Celebrating past and present famous residents of south London, the exhibition will house portraits of people from all walks of life, including Adele, Bowie and Roots Manuva, whose first album was recorded in a community studio on the Angell Town estate in Brixton.
Elsewhere in the exhibition, portraits of former footballer Rio Ferdinand, Dame Vivienne Westwood, and the gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell are to be displayed. An experimental commission by London-based Australian artist Simon Terrill will also take pride of place among the portraits.
Liz Smith, director of participation at the National Portrait Gallery, said the gallery was proud of the commission. “The gallery has ambitions for the project model to extend beyond London, and engage young people in researching and making new work about representations of self and locality.”
The exhibition is free to visit at the National Portrait Gallery, and is open until 6 September.