New Actress Exhibit at The NPG

Mimi ON Oct 13, 2011 AT 10:20 am

Mary Robinson - 'Perdita'

Mary Robinson - 'Perdita'

Beginning 20th October, The National Portrait Gallery will be hosting two new exhibitions called “The Actress Now,” and “The First Actresses: Nell Gwyn to Sarah Siddons.

“The Actress Now” display will feature 39 portraits of both new and veteran actresses in the form of oil paintings, pencil drawings, ceramic sculptures, and photographs to demonstrate the diversity and breadth of contemporary talent. Actresses Helena Bonham Carter, Lily Cole, Sophie Okonedo, Anna Popplewell, Zoe Tapper, Emma Thompson, Zoe Wanamaker and Dame Harriet Walter are ambassadors of the display, and their reflections and comments on their careers will be displayed on captions throughout the free exhibit.

“The Actress Now” display is part of a larger exhibition called “The First Actresses: Nell Gwyn to Sarah Siddons,” which will explore 18th-century feminity, fashion, and theatricality through 53 brand new, never-before-seen portraits of past actresses.

Portraits from The Actress Now exhibition

Portraits from The Actress Now exhibition (clockwise from top left)- Vanessa Redgrave, Natalie Dormer, Sienna Miller and Gemma Arterton

“The Actress Now” exhibit will take place in the Gallery’s 41(a) and 41 rooms, and will show until 2 January. The larger exhibit will show until 8 January and will be displayed in the Wolfson Gallery.

Admission is £11.

To buy tickets visit or call 020 7306 0055.


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