These short interviews with artists and curators focus on questions that have emerged from About Face symposia, such as identity, vulnerability, authenticity, empathy, use of photography, archival inhabitation of the body, ownership and why, when portraiture continues to play an important role in the development of narrative traditions, it is mostly absent in art school curricula in the UK.

The films were made with the support of Camberwell Chelsea Wimbledon’s Graduate School, University of the Arts London.

Anita Taylor

Essay: Interrogating Appearances – The Drawn Self by Anita Taylor


Charlotte Hodes

Essay: Now You See Me: Self-representation in the work of Charlotte Hodes by Hannah Westley


Colin Wiggins

Essay: Models and Muses by Colin Wiggins


Eileen Hogan


Ian King

Essay: Portraiture and ownership… by Ian King


Isabel Seligman

Essay: Face Value: Portraiture and the Site of the Self by Isabel Seligman


Jo Melvin

Essay: Facing legacies: what traces might an artworks representation expose? by Jo Melvin


Mark Fairnington

Essay: Collected and Possessed by Mark Fairnington


Paul Coldwell


Rab MacGibbon

Essay: The Naked Portrait by Rab MacGibbon


Sandy Nairne

Essay: Creating New Public Portraits by Sandy Nairne


Sarah Jaffray

Essay: The Inframince by Sarah Jaffray


Stephen Farthing

Essay: Whose Face Is It? by Stephen Farthing


Trish Scott

Essay: Louisa Love has my hard drive by Trish Scot