Design your own photographic portrait complete with props.

Join artist Marysa Dowling to create your own photographic portrait. Inspired by the portrait photographs in our exhibition Polly Braden: Leaving Ukraine, think about a journey you have been on or would like to go on. Using card, fabric and scrap materials you will make props and objects to represent your adventure, then have your photo taken with them. At the end of the session we’ll print off the photographs so you can take yours home to show it off to your family and friends. Suitable for ages 5-12.

There are two sessions, running from 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm. You can choose your preferred time at the checkout.

If you’d like to purchase a group ticket, please use the promo code GROUP at the checkout.

What’s included with my ticket?

The workshop is led by a professional artist with all materials provided, all you have to do is bring yourselves! We have aprons for all participants, but please dress for a mess. Tickets also include free entry to the Museum so you can explore at your leisure.

About Marysa Dowling

Marysa Dowling is a British photographic artist focusing on portraiture, whose work explores human interaction, with other people and with the environments they inhabit. She is passionate about collaboration, often working with community groups both here and abroad. Her projects and residencies have taken her to the USA, Cuba, South Africa, Mexico, India and Lebanon. Here in the UK, Dowling has also worked on commissions and projects with Tate, V&A, National Portrait Gallery, Chisenhale Gallery and the Courtauld Institute. She has five portraits in the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection.

Yes, booking is essential. We encourage you to book early to avoid disappointment as our workshops often sell out.

Yes, you must book an adult and a child ticket to gain entry to the workshop.

No, the workshops start promptly at 11am and 2pm and run for the full two hours.

No, children must be accompanied by an adult. No child can be left unattended.

Free concession tickets are available for: local residents; disabled visitors and their carers; care-experienced visitors 29 & under; families in receipt of Pension Credit, Universal Credit and Job Seekers Allowance. Please note you may be asked for proof of your status.

A group ticket is for a group of four people, including at least one adult. This ticket gives you four places for the price of three.