Last night, Dr Nicholas Cullinan, director of the National Portrait Gallery and British Vogue‘s editor-in-chief and chair of the Portrait Gala Committee, Edward Enninful, hosted a star-studded event which saw artists, friends and supporters of the gallery come together for an evening of art, live music courtesy of DJ Mike Skinner and saxophonist Jess Gillam, and entertainment to raise funds for the gallery’s Inspiring People project.
The Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Beatrice of York, David and Victoria Beckham, Alexa Chung, Jourdan Dunn, Bianca Jagger, Kate Moss, Duro Olowu, Martin Parr, Grayson Perry, Naomi Campbell, Liam Payne and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye were among the guests at the annual gala.
Celebrated artists, designers and cultural organisations generously provided experiences as part of the silent auction, including Victoria Beckham, Ozwald Boateng, Erdem Moralioglu, Martin Parr and Paul Smith, Chatsworth House, Houghton Hall and the Frick Collection.
Funds raised from the Portrait Gala will support a £35.5 million project for the complete renewal of the gallery. The Inspiring People initiative will see an extensive refurbishment of the building, restoring historic features and creating a new and more inviting entrance and public forecourt on the building’s North Façade. The re-development plans also include a complete re-display and re-interpretation of the gallery’s collection; the return of the gallery’s East Wing to public use as the new Weston Wing and a new learning centre for visitors of all ages.
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