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Exhibitions (6)

BP Portrait Award 2019

BP Portrait Award 2019

13 June - 20 October 2019
Porter Gallery

The BP Portrait Award is the most prestigious international exhibition of contemporary portrait painting.


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Elizabeth Peyton: Aire and Angels

Elizabeth Peyton: Aire and Angels

3 October 2019 - 5 January 2020
Lerner Galleries
Free Admission

Created in close collaboration with the artist, Elizabeth Peyton: Aire and Angels, explores the development of Peyton’s unique art from the 1990s


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Pre-Raphaelite Sisters

Pre-Raphaelite Sisters

17 October 2019 - 26 January 2020
Wolfson Plus
Tickets without donation: £18-20
Concessions without donation: £17-19

£5 tickets for under 25s on Fridays
£5 tickets for concessions and over 60s Monday - Wednesday 10:00-11:00am

Free for Members and Patrons

This major exhibition is the first-ever to focus on the untold story of the women of Pre-Raphaelite art.


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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

7 November 2019 - 16 February 2020
Tickets without donation: £6
Concessions without donation: £5

£3 tickets for under 25s on Fridays
£3 tickets for concessions and over 60s Monday - Wednesday 10:00-11:00am

Free for Members and Patrons

Portraits by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers from around the world.


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Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things

Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things

12 March - 7 June 2020
Porter Plus
Tickets without donation: £17-20
£5 tickets
Every Friday £5 tickets are available to anyone aged under 25. Proof of age will be required.
Free for Members and Patrons

This major new exhibition will explore the extravagant world of the glamorous and stylish ‘Bright Young Things’ of the twenties and thirties, seen through the eye of renowned British photographer Cecil Beaton.


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David Hockney: Drawing from Life

David Hockney: Drawing from Life

27 February - 28 June 2020
Wolfson Gallery
Tickets without donation: £17-20
Free for Members and Patrons

The first major exhibition devoted to David Hockney’s drawings in over twenty years, David Hockney: Drawing from Life, explores Hockney as a draughtsman from the 1950s to the present by focusing on depictions of himself and a small group of sitters close to him: his muse, Celia Birtwell; his mother, Laura Hockney; and friends, the curator, Gregory Evans, and master printer, Maurice Payne.


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