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Baba Beaton as 'Heloise' in 'Great Lovers Pageant' by Cecil Beaton, 1925. © National Portrait Gallery, London
Baba Beaton as 'Heloise' in 'Great Lovers Pageant' by Cecil Beaton, 1925. © National Portrait Gallery, London

Photography Competition

Schools Category Key stage 1-5
Open for entries 20 January - 18 May 2020

Inspired by the exhibition Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things, which celebrates performance, creativity and self-expression, we invite students to get involved and enter portraits.

To receive details of how to enter, please email [email protected] for your competition pack.

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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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New £1, £3 & £5 School Group Exhibition Ticket Prices

Visit our major exhibitions and make the most of our new discounted school group exhibition ticket price available for school groups of 10+, visiting Mon – Fri, 10.00 – 14.00, booked + paid for at least a month in advance.

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Eleanor Mitchell typing on a type writer

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Sign up to our termly newsletter for teachers and schools to keep up to date with special offers, teacher events, CPD & opportunities for your class.

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

London outreach sessions September 2020 - March 2023

From September 2020 we will be offering a new Schools Outreach Programme in London working with select London boroughs. There will be more detail on when and where the Gallery will be offering sessions and how schools can get involved in late spring 2020.

 

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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