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	Image: Francis Bacon Study for portrait of Eddy Batache 1979, private collection © The Estate of Francis Bacon. DACS/Licensed by Viscopy

Francis Bacon celebrity events

In association with ‘Francis Bacon: five decades’

Part of the Summer in Soho program

Image: Francis Bacon Study for portrait of Eddy Batache 1979, private collection © The Estate of Francis Bacon. DACS/Licensed by Viscopy

Wednesdays 6.30pm
21 November – 12 December 2012,
9 January – 6 February 2013
Special talk: 6pm, 6 February 2013


Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court

Related exhibition: Francis Bacon

Eddy Batache in conversation with Anthony Bond

Exhibition curator Anthony Bond speaks with artist Eddy Batache, the subject of one of Bacon’s works, on his experiences and friendship with Francis Bacon.


Wednesday 21 November 2012 6:30pm – 7pm

Paul Capsis, Australian singer and actor, in conversation with James Waites

The winner of two Helpmann Awards, Paul Capsis is best known for his cabaret theatre roles. Capsis talks with theatre critic and writer, James Waites, about his role in the 2005 theatrical production, Three Furies, which brought the life of Francis Bacon to the stage.


Wednesday 28 November 2012 6:30pm – 7pm

Eva Cox, writer, feminist, sociologist, social commentator and activist

In the 1970s, Eva Cox became a spokeswoman for the Women’s Electoral Lobby. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1995 for her services to women’s welfare and was named Humanist of the Year in 1997 by the Council of Australian Humanist Societies. Eva talks about sexual politics and the place of women in society during the tumultuous years of Bacon’s early career.


Wednesday 5 December 2012 6:30pm – 7pm

Simon Borg-Olivier, co-director and founder of Yoga Synergy

Yoga Synergy is one of Australia’s oldest and most respected yoga schools. The Yoga Synergy style is based on a deep understanding of yoga anatomy, yoga physiology and traditional Hatha Yoga. In this special talk, Simon focuses on Bacon’s biomorphic bodies by both demonstrating and speaking about the body and contortion.


Wednesday 12 December 2012 6:30pm – 7pm

Wendy Whiteley in conversation with author Janet Hawley

Having spent much of the 1960s in London, Brett Whiteley knew Francis Bacon personally and remained fascinated with his work throughout his entire career. Wendy Whiteley reflects on these encounters with Janet Hawley, Walkley Award-winning writer and author.


Wednesday 9 January 2013 6:30pm – 7pm

Adrian Martin, film and arts critic

Dr Adrian Martin combines his work as a professional writer and film critic with a university career. Currently Associate Professor at Monash University in Melbourne, Martin was film reviewer for The Age between 1995 and 2006. Awarded the Byron Kennedy Award (Australian Film Institute) and the Pascall Prize for Critical Writing, Martin is the author of four books and hundreds of essays on film, art, television, literature, music, popular and avant-garde culture. Tonight he explores the influence of film on Bacon’s practice, and 20th century British cinema more generally.


Wednesday 16 January 2013 6:30pm – 7pm

The Hon Michael Kirby

The Honorable Michael Kirby was formerly Justice of the High Court of Australia, serving from 1996 to 2009. The judge, jurist and academic is a National Trust Australian Living Treasure and was awarded the Gruber Prize for Justice in 2010. Addressing Bacon’s life and times, Michael talks about homosexuality and law reform.


Wednesday 23 January 2013 6:30pm – 7pm

David Marr, journalist and author – interpreted into Auslan

David Marr is an Australian journalist and author. As a political and social commentator, his areas of expertise include the law, Australian politics, censorship, the media and the arts. He is a Walkley Award-winning journalist and in 1991, Marr’s critically acclaimed biography of Australian writer Patrick White, Patrick White: A Life, won The Age Book of the Year Award. In this talk David looks at the relationship between Bacon and Patrick White (who once owned a writing desk designed by Bacon).
sign language


Wednesday 30 January 2013 6:30pm – 7pm

Barbara Dawson, director, Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane

This talk has been rescheduled to Wednesday 13 February 2013, 7.30pm.
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Wednesday 6 February 2013 6pm – 6:30pm

Bertie Blackman, musician

Bertie Blackman performs songs from her latest album, Pope Innocent X. This album gets its title inspiration from Francis Bacon’s 1953 work, Study after Velázquez’s portrait of Pope Innocent X, which will be on view in the exhibition. Bertie’s father, internationally acclaimed painter Charles Blackman, lived in the same building as Bacon in the 1950s in London, and tonight Bertie will share stories from this time.


Wednesday 6 February 2013 6:30pm – 7pm