In Conversation: Elizabeth I: Construction of an Icon

12 April 2019, 19:00

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

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Queen Elizabeth I
by Unknown English artist
circa 1588
NPG 541

Three contemporary artists – Mat Collishaw, Christopher Green and Bettina von Zwehl – talk to Charlotte Bolland, Senior Curator, Research and 16th Century Collections, about their responses to the iconic Armada portrait of Queen Elizabeth I.

Bettina von Zwehl has an international reputation for her subtle, distinctive photographic portraits. As her practice has developed, she has continued to seek out different ways of exploring the form. Her ongoing pre-occupation with the portrait miniature was inspired during her six months as Artist in Residence at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Bettina has exhibited her work at the National Portrait Gallery, The National Gallery, The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Holbourne Museum, Royal Museums Greenwich and the Freud Museum. She has work in collections in the UK, Europe and America.

Mat Collishaw is a key figure in an important generation of contemporary British artists. He began his career exhibiting the acclaimed work Bullet Hole at the legendary show Freeze in 1988. His broad practice includes sculpture, photography, film and installation, and his work has been exhibited in numerous solo shows around the world.  Collishaw’s work is in numerous public and private collections including; Tate and British Council Collections, both London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Arter Foundation, Istanbul; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Museum of Old and New Art, New South Wales and Olbricht Collection, Berlin.

Christopher Green is a writer, director, artist and comedy performer. His characters include faux country singer Tina C, pensioner rapper Ida Barr and a singing hypnotist. Most recently he appeared in his first Shakespeare play, to wide critical acclaim as Malvolio. He has performed in venues from the Albert Hall, to the Sydney Opera House and the Guggenheim Museum, New York. He is currently working on an experimental durational piece of theatre, The Home, an old people’s home created to bring an audience face to face with their possible futures: as vulnerable elderly people in residential care.

Construction of an Icon has been commissioned by the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London with support from the National Lottery as part of the Armada Portrait Project.

Part of the programme of events complementing Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver

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