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NG200 - Celebrating 200 years of the National Gallery

We turned 200 on 10 May 2024 

  

On 10 May 2024 we came together to start our celebration of the National Gallery’s Bicentenary - 200 years of bringing people and paintings together. 

For the whole year, we are going to celebrate our past and look forward to our future with a year-long festival of art, creativity and imagination which sets the tone for our third century.   

 

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Everyone's invited to our NG200 programme

National Treasures

12 museums and galleries are hosting 12 exhibitions, featuring our National Treasures. More than half the UK population will be within an hour's journey of a National Gallery masterpiece.

Art Road Trip

Art Road Trip will tour the UK, bringing 200 National Gallery workshops and learning activities to different communities who otherwise would not have ready access.

'The Triumph of Art' by artist Jeremy Deller

A national public art commission showing how festivals are a part of art, culture and civic-life, and how art and artists can be catalysts of collaboration and joy.

200 Creators

We've collaborated with 200 social media creators from across the UK, celebrating 200 years of the Gallery as a beacon of creativity.

Behind the Scenes

A new online film series that takes viewers behind the scenes of the National Gallery creating a continuous micro documentary highlighting key aspects of the NG200 programme.

200 Paintings for 200 Years

We open the door to the entire history of a painting, in one place, sharing the wealth of the National Gallery’s research, digitally available for everyone, everywhere, anytime.

The Virtual Gallery

We will create a new, large-scale digital Gallery experience for the Bicentenary, available via our website.

Summer on the Square

A free festival of art in Trafalgar Square, made by children for children. Designed to unlock the nations creativity, and bring art to the streets of Westminster. 

Van Gogh: Poets and Lovers

Be blown away by Van Gogh’s most spectacular paintings in our once-in-a-century exhibition. This show comes exactly 100 years after the Gallery acquired 'Van Gogh’s Chair' and 'Sunflowers'.

Siena: The Rise of Painting 1300 ‒1350

The first ever full-scale exhibition of early Sienese art outside Italy. An opportunity to see some of Europe’s earliest and most exquisite paintings. Be there for the beginning of art history…

NG Stories: Making a National Gallery

The story of the Gallery and the people who have played a part in its 200-year history, delivered through digital experiences that will create new connections with the collection.

Our rehang

We are redisplaying the entire National Gallery Collection, with a new emphasis on thematic displays, pairings and surprising ‘artistic conversations’ within a broadly chronological framework.

Building a world-class welcome

A suite of capital projects has been designed by a team led by Selldorf Architects to benefit everyone who visits the Gallery. Sensitive interventions to our building will reshape the National Gallery for its third century. A transformation of the Sainsbury Wing entrance, the public realm and visitor amenities along with a new Supporters' House and a new Research Centre, will provide a more inspiring and sustainable experience for the millions of you who visit us every year. We are transforming our Centre for Creative Learning, allowing us to be far more ambitious with our educational offer and become the nation’s art classroom.

Find out more about our building projects.

NG200 Collaborations

As your National Gallery turns 200, keep an eye out for collaborations across the country. From limited edition coins, show gardens at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and an episode of Songs of Praise filmed at the Gallery, there's plenty of ways to join in our celebrations. 

National Gallery Timeline

In celebration of 200 years of bringing people and paintings together, the Gallery and The Guardian have commissioned a visual timeline for the artistically curious, offering a starting point for everyone interested in the history of the nation’s picture collection. Taking 20 paintings and 200 years of history, you can explore how the idea of a Gallery for the nation developed from just 38 paintings in a Pall Mall house, to about 2,400 works of art in the most iconic building in Trafalgar Square.

The Royal Mint

Celebrating two centuries of art, the Royal Mint and the National Gallery have come together to celebrate with a collectable £2 coin. Featuring a design by the Royal Mint’s talented artist Edwina Ellis, the coin pays homage to the Gallery's mission of inspiring the next generation of artists. The coin is available in four variants - Gold Proof, Silver Proof, Silver Proof Piedfort and Brilliant Uncirculated, available through the Royal Mint.

Dr. Martens

We've teamed up with Dr. Martens to celebrate our Bicentenary, which sees Dutch artist Harmen Steenwyck and his most famous painting, ‘Still Life: An Allegory of the Vanities of Human Life’ transposed to limited edition items including 1460 boot, 1461 shoe and a leather backpack.

Songs of Praise

Aled Jones visits the Gallery for a very special episode of Songs of Praise. Gabriele Finaldi picks out some highlights of the collection, and Fr Patrick Van Der Vorst talks about how works in the Gallery inform daily gospel reflections on his website Christian Art. Musical performances come from the Gallery’s Barry Rooms, carrying on a longstanding tradition of the Gallery bringing together music and art. On air Sunday 26 May 2024.

Boodles and Chelsea Flower Show

The Boodles Garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024 celebrates our 200th anniversary. The garden evokes the spirit of many of our masterpieces, with planting scheme, topiary and structural elements inspired by works in the collection. From the sculptural arches depicted by Canaletto to water features reflecting the impressions of light by Monet and Seurat. 

My National Gallery cinema release

From the creators of Vermeer: The Greatest Exhibition, this film gives a voice to those who work at the Gallery, who identify the one artwork that means the most to them and why. Also included are visitors from all walks of life, as well as well-known celebrities who enjoy a visit to the Gallery. Find a screening near you.

In-flight entertainment

For long haul British Airways travellers this summer, look out for the National Gallery, delivered direct to your seat. From May 2024 British Airways in flight entertainment will include mindful meditations on art, 10 minute talks on some of our National Treasures paintings and features about women artists in the Gallery.

 

Help us share the world’s greatest paintings in new and creative ways to inspire bold ideas for our future