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Conference | The Artist’s Studio in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on August 5, 2015

From the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art:

The Painting Room: The Artist’s Studio in Eighteenth-Century Britain
Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London (Thursday), and Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, Suffolk (Friday), 29–30 October 2015  

e1f34217-d688-489a-8093-180a51c9d98eThis two-day conference, sponsored by the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, examines the role and character of artists’ painting rooms in the long eighteenth century.  It is organised in association with an exhibition focusing on the painting room that is to be held at Gainsborough’s House between October 2015 and January 2016.

The conference aims to bring together current scholarship on the nature of the painting room, primarily in Britain but also in France, which was a constant model for British artists.  The first day, to be held at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, considers the varying character and function of the painting room in London, Bath and Paris: how it was used, how it was seen by outsiders, and how artists exploited it to create spaces for the display and sale of their work.  Detailed studies of the painting rooms of Joshua Reynolds and Joseph Wright of Derby will help to illustrate these arguments.  The second day of the conference, which will take place at Sudbury, will focus more particularly on the example of Thomas Gainsborough. Speakers will consider technical issues such as the use of materials, lay figures, drapery and costumes within the painting room, together with the role of the copy. This second day will also feature a discussion of the relationship between the painting room and the modern-day artist’s studio.

The aim of the conference as a whole is to explore the distinctive world of the Georgian painting room, and to complement the innovative recreation of such an environment within the exhibition at Gainsborough’s House.

Confirmed Speakers
Mark Bills (Gainsborough’s House)
Spike Bucklow (Hamilton Kerr Institute)
Matthew Craske (Oxford Brookes University)
Edwina Ehrman (Victoria & Albert Museum)
Karen Fielder (Portsmouth University)
Rica Jones (Independent Scholar)
Kristina Mandy (Hamilton Kerr Institute)
Peter Moore (Gainsborough’s House)
Jane Munro (Fitzwilliam Museum)
George Shaw (Artist)
Susan Sloman (Independent Scholar)
Hannah Williams (Queen Mary, University of London)
Jonathan Yarker (Lowell Libson Ltd)

Tickets
£30 Standard Ticket (for both days)
£20 Concession Ticket (students and senior citizens, for both days)
Tickets include refreshments, lunch and a drinks reception on both days. Tickets will not be sold separately for each day; attendees must commit to both days.

Please note your ticket does not include your travel to Sudbury on Day 2 and we kindly ask you to make your own way there.  If you are travelling from London to Sudbury, the conference organisers will be travelling on the train stated on the timetable, if you wish to join them.

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