Sidney Nolan RA centenary symposium

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Saturday 22 April 2017
11am — 5pm

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Sidney Nolan RA, Icebergs (McMurdo Sound, Antarctica), 1964.

Sidney Nolan Trust. Photo courtesy of Agnew's and Bridgeman Images.

This symposium explores critical themes in contemporary art, drawing on Nolan’s work, practise and influence across countries and continents. Themes include the global artist and internationalism, the artist as polymath, and materiality and the artistic process.

An Australian born of Irish descent, Sidney Nolan RA described himself as “a citizen of the planet”. He travelled extensively throughout Europe, Africa, China, Australia and Antarctica, living in England in the latter part of his life but regularly returning to Australia and abroad. Nolan was internationally celebrated in his life-time and is widely recognised as one of Australia’s leading artists of the 20th century. His vibrant use of colours, depictions of light, unexpected compositions and chosen subject-matter arguably allude not only to his Australian heritage but to his international experiences and unique perspective. Having spent significant time working and painting in the UK, including at the Rodd, Presteigne in Wales, currently run by The Sidney Nolan Trust, he was elected a Royal Academician in 1991 with the Diploma Work Self-portrait in Youth (1986), now held in the Royal Academy’s Collection.

Drawing on the experience of leading scholars, experts and art world professionals, this one-day symposium aims to offer a unique perspective on the life and work of Sidney Nolan RA, and consider the significance and impact of his work on artists and art practice today.

In the centenary year of Sidney Nolan’s birth, on the 22nd April – the date of his birthday – the symposium programme of debate and discussion aims to consider a number of critical themes. As an artist renowned in different countries and for working across continents, Nolan’s work and life allows us to revisit what it means to have multicultural, global perspectives and how these can contribute to the artist’s practice and oeuvre. In an era when art is all too often associated with readily recognisable styles, the work of Nolan provides a rich example of the artist as polymath, with expertise and innovation across different subjects and approaches. Also included are conversations around materiality and the artistic process, and the incorporation and experimentation of different media and methods; critically relevant for artists working today and in the future.

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Saturday 22 April 2017

11am — 5pm

The Reynolds Room, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly

£60, includes drinks reception

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