The National Portrait Gallery is coming to Attingham with Faces of Change: Nature's Champions, a partnership exhibition of portraits of champions of nature and the natural world with works from the nineteenth century to the present, including outstanding paintings, sculptures, photographs and recent commissions. The selection of portraits includes environmental activists, poets, artists, politicians, campaigners, gardeners, broadcasters and scientists.

Faces of Change: Nature’s Champions is a partnership exhibition between the National Trust and the National Portrait Gallery, London and will be on display in the Picture Gallery at Attingham until Sunday 8 September. This exhibition will give people from Shropshire, the wider Midlands and Mid Wales area the chance to see world-class portraits closer to home this summer.


The exhibition is drawn from the National Portrait Gallery collection with works from the nineteenth century to the present, including outstanding paintings, sculptures, photographs and recent commissions. Sitters include portraits of gardeners from Gertrude Jekyll to Bob Flowerdew, key figures of the Romantic movement including William Wordsworth, and early radicals and reformers such as William Morris and Octavia Hill.

Linda McCartney portrait by Humphrey Ocean taken on 27 May 1976 - National Portrait Gallery, London

Attingham staff, volunteers and local school children have been involved and inspired by the exhibition from the outset and planning stages. They have contributed to the exhibition by sharing their personal reflections on nature and the work of the portrait sitters.

 

Admission to the exhibition

The exhibition will be on display in the Picture Gallery of the Mansion, open daily from 11am with last entry at 4.30pm. If you're not a member of the National Trust our off peak admission prices are available for the first week of the exhibition from Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 June, details can be found here. Admission to Attingham (including the exhibition) is free for National Trust members and under 5s.

The exhibition is part of a year-long visitor programme ‘Grow Your Green Roots’ highlighting the work to conserve and protect nature on Attingham’s 4,000 acre estate.

Main Picture: Sir David Attenborough - Julian Anderson, National Portrait Gallery, London