National Portrait Gallery: Interpretive Films and Interactive Exhibits

A national icon, transformed

London, UK


In spring 2020, the National Portrait Gallery, London, closed its doors for a complete re-presentation of their collection. After three years of behind the scenes transformations, the doors opened on June 22, 2023. ngx is proud to have played a significant role in this transformation, collaborating on 41 multi-media exhibits, including an AI-powered portrait experience, a captivating animated projection wall featuring some of the National Portrait Gallery's most stunning portraits, Interactive touch screens, and documentary films.

Scope Highlights

  • Documentary Filmmaking
  • Animation
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Immersive Experience

We’d like to thank our project partners:

Nissen Richards

Fraser Randall

Jamie Fobert Architects

Our primary approach to the integration was to complement, rather than compete with the art works and the traditional labelling.
The Playful Portraits, Immersive AI exhibit, was our most intricate work. Visitors are invited to animate the portraits of prominent sitters, which they can find on display in the Gallery, with AI facial tracking
A captivating animated projection wall featuring some of the National Portrait Gallery’s most stunning portraits, greets visitors as they enter.
These large-scale projected portraits are brought to life through subtle animations such as a twitching ear and moving clouds.
Gillian Wearing (‘Me as Julia Margaret Cameron and two muses’) © Gillian Wearing, courtesy Maureen Paley, London