Global Portrait Gallery: The lockdown experience of Scotland shared in the new show


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A new exhibition that captures a snapshot of the nation during the coronavirus pandemic opens at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery this weekend.

Some examples of the images submitted by the public that will vividly reflect Scotland’s experience over the past six months are socially distant garden visits, family zoom calls and home school events.

‘You are here in 2020: stories, portraits, visions’ will include a rotating range of more than 200 public submissions to be shown in the Edinburgh gallery alongside five artworks from the national collection.

These include a selection of works from his Tender series by photographer Iain Stewart, for which he shadowed two Edinburgh GPs, a bronze bust of Scottish macaroon Jackie Kay and a bust of Dr Elsie Inglis, a pioneering surgeon.

People across Scotland were invited to send stories, poems, portraits and ideas for the exhibition about the future and are encouraged to do so by the end of December.

All the works displayed will be reported on the website and social media of National Galleries Scotland (NGS).

Richie Cumming, Outreach Officer for Learning and Interaction, who planned the show, said, “Receiving these submissions was humbling and a privilege.”

The project offered participants the chance to share personal and moving stories and portraits that create a powerful portrait of the human experience when taken together.

“I know it was cathartic for many people who participated, and I hope these stories give visitors new perspectives on their experiences as well.”

Among the other artworks from the national collection included in the show is a video work by Mercury Prize-winning Edinburgh band Young Fathers named Man Up.

Thanks to a portrait by Samira Addo, winner of the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2018 award, singer-songwriter Emeli Sande will also be included.

During the first week of the show, nine entries will be on view and the exhibition will be updated every week. The Scottish National Portrait Gallery reopens on Sunday and will be open every week until January 10, on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.

On the National Galleries Scotland website, visitors may book their free ticket to visit the gallery and learn how to apply works for the exhibition.

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Scottish macaroon Jackie Kay at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery with her bust by Michael Snowden

In an exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, photographs portraying a portrait of the country during the coronavirus pandemic will be featured as it reopens this weekend.


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