Morning discussion session: Sarah Grant, Wendy Hitchmough, Jordan Mearns, and Jennifer Scott.
Morning discussion session: Sarah Grant, Wendy Hitchmough, Jordan Mearns, and Jennifer Scott.

Annual Seminar 2015

This year’s Annual Seminar took place on Wednesday 25 November at the National Portrait Gallery, London. It aimed to highlight current scholarly research and interpretation, museum-based learning programmes, and curatorial practice relating to British portraits of all media and time periods.


Annual Seminar 25 November 2015 – programme  (PDF format)


Welcome from Nicholas Cullinan, Director, National Portrait Gallery


Welcome from morning chairperson Jennifer Scott


Wendy Hitchmough, Head of Historic Buildings & Research, Historic Royal Palaces
‘Setting’ the Stuart Dynasty


Jordan Mearns, PhD Candidate, The University of Edinburgh
Behind the Curtain and Under the Kilt: The Earl of Bute, his Endowment and the Full-Length (of it)


Sarah Grant, Curator of Prints, Victoria & Albert Museum; DPhil candidate, University of Oxford
English portraits of the princesse de Lamballe, an Anglophile princess at the court of Marie-Antoinette


Panel discussion with Wendy HItchmough, Jordan Mearns and Sarah Grant, chaired by Jennifer Scott


Welcome from afternoon chairperson Ian Dejardin


Samantha Wilson, Curatorial Trainee, The Charleston Trust
The Maternal Paradox: The Private Portraiture of Vanessa Bell


Dr Pauline Rose, Professor of Art History, BA (Hons) Fine Art, The Arts University Bournemouth
Kathleen Scott (1878–1947): A Portrait of the Sculptor and her Work


Dr. Alice Correia, Researcher, University of Salford/ Mid-Career Fellow, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
Making Myself Visible: Diasporic Culture and Representations of Blackness in the 1980s


Bronwen Colquhoun, Assistant Curator, Photographs; Janet Browne, Programme Manager for Black Heritage and Culture; Lucy White, Learning Department Co-ordinator, all Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s


Amina Wright, Senior Curator, and Louise Campion, Learning and Community Engagement Officer, both Holburne Museum, Bath
From the Inside-Out: 18th-century portraits meet 21st-century science


Panel discussion with Samantha Wilson, Dr Pauline Rose, Dr Alice Correia, Bronwen Colquhoun, Janet Browne, Lucy White, Amina Wright, and Louise Campion, chaired by Ian Dejardin

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