14 March 2024

Winter Lecture: Rediscovering Black Portraiture: Black Lives in the Archives

Join baritone, artist, broadcaster and writer Peter Brathwaite as he shares his passion for uncovering hidden histories in this last Winter Lecture of the season.

During the first lockdown in 2020, with all his performances cancelled, Peter began researching and reimagining more than 100 artworks featuring portraits of Black sitters. It became a social media sensation and led to his critically-acclaimed book, Rediscovering Black Portraiture.

A recent exhibition of Peter’s work featuring interventions and sound installations at the Georgian House and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery revealed the Black presence hidden at the heart of our spaces and objects.

In this illustrated lecture hear about research into centuries of family history in the UK and Barbados, and the inspiration and scholarship behind Peter’s stunning photographic project, Rediscovering Black Portraiture.

This lecture accompanies Peter Brathwaite’s critically-acclaimed book, Rediscovering Black Portraiture. You can pre-order a signed copy of this book when booking a ticket to the Winter Lecture. In-person orders will be available for collection on the night. Online orders will be posted after the lecture.

Speaker: Peter Brathwaite is an artist, broadcaster, writer and acclaimed baritone who performs in operas and concerts throughout Europe. He is a presenter on BBC Radio 3 and has been shortlisted for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award.

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How to take part

Thanks to the generous sponsorship from the Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives , this season’s Winter Lectures will be held in person at M Shed and online via Zoom.

If you are attending in-person, please arrive 15 minutes before the advertised start time to take your seat. Parking in the area can be difficult so you may want to allow extra time to find a space if you are driving to the venue.

If you are attending online, this lecture will take place over Zoom. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email.

About the Winter Lectures

Bristol Museums have delivered a Winter Lecture Series between October and April every year since 1948. Past speakers have included many of the leading experts of their time and some famous faces.

Today, the Winter Lectures are sponsored by the Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives and are free and open to all. Lectures are all connected in some way to Bristol Museum’s amazing collections and cover a range of subjects including geology, natural history, archaeology, art and world cultures.