Short talks: portraits
Explore a different portrait each week
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.
Image: Robert Peake the Elder Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia c1610 (detail). National Portrait Gallery, London
23 July - 13 August 2014
Does not involve entry into the Archibald Prize exhibition
Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Related program: Portraits at the Gallery 2014
Robert Peake the Elder, 'Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia' (c1610)
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.
Wednesday 23 July 2014 7:15pm – 7:45pm
Daniel Boyd, 'Sir no beard' (2007)
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.
Wednesday 30 July 2014 7:15pm – 7:45pm
Ian Fairweather, 'Roi soleil' (1956-57)
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.
Wednesday 6 August 2014 7:15pm – 7:45pm
Grayson Perry, 'Map of truths and beliefs' (2011)
Alexandra Gregg, the Gallery’s coordinator of contemporary programs, delves into English artist Grayson Perry’s vibrant, embroidered work Map of truths and beliefs. Alexandra will argue that this complex map of places of pilgrimage is in fact an allegorical portrait of modernity and tradition, of world cultures and beliefs.
Wednesday 13 August 2014 7:15pm – 7:45pm