About Face is a research group at the University of the Arts London which emerged from the UAL’s commitment to encouraging communities of practice to work collaboratively and in cross disciplinary contexts. It brings together artists, theorists, curators and writers to examine what happens when different disciplines and perspectives are brought to bear on the concept of portraiture.

Since 2014 there have been a number of symposia with a range of invited speakers from across the UAL. External contributions came from colleagues at the Bath Academy of Art, the British Museum, the Holburne Museum, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and the Wellcome Collection. The themes that have emerged from these events relate to identity, the embodied self, vulnerability, exposure, possession, gaze, power and the archival inhabitation of the body. Over the past two years the group has developed a web based learning resource that explores the boundaries of contemporary portraiture.

People involved

Eileen Hogan
Professor of Fine Art, CCW, UAL
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Charlotte Hodes
Professor of Fine Art, LCF, UAL
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Mark Fairnington
Reader in Painting, CCW, UAL
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Stephen Farthing
Rootstein Hopkins Chair of Drawing, UAL
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Anita Taylor
Professor and Dean of Bath School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University
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Colin Wiggins
Special Projects Curator, National Gallery
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Dan Allen
Head of Department, Art, Bath Spa University
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Dominic Janes
Professor of Modern History, Keele University
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Felicity Allen
Artist
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Fiona Smith
Adult Programmes Officer, National Portrait Gallery
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Gavin Turk
Professor of Art and Design, Bath Spa University
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Hannah Westley
Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature and English Global Communications, American University in Paris
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Ian King
Professor of Aesthetics, LCF
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Isabel Seligman
Curator, Bridget Riley Art Foundation at the British Museum
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Janet Mckenzie
Former Co-editor Studio International, writer and artist and About Face Editor
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Jennifer Scott
Director, Holburne Museum
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Jo Melvin
Reader in Fine Art Theory, Chelsea College of Art
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Oriana Baddeley
Professor and Dean of Research, UAL
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Rab MacGibbon
Curator, NPG
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Robert Luzar
Lecturer in Fine Art, Bath Spa University
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Rosie Broadley
Associate Curator, National Portrait Gallery
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Sally Taylor
Fine Art, York St John University
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Sandy Nairne
Former Director of the NPG
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Sarah Jaffray
Project Officer, British Museum and Wellcome Trust
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Trish Scott
PhD Student, Chelsea College of Arts, UAL
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Nick Howard
Photographer
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Laura Thornley
Project Administrator, UAL

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