Summer School and David Hockney: Current viewing

Join us as La Trobe University’s Visual Arts and Design Course Coordinator, Dr Vincent Alessi explores David Hockney’s passion for creating portraiture throughout his career. This will be followed by an exclusive opportunity for an intimate after-hours viewing of the National Gallery of Victoria’s exhibition David Hockney: Current.

After returning to his LA-based studio in 2012, after years working in Yorkshire, David Hockney took up the challenge of portraiture with renewed vigour. The result was the phenomenal series 81 portraits and one still life.

Gain insights into the making of this portrait series – its intentions, parameters and sitters – placing it in the context of Hockney’s long-standing commitment to portraiture throughout his career.

The evening is part of our Art Now Summer School subject, the only University accredited subject that is delivered within the NGV. Join La Trobe students who have access to the unique experience of participating in classes within the exhibition and permanent collection spaces at the Gallery. Classes are delivered by the NGV’s curators, conservationists, exhibition designers and education officers in collaboration with the artists and La Trobe academics from across a range of disciplines.

Thursday 2 February:

5.30pm – 6.00pm: Doors open and registration
6.00pm – 7.00pm: Presentation in NGV’s Clemenger BBDO Auditorium
7.00pm – 8.30pm: Complimentary viewing of the David Hockney: Current exhibition

Living Landscapes

While you’re at the exhibition, be sure to take a look at our Living Landscapes project, which encourages visitors to use iPads to create their own personalised plant using the colours and brush strokes inspired by Hockney. For each of the estimated 4000 virtual plants created during the initiative, La Trobe will plant one within La Trobe’s Wildlife Sanctuary, which was set up 50 years ago to protect local flora and fauna.

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