Meet the artist - past sessions

No. 61, East London by John Nassari 2013 © John Nassari

No. 61, East London
by John Nassari 2013
© John Nassari

Meet the Artist

Tuesday 28 January 2014, 11.00 – 12.00

Suitable for KS3+

Free

John Nassari talks about his work as an international photographer and his piece in the Taylor Wessing Photography Portrait Prize 2013.

Nassari is a highly acclaimed artist, known for his unique documentary approach to photography, and is one of London’s most accomplished reportage photographers.  For more information, visit John Nassari's website here.

Bring your Secondary and Sixth Form students to meet the artist, learn about their artistic practice and discuss their work. Students are encouraged to bring their own sketchbook and pencils.

To book your group on to a Meet the Artist session please call 020 7312 2483.

We reserve the right to apply a cancellation fee for non attendance or cancellation of your booking.



Ha Kone by Carl Randall 2012 © Carl Randall 2012

Michael Parkinson
by Jonathan Yeo
oil on canvas, 2010
© National Portrait Gallery, London

Meet the Artist

Tuesday 5 November, 11.00 – 12.00

Suitable for KS3+

Free

Jonathan Yeo talks about his  current display, Jonathan Yeo Portraits on show until 5 January 2014, a series of portraits selected from the world of politics, media and the arts including Grayson Perry and Michael Parkinson.

Bring your Secondary and Sixth Form students to meet the artist, learn about their artistic practice and discuss their work.  Students are encouraged to bring their own sketchbook and pencils.

To book your group on to a Meet the Artist session please call 020 7312 2483.

We reserve the right to apply a cancellation fee for non attendance or cancellation of your booking.



Ha Kone by Carl Randall 2012 © Carl Randall 2012

Hakone
by Carl Randall 2012
© Carl Randall 2012

Meet the Artist

FREE Special Edition

BP Portrait Award: Next Generation
BOOKED OUT

Wednesday 11 September 2013, 11.00 – 13.00

Free

An exclusive opportunity for teachers and students to meet and engage past BP Portrait Award-winning artists Carl Randall and Susannah Fiennes. Presented through the BP Portrait Award: Next Generation project. This interactive session includes:

  • Presentation by each artist on their practice and BP Portrait Award
  • Q & A session
  • Practical drawing activity
  • Portfolio/Sketchbook feedback session

Students should bring their own sketchbooks and pencils.

RSVP essential: education@npg.org.uk or 02073122483

For more information on BP Portrait Award: Next Generation see

npg.org.uk/bpnextgeneration

Please note cancellation fee applies.


Elisabeth (detail) by Susan Aldworth, 2012 © Courtesy of Susan Aldworth and G V Art Gallery London

Elisabeth (detail)
by Susan Aldworth, 2012
© Courtesy of Susan Aldworth and GV Art gallery, London

Meet the Artist: Susan Aldworth

Wednesday 10 July, 11.00-12.00

Suitable for KS3+

Free

A unique opportunity for teachers and students to meet Susan Aldworth whose recent project, The Portrait Anatomised is currently on display in Room 38a.

Produced as part of a commission for Guy’s and St. Thomas’s Hospital in Westminster, the artist has used innovative printmaking processes to depict three individuals with epilepsy.   

Expanding a notion of contemporary portraiture, the artist appropriates the illustrative vocabulary of medical science in her innovative printmaking process and in doing so asks how this material corresponds or contrasts with the subject’s sense of self.

Gain free access to the artist through an exclusive presentation, and ask vital questions about the artist’s content, process and approach.

Bring your Secondary and Sixth Form students to meet the artist, learn about their artistic practice and discuss their work.  Students are encouraged to bring their own sketchbook and pencils.

To book your group on to a Meet the Artist session please call 020 7312 2483.

We reserve the right to apply a cancellation fee for non attendance or cancellation of your booking.




Felix, 2007 by Humphrey Ocean
Felix, 2007
by Humphrey Ocean
© Humphrey Ocean

Meet the Artist: Humphrey Ocean

Wednesday 27 March 2013, 11.30 – 12.30

Hear from Humphrey Ocean whose current display, A Handbook of Modern Life (on show until 1 September 2013) depicts a series of atmospheric portraits of visitors to his studio. In this ongoing project, where the artist works swiftly in gouache on large sheets of paper, Ocean paints his sitters, including family members, friends and professional acquaintances, in simple forms and bold colours illuminating something unique about each person.

The painter Humphrey Ocean has a long association with the National Portrait Gallery, undertaking several portrait commissions, including Sir Paul McCartney (1983) and Philip Larkin (1984). Ocean was elected a Royal Academician in 2004.

Bring your Secondary and Sixth Form students to meet the artist, learn about their artistic practice and discuss their work.  To book your group on to a Meet the Artist session please call 020 7312 2483.

 


David Stewart
4 Hats
by David Stewart
© David Stewart

Meet the Artist: David Stewart

Wednesday 23 January 2013, 11.00 – 12.00

David Stewart features in this year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. A British photographer and director, working in advertising and fine art photography, his career spans photographing tourists on Morecambe promenade and punk bands, including The Clash and The Ramones.

He has become one of the most sought-after photographers in the UK, splitting his time between working on personal projects and advertising commissions.

Bring your Secondary and Sixth Form students to meet the artist, learn about their artistic practice and discuss their work. To book your group on to a Meet the Artist session please call 020 7312 2483.




J.K. Rowling, by Stuart Pearson Wright, 2005 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

J.K. Rowling
by Stuart Pearson Wright
2005
NPG 6723

Meet the Artist: Stuart Pearson Wright

Wednesday 10 October 2012, 11.00 – 12.00
FREE Presentations for Secondary Students and Teachers

A unique opportunity for teachers and students to meet Stuart Pearson Wright, former BP Travel Award and BP Portrait Award winner. Wright went on to paint portraits of J.K. Rowling, and Mike Lee, both of which are currently on display in the National Portrait Gallery.

Gain free access to the artist through an exclusive presentation, and ask vital questions about the artist’s content, process and approach and their relationship with the BP Portrait Award.

Young people interested in the BP Portrait Award: Next Generation project will be interested to hear from this BP Portrait Award-past winning artist.

Students are encouraged to bring their own sketchbook and pencils.
Book now on 020 7312 2483.  Please note: cancellation fee may apply



Meet the Artist – Special Edition

BP Portrait Award: Next Generation Meet the Artist

Wednesday 18 July 2012 Free
11.00–15.30 (with a break for lunch, not provided)

Secondary art students and teachers can meet three past BP Portrait Award-winning artists through the BP Portrait Award: Next Generation project. This full-day session includes presentations by artists, an artist-led portrait drawing activity followed by Q&A. A viewing of BP Portrait Award 2012 and a feedback session with artists on hand to support and encourage students’ sketchbook work concludes an exciting day.

Students should bring their own sketchbook and pencils.

RSVP essential: education@npg.org.uk or 020 7312 2483 For more information on BP Portrait Award: Next Generation see www.npg.org.uk/bpnextgeneration  Please note: cancellation fee may apply

 


Derek Walcott (

Derek Walcott ('The Sun Poet')
by Ross Wilson
1997
NPG 6400

Meet the Artist: Ross Wilson
19 March 2012, 11:00-12:00

Ross Wilson is one of Northern Ireland's leading artists who’s many portrait commissions have included Nobel Laureates Derek Walcott and Seamus Heaney, and the playwright Arthur Miller. His artwork is displayed across the world among several public and private collections.

Wilson’s portrait entitled The Sun Poet currently on display at the National Portrait Gallery, is of the Caribbean playwright, poet and theatre director Derek Walcott and was painted from sittings in St Lucia.

Bring your Secondary and Sixth Form students to meet the artist, learn about their artistic practice and discuss their work.  To book a place on a Meet the Artist session please call 020 7312 2483.


Meet the Artist: Jooney Woodward
Harriet and Gentleman Jack
by Jooney Woodward
© Jooney Woodward

Meet the Artist: Jooney Woodward
30 January 2012, 11:00 – 12:00

Born in London in 1979, Jooney Woodward grew up in Dorset and returned to the capital to study Graphic Design at Camberwell College of Arts, specialising in photography in her final year. Her portrait of 13 year old Harriet Power, a steward at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show, photographed in the guinea pig judging enclosure has won her this year’s first prize in the National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011.  

Woodward says:
‘I found her image immediately striking with her long red hair and white stewarding coat. She is holding her own guinea pig called Gentleman Jack….. There is something unsettling about the austere background and the scratch on her hand’

Bring your Secondary and Sixth Form students to meet the artist, learn about their artistic practice and discuss their work.  To book a place on a Meet the Artist session please call 020 7312 2483.


Meet the Artist: Athier
Classic Reebok
by Athier
© Athier 2010

Meet the Artist: Athier Mousawi
21 October 2011, 11:00 – 12:00

2011 marks the third and final year of Chasing Mirrors, a partnership project between the National Portrait Gallery and community organisations in Brent, Barnet and Ealing, funded by the John Lyon’s Charity.  Each year a contemporary artist has collaborated with young people to explore the Gallery’s Collection and create artwork based on concepts of identity and self-representation.   This year British-Iraqi artist Athier Mousawi is leading the collaboration; his work uses geometric Islamic shapes and Arabic calligraphy to explore themes of exile, upheaval, integration and celebration.   Athier engages with the viewer not by presenting a bleak present, but by using comical figures and abstract elements.  However hard a topic, Athier’s work actively encourages hope through colour and form.  A display of the collaborative work produced will be exhibited in the Studio Gallery from October 14th 2011.

Bring your Secondary and Sixth Form students to meet the artist. Learn about their artistic practice and discuss their work.  To book a place on a Meet the Artist session please call 020 7312 2483.


Meet the Artist: Joe Simpson
Maxi Jazz
by Joe Simpson
© Joe Simpson

Meet the Artist: Joe Simpson
27 June 2011, 11:00-12:00

BP Portrait Award Artist Joe Simpson is a figurative painter currently living and working in London. His paintings have been shown both nationally and internationally, including at Urbis, Manchester City Art Gallery, Cornerhouse and The House of Commons.  Simpson works primarily in oil paint to create images that utilise the conventions of cinematography to present ‘staged’, fictitious scenes where time has been stopped and extended.  These frozen moments are deliberately ambiguous, inviting the viewer to inject their own emotions, motivations and narrative into the scene.

Simpson’s BP Portrait Award 2011 entry, of Faithless’ Maxi Jeff is part of a recent project of oil paintings of his favourite musicians, including Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, The National’s Matt Berninger and Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam.

Bring your Secondary and Sixth Form students to meet the artist. Learn about their artistic practice and discuss their work.  To book a place on a Meet the Artist session please call 020 7312 2483.


Zoë Heller, by Jason Bell, 9 November 2009 - NPG  - © Jason Bell

Zoë Heller
by Jason Bell
9 November 2009
NPG x134057

Meet the Artist: Jason Bell
4 April  2011, 11:00-12:00

Inspired by some of the 120,000 English men and women living in New York City, An Englishman in New York: Photographs by Jason Bell is an exciting temporary display at the National Portrait Gallery (Room 38a: 14 August 2010 - 17 April 2011).

Jason Bell has identified and photographed leading British born figures setting the cultural agenda in New York, including Thomas P. Campbell, Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, writer Zoë Heller, Nicola Perry, owner of Tea and Sympathy, artist Bill Jacklin, and television pundit and Barney's window dresser Simon Noonan. Jason Bell began this project following a commission on ‘Anglophilia’ for American Vogue. He has lived between New York and London since 2003.

Jason Bell graduated in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University in 1989 but had already decided on a career as a portrait photographer. Bell’s work regularly appears in Vanity Fair and Vogue and his film posters include Billy Elliot, About a Boy and Love Actually. He was presented the Royal Photographic Society’s Terence Donovan Award for an outstanding contribution to photography in 2006. His previous books include Gold Rush (2000), Hats Off (2002) and GiveGet (2005).

Bring your Secondary and Sixth Form students to meet the artist. Learn about their artistic practice and discuss their work

To book a place on a Meet the Artist session please call 020 7312 2483.


Not Even the Magic Stopped the Genocide, by David Graham, 2009 © David Graham

Not Even the Magic Stopped the Genocide
by David Graham, 2009
© David Graham

Meet the Artist: David Graham
16 February  2011, 11:00-12:00

David Graham became a photographer in 2004 after his son became paralysed in an accident. In 2006, he formed the charity Changing Ideas to help photographers and charities use photography to make a difference. His work has been published in many magazines and newspapers and his book, on spinal injury, No Diving, was published in 2008. His work has been exhibited both in individual and group shows, and was selected for inclusion both in 2009 and 2010 in the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize here at the National Portrait Gallery.


Portraits of the Unseen (Installation detail) by Alinah Azadeh and the Chasing Mirrors Collective

Portraits of the Unseen (Installation detail)
by Alinah Azadeh and the Chasing Mirrors Collective
© National Portrait Gallery, London and the Chasing Mirrors Collective

Meet the Artist: Alinah Azadeh
30 November 2010, 11:00-12:00

Alinah Azadeh is a British-Iranian contemporary artist inspired by Sufi philosophy and the idea of presenting the inner world of the individual within a collective context. Her work explores how ideology has shaped the way we represent and perceive the human form and how language can both express and conceal who we are. Collaboration and participation are central to her work. She has been working with young people living in Brent, Barnet and Ealing. 

Bring your Secondary and Sixth Form students to meet the artist. Learn about her artistic practice and discuss the project and her work.

 


Mike Jackson, by Brendan Kelly, 2009 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Mike Jackson
by Brendan Kelly
2009
NPG 6885

Meet the Artist: Brendan Kelly
13 October 2010, 11:00-12:00

Brendan Kelly will discuss his involvement with the BP Portrait Award and his recent commissioned work.

Brendan Kelly studied at Camberwell College of Art 88-89 (Foundation), and then at The Slade in London 89-93 (BA Hons Fine Art). He has won a number of National Art Awards, including 2nd prize in the BP Portrait Award 2001and the HSBC Award for the best portrait by a young artist at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Brendan Kelly is Head of Drawing and teaches painting at The Art Academy. To find out more about Brendan Kelly: www.brendankellyartist.co.uk

His recent commission, for the National Portrait Gallery is of General Sir Mike Jackson (b.1944) As Commander in Chief, Land Command and Chief of the General Staff (2000-6) Jackson was operational head of the British army, leading British forces into Iraq. He remains a high-profile commentator on international military affairs, particularly the post-war administration of Iraq.


Harry Patch by Dan Llywelyn-Hall © Dan Llywelyn-Hall

Harry Patch
by Dan Llywelyn-Hall
© Dan Llywelyn-Hall

Meet the Artist: Dan Llywelyn Hall
8 July 2010, 11:00-12:00

Dan Llywelyn Hall will be discussing his involvement with the BP Award 2009

Hall's portrait depicts Harry Patch (1898-2009), who at the time the portrait was painted was the last surviving British soldier to have fought in the trenches during the First World War. Hall will discuss how the painting was made from a single three-hour sitting..


Changeling 2 by Peter Monkman, 2008 © Peter Monkman

Changeling 2
by Peter Monkman, 2008
© Peter Monkman

Meet the Artist: Peter Monkman
6 July 2010, 11:00-12:00

In 2009 Peter Monkman won the BP Portrait Award for his painting Changeling 2 a portrait of his daughter. He says ‘the portrait is as much about being a father coming to terms with my daughter growing up as it is about being a painter trying to capture elusive moments in childhood.'


Art Matters: The Pool of Life The Singh Twins - © The Singh Twins: www.singhtwins.co.uk Commissioned by Liverpool City Council

Art Matters: The Pool of Life
The Singh Twins
© The Singh Twins: www.singhtwins.co.uk
Commissioned by Liverpool City Council

Meet the Artist: The Singh Twins
13 May 2010, 11.00 – 12.00
Free

Contemporary British artists, The Singh Twins, give an exclusive presentation of their work which explores cultural, social and political issues in a decorative, witty and symbolic style. Combining traditional and non-European artforms, their work revives the Indian miniature within modern art practice.

View the display Contemporary Connections: The Singh Twins in the Studio Gallery and discover how the paintings challenge existing stereotypes and redefine perceptions of heritage and identity in art and society.

Suitable for KS3 to 5 covering aspects of Citizenship, Art and Design, PSHE, Sociology, History, English Language, Philosophy and Politics.


Mrs Clarke’s Church Hats 2009 by Elizabeth Hingley - © Liz Hingley

Mrs Clarke’s Church Hats
by Elizabeth Hingley, 2009
© Elizabeth Hingley

Meet the Artist: Elizabeth Hingley
13 January 2010, 11:00 – 12:00

A unique opportunity for young people, students and teachers to hear photographer Elizabeth Hingley discuss her practice, processes and her work in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Prize 2009.

The session is suitable for KS3 to 5 and cover aspects of Citizenship, Art and Design, PSHE, Sociology, History, English Language, Philosophy and Politics.


tallo #1 (detail) by Faisal Abdu’Allah and the Chasing Mirrors Collective - © National Portrait Gallery, London and the Chasing Mirrors Collective

tallo #1 (detail)
by Faisal Abdu’Allah and the Chasing Mirrors Collective
© National Portrait Gallery, London and the Chasing Mirrors Collective

Meet the Artist: Faisal Abdu’Allah
24 November 2009, 11:00 – 12:00

Chasing Mirrors is an exhibition by the contemporary artist Faisal Abdu’Allah in collaboration with young people from Arabic-speaking communities based in West London.

His work primarily evolves from the interface of photography, the printed image and installation.  His practice constantly repositions values and ideologies relating to issues of representation.

This free event offers students and teachers a unique opportunity to meet the artist and discuss his artistic practice and approaches.  Suitable for KS3 – KS5 student Citizenship, Art and Design, PSHE, Sociology, History, English Language, Philosophy and Politics, Creative and Media Diploma.


Holly came from Miami F.L.A., hitch-hiked her way across the USA Plucked her eyebrows on the way, shaved her legs, and then he was a she She says ‘hey babe, take a walk on the wild side’.
‘Walk on the Wild Side’, Lou Reed (1972)

Meet the Artist: Brendan Kelly
14 October 2009, 11.00 - 12.00

Former BP Awards candidate Sadie Lee will be discussing her own painting practice, including her sometimes controversial choice of sitter, on 14 October from 11.00 - 12.00.

Sadie Lee's imaginative paintings were first bought to wider public attention when her double portrait 'ERECT' was selected for exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in the BP Portrait Award 1992. The image - two severe looking women sitting with arms interlocked glaring back at the viewer - was produced as a poster to advertise the annual BP Award, and within weeks all 5,000 copies had completely sold out.  The same year Sadie captured media attention as organiser and curator of the ambitious project 'Exposing Ourselves'.  The aim of the London-based show was to bring together the diverse talents of over sixty international artists.  As well as showing at the National Portrait Gallery, Sadie has had several solo shows nationally and abroad. These include 'Venus Envy' at Manchester City Art Gallery and 'A Dying Art - Ladies of the Burlesque', an exhibition resulting from winning the BP Travel Award which then toured the UK for a year after showing at the National Portrait Gallery. Sadie has also had an exhibition titled 'Don't Look' at the Gallery of Modern Art, Slovenia where she was selected as the British representative in the international contemporary art festival.

In October 2006, Sadie Lee spent time with Holly Woodlawn, one of the last surviving members of Andy Warhol's ‘Factory' inner circle and the star of cult films Trash and Women in Revolt. Born Harold Ajzenberg in Puerto Rico, 1946, she took the name ‘Holly' from the heroine of Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's.  Sadie spent every day for a week in Holly's Los Angeles apartment, making studies of Holly as the basis for a series of oil paintings. The paintings show Holly in all her incarnations, with and without make-up, wig and frock. These are not just pictures of a man dressing as a woman; Holly is both male and female and neither. She is, above all, a Superstar.


Andrew Tift (b.1968)

Meet the Artist: Andrew Tift
15,16 & 17 June 2009

Andrew Tift (b.1968) has exhibited many times in the BP Portrait Award, winning third prize in 1999 with his portrait of Tony Benn, commissioned by the House of Commons Works of Art Committee. He won the BP Travel Award in 1994. In 1995 the resulting exhibition Sayonara Pet: From Sunderland to Tokyo at the Nissan Car Factories toured from the National Portrait Gallery to Aberdeen Art Gallery and Walsall Museum and Art Gallery. Andrew graduated in 1992 from the University of Central England with a Masters degree in illustration. He has exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions in the UK, Japan and France.


She and Me by Timothy Hyman - © Timothy Hyman

She and Me
by Timothy Hyman
© Timothy Hyman

Meet the Artist: Timothy Hyman
7 & 8 July 2009

Timothy Hyman is a professional artist and writer on art who has curated exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery and Tate in London. His paintings are held in public collections including those of The British Museum and the Government Art Collection. Hyman has had numerous solo exhibitions and exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery Award in 1981 and 1987. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Barbican Art Gallery, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol and Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal. This portrait shows the artist with his wife, Judith Ravenscroft, and was inspired by a self-portrait etching by Rembrandt. Tim Hyman was one of the two BP Travel Award 2007 winners. The Award, which looks to offer artists the opportunity to experience working in a different environment, in Britain or abroad, on a project related to portraiture, is open to all artists selected for the exhibition.


Akram Khan by Darvish Fakhr, 2008

Akram Khan
by Darvish Fakhr, 2008

Meet the Artist: Darvish Fakhr
14 &15 October 2008

Darvish Fakhr trained at the Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston and the Slade School of Fine Art, London. He has exhibited in the BP Portrait Award in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2006. In 2004 he won the BP Travel Award and used the opportunity to paint portraits in Iran.


Image, Identity & the Artist

David King by Tanya Raabe

David King
by Tanya Raabe

This year, our new Secondary Programme offers sessions around Image and Identity. To explore these further, we have expanded our Meet the Artist scheme to accommodate and explore identity in a wider context, investigating issues such as diversity and cultural representation through the experience of individual artists and their work. This academic year we will be inviting a variety of artists to present, share and discuss their approach to image and identity within their own lives and working practice. Suitable for KS3 to 5, it will cover aspects of Citizenship, Art and Design, PSHE, Sociology, History, English Language, Philosophy and Politics.

As well as responding and questioning the artist, students will be encouraged to access the collections and use the Portrait Explorer our interactive digital guide to the collection, to expand their ideas for further classroom study and to debate and illustrate individual responses to Image and Identity.


Martin Amis, by Angela Gorgas, 1979 - NPG  - © Angela Gorgas

Martin Amis
by Angela Gorgas
1979
NPG x133007

Meet the Artist: Angela Gorgas
20 May 2009, 11.00 - 12.00

Photographer Angela Gorgas will present her display of 25 previously unseen photographs of the celebrated writer, Martin Amis.

Students and teachers will be given free access to the artist through an exclusive presentation of her work. Participants will have the opportunity to ask vital questions about the content, process and approach to the pieces in this unique display. 

Gorgas started taking photographs as a teenager. She went on to study graphic design and photography at Hornsey College of Art and after graduation was recruited by renowned designer, David Hillman to work in the art department at Nova magazine. A painter as well as a photographer, Gorgas's paintings have been exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Mall Galleries.


Meet the Artist: Tanya Raabe
3 February 2009: 11.30 - 12.30 and 2.30 - 3.30

Tanya Raabe will be giving a talk about her Who's Who project exploring disability aesthetics and visual language, in which she created an expressive collection of portraits of new and emerging disabled artists. 

For more information about the Who's Who project and other works by the artist, log on to www.tanyaraabe.co.uk