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Bathers at the National Gallery

Performance by Tom Lovelace

Tom Lovelace creates a reflective performance continuing the artist’s dialogue with Seurat’s painting
This event is part of National Gallery Lates.
Date
Friday, 21 January 2022
Time
3 - 5.30 pm

About

Tom Lovelace, with collaborators Typhaine Delaup, Clémentine Bedos and Francesco Migliaccio stage a site-specific performance at the National Gallery, unfolding over three sessions at 3pm, 4pm and 5pm, with each performance lasting 30 minutes. 

Staged amongst the 19th-century collection of paintings and in dialogue with Seurat's 'Bathers at Asnières', these performances are both responses to Seurat's seminal work and its interconnected themes of looking, touch and isolation. 

You are invited to come and go with each performance and encouraged to help record its happening by taking and sharing photos with the artist on social media, as a way of disseminating the event beyond the gallery walls.

'Bathers at the National Gallery' continues Lovelace’s affinity with Seurat's painting, a key influence on his performance 'Bathers', which took place at Sid Motion Gallery, London in 2021. Now reimagined in the context of the National Gallery, this event is the latest iteration of Lovelace’s 'Living Pictures' series, where photography, painting and performance collide, presenting moments that disrupt the traditions of viewing and display.

You can also hear the artist speak about the work in his 'Unexpected views' talk, taking place in the Gallery at 6.30pm.

Image: Detail from Performers in 'Bathers' by Tom Lovelace, 2021

Tom Lovelace

Tom Lovelace is a London based artist, working within spaces that lie between photography, performance and sculpture. Central themes to his research encompass the collaborative histories of photography, theatre and therole of Minimalism within contemporary culture. Lovelace is a Tutor at the Royal College of Art and University for the Creative Arts.

Living Pictures is a collection of outputs developed by Tom Lovelace over the last four years, where traditionally singular disciplines converge indynamic and fluid ways. Previous displays include On Photographic Beings at the National Museum of Art (Riga 2020), Mirror Mirror at Nōua (Bodø 2020), Present Tense at Materia Gallery (Rome 2019), Interval at Flowers Gallery (London 2019) and On the Heights at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2017).

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Bathers at the National Gallery

Performance by Tom Lovelace

Tom Lovelace creates a reflective performance continuing the artist’s dialogue with Seurat’s painting
This event is part of National Gallery Lates.
Date
Friday, 21 January 2022
Time
3 - 5.30 pm

Drop-in performances

Free

These performances are available on a first come, first served basis. Places are limited to 30 participants at one time. 

Although you do not need to book this event, you will need to book your free Gallery entry ticket to gain admission to the National Gallery. 

Please arrive in good time to access the building and find the event.