Portraits Untold at Beningbrough

Beningbrough is one of the venues in a unique, nationwide portrait event with live portrait sittings and high profile sitters – and everyone is invited to take part.

Join acclaimed award winning disabled artist, Tanya Raabe-Webber undertake live portrait painting while she interviews her sitter David Hoyle, as part of the 'Portraits Untold' national diversity project.

1 October, 10.30am – 5pm*

The sittings will see the artist in conversation with the sitters and in some cases collaborating, as they explore what it is to be human through the stories of the lives and the work of the sitters.  

Beningbrough's sitter

Beningbrough's sitter for Portraits Untold
Head and shoulders of performance artist David Hoyle
Beningbrough's sitter for Portraits Untold
A total of four sitters have been invited to be the subjects at the live events and for Beningbrough we’re delighted to welcome star of Channel 4s ‘The Divine David’ and avant-garde performance artist David Hoyle. The sensational anti-drag queen presents a very special performance. Expect polemic, pathos, provocative politicking and high comedy.
" He is raw, sometimes a bit frightening, but also thrilling in his look-no-hands recklessness."
- The Guardian

Join in at the event or online

Each sitting will take place in front of visitors, as well as being streamed live to online viewers. Both the physical and online audiences will be invited to participate in the event, join in the dialogue and explore diversity whilst also developing their own creative responses in the form of drawings, both on paper and through digital drawing apps on their smart phones and tablets. 

Get involved

To find out more visit the Portraits Untold website or join in the conversation on social media #PortraitsUntold 
Beningbrough's event will be part of The Big Draw.

The other venues

The other events will take place at:
  • Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery - John Akomfrah, 16 July. See the streaming here.  
  • National Portrait Gallery - Evelyn Glennie, 22 July. See the streaming here
  • Stoke City Football Club - Neil Baldwin, 19 September. See the streaming here.

The small print

The event is free but normal admission applies or free to National Trust members. If you can’t make it, join the online streaming and maybe your creativity will make it into the final piece of art.
*The hall will open early for one day only. Lift access to all floors of the hall. In order for us to meet your access needs, if you are visiting with a wheelchair or scooter, please phone ahead to book a priority pass 01904 472027.
Tanya creating in the studio
Artist painting a portrait
Tanya creating in the studio