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Portrait of the Nation – Live!

August 12, 2010

With just over a year to go until we re-open, the Education Department are all busily working on the invention of our new events and activities programme Portrait of the Nation – Live!

As the title suggests, the aim is to create a dynamic, contemporary approach to the programme which aims to make the Portrait Gallery a centre for cultural debate in Scotland. This is something that the new exhibitions lend themselves to extremely well, with themes as far reaching as scientific innovation, sport, women’s lives, migration and politics.

External view of the new Education Suite, image courtesy of PAGE PARK Architects

Here is an enticing glimpse of what you might expect to see happening when we re-open our doors and welcome you back to this fantastic, free gallery.  For families we’ll have a regular free drop-in event called Portrait Detectives. Families will collect a special detective kit and head off around the building to find evidence and clues in order to solve crimes by characters from Scottish History. 

Portrait Detectives, photograph Alicia Bruce

There will be many more practical workshops taking place in our new education studio such as Portraits for Posterity, a course whereby you create a portrait of a loved one. Or why not try script writing, drawing inspiration from the host of fascinating characters you will meet in the exhibitions? A new seminar room will host in-conversations with artists and sitters, debates, film screenings and exhibitions of work produced by you on our programmes.

Education Suite, image courtesy of PAGE PARK Architects

For the first time we will have a dedicated gallery for photography showing our remarkable collection and exhibitions. To celebrate this we will be offering regular photography-related events from live demonstrations of techniques by photographers to Thanks for the Memories; oral history sessions capturing your memories by looking at photographs.

You may be surprised to discover that the new Portrait Gallery won’t just contain portraits. We are re-defining portraiture to create a true portrait of the nation and to do so we are including images of the urban and rural landscapes of Scotland and also the sound of the Scottish voice. Presented in digital audios of spoken word, and performed live around the building in evenings of music and song, we hope this will enrich and enliven your experience.

This is just a snippet of what will be on offer when you return, so I look forward to revealing more and to hearing your thoughts, ideas and suggestions about the new programme over the coming year.

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  1. Tricia Allerston, NGS Head of Education permalink
    September 1, 2010 12:30 pm

    I can vouch for the fantastic programme that my colleagues have been planning – and also urge any readers to send in their thoughts and ideas about what sorts of events and activities they would like to participate in, when the Portrait Gallery reopens.

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