Please find below details of the forthcoming Tuesday Talks and a lecture by Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery.

Tuesday Talks at The Whitworth Art Gallery 11.00am – 12.30pm, free , no booking necessary The Tuesday Talks series invites leading artists, thinkers and curators to explore the driving forces, influences and sources of inspiration within contemporary art. The series is programmed by Professor Pavel Büchler and is supported by the Manchester Metropolitan University.

3 May David Austen David Austen’s practice, encompassing painting, drawing, sculpture, and film, shows an unceasing fascination with people, through myriad observations of thoughts, actions and relationships, reaching from the tender to the absurd. Borrowing imagery and text from black and white photographs, film noir, and 19th Century literature, Austen re-presents these fragments in works that create a dark, bittersweet world inhabited by strange and lovelorn characters. In 2009 Austen was the Stanley Picker Fellow at Kingston University where he wrote and directed his first feature length film End of Love, which will be screened as part of this Tuesday Talk.

10 May Alec Finlay Alec Finlay is an artist, poet and publisher, and was short-listed for the Northern Art Prize 2010. Much of his work reflects on our interaction with nature and considers how we, as a culture, or cultures, relate to landscape in an era of climate change. The range of forms that he has employed is incredibly diverse: neon text; found objects; innovative poetic forms such as the mesostic and circle poem; major interventions working with windmill turbines; multiples, as well as print and web-based media.

 17 May Andrew Brighton CANCELLED Unfortunately Andrew Brighton’s talk has been cancelled. There will be no Tuesday Talk on 17 May – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Understanding Portraiture Tuesday 3 May, 6 7.30pm Free event, no need to book Lecture with Sandy Nairne, Director, National Portrait Gallery

Looking at Self-Portraits: Constructing the Artist is a talk about the way that artists have portrayed themselves over time. For many artists the construction of their self-image has been both a repetitive and challenging matter. And while some have used it to test their skills in forming a likeness, others have seen it as an opportunity for innovation and experiment. Using examples from the National Portrait Gallery¹s extensive collection of self-portraits, Sandy Nairne¹s talk will explore themes of identity and representation in a contemporary context.