Painting Childhood Symposium

29 Mar 2019

Event times

9.30 - 18.30

Cost of entry

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

Full Day Tickets
Book before 20 Mar
Non-Members: £60.00
Annual Pass-Holders: £50.00
Members: £40.00

Price includes Admission

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Compton Verney

Compton Verney, United Kingdom

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Eleven international speakers will deliver papers in this interdisciplinary event which explores the subject of childhood in art from 1500 to today.


The symposium is grouped into three themed sessions, with tickets available per session or for the whole day. Day tickets include all refreshments, lunch and a private view of the exhibitions Painting Childhood: From Holbein to Freud and Childhood Now.

Symposium Programme

9.30am -10am: Registration and coffee
10am -10.15am : Welcome and introduction
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 -12.30pm: Session 1 – The Place of the Child: Children in Society Chair: Amy Orrock (Compton Verney)
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
12.30pm -1.30pm: Lunch

1.30pm -3pm: 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
3pm -3.30pm:  Tea break

3.30pm -5pm: 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
5pm-6.30pm: Private view of the exhibitions Painting Childhood: From Holbein to Freud and Childhood Now

Chantal Joffe, Poppy Esme Oleanna Gracie and Kate, 2014 ⓒ Chantal Joffe, Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, LondonVenice

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