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Sporting Heroes Spotlight


As part of Black History Month, our Youth Forum delved into the Collection to look at key contemporary sporting figures. From ballet dancers to footballers, they’ve selected eight portraits that inspire them and celebrate the impact and achievements of Black British sportspeople.

The Youth Forum collaborate to shape the offer and relevance of the Gallery for young people. We work with the Youth Forum on new ideas for interpretation and display, activities and resources for young people and reviews of our exhibitions. If you’d like to get involved with the Youth Forum, you can find out more about the group on our website and follow @NPGYouth on social media for updates.

Visit From Your Armchair

Self-portrait as My Father from the series Encounter  by Silvia Rosi © Silvia Rosi

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

An online exhibition celebrating the very best in contemporary portrait photography.

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Hold Still

Hold Still

Explore our community photography project, which presents a personal record of the UK during lockdown.

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Margaret Thatcher by Spitting Images Productions Ltd painted plastic, 1985

Sculptures in 360°

See sculptures and fascinating objects from our Collection from all angles.

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David Hockney: Drawing from Life

Watch highlights from our special exhibition, which had to close early in March 2020 due to lockdown.

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