The National Portrait Gallery Presents 'Hold Still' - a Unique Collective Portrait of the UK During Lockdown

Friday, October 23, 2020
The National Portrait Gallery Presents 'Hold Still'  -  a Unique Collective Portrait of the UK During Lockdown

Spearheaded by The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, Hold Still is an ambitious community project to create a unique collective portrait of the UK during lockdown. They invited people of all ages to submit a photographic portrait, taken in a six-week period during May and June, focussed on three core themes – Helpers and Heroes, Your New Normal and Acts of Kindness. Over 31,000 submissions were received from across the country, with entrants ranging from 4 to 75 years-old.

Image courtesy to The National Portrait Gallery 

 

Spearheaded by The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, Hold Still is an ambitious community project to create a unique collective portrait of the UK during lockdown. They invited people of all ages to submit a photographic portrait, taken in a six-week period during May and June, focussed on three core themes – Helpers and Heroes, Your New Normal and Acts of Kindness.  Over 31,000 submissions were received from across the country, with entrants ranging from 4 to 75 years-old. From these, a panel of judges selected 100 portraits, assessing the images on the emotions and experiences they conveyed.

 

DADI'S LOVE, PORTRAIT BY SIMRAN JANJUA, LONDON

 

LOCKDOWN LIFE - PAUL & SIMON, PORTRAIT BY REBECCA DOUGLAS, MARGATE, KENT

 

EVERYDAY HERO, PORTRAIT BY, ARNHEL DE SERRA LONDON

 

Featured here in this special digital exhibition, supported by Taylor Wessing, the final 100 present a unique and highly personal record of this extraordinary period in our history. From virtual birthday parties, handmade rainbows and community clapping to brave NHS staff, resilient  keyworkers and people dealing with illness, isolation and loss. The images convey humour and grief, creativity and kindness, tragedy and hope – expressing and exploring both our shared and individual experiences.

 

THE FIRST KISS, PORTRAIT BY ALI HARRIS AND LEIGH HARRIS, LINCOLN

 

MELANIE, MARCH 2020, PORTRAIT BY JOHANNA CHURCHILL, LONDON

 

RUTH, DAVID AND SCARLET IN LOCKDOWN, PORTRAIT BY SARAH WEAL, LEWES, EAST SUSSEX

 

CANCELLED, PORTRAIT BY NIAZ MALEKNIA PRIMROSE HILL, LONDON

 

Enter the exhibition and see the photographs collectively (in no particular order) and then discover the fascinating stories behind the pictures through the words of the entrants themselves.

 

ON YOUR DOORSTEP, PORTRAIT BY KENNY GLOVER, LIVERPOOL, MERSEYSIDE

 

The photographs are now also on display in communities across the UK as part of a special community exhibition.

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