Faces and Places

Faces and Places is an ambitious schools outreach programme that uses the Gallery’s diverse Collection of portraits to creatively explore connections between people and place.

Through Faces and Places, students will actively engage with the diversity of people represented in the Gallery’s Collection, expand their knowledge of local history through people, discover artists and artworks, and be inspired to create their own artistic responses. Schools are invited to engage with the programme in a number of ways through outreach workshops, loans boxes and digital resources.

Outreach programme

Our experienced Gallery Educators will deliver engaging, and relevant workshops to primary, secondary and special schools in seven boroughs across London. Students will explore identity, representation and history through discussion, research and making in their school setting.

Participating schools will receive a Faces and Places resource box containing portraits of inspirational people connected to the local borough, teachers’ notes & group activities, and tools to create exhibitions. These resource boxes will be available to loan from a host venue in the borough for additional schools wanting to engage with the programme.

Programme delivery

The Faces and Places programme will take place 2021-2022 with primary, secondary and special schools in the London boroughs of Brent, Lambeth, Westminster, Haringey, Lewisham, Waltham Forest, and Barking and Dagenham.

Through a cross-curricular programme of classroom workshops, teacher CPD and a hands-on resource box, pupils will discover inspiring people connected to the local area and explore what portraits can reveal about ourselves, each other, our locality, our present and our past.


The Faces and Places resources to activate the portraits including teachers’ notes and group activities will be available digitally for all schools to engage with from autumn 2021. The activities are designed to help develop young people’s creative skills including visual literacy, research and analysis, and portrait making.

Suitable for Primary and Secondary teaching in Art and Design and/or History subjects, the resources can be adapted by teachers to suit the needs of their class. They can be used as starting points to explore a topic, or expanded on to develop a large scale project.

Explore the resources

Curriculum Links

Key Stage 1 & 2: Art and Design, History, Literacy (PHSE and Citizenship)
Key Stage 3, 4 & 5: Art and Design, History (PHSE and Citizenship, Photography, Politics)

Faces and Places by borough

Brent >    Lambeth >    Haringey >    Westminster >    Lewisham >    Waltham Forest >    Barking and Dagenham >

Funded by The National Heritage Lottery Fund and Art Fund