Face Value: Portraiture from the Arts Council Collection

Abbot Hall Art Gallery

27 March – 13 June 2015

£3.50 with National Art Pass (standard entry £7)

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Including around 30 portraits and self-portraits by artists working over the last century.

As well as addressing standard portraiture, the exhibition highlights the artist's desire to capture something of themself. Traditional self-portraits by David Bomberg and Mark Gertler are contrasted with examples by Sarah Lucas and Maud Sulter, revealing how contemporary artists have sought to both uphold and break away from the conventional stereotypes of the medium.

A key piece is Tracey Emin’s early autobiographical video work Why I Never Became a Dancer.

Venue information

Opening times

March - October
Mon - Sat: 10.30am - 5pm
Sun in Jul & Aug: 12 - 4pm

November - February
Mon - Sat: 10.30am - 4pm

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)