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Uncomfortable Art Day: National Portrait Gallery

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National Portrait Gallery

Saint Martin's Place

London

WC2H 0HE

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This saturday is the pilot of a new session at the National Portrait Gallery.

Titled Picturing Power: Imperial Subjects from Elizabeth to Victoria, it focuses on the creation of colonial history through the use of costume and image-making.

How did the narratives of Empire come into being? Who controls them?

The day will be split into two one hour sessions (10.30-11.30 and 12-1) with a half hour break in between.


Uncomfortable Art Tours are exactly what they sound like.

In a country that’s repeatedly failed to come to terms with its colonial past, led by politicians who seem to think the past is the future, we seek to resist triumphalist nostalgia with art history.

These tours focus on how major institutions came into being against a backdrop of imperialism. At this study morning, we’ll unravel the role colonialism played in shaping and funding these collections, looking at the broader material history of celebrated works. The history of British art is also the history of empire and genocide, written by collectors who traded in landscapes and lives.

There are bloody handprints on the gallery walls, and the bodies of slaves and colonised peoples in the foundations.

Uncomfortable Art Tours first ran as a series of four events as part of Antiuniversity Now 2017.


FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

This tour is not recommeded for under 14s

What can I bring into the event?

The National Portrait Gallery operates security checks, and large bags may have to be checked in.

More FAQs about the Gallery here: http://www.npg.org.uk/about/faq/

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email exhibitionistpod@gmail.com or via theexhibitionist.org

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, you can show it on your phone instead

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National Portrait Gallery

Saint Martin's Place

London

WC2H 0HE

United Kingdom

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