Diallo on Tour

From June 2012, Diallo’s portrait has been touring Britain, with special displays at the Gallery’s regional partners, Liverpool’s International Slavery Museum, South Shields Museum and Art Gallery, New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester. This tour concludes with the current display at the National Portrait Gallery. At each venue, Booker-prize winning author Ben Okri led creative writing workshops that explored Diallo’s story and relevance today.

This tour has been generously supported by the Qatar Museums Authority and Thomson Reuters and individual Gallery supporters.

Discovering Diallo: Around the Country

See highlights from the workshops and meet some of the participants from Liverpool, South Shields, Leicester and London.


If you’ve been inspired by the display Ben Okri on Ayuba Suleiman Diallo: A Dialogue Across Time, Ben Okri’s poem, or by seeing the portrait on tour around the country, you are invited to share a creative writing response using the form below. A selection of these responses will be included here on the website.

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Terms and Conditions

1. You may contribute a creative writing response via the project microsite. Any writing submitted must be the work of the contributor.
2. There is no age restriction to contribute to this project.
3. Contributions may be used in the following ways:
- displayed on the National Portrait Gallery’s website
- as an extract in quotation on the Gallery’s social media channels
- in reports for the project
4. The National Portrait Gallery will not otherwise use, print or archive contributors' writing in any way other than those outlined above, without first obtaining the explicit additional permission from the contributor.
5. Contributions are moderated so, once submitted, it may take up to 48 hours for your response to be added to the microsite.
6. Contributions must not contain explicit or offensive material (i.e. racial discrimination, violence, offensive language etc.), or infringe the intellectual property rights or copyright of a third party.
7. Contributions will be not displayed if there is if there is any doubt about the writing being the author’s own work.
8. The National Portrait Gallery is not obliged to display users contributions. The decision to accept contributions is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
9. By contributing your writing, you agree to the above terms and conditions.

Data Protection

The Gallery is committed to protecting your privacy. All personal data given will be held securely by the Gallery and only used to administer your contribution unless otherwise indicated above. It may be used for internal research/statistical purposes. It will not be passed to any third parties unless otherwise stated.