Current Events:

  1. Art and Architecture in Spain : Course 2017 – 2018 Note the new dates for the last two lectures
  2. Looking at Me, Looking at You : The Representation of Women in Western Art – Study Day
  3. The Arts Society East Midlands Area: Gold of the Gods: Treasures of the Americas and the Search for El Dorado

Friends of Members, those on the Waiting List and Affiliate Members are welcome to apply for these events. However, priority is given to members.

Art and Architecture in Spain

Art & Architecture of Spain in 6 parts         

The course will introduce members to the many and varied aspects of Spanish art and architecture in its historical context covering a 2000 year span.

  1. Introduction: Indigenous, Roman and Visigothic art and architecture in the Iberian peninsular, c.200 BC – AD 700

In the introduction to the course, we will consider indigenous Iberian sculpture that was made on the Iberian peninsular prior to Roman occupation. We will then survey some of the numerous buildings, sculptures & mosaics produced during Roman occupation. The third talk will focus on the art and architecture of the Germanic people called the Visigoths, who settled in Spain in the 500s.

  1.  711-1492: Islamic art and architecture in Spain

In this study day we will trace the history of Islamic presence in Spain and in so doing, consider the varieties of art and applied art produced and also some of the great architectural remains including the Umayyad mosque in Cordoba (the Mezquita), the Giralda in Seville the Alhambra in Granada.

  1. Medieval Christian to early Renaissance (1200s -1500)

The day will begin with Spain’s great medieval art (including the sculptural programme at Santiago de Compostela) and the wall paintings in the MNAC. We will move on to consider painting and sculpture produced in the 1300 and 1400s.

  1. The Golden Age of Spanish Art –
    31st January

Habsburg rule in Spain from the early 1500s until 1700 coincided with what has been described as a Golden age for Spanish art. In this study day we will begin by considering the patronage of Emperor Charles V and his son, Philip II. These monarchs began to collect art and oversaw the building of the Escorial. Although Madrid became the capital of Spain in 1561, the city (and port) of Seville flourished thanks to trade with the New World. The day will include detailed discussion of the three great painters all born in Seville: Velazquez, Zurbaran and Murillo

  1. 1700 -1880 –
    21 st |March

    This has been rescheduled as the last lecture day had to be cancelled because of the snow.

A new dynasty ruling Spain in the 1700s brought a new style to Spanish architecture. The day will begin with a survey of royal (Bourbon) patronage of painters including Mengs and Tiepolo. We will also consider the life and art of  Goya, against the background of troubled times for Spain in the late 1700s and early 1800s. We will consider the opening of the Prado and the ‘discovery’ of Spain and Spanish art in the early 1800s and its influence on foreign artists including Manet.

  1. Barcelona to Bilbao –
    25th April

    Please note the new date for this lecture day

In our final study day, we will begin with an examination of the Renaixensa in Barcelona and the flowering of many arts in that city at the turn of the 20th century, followed by discussion of some of the great 20th century names including Dali; the impact of the Civil War and Franco’s rule. We will close by looking at some of the post Franco developments in Spanish art and the importance of artists like Tapies.

A booking form can be downloaded here

Looking at Me Looking at You: The Representation of Women in Western Art

by Linda Smith

Tuesday 15th May 2018

Nottingham Conference Centre, Burton Street, Nottingham NG1 4BU

We have booked the popular lecturer Linda Smith whom some of you will know from her excellent and entertaining talk Great Tarts in Art . The aim of the Study Day is to look at the representation of women in Western art since ancient times. We will ask what the functions of such pictures were in their own times and how we might read them today. We will also consider the long history of how women have struggled for political representation and what that has meant for their roles as subjects, and makers, of art.

Linda has two first class degrees in Art History and is an experienced guide and lecturer at Tate Britain, Tate Modern and the Dulwich Gallery.

Session 1: Looking Back – From Antiquity to Renaissance. Here many aspects will be considered including courtly love and the role of women as patrons of art.
Session 2: Looking the Part – Some Women in British Art c. 1550 – c.1900. A wide range of women will be covered from all-powerful monarchs down to the ubiquitous Fallen Women of the Victorian Era.
Session 3: who Are You Looking At? – Twentieth Century Art and Feminism. We will see how the early avant-garde challenged and subverted European tradition in art and what the rise of the cult of Bohemia meant for women trying to succeed as artists.

The cost will be £44.00 including refreshments on arrival and at the morning break. and a hot two course lunch in the Old Library. Discount parking is available at the nearby Talbot Street car park OR discounted tram tickets are available.

To download an application form, click here Linda Smith application.

The Arts Society East Midlands Area

Gold of the Gods : Treasures of the Americas and the Search for El Dorado.

Wednesday 11th July 2018

For the Jubilee celebration of The Arts Society, Chloe Sayer is presenting her golden lecture.

Chloe is an independent scholar and curator specialising in Mexican art and culture. Based in London, she is a fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and an outstanding speaker.

Nottingham Conference Centre, Burton Street, Nottingham NG1 4BU

Cost: £48 including refreshments and a hot buffet lunch. Also discounted parking at Talbot Street car park and discounted tram travel available. Booking form contains extra details.

First Lecture

South America and the Search for El Dorado: The ancient goldsmiths of Colombia produced some of the most spectacular treasures of South America. For Colombians, gold has a spiritual importance. Europeans, by contrast, saw gold as a commodity. The dream of El Dorado led many Europeans to risk their lives searching for the “golden one”.

Second Lecture

Golden Treasures of Peru: This lecture will look at the Incas, the Moche and the Chimu. They transformed gold into elaborate pendants, breastplates and musical instruments. These ritual objects were destined for temples, places of offering and burial sites.

Third Lecture

Mexico, the golden land: In 1519, Hernan Cortes and a small fighting force landed on the coast of Veracruz and clashed with the warlike Aztecs. We will look at the Aztecs who were great goldsmiths and the Mixtec.

The booking form can be downloaded here.