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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
NPG 6856

by Johann Jacobé, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
NPG D1361

Jem Wharton
by William Daniels
NPG L259

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Exhibitions & Displays

Print of Adwoa Aboah; Cara Delevingne by Paul Wetherell

Inspiring Photographs: Collecting for the Future

5 October 2019 - 28 June 2020


The Photographs Department is one of the most active areas of collecting within the National Portrait Gallery. Within a remit that covers both contemporary and historic periods, an important area of new acquisitions aims to respond to recent political, social and cultural events.

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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

Print of Sarah Forbes Bonetta (Sarah Davies) by Camille Silvy

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

Cultural Diversity at the National Portrait Gallery

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


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