Beyond The Face: A Talk

About This Project

October’s installment of “The Things That Live Under The Stairs” seeks to shed light on some of the mysteries and motivations of portraiture.

When an artist paints a portrait, what messages are they seeking to convey? Do they aim to make social and political comment? What do the accessories depicted suggest? Are there secrets to revealing the gaze of the sitter?

Beyond The Face will take you on a short journey, during which we will explore four themes that will assist with uncovering some of the mysteries of portraiture. The themes explored will be ‘Beyond Likeness’, ‘The Significance of Black’, ‘Behind Closed Doors’ and ‘Portraits For a Purpose’.

Beyond The Face takes place on Thursday 17th October at 7pm. Tickets are £3 on the door. The Williamson Cafe will also be open for food from 6pm (cash only).

The talk is presented by Shelagh Cullity and Jane Morrow Winn.

With a background in Community and Youth Work, Shelagh decided to specialise in art/cultural based community work. On completion of an MA in Art History and Museum Studies in 2010 she became the co-founder of North West Lodestar, a community art organisation based on the Wirral until its closure in 2017. In 2013 she joined the Visitor Experience Team at Tate Liverpool, working on the galleries and giving talks to visitors; she continues to work in this exciting and vibrant gallery. Shelagh has been a speaker on artist biographical films at the Rathmullan Film Festival in County Donegal, Ireland since the festival’s inception in 2016.

Jane graduated with a degree in art history from The University of Liverpool in 2007.  She then went on to work for Tate Liverpool, teaching evening classes and co-writing course outlines that supported gallery exhibitions such as The Twentieth Century, How it looked and How it Felt.  The main objective for these courses was to teach and encourage discussion that introduced students to modern art theory in an approachable environment. Jane maintains her passion for art with her practice of painting in oils, exhibiting her work with Staacks gallery in West Kirby.

THE THINGS THAT LIVE UNDER THE STAIRS:  Tangential talks inspired by the Collections

This talk is part of a series of monthly lectures taking places on the third Thursday of the month at the Williamson Art Gallery. Artefacts in this collection currently reside in the basement of the building. These objects rarely, if ever, see the light of day and are a curious mix indeed!

To find out more about the series, or other talks at the Williamson, check our Events pages.


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