2020: Stories, Portraits, Visions

We have been asking you to send us your 2020: Stories, Portraits and Visions to be included in You Are Here, a new display in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
Five artworks from the national collection will be shown in the gallery alongside a rotating selection from the public submissions you can see below.

We hope this display offers visitors an opportunity to reflect on the events of this year and glimpse brief snapshots into other lives lived during this difficult and troubling time.

'Sharing incredibly personal and vulnerable moments has been cathartic'

Marisa P. Murdoch, 2020: Stories, Portraits, Visions submission.

You can still contribute until 31 December 2020

Book tickets

Poetry and prose submissions

How to get involved

There are three ways to contribute to our installation. You can just do one but we hope you’ll send us all three. Write a story, make a portrait, tell us your vision for the future. We want the results to be a broad representation of the people of Scotland so please encourage your neighbours, friends and family to take part. From the joyful to the tragic and everything in between; lockdown hair and extra time with family, social distancing to social isolation, PPE-clad shopping trips to food bank home deliveries.

Submissions will be displayed on a rotating basis in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and on our website and social channels.

2020 Stories: How has your year been? Can you tell us a life-affirming story in 100 words or less? Positive or negative, prose or poem, typed, handwritten or audio recording.
Audio recording should be no longer than 2 minutes. File size no larger than 10MB.

2020 Portraits: Send us a portrait of yourself, someone else (with their permission) or a place that encapsulates something about this year. You can send us a photograph, drawing, painting or collage.

Images will be cropped square so if you can, make them square in the first place. We cannot accept physical submissions. Digital only, file size no larger than 10MB.

2020 Visions: What are the good things to come out of this year? What have we learned that you would like to be taken forward into the future? Tell us what your vision for the future is.
50 words maximum. File size no larger than 10MB

Upload your submissions

10 July 2020