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Contemporary Women Artists

Fiona Rae
by Gautier Deblonde
NPG x76639

Past display archive 
22 October 2001 - 24 February 2002

Bookshop Gallery


A complementary display of photographic portraits will be on view in the Bookshop Gallery to coincide with Mirror Mirror. The display includes Mona Hatoum by Toby Glanville, Tess Jaray by Nicholas Sinclair and Sonia Boyce by Donald MacLellan. Also on display, for the first time, is a portrait by Lord Snowdon of Prunella Clough who sadly died recently.

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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