Among the items held in the Royal Academy collection of Joshua Reynolds are a number of pocket notebooks or sitting books that he kept a meticulous record of visitors to his studio or interactions and discussions he held over a thirty year period, many of these were sitters for portraits or people he was engaging with in his work. The Sitting Book is a series of online talks and discussions that will look at how human subjects and relationships can shape artists practice.
There will be an online panel discussion on the Women on Walls project led by Marcella Bannon, Visual Arts Officer DCU with newly commissioned artists Una Sealy RHA, Blaise Smith RHA, Brid Higgins Ni Chinneide and Jackie Hudson Taylor. The Women on Walls commission series addresses the imbalance in representing women through portraiture in our institutions and academia. Initiated by Accenture in 2016 the project aims to redress the representation and visibility of valued contributions made by women in society and how this is represented through portraiture.
This will be followed by a series of artist’s talks in 2021.
Please return here to book your place, available from 29 October.
Image: Blaise Smith RHA, Scientists, 2016, Oil on gesso panel, 200 x 100 cm, Collection of the Royal Irish Academy, Commissioned as part of the Accenture Women on Walls campaign administered by Business to Arts.