"It is about who are the different range of people who make up Britain. We want that diversity. At the heart of it we know it’s a better Portrait Gallery if we have a wide range of people who are creating something for the nation."
Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery talks about the new acquisitions of work that wouldn’t historically have been allowed to take their rightful place and shares that this is just one way an organisation can reflect the Britain it wants to connect with. Chevalier d’Eon was one such example the first acquisition by the National Portrait Gallery in 2012.
Sandy Nairne embraces the Creative Case with its focus on art and welcomes an ever increasing diversity of contributors making portraiture now and historically. Making the collections more relevant and appealing to audiences old and new with a wider more representative set of heads influencing and shaping this makes sense.
Chevalier d’Eon by Thomas Stewart 1792 © National Portrait Gallery, London
Mary Seacole by Albert Charles Challen 1869 © National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir Willard Wentworth White by Ishbel Myerscoug 2009 - commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery with the support of J.P. Morgan through the Fund for New Commissions © National Portrait Gallery, London
Camila Batmanghelidjh by Dean Marsh, 2005 - commissioned as part of the First Prize BP Portrait Award 2005 © National Portrait Gallery, London