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Mural featuring the heads and shoulders of hundreds of women from history

In Conversation with Liberty Blake and Jann Haworth

£5

[ Online Talk )

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Join artists Jann Haworth and daughter Liberty Blake with Assistant Curator Dr Lydia Miller as they discuss their ‘Work in Progress’ mural.

The 28ft mural, currently on display in the National Portrait Gallery and our Garden Gallery wall from February 2024, was first displayed in the UK in 2020. It was a celebration of the women who were catalysts for change in the arts, sciences and social activism. The mural, featuring over 100 women spanning 3000 years, questioned why so many of these lives and endeavours have become unjustly marginalised or forgotten throughout history.

The mural was a major commission produced during a series of guided workshops with Jann and Liberty. Groups involved in the process include the National Portrait Gallery’s Youth Forum; The Courtauld Institute of Art and the Community Programme at Pallant House Gallery and is a part of the ‘Reframing Narratives: Women in Portraiture’ project supported by CHANEL Culture Fund. This work aims to highlight the broad contributions of women to British History and culture.

This talk is in honour of International Women’s Day on March 8th and Mother’s Day on March 10th.

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Speaker bio - Jann Haworth

Jann Haworth was born in Hollywood, California, attended North Hollywood High, UCLA, The Slade School of Fine Art University of London, The Courtauld Institute London. She lived in the UK for 30 years and holds both U.S. and U.K. citizenship. She now lives and works in Salt Lake City and Sundance.

Haworth is closely associated with the 60’s Pop Art Movement in the UK and holds two unusual distinctions: a female Pop Artist and Co-Designer for the Beatle’s Sgt Pepper Album cover (for which she received a Grammy). Her work has featured in many large scale group exhibitions in Europe and the US.

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Speaker bio - Liberty Blake

Liberty Blake is an English born artist, currently living in the United States. An abstract collage artist, her work explores themes of the natural world and the human condition. With a focus on landscape; inspired by both the wild natural places of Utah and Northern California—that she explores on her bike— and the mythological places of the mind. The inspiration for these pieces can come from a momentary passing view, or a place that she knows very well. She works from memory, fusing the visual stimulus with her emotional response to it, which creates an abstracted interpretation of her experience. She explains, “abstraction is like a private language, a way to talk about a personal experience with a place, or about ideas or emotions that might be difficult to express in a conventional way.” She says she “makes art to document her experience and to capture moments, in the same way people keep a written journal.”

She has shown extensively in Utah, in group and solo shows, she is currently represented by The Phillips Gallery in Salt Lake City. Her work is housed in private collections across the United States, Europe, and Canada.

Find out more on Liberty’s website or follow her on Instagram.