This event is held in the Museum only. Please note the talk will be held upstairs. Tickets must be pre-booked.
The Freud Museum warmly welcomes Bella and Esther Freud for an in-house discussion with the writer Hannah Rothschild, on sitting for Lucian, inspiration, and the influences on their own work.
This event is held as part of our temporary exhibition honouring Lucian Freud: The Painter and his Family, on display until 29 January 2023. The Exhibition, Museum, and Shop will be open throughout the evening for special after-hours viewing. Doors will open at 6, and the talk will begin at 6.30 upstairs and last for around 1 hour and 15 minutes. Space is limited to book early.
Bella Freud has moved between the mediums of clothing design, interior design, perfume making, filmmaking, and publishing – redefining what it means to be a designer. Her own clothing designs have garnered a cult following amongst the likes of Kate Moss, Nick Cave, Sienna Miller, and Olivia Wilde. Bella’s unique visual identity and way of seeing the world is in part inherited. Her father Lucian and his grey flannel Huntsman suits, handmade shirts and paint-splattered chef trousers are early sartorial influences. Her great grandfather Sigmund Freud’s belief that all people possess unconscious thoughts, feelings, desires and memories, plays out in the sense of spontaneity of her clothes.
Esther Freud trained as an actress before writing her first novel, Hideous Kinky (1992), which was made into a film starring Kate Winslet. After publishing her second book she was chosen as one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists. Her other novels include The Sea House, Lucky Break and Mr Mac and Me, and most recently, I Couldn’t Love You More. Her first full length play Stitchers was produced at The Jermyn St Theatre in 2018 and in 2019 she was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Hannah Rothschild CBE is a British writer, documentary filmmaker, businesswoman and philanthropist. She’s made documentary features for the BBC, HBO and others. She writes screenplays and articles for newspapers and magazines. She’s lectures on art, philanthropy and history and appears regularly at literary festivals. Her books, two novels and a biography have won and been nominated for prizes and are translated into more than twenty languages. In 2015 she became the first woman to chair the National Gallery. In 2018 she was made a CBE for her contribution to the arts and philanthropy. In 2021 she was nominated to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Members get priority booking and a discounted entry ticket. Standard booking will open on 18 October, 9am.