Artist Talk – Richard Sawdon Smith

Date: 2 May 2020
Time: 5:00pm
Locations: Online

Cost: Free, donations welcome


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Sawdon Smith reflects on his past lives and the roles he has accumulated. AIDS patient to university professor, gender bender to porn star, go-go dancer to boxer, drag queen to leather queen, son to daddy! He dips into his dressing up box to create new and potentially different roles, all the time playing with gender, identity, sexuality, subjectivity, masculinity, and everything in between.
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Available after 1 May 2020
Professor Richard Sawdon Smith is an internationally exhibiting and award-winning British photographer. He is Dean of Arts & Media at Norwich University of the Arts, UK and a former winner of the National Portrait Gallery London, Photographic Portrait Award. He is a Patron of the Norwich Film Festival, Trustee of the Council of Higher Education for Art and Design, a board member of The bookRoom Press & Archive and member of the Editorial Advisory Panel of the Journal of Photography & Culture, and a member of the Visual AIDS Archive New York. He is Co-editor of Langford’s Basic Photography and The Book is Alive!. His photographs and writing are widely published.

How live sessions work

Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive an email confirmation. The next steps are: 

  1. We will send you an email with a hyperlink to join the session at least 24 hours before the class start time  
  2. We will open the room 5 minutes before the scheduled start of the session  
  3. You will be able to listen through your computer speakers and view the presenter(s) and their images on the screen  
  4. You will be able to ask questions through the ‘live chat’ during the session. We will answer the questions towards the end  
  5. In some sessions, you will be able to ask live questions via your webcam and microphone (depending on your system, you may have to click on permissions or change settings)  
  6. We will let you know within 48 hours when the recording is available 


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