facing death 27-28 January, at the National Portrait Gallery.

The fashion for portraying the recently deceased has constantly shifted between the private and public, and across different epochs and different cultures.

An audience with Gary Schneider Thursday 19.00 – 20.00. To premiere the ‘Facing Death’ Symposium, South African-born portrait photographer Gary Schneider explores the relationship between science and art, medical and memorial photography through strikingly beautiful images of blood, DNA and strands of hair.

Facing Death Symposium Friday 10.00 – 16.45. This multidisciplinary symposium will bring together some of the most dynamic voices from the worlds of art history, media, medicine and science to discuss the past, present and future of the facial representations of death.

Speakers include: Guy Brown (molecular biologist), Eleanor Crook (wax sculptor), Sandra Kemp (curator of Future Face exhibition), Ruth Richardson (author of Death, Dissection and the Destitute), John Stezaker (artist), and Tony Walter (sociologist).

Tickets: Thursday £6/£3.50 concessions. Friday £20/£15 concessions (combined ticket offer £25/£18.50 concessions). To book call 020 7611 8246.

For a full programme visit: www.wellcome.ac.uk/facingdeath

A Wellcome Trust event in association with the Royal College of Art and the National Portrait Gallery