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National Portrait Gallery’s Project Sending 50 Portraits Back To Communities Associated With The Artwork

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The National Portrait Gallery (NPS) in London said Wednesday that its new “Coming Home” project will send 50 portraits back to communities associated with the artwork.

The gallery’s new project will take 50 portraits from its national collection and send them to different towns and cities that are related to the art, according to The Guardian. There are currently six “Coming Home” loans from the NPS, including a 16th-century portrait of Richard III which will be loaned to Leicester’s New Walk Museum.

“We hope that sending portraits ‘home’ in this way will foster a sense of pride and create a personal connection for local communities to a bigger national history … helping us to fulfil our aim of being truly a national gallery for everyone, in our role as the nation’s family album,” said Nicholas Cullinan, the NPG’s director, according to The Guardian. (RELATED: Museum’s ‘Rebel Women’ Exhibit Brings Light To ‘Nasty Women’ Of Victorian Era)

“Every corner of the UK has well-known faces who have played a significant role in our nation’s history. I am delighted that 50 of these famous figures will be returning home so that current generations can be inspired by their stories,” Jeremy Wright, the UK’s culture secretary, said, according to The Guardian.

The National Portrait Gallery was founded in 1856, according to the Independent.ie.

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