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LGBTQ+ History Month

For this year’s LGBTQ+ History Month, we will be celebrating key figures from the Gallery’s Collection. Check in, as we share new content throughout February, including a special blog feature from author of ‘A Dutiful Boy’ and barrister Mohsin Zaidi, and a pre-recorded in conversation with special guest speakers.

Talk Art x National Portrait Gallery

We invited Talk Art hosts Russell Tovey and Robert Diament to discuss their favourite LGBTQ+ artists from the Collection. Watch as they reflect on the life and work of David Hockney, Maggi Hambling, Isaac Julien and Howard Hodgkin.

Head to the Talk Art podcast to listen to the Gallery’s LGBTQ+ History Month special episode, and hear more from the guys in their forthcoming book Talk Art: Everything you wanted to know about contemporary art but were afraid to ask, available to pre-order now.

Virtual Tour

From Olympic athletes to aristocrats, our staff have shared their favourite LGBTQ+ sitters from our Collection.

Highlights from the Gallery

Looking to the Collection with Mohsin Zaidi

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“Portraits are not just images, they are stories. Heart-breaking and triumphant, colourful and grey.”

This LGBTQ+ month, Mohsin Zaidi, barrister and author of A Dutiful Boy, celebrates portraits of queer icons of colour in our collection.

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Speak Its Name! Quotations by and about gay men and women

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A collection of moving, amusing and inspirational quotations by and about prominent gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender people and allies, from Oscar Wilde to Tom Daley, Radclyffe Hall to Sandi Toksvig, illustrated with images from the Gallery’s Collection.

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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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