Working for the National Portrait Gallery

A member of staff talks to a group of visitors in front of a portrait of Gwen John

At the National Portrait Gallery, we are more than just a museum. We are a vibrant community of passionate individuals who share a common purpose. We are a gallery of people, for people and we tell a story of Britain though portraits, using art to bring history to life and explore living today. Working with us means joining an organisation that not only values artistic expression, but also cherishes the stories and lives behind each portrait. 

Why choose us?

Meaningful impact

As a member of our team, you will help bring to life human stories that have shaped and are shaping our ever-changing history. Through our exhibitions, events and educational programmes, you will have a chance to make a lasting impact on visitors’ lives and connect with them though the power of art and history.

A diverse and inclusive environment

We embrace diversity in all its forms and believe that creativity flourishes in an inclusive atmosphere. Here, you will be part of a team that celebrates different perspectives, backgrounds and experiences, fostering an environment where everyone’s voice is heard and valued.

Professional growth

Whether you’re just starting your career or looking to advance, the National Portrait Gallery is committed to supporting your growth and development. We offer opportunities for training, mentorship and collaboration, ensuring you have the tools and knowledge to thrive.

Inventiveness and creativity

At the National Portrait Gallery, inventiveness is at the heart of everything we do. We encourage fresh ideas and creative thinking, allowing you to contribute your unique talents to our ever-evolving programmes and initiatives.

Commitment to wellbeing

We care about the wellbeing of our colleagues and understand that a healthy work-life balance is essential for personal and professional fulfilment. We offer benefits and support to ensure that our team members feel valued and supported in all aspects of their lives.

Collaboration and team spirit

Working with us means being part of a collaborative team that fosters mutual trust, respect, care and support for each other, and open communication.

If you are an individual who thrives on creativity, embraces diversity, and seeks to make a difference in the world of art and culture, we invite you to explore our career opportunities. Join us on this incredible journey of celebrating the essence of humanity though the power of portraiture!

A conservator works on a portrait
A member of staff and visitors in the shop

Quotes from our employees

'National Portrait Gallery is a rewarding place to work. I enjoy collaborating with talented and passionate colleagues on ambitious and meaningful projects in an environment that encourages skilled, creative work. Staff members are united in wanting to bring inspiring art and ideas to the public, which I find motivating.’ - Tom Love, Project Editor
‘I came to the NPG and Museum Learning generally after teaching Art for several years. I love making the collection accessible and engaging to a wide range of audiences, with a team that are committed and passionate about widening participation and creating great programmes.’ Claire Rigby, Learning and Planning Coordinator