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Do you sell or dispose of portraits?

The Gallery's Acquisition and Disposal policy is available on the Gallery's website as part of the Collections Development Policy. In practice, the Gallery has not sold any portraits from the Collection since before the Second World War. It does however occasionally transfer portraits to other institutions where this is appropriate. Such transfers are recorded in the Gallery's Biannual Review which is available on the Gallery's website in the Minutes of Meetings of the Board of Trustees.


Pioneer Podcasts

Listen to a series of podcasts exploring the lives of pioneering women, past and present.

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Untitled, c.1973 (Alex Chilton) by William Eggleston © Eggleston Artistic Trust

Eggleston Playlist

William Eggleston was closely associated with the alternative music scene in Memphis. Revisit our 2016 exhibition and listen to a special playlist.

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Archive interviews

Links to audio and transcripts of interviews with artists, sitters and historic recordings.

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