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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

Pandit Ram Gopal
by Feliks Topolski
circa 1972
NPG 6812

Mary Seacole
by Albert Charles Challen
NPG 6856

Nelson Mandela
by Ian Homer Walters
2008, based on a work of 2001
NPG 6868

Omar Pasha
by Roger Fenton
NPG Ax24904

by Johann Jacobé, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
NPG D1361

Ira Aldridge
after James Northcote
circa 1826
NPG L251

Margaret Busby
by Mayotte Magnus
October 1977
NPG x18607

Olive Morris
by Neil Kenlock
January 1973
NPG x199645

Anna May Wong
by Dorothy Wilding
NPG x26341

Colin Jackson; Linford Christie
by Jillian Edelstein
NPG x45385

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Exhibitions & Displays

Black is the New Black: Photographs by Simon Frederick

29 September 2018 - 27 January 2019


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Njideka Akunyili Crosby: The Beautyful Ones

17 November 2018 - 3 February 2019


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Events (1)

1 event matching the search term BAME

In Conversation: Queer Perspectives

In Conversation: Queer Perspectives

A part of Friday Lates
2 August 2019, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Lecture Theatre
Free ticket required Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Gain a Queer Perspective on our Collection with resident artist Sadie Lee and her special guests Sarah Jane Moon and Dr Ronx as they discuss portraits which have a personal resonance. Sarah Jane’s portrait of Dr Ronx is exhibited in the BP Portrait Award 2019.

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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

Michael Jackson Teachers’ Resource

Teachers’ Resource
Key stage 3-5

This teachers’ resource designed for use in the gallery or the classroom explores key themes in the exhibition including identity, celebrity culture and fandom. The resource includes points for discussion and debate to develop critical thinking; art activities for students; teachers notes on the exhibition.

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Cultural Diversity Workshops

Full day workshop: 10.00 – 14.30
Suitable for Years 4, 5, 6 and Years 7, 8, 9 Secondary
Free - class 30 pupils

What do photographs and paintings reveal about our past and our present? How do we use portraits to understand cultural diversity in Victorian England? Why is it important to keep researching and changing how we look at our country’s history?

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Meet the Artist: Simon Frederick

Thursday 8 November 11.00-12.30

Bring your students for an exclusive opportunity to meet artist, photographer, filmmaker and broadcaster Simon Frederick who will be speaking to students about his display in the National Portrait gallery, Black is the New Black. To book your class call 020 7312 2483 

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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