Priority Days: Me, Myself, I: Artists' Self-Portraits

Priority Days: Me, Myself, I: Artists' Self-Portraits

30 Apr and 1 May 2022


Royal West of England Academy, Queen’s Road, Clifton Bristol BS8 1PX


30 Apr and 1 May 2022

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Please note: this event is for Friends, Academicians, Artist Network Members and Patrons only. Click here for general admission. 


Me, Myself, I: Artists’ Self-Portraits is the RWA’s landmark reopening exhibition in May - June 2022

Me, Myself, I: Artists’ Self-Portraits provides historical context to today’s selfie culture, through an exploration of self-portraiture over the last three hundred years. The exhibition, curated by Tessa Jackson OBE, in particular explores the last fifty years and the ways artists have imagined and presented themselves: from the highly personal and psychological to the controversial and political.

Me, Myself, I: Artists’ Self-Portraits includes over 80 artworks by major artists such as Grayson Perry, Tracey Emin, Sonia Boyce, Antony Gormley, Gillian Wearing, Harold Offeh, Shanti Panchal, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Angelica Kauffman, Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, Lucian Freud, Patrick Heron, Tony Bevan, Madame Yevonde and many more.

Discover the artists who challenged social norms and defied conventions, who questioned identity, gender and representation ahead of their time, and who constantly think afresh in an ever-changing world. Me, Myself, I: Artists’ Self-Portraits is a timely re-examination of a fundamental area of art history that will bring together work from the 1720s to the 2020s, placing well-known artists alongside emerging talent. 


Image: Tony Bevan RA (B.1951), Head and Neck, 2007, acrylic on canvas, 90.6 x 74.1cm. Royal Academy of Arts, London. Photo © Royal Academy of Arts, London; photographer: John Hammond. © Royal Academy of Arts, London.

Related Events:

RWA Light and Inspiration After Hours, Thursday 9 June 6-9pm

Curator Tour - Me, Myself, I: Artists' Self-Portraits, Saturday 14 May 12pm - 1pm

Art History Day School - To be or seem to be: self portrait strategies and techniques, Saturday 14 May  

The exhibition will take place across all main gallery spaces, following the transformational Light and Inspiration £4.1 million capital project, funded by NLHF and other generous supporters.

Sponsored by Bonhams and Fresh: Art Fair.

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