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Self-Portrait UK


People of all ages are invited to communicate their individuality and creativity by producing their own unique self-portrait to present themselves as they want to be seen, using digital imaging, photography, painting, video and other more traditional art forms to present themselves as they want to be seen.

This is the first initiative to emerge from Channel 4's 'Creative Cities' strategy in the North East.

Produced by Media 19, and supported by Northern Arts and the National Portrait Gallery.


Manchester City Art Gallery,
24 November 2003 - 20 January 2004

Glasgow Museum of Modern Art
September 2003 - 16 November 2003

National Museums & Galleries Wales, Cardiff
2 July - 30 August 2003

Ormeau Baths Gallery Belfast,
12 February - 27 March 2004

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens,
9 December - 27 February 2005

Do, draw and make!

Do, draw and make!

From building dens to food faces – enjoy our Playful Portraits activities and find out about some brilliant people!

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Healthcare Heroes

Activities for children and families inspired by three healthcare heroes from our Collection.

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Learning resources

Downloadable and web based resources to support learning at home linked to art, history, citizenship and literacy.

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