I love London, I try to organise a weekend in the UK capital as often as possible. And when in London I always find the time to visit National Portrait Gallery. Located just 5 min walk from Trafalgar Square, it is a home to an enormous collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs. The gallery is open 7 days a week and is free of charge, except special exhibitions. It’s my most favourite gallery, where I don’t find myself overwhelmed with the amount of pieces, they are served in manageable chunks and are very pleasant to the eye, my eye. Last weekend I had a pleasure to visit two exhibitions.
1. BP Portrait Awards 2015
It’s 36th year of the Award. Increasing popularity of BP Portraits Awards, attracted this year record-breaking 2,748 entries by artists from 92 countries around the world. The winner of this most prestigious portrait painting competition received £30,000 and secured an international fame & recognition. The works presented this year combine the very best in contemporary portrait painting. You shouldn’t miss that.
“From parents to poseurs, figurative nudes to famous faces and expressive sketches to piercing photo-realism, the variety and vitality in the exhibition continues to make it an unmissable highlight of the annual art calendar.”
2. Audrey Hepburn – Portrait of the Icon
Everybody loves Audrey Hepburn, you don’t have to pretend you don’t. If you don’t, you will. It’s just a matter of time. This fascinating photographic exhibition will give you an insight into her life as an actress and a fashion icon. The exhibition of more than 70 images will bring you on a journey through her life from her early years as a chorus girl in London’s West End through to her philanthropic work in later stage of her life.
You will have a chance to appreciate classic and rarely seen prints from leading twentieth-century photographers such as Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Terry O’Neill, Norman Parkinson and Irving Penn. Alongside these, an array of vintage magazine covers, film stills, and extraordinary archival material will complete her captivating story. Tickets from £9.
All you need to know:
- Open daily 10:00-18:00, Thursday-Friday until 21:00
- Entry to the Gallery is Free
- Free WiFi available
- BP PortraitAward 2015 is open till 20th September 2015
- Audrey Hepburn – portraits of the Icon is open till 18th October 2015, tickets £9