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In Conversation with Helen Ennis

Changing spaces: Portraiture and photography

Saturday 2 July 2022
Onsite and live online
Helen Ennis

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. Helen will investigate portraits from our Collection, the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 and Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London. 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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Silent Strength, 2021 Wayne Quilliam
Silent Strength, 2021 Wayne Quilliam
Silent Strength, 2021 Wayne Quilliam
Silent Strength, 2021 Wayne Quilliam

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

Current exhibition

from Saturday 25 June

The exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

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.

Finalists for the Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
Finalists for the Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
Finalists for the Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
Finalists for the Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

Introducing the National Portrait Prizes 2022

In conversation with Sandra Bruce and Rebecca Ray

2:00pm, Sat 23 Jul

Join Sandra Bruce, Director Collection & Exhibitions, and Rebecca Ray, Associate Curator, as they explore some of their favourite portraits in our exciting new exhibitions.

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