Past Events

Tudors Now!

  • 11 May to 5 July 2023
  • In-person and online
    Registration via Eventbrite required. Registration opens 20 March.

Public Event Series Convened by Dr Christina Faraday

The Tudor century famously witnessed enormous cultural, religious and political upheaval; it was also immensely exciting for visual and material culture. This public event series explores the art of the Tudor period in all its richness and variety, through a selection of roundtables and site-specific sessions. The series is open to all and no prior knowledge is needed to attend.

The roundtables will bring together experts across a range of areas to present a snapshot of current thought, reflecting art history’s expanding horizons. They will explore the breadth of material now under the scrutiny of art historians, including the long-neglected decorative arts, as well as the many global connections evident in the period’s visual and material culture. A further session will bring together contemporary artists working in a variety of media to discuss the ways that the imagery and culture of the Tudor period continue to inspire them.

Running alongside these discussions is a series of site visits, including a practice-based historical printing workshop and tours exploring cutting-edge approaches to curating and displaying the period. The series will culminate with a visit to the new Tudor galleries at the newly reopened National Portrait Gallery, followed by a discussion about new directions in the study of Tudor portraiture.

No prior art historical knowledge is necessary.

The series is convened by historian of art and ideas, Dr Christina Faraday.

Registration via Eventbrite is required and opens 20 March. Roundtable discussions will take place in person at the Paul Mellon Centre and will also be streamed live via Zoom Webinar. Off-site events will not be streamed.

See below for details on each event and how to follow the series.

Making the Tudors

11 May 2023, 5pm – 7pm, Paul Mellon Centre

Tour: Displaying the Tudors

18 May 2023, 4:15pm – 5:15pm, V&A Museum

Workshop: Historical Printing

1 June 2023, 10:30am–12:30pm and 1:30–3:30pm, St Bride Foundation

Globalising the Tudors

8 June 2023, 5pm – 7pm, Paul Mellon Centre

Re-Making the Tudors

22 June 2023, 5pm – 7pm, Paul Mellon Centre

Painting the Tudors

5 July 2023, 4:30pm – 7pm, National Portrait Gallery

About the speaker

  • Christina Faraday SQUARE

    Christina J. Faraday is an historian of art and ideas specialising in the Tudor period. She is a research fellow in history of art at Gonville and Caius College in Cambridge and a BBC New Generation Thinker. She completed her AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Cambridge while working part-time as a curatorial intern at the National Portrait Gallery in London. She was recently a postdoctoral fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre. She regularly contributes to podcasts and popular media, including BBC Radio 3 and Apollo Magazine, and in 2021 she was shortlisted for the British Journalism Awards in the Arts and Entertainment category. She lectures for the History of Art Department and Institute of Continuing Education at the University of Cambridge and the Wallace Collection in London. Her first book, Tudor Liveliness: Vivid Art in Post-Reformation England, will be published by the Paul Mellon Centre this year.