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People's Portraits

Ordinary people from all walks of life

In response to the impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and so as to protect the health and wellbeing of our visitors, staff and community, we have made the decision to close the People’s Portraits exhibition from today, Wednesday 18 March 2020, until further notice.

The People’s Portraits Exhibition

In 2000, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters mounted a millennial exhibition entitled People’s Portraits. The idea was to represent ordinary people from all walks of life, and thereby offer a picture of the United Kingdom as it moved from the 20th century into the 21st. The resulting collection is rich in the diversity of its subjects. The artists are all members of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.

This exciting and original collection has been housed at Girton College since 2002 as a long-term loan. The concept of this exhibition chimes well with the College ethos of community and interest in art. New portraits by members of the RP are added to the collection every year, and there are now over 55 paintings in the exhibition.

Opening Times

The exhibition is open to the public every day between 9am–5pm.

The exhibition is free, and disabled parking is available. Please contact us to organise viewing at other times. School groups and families are most welcome.


We have an activity pack for primary and secondary school age groups, and other useful information.

List of portraits displayed below (L–R) first row: Dede Cossta, Brazilian dancer by Sheldon Hutchinson; Girish Sethna, Note-Taker by Alastair Christian Adams; second row: Marc Crank by Alastair Christian Adams; The Boxer by David Caldwell.

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