Unlocked: Self Portraits - To Be or Seem to Be

One-day course

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Self-portraits offer a unique experience, a spy-hole not simply into an artist’s ambitions and uncertainties, but also into their world and society.

The V&A has a fine collection of artists portraying themselves; this Study Day will allow us to explore their achievements through close contact with this most revealing of genres.

V&A Academy Unlocked days invite you behind the scenes, bringing you face-to-face with the V&A's extraordinary collections. Join Justine Hopkins on a visit to the Prints and Drawings Study Room to get up close with some self-portraits that are part of the V&A’s extensive collections. Explore self-portraits that are part of V&A’s Portrait Miniature collection during an curator led object handling session. Enjoy an introductory lecture by V&A Academy lecturer, Justine Hopkins.

This study day is designed to complement our 6 or 12 week long art history online courses, but you do not need to be enrolled on any online course to join an 'Unlocked' event.

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Portrait of V&A Academy lecturer Justine Hopkins

V&A Academy lecturer
Justine Hopkins

Justine Hopkins read English and drama at Bristol University, then took an Art History MA at the Courtauld Institute and a PhD at Birkbeck College. Since then she has worked as a writer and freelance lecturer for a wide variety of institutions, is a registered lecturer for NADFAS and a regular contributor to the V&A programmes.

I ended the day so inspired. Previous Unlocked Study Day attendee

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V&A Academy online courses let you tune in to expert lectures live, or catch up on demand; our in-person Unlocked Study Days invite you to delve deeper into course themes, explore the collection and let you design your own hybrid learning experience

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One-day course: Unlocked: Self Portraits - To Be or Seem to Be

6 October 2023


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Open 10.00 - 13.00, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)

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