Young People’s Private View at the National Portrait Gallery


Last night, I went to a very special event; The Young People’s Private View at the National Portrait Gallery. Hosted by the Youth Forum, it was a chance for 14 – 19 year olds to have a look round the exhibition after hours and meet other arty people.

Now, I know what you’re thinking – “Charlie, you are not 14 – 19,” and you’d be correct, but I am part of the National Portrait Galleries Youth Forum, and we were hosting the event. In case you’re not familiar, the NPG Youth Forum is a group of 14 – 21 year olds who work with the gallery to give a fresh perspective, and host events and other opportunities.

I’ve been a member since I turned 18 way back in 2012 and I’ve done some amazing things; I’ve met some artists, been part of  two museum takeover days and eaten a lot of pizza at our monthly meetings. It’s all great fun and I’d tell you more, but I can already feel your jealousy from here!

So back to last night.

After welcoming everyone in, I headed to see the exhibition. If you get the chance to go, you should – some people are incredibly talented. I had planned to tell you about my favourite  piece, but to be honest, I can’t pick one; I have no idea how the judges do it.

There were some very interesting talks from some of the artists as well as Youth Forum members, and of course lots of drawing activities to keep people busy. The night ended with an exclusive performance from Bridgette Amofah (from Rudimental).

It was a fantastic night and gave me time to reflect on all the things I’ve got to do because I took a chance and stepped out of my comfort zone. You never know where an opportunity might led and what you might learn, so it’s best to just go for it!


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