Portrait exhibition opens gallery's birthday year
THE National Gallery will celebrate its 150th birthday next year.
Sean Rainbird, the director of the gallery, said the 2014 anniversary would be "an almost unbroken stream" of events.
These will include talks and lectures focusing on the 13 directors who have been at the gallery's helm.
"We will be celebrating each of the directors who have run the institution over the 150 years," explained Mr Rainbird.
The gallery, which attracts 650,000 visitors every year, was opened to the public in 1864 and was home to 150 pictures.
The latest collection includes more than 14,500 pieces of art. Mr Rainbird said that the gallery doors were open to all ages, with "something for everyone".
It kicks off on December 14, with the National Portrait Collection, including a photo of the late Seamus Heaney.