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New date: In Conversation with Helen Ennis

Changing spaces: Portraiture and photography in Shakespeare to Winehouse

Saturday 2 July 2022
2:00 – 3:00pm AEST
Onsite and live online
Helen Ennis

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Onsite: $7 / Circle of Friends $5
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We’re delighted to have Australian photography curator, historian and writer, Helen Ennis, join us for a conversation about photographers challenging the conventions of personal and public space in their portraits from our special exhibition Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London. Helen will be looking at what happens when photographers get close, perhaps too close, to their famous subjects.

Helen Ennis is a writer on photography and a biographer. She was formerly Curator of Photography at the National Gallery of Australia, and Director of the ANU’s Centre for Art History and Art Theory and the Sir William Dobell Chair of Art History. Her biographies Margaret Michaelis: Love, loss and photography (2005) and Olive Cotton: A life in photography (2019) have been widely acclaimed. In 2020 Helen was awarded the Magarey Medal for Biography and the J Dudley Johnston Medal from the Royal Photographic Society, London. She is Emeritus Professor, ANU School of Art & Design.

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William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor

Shakespeare to Winehouse

Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London

Current exhibition

from Saturday 12 March

From Shakespeare to Winehouse, Darwin to Dickens, the Beatles, Brontë sisters and Beckham, the National Portrait Gallery London holds the world’s most extensive collection of portraits.

Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019

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