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Tue 3 - Sun 29 Mar 2015

During the winter of 2014/2015, to correspond with the Turner Contemporary's spring 2015 exhibition Self, artist and writer Felicity Allen is undertaking a residency at Turner Contemporary to explore how women’s work in the arts continues to shift ideas about artistic practice and how to record it.

Building on her previous dialogic portraits project, Begin Again, Felicity is working with young women preparing to study and shape their careers and with women who are already known for the work they have produced, whether as artists, curators, art historians, art teachers, or a mixture of all and any of these.

In discussion with the sitters, the portraits will be produced using a mix of traditional and new forms; exploring the slowness of sitting with the momentary appearance associated with the watercolour, the portraits will also make use of conversation and recording technologies.

Together with the young women who have yet to study for professional life, Felicity explores aspects of the work of the professional sitters in preparation for the sittings themselves. They will focus on work that is relevant to the shifts of understanding and practice that women entering the artistic work force have made. The young women will also work together to develop a series of events to be programmed in the first three months of 2015.

The exhibitions are located in the Clore Learning Studio, which may be closed to the public when a sitting or other event is taking place.

Begin Again, Flick’s existing portrait series will be exhibited in the Clore Learning Studio from 13 January.

Supported with investment from Artswork, the South East Bridge and ICR, an Interreg project. 

Dialogic Portraits events

On Sat 21 Feb,  2 - 6pm, Felicity Allen will be joined by an esteemed panel for A Conference of ConversationsRead More.

Join us for a series of public events led by young women from Thanet and designed to raise awareness around feminism relating to the exhibition are taking place on 7, 14 and 31 March.

On Saturday 7 March, in celebration of International Women’s Day, a group of local young women will be leading various activities in the Clore Learning Studio. The activities have been developed as part of Dialogic Portraits, an on-going and collaborative portraiture-project with artist-in-residence Felicity Allen. Activities will include a clay workshop, inspired by feminist art and Georgia O’Keefe’s work and placard making for a feminist march on Sunday 8 March. A sound recording of the young women’s thoughts on feminism will be played within the space, alongside their own works of portraiture.

On Sunday 8 March at 12pm, the group will be marching, imitating suffragettes, from Turner Contemporary to the Theatre Royal. This event is also open to public participation. The group will be equipped with sashes and placards and will follow the route taken in 1910 by Christabel Pankhurst, when she held a feminist rally in the town. On arriving at the Theatre Royal, there will be speeches from the group and a campaigner against tax on sanitary products.  The event will end with a group photograph outside the Theatre Royal, recreating the iconic picture of Christabel Pankhurst and the suffragettes.

On Saturday 14 March, the Dialogic Portraits Group are inviting visitors to an ‘Immersive Dialogic Portraits Experience’ in Turner Contemporary’s Clore Learning Studio from 12 - 4pm. Artist-in-residence Felicity Allen will be holding an open-studio, painting portraits of these young women who have been working on the Dialogic Portraits project. The group will also invite visitors to sit for them, making quick sketches of their portraits whilst conversing on a ‘Giant Dialogic Sketch’. Members of the public are encouraged to contribute to this floor-based, collaborative sketchbook, expressing their thoughts and ideas on gender equality issues.

On Saturday 21 March, the Dialogic Portraits Group will be working in collaboration with Moving Memory, a company of older female dancers. From 1 - 3pm there will be a series of interventions and performances within the galleries, where the group will ‘mirror’ the older dancers. There will also be a screening When did you become a woman?, a film created by Dialogic Portraits member, Axelle Van Wynsberghe. 

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