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Under 5s: Scrapbook

Make a scrapbook by stapling together sheets of different papers – tracing paper, newspaper, graph paper, coloured paper, lined paper. Fill this book with mark making, words, rubbings, tracings, words, stickers, cuttings...

This book could be all about you – practice writing your name, draw yourself (a self-portrait), draw around your hand, stick in photos of your friends and family, draw your pet or favourite toy.

Family Activities: Playful Portraits

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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