Great British Faces

29 Sep 12 - 09 Mar 13

Sir Ian McKellen  (1939- ) by Clive Smith (1967-) © National Portrait Gallery, LondonHelen Mirren (1945- ) by Ishbel Myerscough (1968-), © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Ian McKellen (1939- ) by Clive Smith (1967-) © National Portrait Gallery, London

This exhibition features portraits loaned from the National Portrait Gallery of the some of the UK’s cultural and humanitarian icons; images of creative powerhouses such as playwright Harold Pinter, actors Dame Helen Mirren and Sir Ian McKellen rub shoulders with those of recent Olympic flag bearer and humanitarian Camila Batmanghelidjh.

Held in the Art Gallery, Great British Faces is a snapshot of modern Britain, and represents the diversity, creativity and vision of those people who have shaped the cultural and civil landscape of the world in which we live.