On Tuesday 28 March, the Duchess of Cambridge will attend the 2017 Portrait Gala at the National Portrait Gallery in London in her role as Patron.
During the event, Her Royal Highness will have the opportunity to view the newest exhibitions including Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends, and Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask. The Duchess will be joined by the artist, Gillian Wearing, who will be on hand to explain the significance of the featured works and answer any questions Her Royal Highness may have.
The Duchess of Cambridge will also have the opportunity to view two special collections commissioned in honour of the Gala. The first is ten unique masks designed by noted figures including Dame Vivienne Westwood and couture milliner Philip Treacy. The second is 100 postcard-sized works of art that will be part of a Mystery Portrait Postcard Sale to help raise funds for the Gallery.
Following a tour of the exhibitions, the Duchess will have the opportunity to meet a number of guests, donors and friends of the National Portrait Gallery before attending the Gala dinner.
The Duchess of Cambridge has been Patron of the National Portrait Gallery since 2012, and this will be the second Gala she has attended. As in previous years, funds raised during the course of the evening’s events will go directly towards supporting the National Portrait Gallery’s work in offering unique learning opportunities and to facilitate the continued delivery of inspirational exhibitions and displays. It will also help the Gallery to continue to undertake world-class research.
A special focus of this year’s Gala will be fundraising for Coming Home, a project that aims to help portraits of iconic individuals to return to ‘places that are special to them’ for a loan period of three years. For example, the portrait of Sir Walter Scott will be able to return to Dorset and the Brontë sisters to Yorkshire.