Summer Anniversary Party

Event type:
Special Events

'Happy Birthday NGI' by Abbey MacNamara, aged 9.

Sat 28 June, 2pm–5.30pm 

All welcome and admission is free

Join us on Saturday 28 June for a summer afternoon party for all the family to celebrate the National Gallery’s 150th Anniversary in 2014. Programme starts at 2pm with art workshops; competitions; paintings coming to life; and family tours, and ends with lots of cake! All events are free and there is a 10% discount on all purchases in the Gallery Shop.

From 2pm
'Put yourself in the Picture’: Come and have your picture taken in a life-size replica of one of our master paintings from the National Gallery’s collection.

From 2pm 
Paintings come to Life!: Look out for characters from some of our favourite paintings. Pick up a worksheet, and see if you can spot: Doňa Antonia Zarate; the Earl of Bellamont; the white Nun; Metsu’s ladies; Julie Bonaparte or Lady Caroline Crichton.

Film Screening: ‘Vermeer, the Art of Painting’ in the Lecture Theatre. 

2 - 3pm 
Family Workshop - ‘Happy Birthday National Gallery!’: Elaine Leader will give a workshop in the Millennium Wing Studio, Level 1. There will be large sheets of paper on the floor for children to draw on. 

2 - 4pm 
Drawing Workshop: Alan Daly will give a drawing demonstration in the Orientation Court, and one lucky visitor to the Gallery can have their portrait drawn. 

2 - 4.30pm 
Family Tours of the Collection: Tours take place every half-hour until 4.30pm inclusive.

From 3pm 
'Military Manoeuvres’!: Richard Thomas Moynan’s affectionate portrait of children in Victorian Ireland will be brought to life by a group of young actors. Follow them through the galleries then have your picture taken with the characters in the café. 

The Icing on the Cake: Cutting of 150th Anniversary cake in the Gallery Café. 

Art Packs for Children and Adults, Creative Writing Kits and Anniversary Worksheets are available to borrow free of charge from the Information desk in the Millennium Wing.

• Russborough Revisited (Rooms 1 & 9)
• From the Archives (Print Gallery)
• Masterpieces from the Collection

10% Discount for purchases made in the Gallery Shop all day.

The anniversary celebrations continue throughout 2014 with a programme of special exhibitions, children’s activities and an NGI 150th Anniversary Trail (ask at the Information Desk in the Millennium Wing for details).

Drawing Day 2011