The National Portrait Gallery Gala

This year’s fundraising event will be followed by a public exhibition of specially created artworks

‘Pavo Cristatus’ by Philip Treacy

The fourth edition of the annual National Portrait Gallery Gala, taking place on 28 March, will bring together artists, friends and supporters, including the gala committee chair Alexa Chung, for a fundraising evening of live music and entertainment. This year, the agenda will also include the sale of 10 unique masks, created especially for the event by leading artists and designers, and 100 anonymous postcard-size artworks by household names.

Leading the musical line-up will be the singer-songwriter Laura Mvula, while the photographer Johnnie Shand Kydd will run a pop-up studio in the Victorian Galleries. Guests will also be invited to a private view of the new exhibitions ‘Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask’ and ‘Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends’.

‘Fire-eater’ by Maggi Hambling

Dame Vivienne Westwood, Philip Treacy and Maggi Hambling are among the artists to have created one-of-a-kind masks for the gala; their designs will also be on public display at the gallery from 29 March to 3 April. Meanwhile, the Mystery Portrait Postcards sale offers guests the chance to buy anonymous postcard-size artworks, all priced at £250, with the identity of the artists – who include Grayson Perry, Juergen Teller and Alex Katz – only revealed on delivery to the buyer. Members of the public will be able to buy any unsold works when they are exhibited after the gala.

The gala is sponsored by William & Son, which has designed a beautifully crafted range of jewellery inspired by the gallery’s collections, available now, and a selection of evening and day bags, launching in the summer.



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