BSA Symposium on Revaluing the Life Model in Art Practice

Thursday 7th May

The BSA Symposium on Revaluing the Life Model in Art Practice is a one-day event hosted by the Aesthetics Research Centre, University of Kent, which brings together philosophers of art, artists, and professionals of the London art sector to engage with the role of the life model in contemporary art practice. 


Come and join our discussion, where we connect this developing debate on life models with the philosophy of art. Through the exchange of professional, practical, and philosophical insights, the symposium aims to rethink some of the ongoing practices within the life drawing room (how models are viewed and treated by artists and art schools), the gallery and museum space (how the creativity of models is acknowledged), and within philosophy of art (whether modelling can be an art and whether working from a life model can be considered a collaborative art form).

The Symposium is free to attend – everyone welcome to muse along! Check out our speaker bios, programme, and how to register on our site. We will be posting on Instagram and Twitter in the weeks leading up to the event!

Confirmed Keynotes:

Dr Anna Pakes, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Roehampton
Prof A W Eaton, Professor of Philosophy, University of Illinois Chicago
Dominic Blake, Art Writer & Performance Artist

Panel members:

Jo Baring, Director of the Ingram Collection, Curator
JJ Delvine, Artist, Curator, BP Portrait Award in 2006, 2011, 2018
Anne Noble-Partridge, Artist, Director of London Drawing, Gallerist
Prof Jean Wainwright, Professor of Contemporary Art and Photography at UCA, Director of the Fine Art and Photography Research Centre

This interdisciplinary event is the result of a collaboration between the Aesthetics Research Centre and Dominic Blake, art writer and performance artist. Dr AurĂ©lie Debaene is hosting the symposium on behalf of ARC with the support of C A York. The BSA Symposium on Revaluing the Life Model in Art Practicehas been made possible by the generous funding of the British Society of Aesthetics.