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Lockdown and Carry On!
Lockdown and Carry On!

Hold Still

Photography Competition
Open for entries until 18 June 2020

Schools are warmly invited to take part in Hold Still, a portrait of our nation in 2020, an ambitious community project to create a unique photographic portrait which captures the spirit, mood, hopes, fears and feelings of the nation as we continue to deal with the Coronavirus outbreak.

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Sir Francis Drake by Unknown artist, c. 1581 (NPG 4032)

Global Tudors

Teachers’ Resource

Key stage 4-5

We are pleased to launch a new resource about our Tudor portraits and their connection to empire, identity, and global consumption, This teachers’ resource Microcosms: Illuminating the Global in Tudor and Early Stuart Portraits explores issues of Global exchange, migration and the beginnings of empire through portraiture.

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David Hockney, “Self Portrait 26th Sept.” 1983, © David Hockney

David Hockney

Teachers’ Resource

Key stage 3-5

This teachers’ resource is designed for use in the gallery or the classroom and explores key themes and drawing techniques in the exhibition David Hockney: Drawing from Life. The resource includes discussion points and drawing activities to promote critical thinking and making in response to Hockney’s portraits of himself and his close friends and family.

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Untitled Film Still #21 by Cindy Sherman, 1978. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

Cindy Sherman

Teachers’ Resource

Key stage 3-5

This teachers’ resource is designed for use in the gallery or the classroom and explores key themes in the exhibition including identity, transformation, disguise and popular culture. The resource includes questions to promote critical thinking and discussion around Cindy Sherman’s work and practice.

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Kentucky Derby, Louisville, USA, 2015 by Martin Parr © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos / Rocket Gallery
Kentucky Derby, Louisville, USA, 2015 by Martin Parr © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos / Rocket Gallery

Only Human: Martin Parr

Teachers’ Resource

Key stage 3-5

This teachers’ resource is designed for use in the classroom and explores key themes in the exhibition. The resource includes points for discussion and activities for students to create their own photographs in response.

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More for schools

Young People’s group

Young People’s Guide to Self-Portraiture

This guide to self-portraiture is a creative resource made by young people for young people that examines themes explored by artists through the self-portraits they create – such as gender, class, race, and identity. Featuring the participant’s vlogs, short films, and written material the resource explores their thoughts, perspectives and findings about this enduring theme in art history. This resource was developed in collaboration with the artist Anthony Luvera

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Eleanor Mitchell typing on a type writer

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Image: Eleanor Mitchell by Bassano Ltd, 1930, NPG x85771

Primary Schools, child drawing in Gallery school workshop

Primary Schools

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Secondary Schools, students viewing Malala portrait

Secondary Schools

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CPD & Teachers’ events, Popular event hosted in Room 20

CPD & Teachers’ events

Join us to hear from guest speakers and work directly with artists

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Resources and Special Projects, Self portrait of Lucian Freud

Resources and Special Projects

Explore our resources and find out about special projects

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News, Photograph of Eleanor Mitchell

News

The latest news on the Schools Programme

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Data Protection Act 1998: The National Portrait Gallery may take photographs of participants as part of standard gallery sessions. All images will be held securely by the Learning Department. In some cases, these images may be used to publicise the Gallery's services (on the website; promotional leaflets; displays etc.). Under the terms of the Data Protection Act, 1998 you have the right to object to the use of your image for the above purpose. If further information is needed please telephone the Education Department on 020 7312 2483 (BT's Text Direct: 18001).

London outreach sessions

During the closure of the Gallery for our Inspiring People project, we will be offering a new Schools Outreach Programme ‘Faces and Places’ working with select London boroughs. Please sign up to our teacher e-newsletter to be kept informed of opportunities to get involved. Alongside our outreach programme we are developing updated digital content and resources for schools to use nationwide.

Staying in Touch

Schools and teachers are vital to helping develop the Gallery’s future programmes and facilities. We would love to hear from primary and secondary schools teachers who are interested in working as expert advisers to shape the new schools programme, resources and teacher CPD programme. If you’re interested in getting involved, being kept up-to-date with our plans and progress or want to be a school ready to book for the grand re-opening in spring 2023 please sign up to our teacher e-newsletter for more information.

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