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William & Son at The National Portrait Gala

29th Mar 2017

On March 28th, William & Son was the proud lead sponsor of the fourth Portrait Gala, held at the National Portrait Gallery, hosted by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge and chaired by Alexa Chung.

The National Portrait Gallery has been collecting portraits of individuals who have made a significant contributions to British life and history since 1856. British craftsmanship is at the heart of all that William & Son do, therefore the support of this exclusive event was of the highest importance.

William Asprey comments on William & Son”s strong commitment to arts: “Portraiture makes human subjects live forever through a timeless form of representation. The National Portrait Gallery, with its extensive collection of portraits and the visiting exhibitions gives us all a wonderful insight into past and present lives and makes us question where we have been and where we are going. Therefore, we are delighted to be the lead sponsor of the National Portrait Gallery, to support this important process of education.”

The Portrait Gala helped raised invaluable monies towards the National Portrait Gallery. An auction and sale of exclusive artworks created for the night followed a very exclusive seated dinner and performance from Laura Mvula.

During the evening, guests enjoyed a champagne and canape reception set amongst the National Portrait Gallery’s Victorian Galleries. Guests included Rosamund Pike, Samantha Cameron and many more friends of the Gallery, individual and corporate supporters, artists and other key figures of the art, design and fashion industries.

A private view of new special exhibitions Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask and Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends was also offered to the guests. For the first time, the work of French artist Claude Cahun and British contemporary artist Gillian Wearing was brought together. Although they were born almost seventy years apart and came from different backgrounds, remarkable parallels can be drawn between the two artists. Find out more about the exhibition here

“Under this mask, another mask. I will never finish removing all these faces.”
– Claude Cahun, 1930

Find out more: #PortraitGala


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