Current Events:

  1. The Venice of Bellini and Carpaccio – 22nd November
  2. Women Artists Down the Centuries –  starting 26th September
  3. From Can-Can to Soup Can – Tuesday 21st May 2019

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

The Venice of Bellini and Carpaccio

Thursday 22nd November 2018

The day will be held at the Nottingham Conference Centre and will include lunch and coffee.

Paula Nuttall is an established Arts Society lecturer and an authority on Italian and Northern European Renaissance art. She is Course Director of the V&A  late Medieval and Early Renaissance Year Course, and also lectures for the Courtauld Institute and the Art Fund. The much loved paintings of Carpaccio and the Bellini brothers, Giovanni and Gentile, offer a window into the world of Renaissance Venice – a city no less remarkable in 1500 than it is today.

Session1: Venice – another world: Exploring Venice through the art and architecture of Bellini’s era, we begin by thinking about what makes the city unique: its topography and self-image, its power and wealth, and links with the Byzantine and Islamic East.
Session 2: Sacred and Secular Realms: We look at masterpieces by Bellini and his pupils Giorgione and Titian, from great altarpieces for churches to new types of domestic imagery, notably the female nude, with which Venetians decorated their luxurious homes.
Session 3: Art for the Scuole: The distinctive canvases which Bellini and Carpaccio produced for the charitable brotherhoods known as Scuole, offer fascinating glimpses into contemporary Venetian life.

Cost: £44.00 inc. refreshments on arrival and at morning break and a hot two-course lunch in the Old Library.

Download the application form here

Further Reading:

Peter Humfrey, Painting in Renaissance Venice, New Haven and London, 1995

Patricia Fortini Brown, The Renaissance in Venice: a World Apart, London 1997

Tom Nicols, Renaissance Art in Venice: From Tradition to Individualism, London 2011

Course for 2018/19

Women Artists Down the Centuries

Dr Angela Smith

       A new course on Women Artists given by the Art Historian, Angie Smith who has already led several popular courses for us.

The course of six study days will present a chronological survey of women painters and sculptors in the West from the 1400s to the present day. It will examine the social constraints that have made it difficult for women to produce art and, how, over time, opportunities for study and practice have changed.

All study days are on a Wednesday.
26th September 2018 – Introduction
24th October 2018 – History and Still Life:  the 1600s
21st November 2018  – Pastel, print and portrait: 1700 – 1830
30th January 2019 – The Unconventional:  the 19th Century
27th February 2019 Avant garde:  the late 19th and early 20th centuries
20th March – Freedom to create: the 20th Century

The course will take place at Antenna House, Beck Street, Nottingham NG1 1EQ

Please download the application form here. Priority will be given to those who attended previous courses but other members and waiting list members are welcome.

Day of Special Interest

From Can-Can to Soup Can

Tuesday 21st May 2019

Presented by Linda Collins

At Nottingham Conference Centre, Burton Street, Nottingham NG1 4BU

Linda Collins is an established Arts Society lecturer and an authority on Historic Royal Palaces and the National Trust. She has lectured both at the Tate Modern and the National Gallery. Linda is also an independent lecture organiser and a Member of the Association of Arts Historians.

Session One: 

We start the day in the Paris of 1850 – the lively city of cabarets, can-can girls and artistic bohemia.  We follow the course of art from academic pictures, through the Impressionists, the Post-Impressionists and beyond, looking at how the thread of art leads ever forward towards the present.

Session Two: 

Here we look at a large number of artists in Paris at this time and at the lively life they lived there.  We consider five major art groups comprising the Ecole de Paris, the Ecole Francais, Purism, Dadaism and Surrealism.  We now leave Paris as, with the World War 2 approaching, many of the artists are departing for New York.

Session Three: 

This session looks briefly at the history of modern art in New York before rejoining our French artists in the city and we see how the French artists influenced the New York based artists such as de Kooning, Rothko and Pollock.  From Abstract Expressionism we move on to Pop Art before finishing the day with Warhol’s famous cans – and some lively debate.

Hence, Can-Can to Soup Can.

For further information and application form please download the Can- Can application form here