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The National Portrait Gallery in partnership with Apples and Snakes and the National Literacy Trust presents
PICTURE THE POET, a three-year project.

The exhibition is a selection of photographic portraits of poets from the National Portrait Gallery Collection. With help from the Gallery's Youth Forum the selection was made to include some of the best loved poets working today by some of the most important photographers. The Gallery has been actively collecting photographs for forty years and holds over 250,000 photographs making it the most important collection of photographic portraits in the country.

Apples and Snakes, will deliver a bespoke opening and/or celebratory event and a youth project at each venue of the tour, linked to the Picture the Poet’s exhibition and in collaboration with local literature organisations. An extensive schools programme, based around raising literacy in schools, is being led by the National Literacy Trust giving local schools the opportunity to be involved in the project.

The exhibition has visited the following venues:
When: 5 December 2015 – 6 March 2016 | Where: Tullie House Museum, Carlisle

When: 19 September – 29 November 2015 | Where: Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

When: 24 July 2015 | Where: The Collection, Lincoln

Hannah and Jamila, Events Correspondents from The Young Journalist Academy, attended the opening night of the exhibition in Lincoln to capture first-hand reactions. Find out what our visitors thought here.

When: 24 January –11 April 2015 | Where: Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston


When: 3 September - 29 November 2014 | Where: Graves Gallery, Sheffield

When: 5 May - 28 June 2014 | Where: Fusion Gallery, The Forum, Norwich (the only venue where the exhibition is in digital form)
This project has been funded by Arts Council England's Strategic Touring Fund.
Special thanks to local organisations involved in shaping and contributing to the programme.

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