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Jon Sleigh – the queer gaze: emotion and erasure

Barber Home – 6 August

What is queer historical erasure?

Arts Educator Jon Sleigh reveals powerful queer coded messages, alongside sitters’ known histories, in this emotive journey through two of our 18th-century portraits.

‘Portrait of Countess Golovina’ (about 1797/1800) by Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun and ‘A Portrait of Giusto Ferdinando Tenducci’ ( about 1773) by Thomas Gainsborough are two of the most beloved pieces in the Barber’s collection.

Join us for an interactive session: weaving storytelling, detective work and wellbeing to unlock these messages.

‘Emotion and Erasure’ is a live talk and Q&A via Zoom on Thursday 6 August, 6 – 7pm.

Please email learning@barber.org.uk to book your space and receive joining details.

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