Friday lates: Paula Rego – fairy tales and forbidden things
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VB728
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
This Friday evening art history course introduces the life and work of Paula Rego, one of the most important artists working today whose 2021 retrospective at Tate Britain was the largest of her career to date.
Looking at selected works throughout Rego’s sixty-year career, we will explore how her childhood memories of living under Salazar’s patriarchal regime in Portugal in the 1930s and ‘40s has influenced themes i her work since the 1960s. In particular we will investigate how Rego’s art is shaped and informed by her distinct love and mastery of narrative. We will discover how storytelling in her work offers powerful re-assertions of women’s lives by manipulating traditional ideas around family and domesticity, transforming them into subjects of strength and knowledge.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• The background to Rego’s life and work in Portugal and Britain.
• How Rego subverts traditional motifs from nursery rhymes to cartoons in her work.
• Discuss how Rego’s art challenges authority and confronts social and political issues in contemporary life.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Explain the relationship between the family, the church, and the dictatorship in Salazar’s Portugal
• Discuss how Rego uses narrative to reveal family dynamics in two of her paintings.
• Identify two sources from popular culture, literature or historical art that Rego re-interprets in her painting.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught online with slide presentations and group discussions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to purchase a notebook for taking notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Our Friday Lates series runs in the autumn and spring terms - search 'Friday lates' to find more….
Chantal Condron has worked widely in the public and private arts sector for over 25 years including at the Government Art Collection, Tate, Sotheby's, Visiting Arts and University of London Library. She holds a BA in History of Art & Architecture from the University of East Anglia; and an MA in History of Art & Archaeology from SOAS, University of London. Chantal is currently the curator of public engagement at the Government Art Collection where her recent projects include delivering the public programme for Ways of Seeing, the loan of almost 70 artworks to unusual public spaces in Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture. As curator of modern and contemporary art, she led art programmes at the University of Hull, Whitechapel Gallery, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and Ulster Museum, Belfast; and she has presented art talks widely in the UK and abroad. In 2019, her book, 'Peter Hedegaard', the first monograph on the Danish abstract artist, was published by Rocket Gallery, London.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.