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 – “If you're coming to London for a week then you have to find time for at least one art gallery. You can't just do fun stuff for seven days, that's not allowed. Art gallery first, then fun. Do your homework first, then you can watch some telly later. This is the art gallery that I always recommend if you aren't particularly into art, because it's half-art and half-hist… continued”
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
Elizabeth Peyton — National Portrait Gallery – 3 Oct 2019 to 5 Jan 2020 – An exhibition of paintings by Elizabeth Peyton, exploring her development from the 1990s to the present day.
Pre-Raphaelite Sisters – 17 Oct 2019 to 26 Jan 2020 – The National Portrait Gallery will be exploring the untold story and contributions of twelve women from the Pre-Raphaelite Movement.
Magic Realism — Art In Weimar Germany – 30 Jul 2018 to 14 Jul 2019 – Magic Realism is an exhibition of paintings created during the Weimar Republic years, between World Wars I and II.
Feliks Topolski — Drawing Debden – 1 Oct 2018 to 28 Jun 2019 – The Bank of England Museum will be putting on an exhibition of work by Feliks Topolski about the Debden printing works.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition – 19 Oct 2018 to 30 Jun 2019 – Wildlife Photographer of the Year returns to the Natural History Museum with this exhibition of the top 100 photos.
The World Exists To Be Put On A Postcard – 7 Feb to 4 Aug 2019 – An exhibition of artist's postcards that have been used to highlight political and social issues from the 1960s onwards
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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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