N.B. All the lectures will take place via a Zoom platform at 11 am.
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Date Title Lecturer
20 October

Foreigners in London 1520- 1677

The Artists who changed the course of British Art- Holbein, Van Dyck, Rubens and many others. Why did they come to London and why were they preferred to home grown painters by the Aristocracy?

Leslie Primo
17 November

A right royal christmas

How our Royal Families have celebrated Christmas through the Ages.

Roger Askew
8 December

Basingstoke and its contribution to world culture

Distinguished only by Numerous Roundabouts and absurd Modernist architecture this is a hilarious lecture that neatly illustrates the ugliest episode in England’s architectural history.

NB 2nd Tuesday

Rupert Willoughby
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