Our ten monthly illustrated lectures are included in the membership fee. Lectures take place the second Thursday of the month from October to July at 8pm, with coffee & biscuits from 7.30pm, in the Sixth Form Centre at JAGS (see 'Where we meet') from October to July.
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12 December 2013 - In the Bleak Midwinter
IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER: ARTISTS' RESPONSES TO SNOW
From 15th century peasants drying their clothes, through to 17th century frost fairs on the Thames to 19th century skaters in the Bois de Boulogne, this lecture will trace how artists have responded to the challenges of winter. Ann Clements has catalogued English watercolours and drawings for the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, research for the Paul Mellon Foundation and university lecturing.
09 January 2014 - Paintings Inspired by Music
PAINTINGS INSPIRED BY MUSIC AND MUSIC INSPIRED BY PAINTINGS
Looking at a range of works spanning 600 years, including Italian, Russian and Dutch examples, this lecture will demonstrate and analyse the power with which the worlds of the visual and aural arts are linked. Peter Medhurst studied at the Royal College of Music and the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He performs and delivers illustrated lectures on music and the arts in the UK and abroad.
13 February 2014 - The Vikings
THE VIKINGS: RAIDERS, TRADERS AND INVADERS
Linked to the 2014 Viking Exhibition at the British Museum, the lecture explores the world of the Vikings through their arts and technology, ships, burials, hoards and jewellery. Barbara Askew is a London Blue Badge guide andtaught history before qualifying. She is a guide at the British Museum, Houses of Parliament and the Albert Memorial, and has been lecturing to U3A and the National Trust for ten years.
13 March 2014 - The Birth of the Artist
THE BIRTH OF THE ARTIST: SELF PORTRAITURE AND THE IMAGE OF THE PAINTER IN THE 17th CENTURY
This lecture looks at the origin and development of self-portraiture from the 17th century, when artists began to rise in social status. Aliki Braine studied at the Ruskin School of Fine Art, Oxford, the Slade School of Fine Art, London and has an MA in 17th century painting from the Courtauld Institute. An associate lecturer for the University of the Arts London, she also lectures at the Slade School of Fine Arts summer programme, and at all the main London art galleries.
10 April 2014 - A Love Affair: the History of Gardens
A LOVE AFFAIR: THE HISTORY OF GARDENS THROUGH ART & SOCIETY FROM THE NILE TO THE SEINE
We will examine the history of gardens using paintings and photographs, starting in Ancient Egypt, continuing with the Greeks and Romans, monastic and castle gardens, the Italian Renaissance and the Grand French Manner, to English landscapes and early Victorian gardens, and ending with Monet's. Joanne Kidd is a lecturer in creative studies, design and the historical background to plant material and gardens, and has lectured at the National Gallery.
08 May 2014 - Recent Trends in Contemporary Architecture
RECENT TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE FROM FRANK GEHRY TO ZAHA HADID
The lecture will include Le Corbusier’s use of colour, the influence of computer-aided design, and the rise of sustainable and minimalist design. Tim Bruce-Dick is a architect and worked for Arup Associates before establishing his own practice in London. He is an art historian and taught design and history at Oxford Brookes University School of Architecture and at Oxford University summer schools, and adult education courses.
12 June 2014 - Art & Illusion
ART & ILLUSION: PICTURE PUZZLES FROM MESOPOTAMIA TO MAGRITTE
From cavemen to ancient soothsayers to twentieth century artists such as Picasso and Dali, the human eye has been led to interpret what it thinks it sees. This entertaining lecture reveals the many artistic devices that bamboozle our perceptions in the visual arts, architecture, poetry and music, and looks to the future as computer artists enter the field. With a background in museums and academia, David Phillips specialises in issues of taste, authenticity and ambiguity in art.
10 July 2014 - Ethiopia: 3,000 Years of History
ETHIOPIA - THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF HISTORY, ART AND ARCHITECTURE
The historian Edward Gibbon wrote, "Encompassed on all sides by the enemies of their religion, the Aethiopians slept near a thousand years, forgetful of the world by whom they were forgotten". Alan John Bott takes us on a virtual tour of the art and architecture of Ethiopia. He is a Bodley Fellow of Merton College, Oxford. His work with P&O took him around the world 42 times and he has written many books on architectural and antiquarian subjects.