Tate Britain Talk

Paula Rego: A Celebration

Paula Rego, ‘Bride’ 1994
Paula Rego, Bride 1994. Tate. © Paula Rego

Join us to celebrate the life and work of one of the most important artists living in Britain today

This event celebrates the life and work of Paula Rego, situating her as an iconic twentieth and twenty first century female artist whose work continues to be impactful and relevant, breaking cultural silences and generating discourse.

The afternoon opens with an introduction to the exhibition by curator Elena Crippa, followed by a panel discussion with contributions from leading curators and academics Ruth Rosengarten, Maria Manuel Lisboa, Leonor de Oliveira and Amy Tobin. They will share current research on Paula Rego, touching on themes including migration of Portuguese artists to the UK, political resistance, and how Rego links to literature.

The day concludes with a special screening of documentary film Secrets and Stories (2017), accompanied by audience Q&A with the director and Paula Rego's son Nick Willing.

Elena Crippa is Curator of Modern and Contemporary British Art at Tate Britain.

Maria Manuel Lisboa is Professor of Portuguese Literature and Culture at the University of Cambridge and St. John’s College, Cambridge. She lectures and publishes on Portuguese, Brazilian and Mozambican literature and is the author of seven books and a number of articles on these topics, with special focus on themes of gender and national identity.

Leonor Oliveira is an art historian and curator. She is an integrated researcher from the Institute of Art History, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal, and regular collaborator of Casa das Histórias Paula Rego. She is the author of the monograph Portuguese Artists in London: Shaping Identities in Post-War Europe (Routledge, 2020).

Ruth Rosengarten is a writer and artist who has worked as an art historian and freelance researcher/curator in Portugal, South Africa and the UK. Her many publications include Love and Authority in the Work of Paula Rego (Manchester University Press, 2010), exploring the links between the intimate and political spheres in the artist's work.

Amy Tobin is Assistant Professor in the Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge and Curator, Contemporary Programmes at Kettle's Yard. She has published her research on British and North American art influenced by feminism in numerous academic journals and books. In 2021–2 she has a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to work on a new project on art and feminist sisterhood.

Nick Willing is a director, producer and writer of films and television series. He has written and directed four theatrically released feature films and nine major television series which have together received nineteen PrimeTime Emmy nominations. His film Paula Rego, Secrets & Stories (2017), an intimate and revelatory film about the celebrated painter, won the Grierson and RTS awards for Best Arts Documentary.

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9 October 2021 at 13.00–18.00

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