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 Gallery has a policy of working collaboratively with partner galleries where possible. Partner galleries work with the Gallery to select exhibitions from the National Collection, devising interpretation to fit the context of their own gallery and audiences and displaying the works in a way that brings out new meanings and new understandings.

Touring exhibitions

Exhibitions organised by the Gallery that are either currently touring or have toured in Britain or elsewhere in the world.

Current Past

Partnership exhibitions

Exhibitions organised in partnership with our regional partners in North Wales, Somerset and Yorkshire.

Current Past


Pioneer Podcasts

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

Explore the podcasts

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.

Listen to the playlist

Archive interviews

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

Watch, listen and read