The BP Portrait Award is the most prestigious portrait painting competition in the world.
More than 2,500 artists are expected to enter portraits this year, and the most outstanding of them will be put on display at the National Portrait Gallery.
The exhibition will feature everything from informal and personal studies of friends and family, to revealing portraits of famous faces, in a wide variety of different styles.
> Craig’s review of National Portrait Gallery – “The National Portrait Gallery is probably my favourite gallery in London because it appeals to history lovers as well as art lovers. It's all about the sitters, not the painters. Admire the people, not the paintings. But that's not to say that the paintings aren't good, because they are -- they still have pieces by Hockney and Holbein, etc. -- but if they need a pictu… continued”
Queen Victoria — Daughter, Wife, Mother, Widow – 16 May 2019 – TV historian Lucy Worsley will be talking about Queen Victoria's loves and all the sadness she suffered in life
Cindy Sherman — National Portrait Gallery – 27 Jun to 15 Sep 2019 – A forty-year retrospective of Cindy Sherman's entire career, including her ground-breaking series Untitled Film Stills
Japanese Manga exhibition – 23 May to 26 Aug 2019 – An exhibition of Japanese manga art exploring its cultural crossover and the global appeal of anime and cosplay dressing up
Wallace & Gromit Model Making Workshop – 27 May 2019 – The creators of Wallace & Gromit will be putting on a Model Making Workshop where you can make your very own Gromit
Frank Bowling at Tate Britain – 31 May to 26 Aug 2019 – A major new exhibition at Tate Britain that covers the entire career of abstract painter Frank Bowling from the 1960s to the present day
Kiss My Genders — Hayward Gallery – 12 Jun to 8 Sep 2019 – This group exhibition will explore the idea of gender fluidity with artworks that challenge the accepted definitions of gender
Natalia Goncharova at the Tate Modern – 6 Jun to 8 Sep 2019 – The Tate Modern will be putting on a major retrospective of the work by Russian avant-garde artist Natalia Goncharova
Find more art exhibitions in June
If you enjoy National Portrait Gallery then you might like to visit Courtauld Gallery (you can walk it 10 mins), National Gallery (you can walk there in less than 1 min), Royal Academy of Arts (walk it in 12 mins or catch the tube from Charing Cross to Piccadilly Circus), Tate Britain (walk it in 26 mins or catch the tube from Charing Cross to Pimlico) and Wallace Collection (walk it in 26 mins or catch the tube from Charing Cross to Bond Street)
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