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OPENING HOURS: Open daily 9am-5pm, admission free. School visits welcome please contact us to make an appointment.
The People’s Portraits collection reflects a cross-section of people’s lives in the United Kingdom at the beginning of the 21st Century, and is rich in its diversity of subjects and styles. The high calibre of the artists, all of whom are members of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, makes this one of the UK’s hidden jewels in the portraiture world.
The collection originated in a millennial exhibition mounted by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, which was seen by over one million people during its tour of England in 2000. Since 2002, People’s Portraits has come to reside in the beautiful surrounds of Girton College on long-term loan. This arresting and original exhibition is continually growing thanks to the ongoing generosity of the members of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters who donate a portrait to the collection. In line with the College’s interest in art and its emphasis on community, Girton very much welcomes visitors to view the People’s Portraits exhibition.
Please note that part of the People’s Portrait exhibition is displayed on a staircase and we ask you to take extreme care whilst viewing this part of the exhibition. We regret that children under the age of five years can only visit the ground floor part of the exhibition. Please also note that there is no lift access to the parts of the exhibition not on the ground floor. For more information please contact us.