PG Olympics

On your marks, get set, go for gold!

Every day in August 2012, inspired by two sports-related displays Playing for Scotland and In it to Win It, 1761 children and families went Olympic crazy competing to win a gold medal in the Portrait Gallery Olympics!


Highlights of our Portrait Gallery Olympic events.


The fun and games kicked off with the Olympic opening ceremony of the year, presented by Mischief La Bas - an innovative interactive performance company who brought to life some Scottish sporting heroes from yesteryear.

On Mondays to Saturdays children and their families were invited to try their hands at a range of sports-inspired art events including photography, print-making, clay-modelling, puppet-making and animation.

On Sundays there were special events - sporty investigations by the Portrait Detectives and a new sports-tastic storytelling show by popular storytelling duo - Macastory!

Teams and medals

Entrants were presented with a passport in which they collected stamps for every activity they took part in. Once they had collected four, they could win a gold medal which they could pose with on our podium. 

Our Olympians had the choice of four team captains from a line-up of popular characters from the collection. They received a badge to show their allegiance and they were able to keep track of their team performance online by checking out our medal league table. It was a close run battle, but Mary’s Marvels were the eventual team winners, with Rabbie's Rebels, Charlie's Champions and Flora’s Firebrands close behind.



Mary's Marvels! 178
Charlie's Champions! 125
Flora's Firebrands! 123
Rabbie's Rebels! 158

The Portrait Gallery Olympics were supported by the players of the People's Postcode Lottery, who have raised £239,513 for the National Galleries of Scotland to date.