The Black Portraits

This is a historic exhibition. It is no longer available to visit and this page is only retained as a record of the previous event. For current and future exhibitions, visit our What's On page.

An ongoing story of the World's human rights champions

Portrait painting of Aung San suu Kyi with face painted black


Until 17 April 2016 (historic exhibition)


This exhibition features Paul Piercy's striking portraits in black impasto oil paint.

The portraits document some of the bravest human rights activists from around the world. Some of Piercy's subjects have either died or are currently imprisoned for their struggles to protect universal freedoms, some are famous Nobel Laureates, some are still waiting for their story to be told.

The exhibition will also feature six never-before-seen portraits.

A series of events and talks will run alongside the exhibition.