(SPOT.ph) The National Portrait Gallery in London houses an intriguing portrait of Ed Sheeran. There, under exhibit lights is the face of the English singer and songwriter, which is rendered as a 50-inch oil-on-linen work of art. It was created by artist Colin Davidson in 2016, and purchased by the museum in 2017 as part of their permanent collection. But the National Portrait Gallery has announced that it is temporarily closing its doors for three years starting on June 29, 2020. This means you have just about seven months left to stare at Sheeran's portrait, if you haven't yet.
This announcement was made by the National Portrait Gallery on Tuesday, November 5. The three-year closure is expected to cover the £35.5-million refurbishment of the museum's east wing and forecourt. A more grandiose entrance is also to be constructed.
The National Portrait Gallery, which is one of the many museums in London that you can visit for free, opened in 1856. It features portraitures of notable British people, including the Tudors, the Stuarts, artists and scientists from the 18th century, the Romantics, proponents of Victorian and Edwardian arts, heroes of the First World War, as well as contemporary personalities. The collections are all arranged by period in every room of the institution, making it easy to find your way around the massive building, aside from the fact that you can download the free Smartify app, "scan" a portrait, and read more about the works on display.
According to reports, the gallery is lending 300 portraits a year to regional galleries and museums across the United Kingdom during the closure, which lasts until the spring of 2023. Exhibitions and projects are already scheduled at York Art Gallery, Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle, and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.
The National Portrait Gallery is at St. Martin's Place, Charing Cross, London. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; with extended hours every Friday (9 p.m.). Admission is free.