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Big Galleries and the Belmont Art Scholarship Group

On Tuesday of this week, a group of thirty enthusiastic Art Scholars went on a trip to explore The National Gallery and The National Portrait Gallery in London.

The two galleries house distinctly diverse collections. The National Gallery showcased the evolution of Western painting spanning 700 years and the scholars marvelled at an array of remarkable artworks, including Vincent van Gogh’s iconic Sunflowers, George Stubbs’ Whistlejacket, and Holbein’s The Ambassadors, as well as majestic landscape paintings by Constable and Turner. In contrast, The National Portrait Gallery vividly illustrated British history through portraiture.

During their visit, the group engaged in discussions addressing the conspicuous lack of female artistic representation within these collections. Despite The National Gallery’s vast array of over two thousand works, a mere twenty are attributed to female artists. In response to this disparity, The National Portrait Gallery is actively striving to rectify the issue. Notably, an awe-inspiring artwork titled Work in Progress, prominently displayed in the reception area, endeavours to highlight and enhance the representation of women and women artists within their esteemed collection.

The children had a great time, looking at the art, being with their friends and even having some fun with the pigeons in Trafalgar Square.

Thank you to Mrs Miller, Mr Hayward and Mrs Subhani for helping support the trip.

Mr J McNulty
Head of Art