Lecture programme 2020/21
Should we be unable to use the Jubilee Theatre, as a short term solution, your committee are working with our lecturers to have their lectures available on Zoom .The lecture(s) would then be for you to still enjoy on your computer, but in the safety of your home
1 October 2020         The Bauhaus – Lecturer Anthea Streeter
The Bauhaus, Germany’s most famous design school, has had a worldwide impact on art, architecture and design trends ever since its troubled founding in 1919.  Anthea studies its history promoting Modernism with the best in cutting-edge design.
22 October 2020       Charles Rennie Mackintosh – Lecturer Stella Grace Lyons
Celtic exponent of Art Nouveau Charles Rennie Mackintosh had considerable influence on European art.  Stella discusses his work, life and legacy, including the tragedy of the fire that devastated the Glasgow museum founded in his memory.
26 November 2020   Edouard Manet and Music– Lecturer Lois Oliver
Music was a constant theme in Manet’s life.  This lecture brings together Manet’s art and the rich range of music which inspired him from Spanish flamenco to Haydn, Wagner to cafe songs and opera highlights
28 January 2021      Picasso and his Women – Lecturer Val Woodgate
This lecture examines the way Picasso’s emotional life affected the way he painted and how he painted it, resulting in different styles influenced by the seven most important women in his life.
25 February 2021      What have the Huguenots done for us? – Lecturer Vivienne Lawes
Migration of the French Protestant Huguenots in 16C and 17C impacted the arts, the military and finance sectors of the countries to which they fled. Their work changed British material culture and was absorbed into our national identity.
 25 March 2021     The Hitler Emigres, their impact on our Artistic and Cultural Life  – Lecturer Daniel Snowman                        
Emigres from Central Europe who found refuge in Britain all brought something of their legacy with them.  Their collective talent was enormous.  This lecture provides a colourful introduction to the art and culture of our own times.
22 April 2021      John Singer Sargent :  power of the Portrait  – Lecturer Alexandra Epps
This lecture discovers the rise, the fall, the rise again, of John Singer Sargent, the leading portrait painter of the age of elegance – an artist who devoted his life to the creation of beauty.
27 May 2021        Glasgow Boys and the Scottish Colourists 1880–1930 – Lecturer Anne Anderson
Anne examines how new money and determination in Glasgow inspired great opportunities for the up and coming Glasgow Boys, forging a profound new design ethos in the city’s renaissance. The Colourists conversely looked to France, in particular Matisse and the Fauves.
24 June 2021      The Power and the Glory of our Country Houses– Anthony Russell
Anthony discusses the origins of Britain’s fine collection of stately homes, how they have evolved, their impact on society and its development, and how can they survive and evolve in the future?
Lectures from 2019 -2020 Programme
25.06.2020: Brian MacDonald – Tribal Rugs – Treasures of the Black Tent.
28.05.2020: John Ericson – Inn Signia – Pub Signs, Artwork & Stories Behind Peculiar Pub Names.
23.04.2020: Peter Medhurst – The Genius of Beethoven
26.03.2020: Primo- Raphael: The Beginning and the End of the Renaissance
27.02.2020 Bertie Pearce – Now You See It, Now You Don’t.
23.01.2020 Barry Venning – Constable the Making of a Master.
28.11.2019 Rosamund Bartlett – Grandfather Frost and the Old New Year- Christmas Traditions in Russia.
24.10.2019 Daphne Lawson – Gericault : The Raft of the  Medusa
26.10.2019 Frank Woodgate- A Provocative Beauty – the Art of Grayson Perry.
Previous Lectures
 Steven Desmond: Historic Gardens of the Italian Lakes
Diana Lloyd: Royal Copenhagen Porcelain – Its place in the European Story.  
 Hilary Williams: The Wallace and Frick Collections – tantalising connections with Knole.  
 Guy Rooker: Leonardo da Vinci – the science behind the Art. 
 Sandy Burnett:  Igor Stravinsky, the Ballet Russes and the astonishing 1913 premiere of the Rite of Spring. 
Colin Davies: Zaha Hadid – Architectural Superstar. 
  Andrew Davies: The Victorian Christmas – a Celebration. 
Alexandra Epps – As Good as Gold – its significance and symbolism in the History of Art, was first created to celebrate the Arts Society’s Golden Anniversary. 
Brian Stater –  When Britain clicked – photography from the Swinging Sixties
Barry Venning – Giles, His Life, Times and Cartoons. A joyful way to end our summer season
Dale Chihuly – Glass artist of monumental installations
Capability Brown – Post Baroque, naturalistic, English Landscape gardener
World War 1 – Wilfred Own, Poetry, Art and Music
  Foreigners in London 1520-1677 – Artists who changed the course of British Art.  
Antony Gormley – A Body of Work.
 Gustav Klimt: Craftsmanship and Sensuality. 
Masters of the Sea: Highlights of Maritime Art
The Ship Burial at Sutton Hoo
Piero della Francesca:The Light of the North meets the Logic of the South
Sicily: The Kingdom of the Sun
Thomas Heatherwick: The Leonardo of our Times