National Portrait Gallery
I've been to the National Portrait Gallery a couple of times since it reopened recently. It was great to be back, it holds so many memories for me. Seeing the queens, kings, artists and writers that I’ve studied over the years again made me feel like stability is finally returning, but history and culture are rejuvenated and relaunched, just like the gallery. The curating asks plenty of questions about how we identify the great and the good, and the nation, and how this changes over time.
The highlights for me were Maggi Hambling’s Dorothy Hodgkin, Tai-Shan Schierenberg’s Seamus Heaney and especially John Keane’s Mo Mowlam. A fantastic learning experience!