Lectures begin at 7.45 pm and are followed by tea and coffee.
Lectures for the year 2016/17
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23rd February 2017 Twigs Way
Life & Art of Marianne North
Twigs will talk about the highly talented and articulate Victorian explorer and the amazing and often exotic botanical paintings completed on her travels.
23rd March 2017 Martin Lloyd
Secret Art in the Passport – how we use it to fox the forgers
In his talk Martin will reveal how the design of our travel documents helps with our security.
27th April 2017 James Taylor
Masters of the sea: Highlights of Maritime Art from the 17th Century to the present day.
We look forward to another talk by James, a former Curator of paintings, drawings and prints at the National Maritime Museum Greenwich.
25th May 2017 Oliver Everett
India: Imported British contribution to its History, Archaeology, Topography and Languages.
Librarian Emeritus of the Royal Library Windsor. Oliver’s earlier career included a diplomatic posting in India.
22nd June 2017 Frank Woodgate
Gustav Klimt: Craftsmanship and Sensuality
The lecture looks at the Viennese artist’s rich imagery, techniques, radical symbolism and influence including on today’s collages.
A SAMPLE OF TALKS FROM THE RECENT PAST
The Ship Burial at Sutton Hoo
Imogen will examine how the rich hoard discovered in Suffolk dating from the seventh century AD reveals a great deal about the country at that time.
Piero della Francesca: The Light of the North meets the Logic of the South
A lecture to mark the 600th anniversary of the birth of this Italian Renaissance artist whose work fuses the influence of north and south Europe to radiate serenity and timelessness.
Sicily: The Kingdom of the Sun
The island in the sun is how Homer wrote about the beauty of Sicily. Jane will explore the rich and diverse Sicilian civilisations and their legacies.
Thomas Heatherwick: The Leonardo of our Times
Thomas Heatherwick is a leading British designer whose innovative approach is in demand all over the world.
Handle and Hogarth
A talk about the parts played by Handle and Hogarth in attracting benefactors to the Foundling Hospital set up by Captain Thomas Coram.
The Aztec Legacy: Continuity & Change
The art and culture of Central America examined by a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and specialist on the past and present Latin America.
Wonder works and the Art of Illusion
A local member of the Inner Magic Circle will give a talk with effects on the history of magic through art and pictures.
Coventry Cathedral, Icon and Inspiration
The extraordinary story of the rebuilding of the Cathedral as a symbol of reconciliation, and its inspiring commitment to world-class contemporary artistsuch asPiperandSutherland.