National Portrait Gallery Extension

1 portrait

National Portrait Gallery Extension, by Michael Heath, 2000 - NPG D21631 - © Michael Heath / National Portrait Gallery, London

© Michael Heath / National Portrait Gallery, London

National Portrait Gallery Extension

by Michael Heath
pen and ink, 2000
7 1/4 in. x 15 3/8 in. (185 mm x 389 mm) overall
Purchased, 2000
Reference Collection
NPG D21631

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  • Michael Heath (1935-), Cartoonist and illustrator. Artist of 1 portrait, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Current affairs

The world celebrates the start of a new millennium. Britain marks the occasion with a series of new buildings and landmarks including the Millennium Dome, the London Eye, the Millennium Bridge, and the Millennium Stadium. While the Dome was criticised by politicians and the public for wasting public funds, and the Bridge suffered initial stability problems, other projects have become major landscape and public attractions.

Art and science

Tate Modern opens as a national gallery of international modern art under the directorship of Nicholas Serota. The gallery, housed in the former Bankside Power Station, took the novel step of arranging the collection by theme rather than chronologically. As well as the collection galleries, Tate Modern has two large temporary exhibition spaces, and commissions installation projects for the enormous Turbine Hall.


British troops are deployed to Sierra Leone to establish order and evacuate foreign nationals from the country torn apart by civil war. Following a ceasefire President Kabbah declared the civil war officially over in 2002. George W. Bush becomes President of the United States after a close election where he lost the popular vote, but won the electoral vote thanks to a controversial Supreme Court decision on Florida.

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