National Portrait Gallery announces launch of new 'Understanding British Portraits' website
The National Portrait Gallery, London has announced today that the new Understanding British Portraits website has been launched. Understanding British Portraits is an active network with free membership for professionals working with British portraits including academics, curators, conservators, museum learning professionals, researchers and art dealers. The network aims to enhance the knowledge and understanding of portraits in all media in British collections, for the benefit of future research, exhibitions, interpretation, display and learning programmes.
Understanding British Portraits is engaged with the following activities: a programme of seminars and visits to private collections, mapping portrait collections of every size throughout the UK, mapping research and expertise in portraiture and associated disciplines and providing online toolkits to assist in the research, display and interpretation of portraits.
The website offers access to a database of portrait specialists, and portrait collections in the UK, online publishing opportunities for portrait-relevant reviews and articles, a guest blog with regular posts on new research and events, a queries section for members to post questions and bursary area with details of available funding opportunities and best practice case studies.
The Steering Group members for the Understanding British Portraits network are the National Portrait Gallery, London, the National Trust, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives. The new website has been made possible by a grant from The Foyle Foundation.
The next Understanding British Portraits seminar is entitled 'Copy, Version and Multiple: the replication and distribution of portrait imagery'. It will take place at M Shed, Bristol on 19 March 2013. Full details and programme for this event are available on the website.