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National and International Programmes


This exciting project sees the Gallery sending portraits of iconic individuals to places they are closely associated with.

National exhibitions

COMING HOME: Horatio Nelson
COMING HOME: Ira Frederick Aldridge
BP Portrait Award 2019
COMING HOME: David Beckham
Tudors to Windsors
Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things
Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things

International exhibitions

Michael Jackson: On the Wall
Cindy Sherman
Elizabeth Peyton
David Hockney: Drawing from Life

About National Programmes

The Gallery is committed to making the national collection of British portraits available around the country through an active national programme of events, partnerships and loaned works.

Montacute House

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