Tate Britain Conference

British Art Network: John Deakin Before Bacon, Beyond Soho

​John Deakin Portrait 1930s

​John Deakin
Portrait 1930s
© the John Deakin Archive

A British Art Network Seminar organised by Gill Hedley and Paul Rousseau

This one day seminar examines the work and career of photographer John Deakin focussing on the period before he met Francis Bacon and the work that he produced beyond his strong association with Soho, especially during the Second World War and in Europe. On the forty fifth anniversary of Deakin’s untimely death, the seminar will bring together contributions from artists, art historians and curators to discuss new and wider research into John Deakin’s photography.
Contributors to the event include: Paul Rousseau, the John Deakin Archive; Gill Hedley (chair); Professor David Mellor, University of Sussex; Professor Jean Wainwright, University of the Creative Arts; Dr Hilary Roberts, Imperial War Museum; John Christie, artist and film director; Dr Sarah Victoria Turner, Paul Mellon Centre; Carol Jacobi, Tate Britain; Dominic Janes, Keele University.

The British Art Network brings together professionals working with British art from the 16th century to the present day. The aim of the network is to contribute to the sharing of expertise, research and ideas across cultural organisations; to enable improvements in curatorial skills and collection knowledge; and to foster greater collaboration between partners leading to enriched understanding and enjoyment of British art for audiences across the UK.

Tate Britain

London SW1P 4RG
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Date & Time

25 May 2017 at 10.00–18.00