About Us

The Gallery works with a wide range of individuals and organisations both as collaborators on research programmes and as funding partners.  These include one-off collaborations with scholars involved in curating exhibitions, contributing to the Gallery’s publications and learning programme, and institutional collaborations such as our work with the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.  

The Gallery has working relationships with higher education institutions in the teaching of courses and the presentation of academic conferences.  Recent and current collaborators include the Central School of Speech and Drama, the Courtauld Institute of Art, the Institute of Historical Research, King’s College London, Queen Mary College, the Royal College of Art, the University of Bristol, the University of Sussex, the University of York and the University of Westminster. The Gallery is also a member of the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England Doctoral Training Partnership. It has also contributed to projects such as the AHRC Early British Printed Images project based at Birkbeck College, the British Cartoon Forum and the Public Catalogue Foundation and supported independent projects such as the de László catalogue project and the Oxford Portraits project. Major funding partners of recent years include The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Marc Fitch Fund, the John S Cohen Foundation, The Aurelius Charitable Trust, The Mercer’s Company, and the Walgreens Boots Alliance.

The Gallery leads the Understanding British Portraits network in partnership with the National Trust, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, and Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives. The network encourages skills-sharing among curatorial and learning professionals working with British portraits, and British portrait collections. Its range of activities include a programme of seminars and tours of private collections, annual bursaries, collection and expertise mapping, and online resources.