Wednesday, 10th October
Golden yellow, red, and blue: The Cardinal Colours
This lecture studies the art, science, and history of the three Cardinal colours. There will be a special emphasis on yellow to celebrate the Golden anniversary of The Arts Society. We look at the history of yellow pigments, cultural meanings of yellow and yellow in European painting. Also included will be an introduction to colour theory and the difference between coloured light and chemical colours.
An art historian and a professional artist. Her lectures combine art historical knowledge with personal expertise in aesthetics and artistic techniques. Alexandra has a BA (Hons) Fine Art from Chelsea School of Art and an MFA from Cambridge School of Art.
Wednesday, 12th December
Father Frost and Old New Year: Christmas Traditions in Russia
We will explore the rich tradition of religious and folk customs associated with the Christmas period in Russia. How they are reflected in Russian arts, with musical illustrations. The lecture also discusses the secular Christmas celebrations introduced by Peter the Great, transformations by Stalin during Soviet times and what Christmas means to Russians today.
Rosamund is the author of several books, including biographies of Tolstoy and Chekhov, whose works she has also translated for Oxford World’s Classics. She has extensive experience lecturing in Russian cultural history at venues such as the V&A, the National Theatre and Covent Garden, and broadcasts regularly on the BBC.
Wednesday, 9th January
The Wilton Diptych
Now housed in London’s National Gallery, the Wilton Diptych is one of the most enigmatic and exquisite of surviving English panel paintings. Painted 1395-97 for Richard II who ascended the English throne in 1377 aged 11. This lecture approaches the Wilton Diptych as a detective puzzle and attempts to decode the painting’s complex layers of subtle meaning and to place it securely within its late 14th century context.
A lecturer and tutor for the Early Medieval Year Course at V&A, also Dean of ‘European Studies’ for two US Universities. Her academic achievements are a BA (History) from the University of Durham; and a PhD (Medieval Manuscript illumination) and MA (Medieval History of Art) from the Courtauld Institute.
Wednesday, 13th March
Image & History: Art at the Lansdowne Club
The current collection at the Lansdowne Club highlights it’s fascinating architectural, social, and political history. Through 18century prints, oils, photography, modern silkscreens, lithographs, and mixed media works the image and history of this Grade II building comes to life.
Pamela specialises in British Domestic Architecture and Modern British Art. She has over 12 years’ experience at the Royal Academy with work experience undertaken at Bonham’s, Art Loss Register, and The National Trust. Now a freelance art consultant and lecturer who recently curated a collection for the Lansdowne Club.
Wednesday, 8th May
The Silver Thread; silver filigree and traditional arts in Kosovo
From the early Kosovan silver mines mentioned in Dante, through the 20th century politics over Kosovo’s mines (which resulted in both a war and a golf course) a silver thread winds through Kosovo’s history. In the country’s cultural capital, Prizren there are seventh generation filigree artisans who turn dull raw sticks of silver into magical lacy creations. The results- in boxes, buttons, jewellery, religious ornamentation, and talismans of superstition- are a fine narrative of Kosovo’s history and traditions.
After studying at Magdalen College Oxford, Elizabeth trained as a teacher and worked in Lambeth, Hackney, and Islington. She moved to Kosovo in 2006 and there worked with the Ethnological Museum in Prishtina and co-founded ‘The Ideas Partnership’, a charity working on education and cultural heritage projects. Elizabeth speaks fluent Albanian and is the author of four books about Kosovo. She is a regular contributor to Radio 4 (Saturday Live, Excess Baggage, From Our Own Correspondent) and the BBC World Service
Wednesday, 12th June
Historic gardens of the Italian Lakes
There are many illustrious gardens on the shores of Lakes Como and Maggiore in the mountainous far north of Italy. Those included in this lecture include a 16th-century parterre and water staircase; a baroque garden in the middle of a lake; two gardens made by rival Napoleonic grandees; and a garden created by two Edwardian romantics as a theatre for sharing their love of art and nature. These achievements and others are set in a climate ideal for garden-making among some of the world’s noblest scenery.
An independent landscape consultant specialising in historic gardens and architecture since 1985. He is also a freelance lecturer at the Universities of Bristol and Oxford. Steven is a writer and broadcaster on historic gardens and related topics. His book Gardens of the Italian Lakes, with photography by Marianne Majerus, is published by Frances Lincoln