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Date Title Lecturer
19 January

Raphael of Urbino

2020 marked the 500th anniversary of the death of Raphael. In this lecture, we will study his art and architecture, from his early work in Urbino and Florence to its full maturity in Rome.

Shirley Smith
16 February

Art not Words! Woman’s Suffrage – how Art and Design helped the Cause

This lecture focuses on the use of art and design to promote the aims of the Suffragettes – the first pressure group to use recognisably modern PR tactics – but in doing so it also embraces the Suffragist movement more widely.

Vivienne Lawes
16 March

Banned: savisky and the secret horde of avante garde art

Savitsky Despite the flourishing of Russian Avante Garde Art during the first 30 years of the 20th Century, as Stalin rose to power, he banned all but Socialist Realist expressions of art. To own anything else was dangerous enough but to start collecting it was unthinkable. And yet this is what Igor Savitsky did. The State Museum of Karakalpakstan, situated near the south shores of the Aral Sea is now a Mecca for art lovers. It’s remote location in the desert oasis of Khorezm, meant that he was able to get away with such subversive activity.

Chris Aslan Alexander
20 April

Double Dutch: symbols, emblems etc in Dutch Genre Painting

The merchants of seventeenth century Holland filled their houses with paintings. A favourite subject was scenes of everyday life; depicting behaviour both good...and bad.

Lynne Gibson
18 May

A Victorian Idyll: Cottage Gardens from Allingham to Lutyens

As the 19th century came to a close, many Victorians were nostalgic for a pre-industrial countryside and rural way of life. Three generations of Victorian painters captured the disappearing rural cottage and its garden.

Anne Anderson
15 June

Thomas Heatherwick: A Modern Leonardo?

Over the last twenty years the Heatherwick Studio has produced a vast range of solutions to design challenges around the world. This talk looks at the wonderfully creative ways in which Heatherwick and his team have responded.

Ian Swankie
20 July

How to read the English Country Church Part 1: The pre-Christian to the Tudors

It is possible to 'read' the passage of time, of movements, cultures and peoples in the architecture and art forms evident in many of our older English country churches. This lecture takes us from the pre-Christian era, through the arrival of the Romans and onwards to the sixteenth century and the epoch changing Tudors.

Nicholas Henderson
19 October

Georgia O’Keefe in New Mexico

This colourful lecture explores the relationship between an extraordinary American painter and an equally remarkable place: the picturesque state of New Mexico.

James Russell
16 November

Preserving our ecclesiastical textile heritage

This lecture outlines both the historical background of our ecclesiastical textiles and how treatments undertaken by a Textile Conservator preserve and restore these items to continue their use and provide visual pleasure.

Jacqueline Hyman
7 December

Grandfather Frost and the Old New Year: Russian Christmas

This lecture explores the traditional religious and folk customs associated with Christmas in Russia before the Revolution, the secular celebrations introduced to Russia by Peter the Great, the drastic changes introduced in Soviet times by Stalin, and what Christmas means to Russians today

(NB 1st Tuesday)

Rosamund Bartlett
18 January

The Emperor Qianlong (1736-1796): 'Ultimate Renaissance Ruler & Fine Art Collector'

This lecture will provide an insight into Qianlong not only as a successful Emperor of China but also as a scholar and ‘ultimate’ collector of fine art. A wide range of items of the highest quality, produced by the Imperial Workshops, will illustrate this lecture.

David Rosier
15 February

Tom Roberts and the Heidelberg School

Though born in England, Tom Roberts emigrated to Australia as a youth and settled in Melbourne. On one of his visits to Europe in the late 19th century he was introduced to Impressionism which he was keen to explore for himself. On his return to Victoria, Roberts was instrumental in promoting Impressionism and was a key member of the Heidelberg School - a group of Australian Impressionists. This lecture considers the career of Tom Roberts in its historical context and the beginnings of Impressionism in Australia.

Angie Smith
15 March

Passionate Potters from De Morgan to Leach

William Morris led a revolution against the products of the machine age. The first of our ‘passionate potters’, William de Morgan, was a friend of Morris who rediscovered the secrets of Near Eastern lustre glazes. In contrast, the eccentric and argumentative Martin Brothers created a range of elaborate salt glazed pots unparalleled in their imaginative breadth. Sir Edmund Elton, the ‘potter baronet’, made pots which combine startling glazes with exotic forms. And finally, Bernard Leach, the father of English studio pottery, not only married the arts of Japan and England but created a legacy that is still alive today. This lecture explores the lives of these truly passionate potters and celebrates their extraordinary and beautiful creations.

Julian Richards
19 April

The Pilgrims of Babylon: The Artists of Montmartre

There is no name more evocative of Bohemian life than Montmartre. In reality it was little more than a rundown suburb overlooking the city, bristling with windmills. But Montmartre would become the inspiration and home to some of France’s greatest artists.