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Painting Childhood Symposium

Fri 29 Mar, 9.30am – 6.30pm

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What can paintings tell us about the lives of children and their families throughout the last 500 years?

Inspired by our current exhibitions, listen to a range of talks from international experts about topics as diverse as school exercise books from the 15th century, children’s clothes in the 18th century and children playing in contemporary Africa.

Symposium Programme

Session 1 – The Place of the Child: Children in Society Chair: Amy Orrock (Compton Verney)9.30-10.00 Registration and coffee
10am -10.15am: Welcome and introduction, Amy Banks (Compton Verney)
10.15am -11am: Keynote Lecture Martin Postle (Paul Mellon Centre for British Art), Masks of Childhood: the art and artifice of the Fancy Picture
11am -11.20am: Nicholas Orme (Exeter University), Childhood and the Imagination, 1400- 1520
11.20am -11.40am: Angela Cox (Independent), ‘And I saw myself unbreeched in my green velvet coat’: Portraits of Elizabethan and Jacobean Children
11.40am -12 noon: Fabien Lacouture (University of Lille), Painting Childhood: A New Look at Titian’s Vendramin Family
12 noon-12.30pm: Discussion

Session 2 – The World of the Child: Clothing and Coming of Age Chair: Emily Knight (V&A)
1.30pm -1.50pm: Katherine Gazzard (UEA / National Maritime Museum /National Portrait Gallery), ‘To you your country turns her impatient eye’: Midshipmen’s Portraits and the Imagery of Boyhood in the American War of Independence
1.50pm -2.10pm: Amina Wright (Independent), Portrait of the Artist as a Young Prodigy:The Education of Thomas Lawrence
2.10pm-2.30pm: Alasdair Peebles (Private Collector), Collecting Surviving 18th Century Boys Clothes
2.30pm-3pm: Discussion

Session 3 – The Experience of the Child: Fantasy and Play Chair: Amy Banks (Compton Verney)
3.30pm-3.50pm: Sophie Handler (Liverpool John Moores University), Breakingthe Mould: Playing without Playthings
3.50pm-4.10pm: Cindy Olohou (Wasanii Ya Leo), The Representation of Childhood in Contemporary Art of Africa and its Recent Diasporas: Hybridity and Reconciliation
4.10pm-4.30pm: Laura House (Tate), Child as Subject or Medium? Disrupting Childhood Experience in Art
4.30pm-5pm: Discussion and concluding remarks

Session Tickets

Non-Members: £29.50
Annual Pass-Holders: £20.50
Members: £15.00

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