The National Portrait Gallery has the largest collection of portraits in the world. These paintings contain figures who have shaped British history, from kings and queens to musicians and film stars. The collection includes work across multiple medias; painting, sculpture, photography and video.
The gallery always holds exhibitions and free events too, as well as a rooftop restaurant with views of the London skyline. It is free to visit the gallery.
Open daily 10:00 – 18:00 Late night opening Thursday and Friday until 21:00.
Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask
The work of French Surrealist artist Claude Cahun and British contemporary artist Gillian Wearing. They were born seventy years apart but both share a fascination with the self-portrait and use the self-image, through the medium of photography, to explore themes around identity and gender.
9th March – 29th May 2017
Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends
The first exhibition of portraits by Hodgkin, one of Britain’s leading artists. His paintings are characterised by colour, illusionistic space and sensuous brushwork. His work frequently appears entirely abstract, but a principal concern of Hodgkin’s art has been to evoke a human presence.
23rd March – 18th June 2017
- Accessible Venue Facilities
- Assistance dogs welcome
- Special dietary requirements catered for
- Staff available to assist
- Staff disability awareness trained
- Wheelchairs available free of charge
- Access into the Building
- Automatic doors
- Flat routes from parking area to entrance
- Full, non-assisted wheelchair access
- Ramps with handrails to entrance
- Attraction Facilities
- Audio commentary available
On Floor -2
Address: St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7306 0055