Join art writer and theorist Dominic Blake and award-winning artist Kate Wilson as they explore the art historical relationship between the muse and the artist in response to Pasquarosa’s early career.

Drawing parallels between Pasquarosa’s experience as life model and sitter for Nino Bertoletti, they will reflect on the connection between nudity, hierarchy and cultural norms in an effort to understand how these factors may generate societal preconceptions of the model-artist relationship. Through challenging these ideas, it might be possible to arrive at a greater degree of equality between the roles.

Blake and Wilson will deliver two short lectures during the first half of the evening, followed by a panel discussion. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers and/or add comments within an open Q&A during the second half.

Dominic Blake is a London based art writer and theorist whose work concerning the life model is located at the core of an emerging art historical debate. His ongoing lecture series ‘Are Life Models Artists?’ has featured at The National Gallery, University of Cambridge and Royal College of Art. A life model at the Royal Academy of Arts and Estorick Collection, he is currently completing a translation of his lecture series into a monograph due for publication in 2025 with generous assistance from The Charleston Trust.

Kate Wilson is an artist living in South London who paints the familiar objects of her daily landscape. She pays particular attention to things that are overlooked, thrown away or abandoned. A prize winner at the RA Summer exhibition and the Wells Contemporary in 2023, Kate was shortlisted for the Jackson’s Painting Prize in 2022, longlisted for the John Moores in 2020/23 and the Contemporary British Painting Prize in 2022/23. Her book “Drawing and Painting, Materials and Techniques for Contemporary Artists” is published by Thames and Hudson.

Access requirements
The talk will take place on the ground floor of the building, and it is fully accessible.

The event will start at 18.30 with doors opening at 18.15.

Standard Admission £25 / Estorick Collection Members and Full-time Students £20

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The talk will take place on the ground floor of the building and it is fully accessible.

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