Wednesday, 14th October
Eric Ravilious – A Life in Pictures
Eric Ravilious was only 39 when he died on active service as a war artist in 1942, yet he had already achieved amazing things. A brilliant wood engraver and designer, he is best known today for his haunting watercolours in which lighthouses, white horses, empty rooms and downland paths become marvels. This entertaining illustrated talk illuminates the life and work of a playful, enigmatic artist, with plentiful examples of his work.
The paintings are a delight, the Ravilious story funny, sad and full of surprises.
Wednesday, 9th December
Dickens, Lawrence, and Zhivago; David Lean’s Art of Cinema
Cinematic images are modern art forms. Drawing on new insights from the archaeology of cinema, this lecture will use the films of renowned British director David Lean to explore the art of cinema. In the ‘golden age’ of cinema –film-makers had to construct sets to represent landscapes, townscapes, and interiors. How do the ‘artists’ – in this case formed of large collaborative teams choose locations, more generally, ‘imagine’ the world they seek to represent? What are the influences on the way the cinema depicts the world? How much is authentic, and how much preconception and prejudice?
Wednesday, 13th January
Brian Mac Donald
Tribal Bags, Fabulous Bags- The Antique Weavings & Dowry Bags of the Persian & Central Asian Nomads
Today these magnificent woven containers, many depicting the very best of tribal work, have virtually disappeared and are not likely to be seen again amongst the nomadic tribes. The 1940s saw the decline of these utilitarian bags which, until then, were highly prized possessions amongst the nomadic peoples. Why did this happen? What caused it? The audience will have the opportunity to discover and examine little known utilitarian weavings, such as wonderful saddlebags, unusual salt bags, and exquisite but tiny vanity bags.
Wednesday, 10th March
Miniature Adults? Images of Childhood in Western Art
When we look at early child portraits, we often see only miniature adults dressed stiffly in adult-like clothes. Recognising the (artistic) conventions behind such images may help to discover more about childhood throughout history, and about social expectations. Our findings could well be very different from what we might expect.
Wednesday, 12th May
Mary Delany (1700-1788) and her Paper Flora Delanica
Scandal, politics, botany, art and wit – this talk has it all. Following the life of the ‘grotto nymph’ and creator of botanic paper mosaiks. After a life of gardening and ‘shell work’ she embarked, aged 72, on a fabulous Flora of paper portrayals of exotic plants.
Wednesday, 9th June
Magnificent Mosaics-Window into the Colourful Roman World
The Romans have left us with a remarkable artistic record of their lifestyle, beliefs, achievements and entertainment in the form of beautiful mosaics. From the best sites and museums in the world we see how they built on earlier Greek traditions; the cities in which they lived; the Gods and myths in which they believed; and the exotic lives of the Romans themselves – from Britain to Sicily, from Morocco to Syria.