Short talks: portraits

    • 	Image: Robert Peake the Elder Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia c1610 (detail). National Portrait Gallery, London
    • Explore a different portrait each week

      Art After Hours, Exhibition talk, Lecture / symposium

The annual Archibald Prize competition inevitably leads to discussion and debate about portraiture.

This series of short talks is a chance to get up close and personal with a variety of portraits on display in the Gallery, spanning history and crossing the globe — from 17th-century Jacobean royal portraits on loan from London’s National Portrait Gallery to hidden gems in our own vast collection.

Meet at the information desk.

Wednesdays 7.15pm
23 July - 13 August 2014

Free

Does not involve entry into the Archibald Prize exhibition

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk

Related exhibitions: Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2014, The lost prince and the winter queen, Tony Garifalakis

Related programs: Portraits at the Gallery 2014

Image: Robert Peake the Elder Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia c1610 (detail). National Portrait Gallery, London

    • Robert Peake the Elder, 'Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia' (c1610)

      Free

      Wednesday 23 July 7:15pm – 7:45pm

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      Josephine Touma, the Gallery’s senior coordinator of public programs, has curated The lost prince and the winter queen: royal portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, London. Tonight she talks about one of the extraordinary portraits currently on loan and shares the story of the winter queen.

    • Daniel Boyd, 'Sir no beard' (2007)

      Free

      Wednesday 30 July 7:15pm – 7:45pm

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      Amanda Peacock, the Gallery’s coordinator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art programs, will explore the humour, politics and history of Kudjla/Gangalu artist Daniel Boyd’s Sir no beard, a re-picturing of American artist Benjamin West’s historic portrait of Sir Joseph Banks.

    • Ian Fairweather, 'Roi soleil' (1956-57)

      Free

      Wednesday 6 August 7:15pm – 7:45pm

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      Sheona White, the Gallery’s head of public programs, looks at Ian Fairweather’s extraordinary work Roi soleil, painted in the summer of 1956 when the hermit artist had just finished building himself a new hut on Bribie Island, off the coast of northern Queensland. In discussing this baffling masterpiece, Sheona will consider what portraits can show or hide about the people represented.

    • Tony Garifalakis, 'Mob rule' (2014)

      Free

      Wednesday 13 August 7:15pm – 7:45pm

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      Alexandra Gregg, the Gallery’s coordinator of contemporary programs, explores Garifalakis’ thought provoking series of censored portraits and looks at how they make us question not only who the sitters are, but also what they represent.

      Please meet in the Contemporary project space on lower level 2.

      Note: this talk was previously listed as Pierre Bonnard’s 'Self portrait’ (c1938-40).