Faces and Places
London Outreach sessions
During the closure of the Gallery for our Inspiring People project, we will be offering an exciting new Outreach Programme 2021-22. Launching in summer 2021, schools in the London boroughs of Brent, Lambeth, Westminster, Haringey, Lewisham, Waltham Forest, Barking and Dagenham will be invited to be involved. Through teacher CPD, a resource box and sessions led by artists and historians, Faces and Places enables schools to connect our national Collection of portraits with their local borough, and to explore and discuss identity, representation and history.
The pequi tree (detail) by Simone Strijk © Simone Strijk
Seeing Me Seeing You
Our new photographic portraits activity pack features lots of fun activities to do at school and home. Be inspired by the portraits included in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2020 and try drawing, writing, role playing and taking photographs.
School by Marcela (aged 17 years) Dagenham, London
Key stage 1-5
Teachers and pupils are invited to engage with the stories in the Hold Still digital exhibition, reflect on their own experience of lockdown, and respond creatively by making portrait photographs. The resource includes discussion points and practical activities accessible for children of all ages and abilities.
Danel, 7 from series ‘Children of Grenfell’ by Richard Ansett, 2017, © Richard Ansett
Top tips for making portraits in lockdown
Making a portrait on a phone or camera is a creative and empowering way for young people to respond to the current situation, and to have as a personal record of these extraordinary times. Portrait photographer Richard Ansett offers advice on making portraits in lockdown.
Elizabeth I by Unknown artist (NPG 5175)
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.
David Hockney, “Self Portrait 26th Sept.” 1983, © David Hockney
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.
Untitled Film Still #21 by Cindy Sherman, 1978. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
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.
Kentucky Derby, Louisville, USA, 2015 by Martin Parr © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos / Rocket Gallery
Only Human: Martin Parr
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.
More for schools
Young People’s Guide to Self-PortraitureThis 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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Staying in Touch
The Gallery in London is currently closed until 2023 for major redevelopment works.
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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Tudor and Elizabethan matching pairs
Test your memory by playing our matching pairs game. Three levels of difficulty make it fun for the whole family.
Regency familiar faces
Rearrange tiles to uncover sitters from the Gallery's Collection by playing our puzzle game.
Who do you think you were?
Answer a few lifestyle questions about the Elizabethan period and discover your inner Elizabethan!