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Our latest exhibition Barbara Walker: Vanishing Point confronts the issues of race and representation in art from the Old Masters through the present day.

Walker is interested in issues of class and power, gender, race, representation and the politics of how we look at others. She makes portraits in a range of media and formats - from small embossed works on paper to paintings on canvas and large-scale charcoal wall drawings - in order to explore social and political issues. 

For Barbara Walker: Vanishing Point the artist has selected two paintings from the collection of the National Gallery, London that are displayed alongside her own drawings in order to highlight cultural differences in historic and contemporary societies. The Banquet of Cleopatra (1740s, below top right) by Tiepolo and A Homage to Velázquez (about 1692-1700, next page) by Giordano both feature Black figures. 

These loans from the National Gallery are hung in dialogue with Walker's response to the representation of Black figures within art history as well as contemporary art. 

We feel very privileged to be able to bring these National Gallery paintings to Hastings and show them alongside Barbara Walker’s contemporary drawings at the Jerwood Gallery this winter.

This exhibition was made possible with a grant from the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund.  The programme is designed to provide regional museums and museum visitors with increased access to national museum and gallery collections and has been made possible with the support of the Garfield Weston Foundation.

Image 1: ©Pete Jones

Image 2: ©Lens and Pixel (