National Portrait Gallery introduces new sustainable uniforms designed by Wayne Hemingway
The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Sunday, July 21, 2024

National Portrait Gallery introduces new sustainable uniforms designed by Wayne Hemingway
Visitor Experience staff model the new uniform items in the updated ground floor shop © David Parry; NPG Visitor Experience staff at the new ticket desk © David Parry.

LONDON.- The National Portrait Gallery introduces its new range of uniform, which will be worn by all Visitor Experience, Retail and Security Staff and volunteers from 22 June 2023 – the Gallery’s reopening date. Designed by the multi-disciplinary design studio, HemingwayDesign, the collection was created in close collaboration with the Gallery’s Visitor Experience team to prioritise comfort and sustainability. Staff will have flexibility to choose between a selection of newly designed curated workwear jackets, Guernsey knitwear, t-shirts made from factory cuttings mixed with raw organic cotton, bespoke designed workwear waistcoats and recycled shirts, with a new striped lanyard to distinguish the Visitor Experience and retail staff members. For formal occasions, a smarter shirt will also be introduced.

Building on the Gallery’s new brand and its bold use of colour, created by Edit Studio, the new garments implement a key visual – the Gallery’s new monogram. The new Guernsey jumpers, workwear jackets and waistcoats, created using either a natural organic cotton or navy melton wool, each include an embroidered monogram, inspired by the drawings of the Gallery’s first director, Sir George Scharf, in pops of red and blue. Authentic long sleeve striped Breton t-shirts also feature the embroidered monogram in cyan green. With strong branding across the uniform set, staff will be instantly recognisable to visitors.

Sustainability and longevity have been a key consideration in developing the new uniforms, utilising recycled materials and prioritising high quality products, with 80% natural and certified organic fabrics and 20% waste material. The Gallery’s new shirts include recycled sleeves, and its t-shirts have been made from organic cotton offcuts. Outerwear pieces have been designed to be re-used long-term, with all items saved for new generations of staff. Security staff will wear new organic cotton shirts adorned with the Gallery monogram in red, with their new ties sourced from charity shops and repurposed for the Gallery uniform, with the additional option to wear the new melton wool workwear jackets. Shell and copper buttons have been used instead of plastic and suppliers have been advised to use no plastic packaging.

All items in the new uniform selection are intended to be gender-neutral, giving staff the freedom to choose from different options to best suit their individual needs, as well as seasons and occasions.

“Our wonderful front of house team are at the heart of our new Gallery, and are so important as our ambassadors for our visitors. It’s also the role where I began working at the National Portrait Gallery in 2001, so this means a lot to me and I am delighted that we have worked so collaboratively with Wayne Hemmingway on the creation of this innovative new uniform as a key part of our transformation as we enter this next exciting chapter in the National Portrait Gallery’s history.” - Nicholas Cullinan, Director, National Portrait Gallery.

“We don’t know of another uniform in the world that combines fabric offcuts and locally sourced materials and manufacturing, with pre-worn elements and fabrics made from waste. The National Portrait Gallery team have been fully supportive of this approach and helped push their new uniform to be such a sustainably ground-breaking one. We hope, this will be another reason to love this world-renowned cultural institution and most importantly to help attract forward thinking and caring team members.” - Wayne Hemingway, Partner, Hemingway Design.

The National Portrait Gallery reopens on 22 June 2023, following a transformational redevelopment project, Inspiring People. Inspiring People has been made possible by major grants from the Blavatnik Family Foundation and The National Heritage Lottery Fund, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, as well as major donations from the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Ross Foundation, Mildred and Simon Palley, Julia and Hans Rausing, the David and Claudia Harding Foundation, Bjorn and Inger Saven, the Law Family Charitable Foundation, the Deborah Loeb Brice Foundation and Art Fund. The National Portrait Gallery is grateful to these visionary supporters, alongside others who are making the building project and its related activity possible.

Today's News

June 25, 2023

Imagine Spider-Woman with a crochet hook

Landmark exhibition 'William Kentridge: In Praise of Shadows' travels to the MFAH

Lark Mason Associates presents a Summer Sale of Paintings, Prints, and Other Fine and Decorative Works of Art

"Saved for the Nation" extremely rare 17th-century painting depicting Black female sitter alongside her white companion

Gold Rush photography achieves top prices during Hindman's American Historical Ephemera & Photography Auction

Enter the 50-ton concert hall that hangs like a disco ball

Almine Rech opening of two venues in Gstaad and the Principality of Monaco

'Sonic Presence (or Absence): Sound in Contemporary Art' opens at The Fabric Workshop and Museum

Heritage Auctions awarded legendary Walter J. Husak Collection of Large Cents

Perrotin Marais hosting 'Xavier Veilhan: Portrait Mode' until the end of July

'Dara Birnbaum' at Prada Aoyama with exhibition curated by Barbara London, Valentino Catricalá and Eva Fabbris

Sheldon Harnick, 'Fiddler on the Roof' lyricist, dies at 99

Bonhams is market leader in Asian art in UK & Europe for the first half of 2023

Frank Frazetta's 'Dark Kingdom' sells for $6 million to rule the record books at Heritage Auctions

Exhibition explores the intersection of video and music by today's leading contemporary artists

Spectacular Amazonite from Colorado's Smoky Hawk Mine dazzles at Heritage

National Portrait Gallery introduces new sustainable uniforms designed by Wayne Hemingway

Rose B. Simpson: Counterculture now open at the Whitney

Dreaming California: High End, Low End, No End in Sight by Susan Ressler, by Daylight Books now released

Paul Reed exhibition opened earlier this month at the Oaklahoma City Museum of Art

Cleon Peterson's first exhibition in Paris 'Cruelty' now on view at Over the Influence

Summer exhibitions now on view at Ballroom Marfa

PhillipsX Presents 'The Deep End: Works by Vivian Springford'

Now open: Karyn Olivier 'How A Home Is Made' at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

PICA announces 2024 Judy Wheeler Commission artist Diana Baker Smith

The Best Yoga School in Bali: A Journey to Self-Discovery

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Writer: Ofelia Zurbia Betancourt

Truck Accident Attorneys
Accident Attorneys

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site Parroquia Natividad del Señor
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful