The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

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The National Portrait Gallery houses the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. 

Our aim is ‘to promote through the media of portraits the appreciation of the men and women who have made and are making British history and culture, and ... to promote the appreciation and understanding of portraiture in all media’. Explore our current opportunities.

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The Gallery is committed to equality and is a member of the Employers' Forum on Disability, Race for Opportunity and the Equality Exchange.

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Volunteering and Work Experience

We offer volunteer opportunities in a variety of departments, as well as a work experience programme for secondary school students.

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Develop your art skills

Discover our BP Next Generation short films made by artists. Follow step by step guides in drawing and painting techniques.

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Hold Still

Hold Still photography workshop

Reflect on your own experiences of lockdown through this easy-to-do from home, photographic exercise. 

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Draw Like a Renaissance Master

Revisit The Encounter exhibition and learn about Renaissance and Baroque drawing methods and materials.

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