EVENT27.06.2024 / 6.00pm8.00pm

Artemisia Gentileschi – A response

with Rose Davey

Ikon Youth Programme host artist and art-historian Rose Davey who presents Artemisia Gentileschi – A Response. This talk, aimed at young people, observes the work of Gentileschi in relation to her ambitions as a woman and as a painter.

Gentileschi’s approach to well versed 17th century subjects, such as Susannah and the Elders, and Judith and Holofernes are discussed through comparison with her peers, Caravaggio, Guido Reni and Rubens. The talk is careful not to equate her talent to circumstance. 

Ikon is a partner in National Treasures, a key strand of the programme celebrating the National Gallery’s Bicentenary, NG200. Ikon presents a masterpiece by Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1654 or later), Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria (about 1615-17). Attendees are invited to view Gentileschi’s painting and the talk is followed by a short creative workshop.  

About the artist 

Rose Davey is an artist, writer and curator living in London. Since completing her MFA in Painting at the Slade School of Fine Art in 2010, Davey has returned each year to deliver art history lectures to Graduate Painting students. The Slade lectures were repurposed in Spring 2020 to be presented live online as LOCKDOWN LECTURES and have been staged at The Poltimore Arms, Exmoor. Davey also teaches at The Slade Summer School, most recently delivering a course exploring how to tell a good painting from a bad one.

Davey has contributed papers to various symposiums, including Painting in the Expanded Field, at Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork, Ireland, 2024, Colour & Poetry III & VI, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London, 2021 & 2024. She also joined artist George Shaw to discuss the work of Carlo Crivelli at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 2022, and made the short film Understanding Crivelli in March 2022, available to watch on YouTube.

About Ikon Youth Programme 

With the support of Freelands Foundation, over three years (2021-24) Ikon Youth Programme (IYP) navigates the waterways on board Slow Boat, a converted narrow boat. IYP are collaborating with creative thinkers and makers to reimagine Slow Boat as a local art school. 

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Event Details

Free, booking essential

Events Room and First Floor Galleries

This event is for young people aged 16-25. Attendees under 18 will need to obtain guardian consent to attend this workshop.

Please note this event includes sensitive topics relating to Gentileschi’s life story, which some people may find upsetting.

This event is being photographed. Please speak to the photographer if you prefer not to be included. 

Seating available.

A British Sign Language interpreter can be provided. Please contact us at least 10 working days in advance of the event to request a BSL interpreter. 

Please note this exhibition contains some nudity and is a darkened space with variable flashing lights and loud sound.


Ikon Gallery

1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HS

Image Credits
1. Rose Davey. Image courtesy of the artist. 2. Artemisia Gentileschi, 1593 - 1654 or later. Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria, about 1615-17. © The National Gallery, London


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Ikon is a partner in National Treasures, a key strand of the programme celebrating the National Gallery’s Bicentenary, NG200. Ikon presents a masterpiece by Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1654 or later), Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria (about 1615-17). Wrapped around the Gentileschi work, and made as a direct response, is a solo exhibition by contemporary Irish artist Jesse Jones, whose artistic practice crosses film, sound, performance, sculpture and installation. 

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