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Family Resources

Explore the Gallery together and create your own 3D portrait; your own 3D portrait Gallery and have your own sketch book to draw what inspires you in the Gallery. Our exciting, free family trails can be picked up from FAB and the Information Desk.


Come and pick from a range of FREE trails to help families explore the Gallery. Collect yours and use it in the Gallery to learn more about portraits.

Pop-Up Gallery

Create your own 3d gallery and fill with drawing for a special exhibition. Available from the Family Activity Base at weekends and during school holidays. Suitable for all ages


Draw, doodle and sketch your way around the Gallery with your free special drawing book. Suitable for all ages.


Talking Heads

Come and collect our exciting resource for families called Talking Heads. Create your own 3D portrait head, taking inspiration from portraits in our Collection.


Get Creative

Enter our Jubilee family competition

Submit your family’s recreation of a Royal portrait to win some Jubilee goodies

Enter now

Develop your art skills

Discover our BP Next Generation short films made by artists. Follow step by step guides in drawing and painting techniques.

Improve your skills

Hold Still

Hold Still photography workshop

Reflect on your own experiences of lockdown through this easy-to-do from home, photographic exercise. 

Watch the video

Draw Like a Renaissance Master

Revisit The Encounter exhibition and learn about Renaissance and Baroque drawing methods and materials.

Improve your technique