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Digital People’s Portraits Event with Dr David Dibosa and artist Tim Benson

Painting of 92 years by artist Tim Benson
92 years by Tim Benson

We started this year’s People’s Portraits reception with a poem about how the People’s Portraits were coping with lockdown due to Covid-19 and were rallied by our foundress Emily Davis. The poem, written by Revd Dr Malcolm Guite, Life Fellow of Girton College, published poet and former Chaplain at Girton, can be viewed below.  

During a pre-recorded tour in his studio, artist Tim Benson PROI NEAC RP unveiled the latest addition to the collection, a portrait of his grandmother titled 92 years. Tim spoke eloquently about his grandmother and explained various elements within the portrait. 

Dr David Dibosa (Girton, 1986), Reader in Museology, University of the Arts London, gave an engaging talk entitled Take My Name.

“For some people, a name is just throwaway: call me what you will. For others, a name marks a site of struggle. To recall a name enacts an invocation. It brings someone or something back to the present. For the few among us who doubt the significance of the power of recall, we will notice it, once it has gone.". 

We finished the session with a live Q&A with both Tim Benson and David Dibosa. The recording of the event can be viewed below.