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Celebrating Cultural Diversity across the Gallery

Celebrating Cultural Diversity across the Gallery

Celebrating Cultural Diversity across the Gallery

A selection of portraits currently on display of BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic). To see a larger representations in the Gallery's collection online, including portraits not on display, visit here.

Portraits currently on display

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Harold Moody
by Ronald Moody
1997, based on a work of 1946
NPG 6380

Mary Seacole
by Albert Charles Challen
1869
NPG 6856

Omai
by Johann Jacobé, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
1780
NPG D1361

Jem Wharton
by William Daniels
1839
NPG L259

Chitqua (Tan-Che-Qua)
attributed to John Hamilton Mortimer
1770-1771
NPG L261

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Exhibitions & Displays

Indian Nobility in Britain

6 April - 15 December 2019

Free

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Inspiring Photographs: Collecting for the Future

5 October 2019 - 1 June 2020

Free

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Diversity tour

A selection of 12 portraits of individuals from diverse backgrounds currently on display.

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For the teachers

Hidden Histories: Revisiting Representations of History

Friday 11 October 2019
17.45-20.00
Free

Join us to celebrate Black History Month at this Teachers’ Seminar exploring themes of migration, empire and civil rights through portraiture. Through talks from guest speakers and group discussion, we will look at ways in which hidden stories and different narratives can be uncovered in the gallery and the classroom, and support teachers with the skills, confidence, resources and language to do this. Aimed at primary and secondary teachers, this event will link to the teaching of Art, History, English and Citizenship.

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Cultural Diversity: Re-presenting people who matter, past and present

Full day workshop: 10.00 – 14.30

Your class will explore representation in the Galleries and Archive. What do photographs and paintings reveal about our past and our present? How do we use portraits to understand cultural diversity in Victorian England and the present day?
“Very thought provoking and relevant for the children”. Year 6 teacher
Suitable for Years 4, 5, 6 and Years 7, 8, 9 Secondary

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Cultural Diversity at the National Portrait Gallery

To read more about the National Portrait Gallery’s commitment to diversity please visit here