National Portrait Gallery

  1. Lincoln family's joy of lockdown photo captures first kiss

    A photograph of a mother kissing her newborn son through Personal Protective Equipment at Lincoln County Hospital has been chosen by the Duchess of Cambridge as a defining moment of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Ali and Indie

    The black-and-white image will form part of an exhibition called Hold Still at the National Portrait Gallery.

    The Duchess, who's patron of the gallery, selected 100 pictures which capture the nation during the past six months.

    Leigh Harris took the photo of his wife, Ali, and son, Indie, on his mobile phone.

    Ali said: "When Indie was pulled out and put on my chest it was this moment of relief and just thank goodness he's here, he's safe and just the sweetest thing for him to have a wriggle up...and to have that as a photo at that moment is amazing."

  2. Exhibition that never opened becomes VR experience

    National Portrait Gallery

    A photography exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery that never opened because of coronavirus has been turned into a virtual reality experience.

    The series of black and white portraits by photographer Zoe Law, entitled Legends Of British Industry, was meant to go on display on 19 March but the London gallery closed its doors to the public the day before.

    As the gallery will now be shut until 2023 for redevelopment the exhibition has been turned into a free virtual reality (VR) experience.

    Law took the images of people like Orlando Bloom, Sir Rod Stewart and Daisy Lowe in aid of cancer charity Maggie's to showcase British industries such as film, fashion and sport.

    She said it had been "incredibly disappointing" her work never went on display as "it was two years of work and I really hoped that it would be seen by the public one day".

    "When the gallery closed, we steamed ahead with a VR experience... It was a steep learning curve but I feel so happy that we managed to turn it around and create something amazing."

    National Portrait Gallery director Dr Nicholas Cullinan said the exhibition "celebrates the individuals who have made a significant contribution to British Industry, in all its myriad forms and guises".

  3. National Portrait Gallery to close for three years

    The National Portrait Gallery will close for three years - and its art will travel across the UK - as part of a £35.5 million redevelopment project.

    The gallery, near Trafalgar Square, wants to create a new main entrance, "bring back to life" its East Wing, which has been closed to the public, and create a public forecourt.

    It will loan hundreds of works from its collection during the period of redevelopment.

    The Gallery in St Martin's Place will close to the public from June 2020 until spring 2023, while "essential building works take place".