Artist Talk – Vee Speers

Date: 17 May 2020
Time: 5:00pm
Locations: Online

Cost: Free, donations welcome


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‘The Birthday Party’ eternalises the last days of childhood with timeless portraits that are at once hauntingly beautiful and provocative. Vee Speers explores the playful escapism of games of “dress up” in childhood and the encompassing notions of performance and play. These portraits confront us with reminders of our own childhood, creating enigmatic stories which blur the line between reality and fiction, highlighting our need to escape into fantasy.
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Available after 1 May 2020
Vee Speers, a Paris-based Australian artist, fell in love with photography in the ’70s. She assisted her father in his converted caravan dark-room and was mesmerised as his portraits appeared like magic. After completing art school in Brisbane in the ’80s, Speers worked as a Stills Photographer at the ABC Television in Sydney. In 1990, a short stay in France became a permanent move to Paris, which, according to her, is a place with ‘unlimited potential and endless creative inspiration’. Speers has exhibited in museums, galleries, art-fairs and festivals around the world, and her work has been published in features and covers of more than 30 international magazines, with four sold-out monographs of her work.

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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