Sensational avant-garde performer David Hoyle will participate in a live portrait sitting by award-winning artist Tanya Raabe-Webber at the historic Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens near York, this October – which invites you to join in celebrating the diversity of our common humanity.
Portraits Untold, funded by Arts Council England and in partnership with The Big Draw and other national venues including the National Trust and the National Portrait Gallery will see acclaimed disabled artist Tanya Raabe-Webber undertake the live portrait sitting on Saturday 1st October with David Hoyle.
Hoyle came to prominence in the 1990s as the Divine David, an anti-drag queen, whose lacerating social commentary targeting both bourgeois Britain and the materialistic-hedonistic gay scene was offset by breath-taking instances of self-recrimination and even self-harm.
Following a couple of outré late-night Channel 4 shows and a cameo in Velvet Goldmine, Hoyle killed the Divine David off in 2000 during a spectacular show and retreated to Manchester for "a period of reflection".
He returned to TV screens in 2005 in Chris Morris’s Nathan Barley, and began performing live again, under his own name. As well as the Royal Vauxhall Tavern (RVT), with which he is most closely associated, David has performed at the Soho Theatre, Chelsea Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and Victoria & Albert Museum.
The sitting will take place in front of a live audience, who are encouraged to draw their own portraits of the sitter and explore their own creativity and diversity through traditional drawing and the use of digital drawing apps. The sitting will also involve a series of discussions about the lives of both Tanya and David and their thoughts on diversity, which audiences will be able to take part in.
The event, which will also be streamed live online, has been devised to reach new audiences through a variety of platforms to make art more accessible – something that Scarborough born artist Tanya Raabe-Webber feels strongly about.
Tanya Rabbe-Webber said: “As a disabled artist, the notion of my own diversity drives my interest in people and my belief that everyone has the potential to be creative if given the opportunity. I have developed this project to enable creativity to be as accessible as possible and am excited by the idea that both the physical and online audiences get to engage in the production of new work. I can’t wait to see how David’s story unfolds.”
Portraits Untold will take place in the Saloon at Beningbrough Hall across three one and half hour sittings. Throughout the sitting, Tanya will fuse digital and traditional drawings and versions of the audience’s drawings with her own to create a multi-layered portrait. Drawing materials will be provided, and audience members with smart phones and devices such as tablets are encouraged to download free drawing apps such as Sketch Book Pro before coming to the event. Audiences, both live and watching online will be able to send their digital and digitized drawings through to the artist on the day through social media.Portraits Untold Website