22 February 2022


National Portrait Gallery Severs Sponsorship With BP

The National Portrait Gallery has announced the end of its partnership with bp. The London Gallery confirmed that they would not extend beyond December 2022, when their current contract ends. The partnership spanned more than 30 years, with the oil company sponsoring the Gallery’s Portrait Award, one of the longest-running cultural events in London. The Gallery is […]

22 November 2019

Nan Goldin and Dr Nicholas Cullinan In Conversation NPG – David Buckley

To coincide with her major exhibition “Sirens” at the Marian Goodman Gallery, Nan Goldin was welcomed by a full-house audience at the National Portrait Gallery.

8 November 2019


Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2019 Returns To NPG – Edward Lucie-Smith

The Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize has come round once again, just as the announcement went out that the NPG will very soon close its doors for a much-needed update, and won’t be accessible again for three years. It’s hard to be entirely regretful about the hiatus.

20 October 2019

NPG Unveil Frances Segelman Sculpture Of Holocaust Survivor Sir Ben Helfgott

The National Portrait Gallery has unveiled the Gallery’s acquisition of a bronze sculpture of Holocaust Survivor Sir Ben Helfgott, Honorary President of Yad Vashem UK Foundation, by Royal sculptor Frances Segelman (Lady Petchey).

17 October 2019

The Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood Re-evaluated – Edward Lucie-Smith

All too often, when there is a sudden enthusiasm for a particular cause, those promoting it achieve the opposite of what they intend. This is the case with the exhibition entitled Pre-Raphaelite Women, which has just opened at London’s National Portrait Gallery.

19 March 2019


National Portrait Gallery Turns Down £1m Sackler OxyContin Donation

The National Portrait Gallery (NPG) is the first high profile institution to turn down a £1m grant from the Sackler Trust, over the controversy connected to the growing global OxyContin, drug crisis.

21 February 2019

Phyllida Barlow vs Elizabethan Treasures – Edward Lucie-Smith

Phyllida Barlow has long been one of the heroines of the professional contemporary art establishment here in Britain

19 August 2018

BP Portrait Award 2018 Following No Particular Path – Edward Lucie-Smith

The BP Portrait Award 2018 currently at the National Portrait Gallery offers interesting parallels with the London Open 2018 on view at Whitechapel.

31 July 2018

Cindy Sherman: Major UK Retrospective Announced By NPG

Cindy Sherman’s groundbreaking series, Untitled Film Stills, 1977-80, is to go on public display for the first time in the UK, in a major new retrospective of the artist’s work at the National Portrait Gallery

17 March 2018

Tacita Dean’s Triple Header Implicit Nostalgia And History – Sue Hubbard

Film is Tacita Dean’s medium. Not that catch-all of so many contemporary artists, video, but analogue film with all its implicit nostalgia and history. Although Tacita Dean emerged in the 90s, at the height of conceptualism, she’s always been essentially a Romantic.

18 February 2018

Erdem Fashion Brand Closes National Portrait Gallery For Runway Show

The National Portrait Gallery (NPG) London will be closed to the public on Monday (19 February) due to a runway show, sponsored by the Erdem fashion label. The event is part of London Fashion Week 15 – 20 February. The full day hiatus is uncommon for a gallery that receives public funding. “The gallery is […]

16 February 2018

Duchess Of Cambridge Curates Victorian Photos At NPG

The Duchess Of Cambridge has agreed to select Victorian photographs from an upcoming exhibition at the NPG, as part of a Patron’s trail.

29 January 2018

Rebel Women: Suffragette Centenary Celebrated At National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery will exhibit a portrait slashed with a butcher’s cleaver by a suffragette for the first time in over twenty years.

24 August 2017

Victorian Photography Pioneers Explored In New NPG Exhibition

An exhibition of work by four of the most celebrated Victorian art photographers is to open at The National Portrait Gallery in London.

19 April 2017


BP Portrait Award Unveils Three Shortlisted Artists For 2017 Competition

The BP Portrait Award 2017 at the National Portrait Gallery, London, has announced the three short-listed artists for this year’s competition.

13 April 2017


Tracey Emin Death Mask Purchased For £67k By National Portrait Gallery

Death Mask’ by artist Tracey Emin, has been purchased by The National Portrait Gallery in London, it was announced today,

11 April 2016


Major Picasso Portrait Exhibition Announced By London’s National Portrait Gallery

London’s National Portrait Gallery has announced a major exhibition of portraits by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) opening this October. All phases of the artist’s career will be represented, from the realist portraits of his boyhood to the more gestural canvases of his old age. It is the first large-scale exhibition devoted to his portraiture since Picasso and Portraiture at the […]

28 May 2015


Sir Tim Berners-Lee Inventor of the World Wide Web Honoured With Statue

The National Portrait Gallery has unveiled a newly commissioned portrait of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web,  The painted bronze sculpture, by artist Sean Henry, shows Berners-Lee standing at two-thirds life-size on a tall plinth, carrying the leather rucksack in which he keeps his laptop. Apart from photographs, it is the computer scientist’s […]

14 May 2015


Alberto Giacometti Portraits Exhibition Announced For National Portrait Gallery London

An exhibition of portraits by Alberto Giacometti is to open at the National Portrait Gallery in London this autumn. The first ever exhibition solely to consist of portraits by the artist was announced only hours after a sculpture of the Swiss artist sold for tens of millions of dollars at an Christie’s in New York, making him the […]

24 April 2015


Director Chris Dercon: To Leave Tate Modern To Run Prestigious Theatre

Artlyst had previously noticed an alarming trend with the seeming exodus of London’s leading museum directors. This includes the resignation of Neil MacGregor, the Director of the British Museum, Dr. Nicolas Penny retiring from the National Gallery, and Director Penelope Curtis resigning from Tate Britain – everyone seems to be jumping ship just before a […]

10 April 2015


Tate’s Chris Dercon Rumoured Resignation NPG’s Sandy Nairne Bows Out

Artlyst is not normally one for conspiracy theories, but we have noticed an alarming trend with the seeming exodus of London’s leading museum directors. This includes the resignation of Neil MacGregor, the Director of the British Museum, Dr. Nicolas Penny retiring from the National Gallery, and Director Penelope Curtis resigning from Tate Britain – everyone […]

17 March 2015


Grayson Perry Attracts Record Visitors At National Portrait Gallery Exhibition

Artist Grayson Perry’s exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery has attracted record visitors. A quarter of a million people came to see new works in a free display. In total, 850,000 visitors to the National Portrait Gallery are thought to have seen at least one new work by the artist as part of a gallery-wide […]

2 December 2014


Audrey Hepburn Explored In New Photography Exhibition At National Portrait Gallery

The exquisite Audrey Hepburn, will be the subject of a new photography exhibition opening at the National Portrait Gallery in July 2015, it was announced today (Tuesday 2 December 2014). Coinciding with the 65th anniversary of Hepburn’s little known career-changing performance at renowned West End night clubCiro’s, in the space now occupied by the Gallery’s […]

30 September 2014


John Singer Sargent Blockbuster For National Portrait Gallery This February

The National Portrait Gallery will stage a major exhibition in 2015 of works by one of the world’s most celebrated portrait painters, John Singer Sargent. Organised in partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the exhibition will bring together, for the first time, a collection of the artist’s intimate and informal portraits […]

26 September 2014


Lord Snowdon Photographs Go On Display At National Portrait Gallery

An important display of portraits by Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones AKA Lord Snowdon from the 1950s to the 1990s has opened at the National Portrait Gallery, London, it was announced today, Friday 26 September, 2014. The display includes portraits from his recently announced gift, one of the largest in its history, of 130 original prints to […]

20 August 2014


BP Portrait Award To Accept Digital Entries For 2015 Competition

London’s BP Portrait Award will be accepting digital entries for the 2015 event, at The National Portrait Gallery. As one of the world’s most prestigious art competitions, making it quicker and easier for artists from across the globe to submit their work has become a priority. They follow in the footsteps of the Royal Academy […]

24 July 2014


Christabel Pankhurst: Leading Suffragette Portrait Acquired By NPG

A portrait of Christabel Pankhurst, one of the leading Suffragettes, has gone on public display for the first time in eighty years, the National Portrait Gallery announced today, Thursday 24 July. The portrait accompanies a new display of photographs and archive material marking 100 years since the campaigners staged their final and most violent protests, […]

15 July 2014


Lord Snowdon Gifts 130 Of His Most Iconic Images To The NPG

Lord Snowdon/ Antony Armstrong-Jones has given 130 original prints of some of his most iconic photographs to the National Portrait Gallery, London, one of its largest gifts, it time in an important display this autumn. Coinciding with a new monograph published by Rizzoli, Snowdon: A Life in View (26 Sep 2014-21 Jun 2015), will highlight studio […]

20 March 2014


Nicky Philipps Portrait Of Falklands Veteran Simon Weston Unveiled At NPG

A painted portrait of Falklands War veteran Simon Weston by the artist Nicky Philipps has been ubveiled at The National Portrait Gallery. It was a joint venture between BBC today and the NPG. Weston was voted last September by viewers of BBC’s The One Show as the public figure who most deserved to have his […]

6 March 2014


Hampstead Village People: Portraits of Local Cultural Icons

The National Trust, as part of its programme of New Art in London, is staging a photographic exhibition in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery at Hampstead’s historic Fenton House. Fenton House, a 17th century merchant’s house, is a hidden gem in London with spectacular views over the city and a beautifully laid out garden.  […]

13 August 2013


Bob Carlos Clarke Celebrity Portraits Donated To The National Portrait Gallery

An impressive selection of rarely seen celebrity portraits by renowned photographer Bob Carlos Clarke have been donated to the National Portrait Gallery collection by the Bob Carlos Clarke Foundation, it was announced today (Tuesday 13 August 2013). The photographs, which were taken in various locations between 1971 and 1998, include portraits of high profile figures such […]

31 July 2013


Damien Hirst Gets Pickled In Formaldehyde For National Portrait Gallery Exhibition

Damien Hirst will feature in a central display of artwork by Jonathan Yeo at the National Portrait Gallery in September. A major newly painted portrait of the contemporary artist shows him sitting in a chair with a gas mask on his lap, in a composition which references Francis Bacon and plonks him inside one his […]