Please find our current list of lectures below:
2019 – 2020        . Lecture                                                                                     Lecturer
Giles, His Life, Times and Cartoons.

The cartoonist, Carl Giles, once said that he loved his creation, Grandma Giles – that fearsome, black-clad, gambling, drinking battleaxe – because she allowed him to say things through his cartoons that he was too polite to say in person. She helped him to poke fun at authority in all its forms, from Hitler to traffic wardens and even his employers at the Daily Express, who didn’t trust him and had sub-editors scouring his cartoons for subversive background details. His admirers included Prince Charles, Sir Malcolm Sargent and Tommy Cooper, and it was no surprise when he was voted Britain’s best-loved cartoonist in 2000. Few people realise, however, that this likeable and humane satirist was also a war correspondent who witnessed the horrors of Belsen, where he found that the camp commandant, Josef Kramer, was also a great fan of his work. Giles gave us a remarkable picture of a half-century of British life. He was also, as his editor John Gordon put it “a spreader of happiness’ and ‘a genius…with the common touch’.

Barry Venning

An historian of British art Barry’s interests and his teaching extend from medieval architecture to contemporary British art. He is currently Associate Lecturer with the Open University and lecturing on a freelance basis for The Arts Society, Christie’s Education and other organisations.

Barry Venning
The Borgias: the Most Infamous Family in History.

Lucrezia Borgia

Murder, poison, corruption and incest: all perfect ingredients for sensational popular culture. But in an age known for its brutality and church corruption were the Borgias really so bad? This lecture reveals the real family that dominated the Papacy and Italian politics during the last decade of the 15th century: the charismatic figure of Pope Alexander VI, living inside his sumptuously decorated apartments, the career of his son, Cesare, cardinal, general, employer of Da Vinci and the model for Machiavelli’s The Prince, and the journey of Lucrezia Borgia from “the greatest whore in Rome” to a devout and treasured duchess of the city Ferrara. Sometimes truth is more intoxicating than myth.

Sarah Dunant

Novelist, broadcaster and critic. Sarah read history at Cambridge, then worked for many years as a cultural journalist in radio and television on such programmes as Kaleidoscope (BBC Radio 4), The Late Show (BBC 2), and Night Waves (BBC Radio 3). She has published thirteen novels, taught renaissance studies at Washington University, St Louis, is a visiting tutor on the MA in creative writing at Oxford Brooks and has lectured around the world at festivals and conferences. Her last five novels have been set within the Italian Renaissance. Her next, In the Name of the Family (to be published in 2017) completes the story of the Borgia family and the remarkable period of Italian history in which they lived. Her recent series on history for BBC Radio 4, called   “When Greeks Flew Kites” is available on podcast or listen again:

Sarah Dunant
Gericault: Slavery and “The Raft of the Medusa”

Raft of the Medusa. Theodore Gericault.

Géricault is considered to be the first French Romantic artist, and this talk looks at his new style of painting, and how his expressive brushwork forms a bridge between the artist and the spectator. The talk centres on his remarkable, huge masterpiece in the Louvre Paris, The Raft of the Medusa, painted in 1819. It was based on a true story of how a handful of men were left to die on a makeshift raft for thirteen days after their ship capsized off the Senegal coast and this painting also relates to the slave trade, cannibalism and the relationship between the survivors. Géricault’s forbidden love affair during the painting of this piece is also explored and so is the possibility of his mental instability and finally his untimely, tragic end.

Daphne Lawson

Daphne Lawson has an MA by Research and Thesis from the University of Canterbury on Degas’s Public and Private Spectacle and a BA in Art History from London University. Since 1994, until she retired two years ago, she was the full time Art History Lecturer for the BISC, Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex, the European Campus of Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada. There, she taught Art History courses ranging from French Impressionism, European Romanticism and Pre-Raphaelite Painting to the survey programme spanning the period from Greek Sculpture to Contemporary British Art. she also published a chapter on Van Gogh in 2014 in The Edinburgh Companion to the Bible and the Arts. Her first career was as an actress. She was trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and worked in theatre, film and television as an actress until her thirties when she had three children.

Daphne Lawson
The Story of Wine.

Wine has been part of our global society for over 7,000 years, and the story tells of its origin and appearance in all societies across the Mediterranean and through Europe. There is rich evidence of the role wine has played in these societies and how it became an important component of faith, well-being and festivity. From the kwevris of Georgia in 5,000 B.C., the symposia in ancient Greece, the thermopolia of Pompeii, the hospices of Europe, to the dining tables of fine society wine has been ever present. Drawings, paintings, engravings, buildings, pottery and wine labels themselves all contribute to the story.

David Wright

I have been a wine retailer, importer and distributor for 30 years. In that time, I have publicly presented tastings and talks on wine to trade and private audiences. These have taken the form of wine ‘tastings’ or charity events where a particular subject is presented and wines tasted. I have developed a talk, A Brief Story of Wine, a great subject, and full of rich evidence, going back 7,000 years, in the form of paintings, decorated drinking vessels, buildings and literature that contribute to the story.

David Wright
Zaha Hadid – Architectural Superstar.

Zaha Zadid

Dame Zaha Hadid died on March 31 st 2016 at age of 65. Architectural historians of the future will surely recognise her as one of the most important architects of the early 21st century. She was born in Iraq and her reputation was global, but she made Britain her home. This lecture tells the story of her career from the visionary projects of the 1980s, through the years of frustration when her designs were considered unbuildable, to the prolific crop of successful projects built all over the world in the last decade of her life.

Colin Davies

Colin Davies is a Professor of Architectural Theory. and a former editor of  Architects Journal and contributor to magazines worldwide.  Books: Thinking About Architecture, Key Houses of the Twentieth Century,The Prefab Home, High Tech Architecture, A New History of Modern Architecture (published by Laurence King) and monographs on work of Foster, Hopkins, and Grimshaw.

Colin Davies
Creativity in UK Prisons.

This lecture will highlight the myriad projects going on around the country which attempt to harness people’s potential, often in a place where they are able to concentrate for the first time. A very high proportion of prisoners will have left school early or fallen out with the education system at a young age, and although grim, prisons walls provide a back-drop where their physical lives at least are not chaotic. Fine Cell Work teaches inmates to sew, most of whom are men, as women only make up about 8% of the prison estate. Those on long sentences often prove both the best students and in due course the best stitchers and their work is sold to the smartest drawing rooms in the land through the charity’s events and pop-up shops. There is now a waiting list of prisons wanting the charity to come and train behind bars. Meanwhile the Koestler Trust runs an annual exhibition at the South Bank and highlights the need for more feminine arts and crafts inside what invariably are very male environments. I will show examples of their wonderful soap and matchstick sculptures (for which the raw materials are easy to obtain) as well as paintings and sculpture. I will illustrate the Far Eastern technique of Kintsukuroi whereby broken ceramics are mended using gold to highlight rather than disguise the history of precious pieces of porcelain. This can be an analogy of the best principals of prison education, whereby shame can be replaced by trust through Education and Creativity. There is a move afoot to run partnerships between museums, with so much material in storage, and prison education departments: handing someone something precious to hold and then analyse can precipitate unexpected and authentic conversations. London prisons contain many people whose second let alone first language isn’t English and that is why I take old 35 mm slides, donated by kind art teachers who have all now moved onto Powerpoint, into HMP Wormwood Scrubs as they can reach students in a way that a piece of paper can’t. Also any prison visitor taking in a floppy disc or a memory stick is liable to be arrested themselves so slides remain the best way of illustrating the great cannon of art history.

Magdalen Evans

Studied history of art at UEA and worked at Agnew’s for over ten years; since then has been organising exhibitions and writing articles, concentrating on C19th/20th women artists. A contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and to BBC Woman’s Hour, also works with charities that help ex-offenders through art and education. Her book on Marianne Stokes and her English landscape painter husband Adrian Stokes was published recently and she has lectured for the Art Fund, National Portrait Gallery, Pre-Raphaelite Society and Art Workers’ Guild as well as to the Art Society of Budapest. 

The Glasgow Boys: Painting in Scotland 1875-1914.

J Guthrie at his easel. J Crawhall

The Glasgow Boys revolutionised painting in Scotland by bringing it into the mainstream of European art. ‘The Boys’ were young Scottish artists who looked to France for their inspiration – ‘the auld alliance’ – and many of them studied in Paris. One group met up in Grez-sur-Loing where they painted together using the ‘square brush technique’ influenced by Jules Bastien Lepage. Other members of the group came together through old friendships – Paterson and MacGregor had known each other at school, while Guthrie and Walton were old friends. They soon established a vigorous style of oil painting using large square brushes and thick paint with bold colours. Watercolour also played a major part with works by Walton, Lavery, Henry and Crawhall. Maybe the finest watercolourist of all was Arthur Melville. Japanese prints were an important influence and Henry and Hornel actually visited Japan to paint its landscape and people. The work of the Glasgow Boys is surprisingly fresh and modern and is very popular today – as witnessed by the success of the recent exhibition at the Royal Academy.

Julian Halsby

Julian Halsby studied History of Art at Cambridge. Formerly Senior Lecturer and Head of Department at Croydon College of Art. Publications include Venice – the Artist’s Vision (1990, 1995), The Art of Diana Armfield RA (1995), Dictionary of Scottish Painters (1990, 1998, 2001, 4th edition 2010), A Hand to Obey the Demon’s Eye (2000), Scottish Watercolours 1740-1940 (1986, 1991), A Private View – David Wolfers and the New Grafton Gallery (2002). Interviews artists for the Artist Magazine and is a member of the International Association of Art Critics and The Critics Circle. A practising artist, he was elected to the Royal Society of British Artists

in 1994 and appointed Keeper in 2010.

Julian Halsby
Painted Pleats – a History of European Fan Painting.

France c1850

In seventeenth-century Europe, fan painting rose from a lesser branch of the decorative arts to become a specialized guild-controlled craft with centres of production in France, England, and other European nations. Despite the introduction of affordable printed fans in the eighteenth century, the hand-painted fan remained an essential fashion item for the aristocracy.  In the nineteenth century fan painting acquired a certain prestige and fine artists such as Gauguin, Degas and Sickert experimented with the arc-shape format, producing accomplished fan paintings partly-inspired by Japanese art and design. Drawing together some of The Fan Museum’s finest treasures, Jacob illustrates the evolution of fan painting in Europe from its seventeenth century roots to the present day.

Jacob Moss

Having obtained a postgraduate degree in Fashion Curation from London College of Fashion in 2010, Jacob Moss took up a position at The Fan Museum, Greenwich, the UK’s only Museum dedicated to the history of fans and craft of fan making.  As the Museum’s Curator, he is responsible for co-organising the temporary exhibition programme. In May 2018 he was awarded an Art Fund Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grant in support of a collections management project to be launched later this year in collaboration with the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York.

Jacob Moss
Stamford Raffles – Art Collector and Discoverer of Singapore.

Raffles Hotel

Raffles, whose name is synonymous with a luxury hotel rather than the greatest Buddhist temple in the world, was the enlightened colonal administrator of Java, Indonesia. He discovered the 8th century temple of Borobudur, hidden under volcanic ash, in 1804, acquired wondrous artefacts in Java, such as shadow puppets and textiles, now in the British Museum, and founded Singapore, the most important trading port in the East. This lecture tells the story of Raffles, a scholar and polymath, looks at the art objects he collected, reveals the mystical temple in Java and its radiant carvings, and shows the architectural heritage of Singapore, inspired by his vision, and its revival today as innovative art galleries and museums.MORE INFO

Denise Heywood

Art historian, author, lecturer, photographer and journalist. Worked in Cambodia in the 1990s and has been a scholar of Southeast Asian art ever since. Her books include one on the Buddhist temples of Laos, Ancient Luang Prabang and Laos, also in French, and Cambodian Dance Celebration of the Gods, with a foreword by the daughter of King Sihanouk. Lectures for the Art Fund, the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) on their post graduate Asian Art Course and for Madingley Hall (University of Cambridge); also for organisations such as the British Museum, the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, Asia House, the National Trust, the Royal Geographical Society and has lectured worldwide for universities, museums, colleges, art institutions, literary societies and travel organisations. She writes for many art, literary and travel publications and has appeared on television and radio. She has led cultural tours to Southeast Asia and France for the Royal Academy, the Art Fund, Asia House and many more and lectures on cruise ships. A member of the Association of Southeast Asian Studies in the UK, Asia House and the Royal Geographical Society.

Denise Heywood

The Art of Dance.

Since the birth of the earliest human civilisations, dance has been an important part of ceremony, rituals, celebrations, a method of healing and a means of expression and entertainment.  Using stills and video clips we take a look at dance as an art form from its earliest beginnings; through the birth and rapid development of ballet throughout Europe, the explosion of modern dance in the early 20th century a time of unprecedented creative growth for dancers and choreographers and with the growth of post-modernism from the 1960s  the expansion of street dance, hip-hop, break dancing and rock dance.

Jennifer Toynbee-Holmes

Jennifer Toynbee-Holmes is an experienced guide at Tate Britain and Tate Modern and lectures at various art societies and institutions. She has a special interest in British and European art of the late 18th, 19th and early 20th century. Having gained an MA in film and television practice, Jennifer had a long-standing career spanning twenty years as a television producer/director making documentaries and factual programmes for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. She was also a visiting lecturer at Goldsmiths College and Birkbeck, University of London and a senior lecturer at Southampton Solent University in the Faculty of Media, Arts and Society.

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