During the closure period, key works from the Gallery’s Collection will remain on public display through a series of nationwide collaborations including partnerships with The National Trust, The National Gallery, Royal Museums Greenwich, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Coventry City of Culture (Herbert Art Gallery & Museum), York Art Gallery, the Holburne Museum, Bath, Museums Liverpool, the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, The Yorkshire Museum and Aston Hall in Birmingham.
Partnerships with communities and schools across the UK, drawing on the Gallery’s Collection, will include Faces and Places - a new schools outreach programme in seven London boroughs accompanied by displays in nearby schools, libraries, arts centres and museums; Citizen UK - a project working with local heritage and community partners in London and Wolverhampton to explore stories of migration and movement within the UK; and People Powered – a series of exhibitions created with partners in London and Teesside, uncovering the experiences of communities involved in creating international and world class exports, such as steel in Middlesbrough or football in Wembley.
The Gallery will also continue to grow its international programme. Tudors to Windsors will tour to the Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo from October 2020 – January 2021 in partnership with Fuji TV; and Love Stories, an exhibition from the Gallery’s Collection, which explores the synergy between portraiture, love and relationships since the 1600s, will travel to venues in the United States from late 2021.
The public can explore the Gallery’s Collection online at npg.org.uk and search over 215,000 images, 150,000 of which are illustrated.
The Heinz Archive and Library is currently closed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, but it will re-open once it is safe to do so and will remain open throughout the building project. Accessible by appointment to visitors who are interested in any aspect of British portraiture or the history of the Gallery. Find out more at www.npg.org.uk/research/archive