This exhibition is a showcase of the permanent Art collection which exists to document, interpret and conserve the items which were mostly donated by people of the Borough since the founding of the Gray Art Gallery and Museum in 1920.
With over 113,000 objects in the collection covering subjects such as social history, maritime and industrial heritage, archaeology and artworks including paintings, sculpture, photography and ceramics to choose from, it was decided to create a Portraits exhibition to accompany the ‘Making a Mark’ schools project. This is delivered by our Education Team at the Museum of Hartlepool and Hartlepool Art Gallery in association with The National Portrait Gallery, London and other Tees Valley Museums. The project themes are Portraits, Local Heroes and the Industrial Age and it aims to encourage students to be proud of their town’s past and how they can make their mark in the future.
The portraits featured in this exhibition from the collection highlight the rich history of Hartlepool and the Tees Valley and the people who made their mark in the area. It also includes some special loans from The National Portrait Gallery, London.
We hope you are inspired by these portraits to connect, discover and explore the subjects in the portraits and the part they played in the making of our town.
To coincide with the Making a Mark project this is an exhibition of portraits from Hartlepool’s permanent collection and loans from the National Portrait Gallery.
Featured portrait: Giant Head of Ben by Nahem Shoa.