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Family Activities: Playful Portraits

Family Activities: Playful Portraits

Family Activities: Playful Portraits

This free activity book is for children and families and features portraits of rebels, believers and dreamers; people who pushed against boundaries and got amazing things done. You can download the whole activity book here, or you can explore by sitter (person) below. You will find things to do, draw and make, as well as links to extra resources. Discover more about the Gallery’s Collection and these brilliant people whilst having fun!

Malala Yousafzai

Dorothy Hodgkin

Zaha Hadid

Harold Moody

Brontë Sisters

Olivia Hill

Noor Khan

David Weir

William Blake

Ben Whishaw

Barbara Hepworth

Nick Park

Playful Portraits © National Portrait Gallery, London, 2019
Illustrations and design by Quinton Winter

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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