The National Portrait Gallery has announced the return of its annual painting competition, the Portrait Award, with support from new headline sponsor, Herbert Smith Freehills.
About National Portrait GalleryThe gallery houses portraits of historically important and famous British people, selected on the basis of the significance of the sitter, not that of the artist.
The collection includes photographs and caricatures as well as paintings, drawings and sculptures.
One of its best-known images is the Chandos portrait, the most famous portrait of William Shakespeare.
National Portrait Gallery,
St Martin's Place,
The main gallery is free to visit, although they may charge for the temporary exhibitions.
Prices last checked June 2023Link to National Portrait Gallery's website
The gallery is open daily from 10:30am to 6pm, and late to 9pm on Friday & Saturday.
Opening hours last checked June 2023
All the entrances have step-free access and all levels of the Gallery are connected by lifts. The Gallery has accessible toilets, a Changing Places Toilet, and the cafés, restaurant and shops have step-free access.
Staff and volunteers are fully trained to support people who require assistance.
There are induction loops at the Information Desk, Cloakroom Desk, Ondaatje Wing Theatre, shops, cafés, restaurant, Learning Studios, Orange Street reception, and the Heinz Archive and Library.
A limited number of manual wheelchairs are available to borrow free of charge from the Information Desk.
Guide, hearing and assistance dogs are welcome at the Gallery. A water bowl is available at the Information Desk.
Exhibitions open at the moment
The exhibition explores the artist’s work over the last six decades through his intimate portraits of five sitters.
10:30am to 6pm
Ends on Sun 21st January 2024
This Prize is one of the most important and anticipated photography competitions in the world and a showcase for both celebrated professionals and talented amateurs.
10:30am to 6pm
Ends on Sun 25th February 2024
Exhibitions opening soon
A major study of the Black figure – and its representation in contemporary art.
Open from Thu 22nd February 2024 to Sun 19th May 2024
Frequently asked questions
What's the nearest railway station to National Portrait Gallery
The nearest station is London Charing Cross station which is 0.1 miles away.