Not only does Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry have a fantastically colourful collection of outfits, he's also an engaging, thought-provoking and funny speaker.
Tonight he'll be in conversation with the music writer John Harris and journalist Harriet Sergeant about the State of the Nation, and giving our British Identity a much-needed MOT.
Note: This talk will take place in the Ondaatje Wing Theatre.
> 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
BP Portrait Award 2019 – 13 Jun to 20 Oct 2019 – The National Portrait Gallery's annual BP Portrait Award is one of the most prestigious portrait painting competitions in the world.
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.
Common Council meeting with the Lord Mayor – 18 Oct, 6 Dec 2018, 10 Jan, 7 Mar, 25 Apr, 23 May, 20 Jun, 18 Jul, 12 Sep, 10 Oct and 5 Dec 2019 – Attend a meeting of the Common Council at the Guildhall and see the Aldermen and Lord Mayor of London
Listen to a speech at Speakers’ Corner – Every Sun (around noon) – Visit Speakers' Corner on a Sunday lunchtime and hear orators discussing whatever they like in the name of free speech.
Listen to MPs in the Houses of Commons – 7 Jan to 18 Dec 2019 – Visit Parliament for free and watch MPs debating in the House of Commons and House of Lords.
You might also be interested in attending these other political debates
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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