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Recent commissions and acquisitions

Past display archive
20 July - 25 September 2005

Room 41 and 41a


On display are some of the Gallery's most recently completed portrait commissions and acquisitions illustrative of the outstanding global contributions made by British men and women across a broad range of achievement. Not to be missed is a striking and unconventional depiction of Alfred Brendel, one of the world's leading pianists, by internationally renowned artist Tony Bevan, which pushes the boundaries of Bevan's previous observations of himself and those around him, and his normal concerns with portraiture.


Pioneer Podcasts

Listen to a series of podcasts exploring the lives of pioneering women, past and present.

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Untitled, c.1973 (Alex Chilton) by William Eggleston © Eggleston Artistic Trust

Eggleston Playlist

William Eggleston was closely associated with the alternative music scene in Memphis. Revisit our 2016 exhibition and listen to a special playlist.

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Archive interviews

Links to audio and transcripts of interviews with artists, sitters and historic recordings.

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