gone on display at the National Portrait Gallery. The portrait is the work of the South African artist Craig Wylie, and was commissioned as part of the First Prize in the BP Portrait Award competition at the Gallery in 2008. The portrait is a […]

17 July 2012


Kate Middleton To Visit NPG Olympic Photography Exhibition

Kate Middleton is due to visit the National Portrait Gallery this week (Thursday July 19) for a private viewing of their latest exhibition. She will be the guest of honour at the launch of a new Olympics photography exhibition titled, “Road to 2012: Aiming High”, which features portraits documenting the three years of preparation for […]

12 June 2012


BP Travel Award Winner Jo Fraser Exhibits At NPG

National Portrait Gallery features the work of the 2011 winner A large scale portrait depicting weavers from a remote mountain village in Peru will go on display for the first time at the National Portrait Gallery as part of this year’s BP Portrait Award exhibition. The artist, Jo Fraser, winner of the BP Travel Award […]

1 June 2012


National Portrait Gallery Celebrates Scottish Athletes In Edinburgh

The printed panels on large specially-designed outdoor pods of highlights from the National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 project, the largest photographic commission in the London gallery’s history, and part of the Cultural Olympiad, can be seen at Edinburgh’s Mound Precinct from Friday 1 June until 8 July 2012. Having won gold, with Anna Watkins, this […]

17 May 2012


The Queen A Diamond Jubilee Survey At The NPG

Warhol, Richter and ‘God Save’ Jamie Reid depict Queen Elizabeth II Opening today, to coincide with the Diamond Jubilee, is the exhibition The Queen: Art and Image at the National Portrait Gallery. This touring exhibition has already been shown at major art institutions across the UK, in Edinburgh, Belfast, and Cardiff, but joins us now […]

30 April 2012


Lucian Freud Bequeaths Vast Sum To Studio Assistant

The British artist Lucian Freud has left an amazing £96 million in his will making that the largest sum ever to have been entrusted by a British artist. After a widely acclaimed show at the National Portrait Gallery and a simultaneous showcase of his drawings at Blain Southern, London is a buzz about all things […]

5 April 2012



NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY UNVEILS THIS YEARS OFFERINGS The Four artists short-listed for the prestigious BP Portrait Award 2012, one of the world’s most sought after art prizes were announced today at the NPG. This year the prize received 2,187 entries from 74 different countries. For the sixth year, the competition has been open to all […]

3 April 2012


NPG Olympic Portrait Exhibition Opens In Cardiff

Over 30 new photographic portraits of top athletes and key figures involved in the staging of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, are now on display in Cardiff Bay The printed panels on large specially-designed outdoor pods can be seen next to Cardiff Bay’s Wales Millennium Centre from today until 27 May 2012. […]

27 February 2012

Lucian Freud More Intimately Revealed At Blain Southern

Lucian Freud: Drawings @ Blain/Southern – REVIEW ‘Everything is autobiographical. Everything is a portrait’ Freud claimed of his own work. Yet the National Portrait Gallery has decided that their stock-in-trade must not be diluted. Only conventional portraits may grace their walls – so the rest is to be found at Blain Southern. From the meticulously […]

8 February 2012

Lucian Freud Bares All At National Portrait Gallery

Blockbuster Lucian Freud Portraits exhibition opens at the National Portrait Gallery, tracing a life-time’s encounter with human flesh The press view for Lucian Freud’s exhibition of Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery was infused with all the mania one would expect from such a blockbuster. Including over 130 works – from a 1940 portrait of his […]

6 January 2012


Lucian Freud Sculpted by Daughter In Final Months

A massive bust of late, great British painter Lucian Freud has been created by daughter to be exhibited at the Sigmund Freud Museum Lucian Freud’s daughter has created a giant clay sculpture of his head based on sketches made in the final months of his life. Once fired, the piece is set to be exhibited […]

21 December 2011


New Richard Hamilton Display For NPG Opens

Ten portraits of the artist Richard Hamilton, one of the founders of Pop Art in Britain, went on display Monday at the National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition,was originally intended to mark the artist’s approaching 90th birthday.  Hamilton: Portraits of the Artist will run from 19 December 2011 to 14 May 2012 in Room 32 of […]

30 November 2011


London Museums Protest Against Pension Cuts

Museums take to the streets in today’s public sector worker’s protest Museums in London, Liverpool, Newcastle, Preston and Inverclyde took limited strike action today, in support of the general public workers strike, which closed schools across the nation. Museum workers up and down the country went on strike over government plans to increase public sector […]

12 November 2011


Girl and Guinea Pig Scoop Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize

Jooney Woodward wins 2011 National Portrait Gallery photographic prize for image of young girl and her pet A photograph of a 13-year-old holding her pet guinea pig has been awarded the 2011 National Portrait Gallery photographic prize – the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. The photograph that topped this year’s 6000 entries was taken by […]

21 September 2011


Lucian Freud Portraits London Exhibition 2012

9 February – 27 May 2012  National Portrait Gallery, London Lucian Freud who died earlier this year was one of the most important and influential artists of his generation. Paintings of people were central to his work and this major exhibition, spanning over seventy years, is the first to focus on his portraiture. Produced in […]

25 July 2011


New Lucian Freud Exhibition Announced

  London’s NPG will mount a major portrait exhibition in February The National portrait gallery in London has announced a major new exhibition of the seminal British painter Lucian Freud, who sadly died last week age 88.  Freud, born in 1922 was one of the most highly regarded figurative painters of the past sixty years. […]

14 April 2011


BP Portrait Award Shortlist 2011 Announced

Why the BP Portrait Prize has gone downhill  Every year the National Portrait Gallery in London holds a portrait painting competition. This year more than 50 portraits have been selected for the annual event at  London’s NPG. The competition is currently sponsored by BP (British Petroleum), the award is known as the BP Portrait award. […]

19 February 2011


Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize Rigged?

Was The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize rigged? The 2010 prize is supposed to present the very best in contemporary portrait photography, showcasing the work of talented young photographers and gifted amateurs alongside that of established professionals and photography students. Through editorial, advertising and fine art images, the entrants have explored a range of themes, […]

22 September 2010


Isabella Blow Portrait Unveiled

A photographic portrait created by artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster showing the head of fashion icon Isabella Blow goes on show at the National Portrait Gallery from tomorrow. The image has been sculpted from, a rat, a rattlesnake, two dozen birds and a stylish heel from a discarded Manolo Blahnik shoe. It has been […]