Next at NPG London

by Alain Chivilò

 

Next at The NPG.

Francesca Woodman and Julia Margaret Cameron: Portraits to Dream In. From 21 March to 16 June 2024.

Francesca Woodman (Denver, 3/4/1958 – New York, 19/1/1981) – Julia Margaret Cameron (Julia Margaret Pattle) (Calcutta, 11/6/1815 – Ceylon, 26/1/1879) are two photographers of different centuries which are often united in exhibitions dedicated to photography for a common way of feeling the portrait. Photographs tending towards pictorial inspiration for Cameron, in almost surrealist atmospheres for Woodman.

In more than 160 rare vintage prints, curated by Magdalene Keaney, the entire career of the two artists is traced in a path that highlights a “dream space”: photographs and portraits do not testify to reality and everyday life but, take on divided effects through poses and long periods of exposure along beauty, representation, pseudo imagination and symbolism. On show 96 works by Woodman and 71 by Cameron.

Being the largest exhibition dedicated to the two artists, the photographs of friends, male portraits and contact sheets reference to Francesca Woodman are highlighted, while to Julia Margaret Cameron the portraits of her favorite niece Julia Jackson (future mother of Virginia Wolf and Vanessa Bell), Mary Ann Hillier, May Prinsep, Alice Liddell and well-known characters from the Victorian period.

Along the sections as Declaring intentions & claiming space, Angels & Otherworldly Beings, Mythology, Doubling, Nature & femininity, Caryatids & the classical form, Men and Models & Muses visitors are in connection with the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

 

Activities at the National Portrait London until April 2024

Lunchtime lecture: Conversations with the past – Hockney and the old masters with Isabel Seligman. Thursday 18 January 2024
13.00-14.00 £10, booking essential.

Evening Life Drawing. Friday 19 January 2024
18.00-20.00 £20, booking essential

The geography of the face: self-portraiture in mixed media
Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 January 2024

11.00-17.00 £250, booking essential

Scotland’s national poet: Celebrating Robert Burns
Thursday 25 January 2024

14.30-15.00 Free, drop-in

Philippa Gregory in conversation with Dan Jones
Friday 26 January 2024

19.00-20.00 £15 on site, booking essential

Drop-in drawing
Friday 26 January 2024 

18.00-20.00 Free, drop in

Painting Workshop: Portraits of our Elders
Saturday 27 January – 28 January 2024,

11.00-17.00 £250, booking essential

Drop-in drawing
Friday 2 February 2024

18.00-20.00 Free, drop in

Queer Tour: LGBTQ+ History Month
Friday 16 February 2024

19.00-20.00 Free, drop in 

Family Day: Picture This
Tuesday 13 February 2024

11.00-16.00 Free, drop-in

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Wednesday 14 – Friday 16 February 2024

11.00-16.00 Free, booking essential

Drop-in drawing
Friday 16 February 2024

18.00-20.00 Free, drop in

Descriptive Tour: The Collection
Tuesday 20 February 2024

14.30-16.00 Free, booking essential

Little Explorers
Wednesday 21 February 2024

11.00-12.00 Free, booking essential

Members’ event – Curator’s introduction to the Collection
Thursday 22 February 2024

13.00-14.00 £15 on site, £8 online livestream, booking essential

In conversation with Hassan Hajjaj and Rose Issa
Friday 23 February 2024

19.00-20.00 £15 on site, £8 online livestream, booking essential

BSL Tour: The Collection
Friday 23 February 2024

19.30-20.30 Free, booking essential

In-conversation – Past and presence: the histories and legacies of London’s Black lesbian community
Saturday 24 February 2024

19.00-20.00 £15 on site, booking essential

Drop-in drawing. Friday 1 March 18.00-20.00. Free, drop in

Weekend Workshop – Piecing together our histories: Making collage portraits with archival materials. Saturday 2 March 2024
11.00-17.00 £150 on site, booking essential

Lunchtime Lecture – The Bluestockings: The First Women’s Movement
Thursday 7 March 2024

13.00-14.00 £10 on site, booking essential

‘Our Aliveness’: Nightlife Photography
Friday 8 March 2024 

17.30-18.30 and 19.00-20.00 Free, booking essential 

‘Our Aliveness’: Damsel Elysium
Friday 8 March 2024
17.30-20.00 Free, drop in

‘Our Aliveness’: Screening of ‘Black Poirot’ and discussion with the director
Friday 8 March 2024
17.30-20.00 £10 on site, booking essential

Weekend Workshop – Using portrait photography to explore identity
Saturday 9 March 2024

11.00-17.00 £125 on site, booking essential

Drop-in drawing
Friday 15 March 2024
18.00-20.00 Free, drop in

Little Explorers
Wednesday 20 March 2024
11.00-12.00 Free, booking essential

Magda Keaney in conversation
Friday 22 March 2024
19.00-20.00 £15 on site, £8 online livestream, booking essential

Members’ event – Evening life drawing
Friday 22 March 2024
18.00-20.00 £50 on site, booking essential

Poetry performance
Saturday 23 March 2024
14.00-14.30 Free, drop in

Digital photography workshop: BLUR
Saturday 23 March 2024
11.00-17.00 £125 on site, booking essential

Descriptive Tour: The Time is Always Now
Tuesday 26 March 2024
14.30-16.00 Free, booking essential

Youth Late
Thursday 28 March 2024
19.00-21.30 Free, booking essential

Spring Family Festival Thursdays 4 and 11 and Friday 5 and 12 April 2024 11.00-16.00 Free, drop-in

Drop-in drawing
Friday 5 April 2024
18.00-20.00 Free, drop in

In-conversation – Trespassing: Art and Black belonging in a colonial landscape
Friday 5 April 2024
19.00-20.00 £15 on site, £8 online livestream, booking essential

PORTfolio workshop
Saturday 6 April 2024
11.00-16.00 Free, booking essential

PORTfolio reviews
Sunday 7 April 2024
14.00-17.30 Free, booking essential

‘Photography is a place for the viewer to dream in’: What can photography do?
Thursday 11 April 2024
13.00-14.00 £10 on site, booking essential

Digital photography workshop: gesture, pose, staging and props
Saturday 13 April 2024

11.00-17.00 £125 on site, boking essential

Little Explorers
Wednesday 17 April 2024
11.00-12.00 Free, booking essential

Members’ event – Frame Conservation studio tour and gilding workshop
Friday 19 April 2024
18.00-20.00 £80 on site, booking essential

Drop-in drawing
Friday 19 April 2024
18.00-20.00 Free, drop in

Weekend Workshop – Creating realistic portraits using ballpoint pen
Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 April 2024
11.00-17.00 £250 on site, booking essential

Sensory Tour: The Collection
Monday 22 April 2024
12.00-12.45 Free, booking essential

Descriptive Tour: The Collection
Tuesday 23 April 2024
14.30-16.00 Free, book essential

Lecture: Women’s representation and the female gaze
Thursday 25 April 2024
13.00-14.00 £10 on site, booking essential

BSL Tour: The Collection
Friday 26 April 2024
19.30-20.30 Free, booking essential

Evening life drawing
Friday 26 April 2024
18.00-20.00 £20 on site, booking essential

Get loud: A Dominoes Night at the National Portrait Gallery
Friday 12 April 2024
18.00-20.00 Free, drop in

Symposium – The Poetry of Being: Interrogating the relationship between art and ‘Our Aliveness’. Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April 2024
10.00-18.00
Weekend Ticket inclusive of exhibition entry: £80/£64 Concessions / £48 Students
Day Ticket Saturday inclusive of exhibition entry: £50/£40 Concessions / £30 Students
Day Ticket Sunday inclusive of exhibition entry: £50/£40 Concessions / £30 Students.

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