Summary
Current Events:

  1. Six Cities and Their Artists – A course of lectures. Starts 25th September
  2. Paintings inspired by Music and Music inspired by paintings – Peter Medhurst – 30th April 2020
  3. It’s not just Tchaikovsky. The Nutcracker – Nigel Bates – 19th November 2020

Friends of Members  and Supporter Members of The Arts Society are welcome to apply for these events. However, priority is given to members of the Nottingham Society.

Course for 2019/20

Six Cities and Their Artists

Given by Art Historian, Dr Angela Smith

Each of the six study days will begin with an historical overview of the city through its art and architecture followed by a detailed examination of paintings which capture aspects of the city.

Wednesday 26th February 2020 – NEW YORK

The Ashcan School, Edward Hopper

Wednesday 25th March 2020 – BERLIN
including Max Lieberman and Georg Grosz

Wednesday 29th January 2020 – AMSTERDAM
Paintings of Amsterdam by Van Gogh will feature in our historical survey of the city. The additional lectures will examine 17th century cityscapes of Amsterdam by Jan van der Heyden, Johannes Lingelbach and others. We will also survey works by the Amsterdam Impressionists and the Amsterdamse Joffers, a group of women who met in the city in the late 19th century to paint and exhibit together.

Wednesday 26th February 2020 – NEW YORK
Some of the Romantic landscapes painted by artists of the Hudson River Valley School will feature in our historical survey of New York. This will be followed by discussion of paintings by members of the early 20th century Ashcan School and finally, Precisionist pictures of the city painted by Georgia O’Keefe Edward Hopper and others.

Wednesday 25th March 2020 – BERLIN
Paintings by 19th century artist, Adolf Menzel and also German Impressionists including Max Liebermann, will feature in our historical survey of Berlin. Paintings of life in Berlin in the early 20th century and in particular during the first world war until the end of the Weimar Republic will be examined in detail featuring works by George Grosz, Lotte Laserstein and Otto Dix.

 

The course will take place at Antenna House, Beck Street, Nottingham NG1 1EQ. Each day will start at 10.30am (registration from 10.00am) and finish at 3.00pm..

Please contact Chris Castleden for further information at cdcastleden@btinternet.com. An application form can be downloaded here at Application Form.

Paintings Inspired by Music and Music Inspired by Paintings.

Thursday 30th April 2020

Nottingham Trent University, Conference Centre

This Study Day looks at how one medium has the extraordinary power to inspire another.  The lecture, which spans over 600 years of the arts, analyses a range of related works, bringing together the music of Martinu with the frescoes of Piero della Francesca, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus with Respighi’s Trittico botticelliano, Bocklin’s Isle of the Dead with Rachmaninoff’s symphonic poem and Poet Mondrian’s Boogie Woogie with the piano playing of Albert Ammons.

Peter Medhurst appears in the UK and abroad as a musician and scholar, giving recitals and delivering illustrated lectures on music and the arts. He studied singing and early keyboard instruments at the Royal College of Music and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Many of you have already had the pleasure of experiencing one of Peter’s one hour lectures last year.

Further information is available in postings and an application form can be downloaded here.

Boticelli : Birth of Venus

Bocklin: Isle of the Dead

This Study Day looks at how one medium has the extraordinary power to inspire another. The lectures, which span over 600 years of the arts, analyse and discuss a range of related works, bringing together the music of Martinu with the frescoes of Piero della Francesca, Boticelli’s Birth of Venus with Respighi’s Trittico botticelliano, Bocklin’s Isle of the Dead with Rachmaninoff’s syphonic poem and Poet Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie with the piano playing of Albert Ammons.