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Director's Trail by Nicholas Cullinan

‘During 2017, the Gallery has the opportunity to display some portraits from the Collection that are not usually hung. For this trail, I have chosen some of my favourites from this selection together with some key portraits with which visitors might be more familiar. I hope you enjoy discovering the stories of these individuals with me.’

Nicholas Cullinan

Visit From Your Armchair

Self-portrait as My Father from the series Encounter  by Silvia Rosi © Silvia Rosi

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

An online exhibition celebrating the very best in contemporary portrait photography.

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Hold Still

Hold Still

Explore our community photography project, which presents a personal record of the UK during lockdown.

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Margaret Thatcher by Spitting Images Productions Ltd painted plastic, 1985

Sculptures in 360°

See sculptures and fascinating objects from our Collection from all angles.

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David Hockney: Drawing from Life

Watch highlights from our special exhibition, which had to close early in March 2020 due to lockdown.

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