Townsend on Turner:

A speaking tour with ABC Radio National

Join Dr Joyce Townsend, Senior Conservation Scientist, Tate and ABC Radio National presenters to discuss J.M.W.Turner's outstanding career and his enormous output of paintings, sketches, and watercolours. Dr Townsend has an international reputation for her work on the identification and deterioration of artist’s materials and on the interpretation of techniques, mainly for 19th century and 20th century British art, with a recurring emphasis on J.M.W. Turner.  

Dr Townsend featured as the conservation expert on the J.M.W Turner episode ‘A miscarriage of justice’, in series 2 of the BBC series Fake or Fortune.

In these live, public conversations, Dr Townsend will focus on the research studies she has undertaken on these significant works, which feature in the exhibition Turner from the Tate: The Making of a Master, at the National Gallery of Australia from 1 June – 15 September.

J.M.W Turner, who came from a modest background, had innate artistic talent, driving ambition, and entrepreneurial skills. His earliest work in watercolour, which included accomplished works ready for sale, illustrations painted for the engraved book market, sea studies in oil, and exhibition paintings ready for sale, influenced everything he would paint in later life.

All talks are free of charge but bookings are essential to ensure a place.

The National Gallery of Australia wishes to acknowledge the generous support of the Jani Haenke Charitable Trust for their support of this series of lectures.

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Lecture Tour Dates

Monday 22 July 6.30 pm
Carrillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Swanston Street, The University of Melbourne. Hosted by Michael Cathcart, Presenter of ABC Radio National’s Books and Arts Daily.
Book here

Tuesday 23 July 6.30 pm
National Gallery of Australia, James O Fairfax Theatre, Canberra
Hosted by Fran Kelly, Presenter of ABC Radio National’s Breakfast

30 July 6.30 pm - BOOKED OUT
UQ Art Museum, The University of Queensland, St Lucia
Hosted by Sarah Kanowski, Presenter of ABC Radio National’s Weekend Arts.
Book here (email) or 07 3365 3046 by Wednesday 24 July

Monday 12 Aug 6.30 pm
Power Institute for Art & Visual Culture The Great Hall, The Quadrangle, The University of Sydney. Hosted by Richard Aedy, Presenter of ABC Radio National’s Sunday Profile and the Media Report
Book here