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Monday 11th May

Monday 11th May


Good morning!


Our visit today is to The National Portrait Gallery, in London. The gallery is home to more than 215,000 caricatures, drawings, minatures, paintings, photographs, sculptures and silhouettes, making it the most extensive collection of portraits in the world, from the 16th Century to the present day. One of my favourite sections is 'Today's the Day', which shows how people from the collection are connected with today's date. There is also a section called 'Virtual Ready-Made Tours' which allows you to search by time period or theme.

The National Portrait Gallery was in the news last week because, together with the Duchess of Cambridge, the gallery have launched an exciting community photography project called Hold Still. This is what the gallery says about the project, telling you all you need to know to take part; it is for everybody.


Spearheaded by The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, Hold Still, a portrait of our nation in 2020, is an ambitious community project to create a unique photographic portrait which captures the spirit, mood, hopes, fears and feelings of the nation as we continue to deal with the Coronavirus outbreak.

Whilst many people’s lives are on hold to help protect our helpers and heroes, there are some that are working harder than ever, and others that are enduring the upheaval of hardship and loss. Hold Still will capture a snapshot of the people of the UK at this time, creating a collective portrait of our nation which will reflect resilience and bravery, humour and sadness, creativity and kindness, human tragedy and hope as we hold still for the good of others, and celebrate those who have continued so we can stay safe.

The Duchess and the National Portrait Gallery invite you to submit your own photographic portrait, taken during these extraordinary times, which responds to one of the following themes:

Helpers and Heroes

Your New Normal

Acts of Kindness

One hundred shortlisted portraits will feature in a virtual exhibition on the Gallery’s website and a selection of images will also be shown across the UK later in the year.

The project is completely free and open to all ages and abilities. Images must involve people, and can be captured on phones or cameras. Each image will be assessed on the emotion and experience it conveys rather than its photographic quality or technical expertise. The closing date for submissions is the 18 June 2020.

Don’t forget to share your images with us on social media #HoldStill2020


All of the links for The National Gallery are in the Art Galleries section.

Happy exploring and photo taking!


As usual, if you have any comments, or suggestions for virtual visits, you can contact me using the Contact Form on the Scotland Class page. Thank you to those who have done this already.