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LECTURE PROGRAMME - December 2020 – July 2021

Until further notice our lectures will be available via Zoom.  Lecture reminders will be sent a week and the day before the lecture, with the link.
Tuesday 6th October – 11.00am
Picasso in Britain: Art, Politics and Outcry 
Katherine Aspinall

Picasso had a tumultuous relationship with Britain over the course of his life, both in relation to his personal politics and to the shock of his art.  This talk examines the lasting effects of Picasso on Britain, looking not only at the artist’s two visits (1919 and 1950) but also the turning point that the display of his monumental Guernica precipitated for British Arts.   

Tuesday  10th  November – 10.45am  
The virtual AGM will be followed by the Pam Boas lecture.
Sense and Sensibility: depictions of the Industrial Age by Joseph Wright of Derby
Justin Reay

In the 18th century portraiture in Britain became more democratic, the nobility giving way to the nouveau riche as industrialists and merchants commissioned portraits.  Although Joseph Wright was highly regarded as a portraitist he is now better known as the artist of the Industrial Revolution.
This lecture coincides with the exhibition ‘Turner’s Modern World’ at   Tate Modern (28th October 2020 – 7th March 2021).

Tuesday  8th  December - 11.00am
Details to be finalised!

Tuesday  19th January 2021- 11.00am
The Sunflower in Art and Culture
Twiggs Way   
A fascinating talk exploring the many depictions, myths and cultural roles of that most glorious of plants, the sunflower, tracing its origins from South America, its association with Apollo, and its role as personification of kings, starring in depictions by artists from Van Dyck to Van Gogh.

Tuesday  9th  February – 11.00am 
Banned: Savitsky and the secret hoard of Avante Garde Art
Chris Alexander

Despite the flourishing of Russian Avante Garde Art early in 20th century, as Stalin rose to power he banned all but Socialist Realist expressions of art.  Igor Savitsky ignored the ban, travelled throughout the Soviet Union buying, bribing and cajoling until he amassed the second largest collection of Russian Avante Garde Art in the world.

Tuesday  9th  March – 11.00am
Sibelius and the Birth of Finland
Dr Rosamund Bartlett

Until 1809 part of Sweden, then part of the Russian Empire, Finland’s birth as a nation in 1917 owes everything to the artists, writers and musicians who helped forge its cultural identity.  Sibelius bravely and unfashionably decided to embrace native themes in his music while still a student in Vienna. ‘Finlandia’ and ‘Symphony No.2’  were immediately championed as symbols of Finnish nationalism.

Tuesday  6th  April – 11.00am
Great Lengths – on the Art and Architecture of historic Swimming Pools and Lidos 
Simon Ingliss   
Swimming is Britain’s second favourite form of recreation (after walking).  For many swimmers the baths themselves are cherished.  Some, particularly those built in the Victorian and Edwardian years, are rich in decorative tilework, stained glass, polished wood and terracotta detailing.   Art Deco and Modernist lidos became the urban beaches of their day.  Our lecturer considers how the pools of today compare. 

Tuesday  11th   May  - 11.00am
Sacred Art of Burma
Denise Heywood
The temples, iconography, sculptures, textiles, dance, literature and people of Burma are infused with the spirit of Buddhism.  This gentle philosophy has inspired some of the greatest art and architecture in the world, nowhere more so than in Burma, now called Myanmar.  We will see how Buddhism has inspired advocates of peace throughout centuries.

Tuesday  8th  June – 11.00am
John Peter Russell
Lucretzia Walker
Russell was an Australian artist and friend of the Impressionists of whom Rodin said would be as famous as himself and their friend Monet.  Matisse said Russell had taught him everything he knew about colour.  During their lifetimes Russell was more successful than his friend, the unknown  Van Gogh.  What reversed this situation?

Tuesday  13th  July - 11.00am
The Benin Sculptures, masterpieces of African Art, 16th- 19th century
Claire Walsh

These antique bronze sculptures from the West African kingdom of Benin astounded critics when first seen in Europe in the late 1880s.  They could hardly believe that such technically accomplished sculptures were created by African artists. This lecture reveals the sophisticated production processes, the symbolism and ritual use of the bronzes.  One of the richest collections of Benin bronzes is in the British Museum.