Townsend on Turner: a conversation with conservator Dr Joyce Townsend on the art of JMW Turner

12 August, 2013
6.30pm - 8.00pm


The Power Institute and Sydney Ideas are delighted to be partnering with the National Gallery of Australia, and ABC Radio National, to present a conversation with Joyce Townsend, Senior Conservation Scientist at the Tate, in The University of Sydney's Great Hall.

ABC Radio National’s Richard Aedy with host the conversation with Dr Townsend as they discuss British artist J.M.W Turner's outstanding career and his enormous output of paintings, sketches, and watercolours. The conversation will particularly focus on the research studies Dr Townsend has undertaken on the Turner artwork’s which feature in the exhibition Turner from the Tate: the making of a master, on display at the National Gallery of Australia until 8 September.

British artist, 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.

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 nineteenth century and twentieth 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.



This conversation is co-presented with the National Gallery of Australia and ABC Radio National.


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Location: The Great Hall, The Quadrangle, The University of Sydney