24th January 2019 Colin Davies: Zaha Hadid – Architectural Superstar. Zaha Hadid will be remembered as one of the most important architects of the early 21st century. Colin tells her story from visionary projects to the prolific work she achieved around the world in the last decade of her life.
28 February 2019 Sandy Burnett: Shaken by an Earthquake – Igor Stravinsky, the Ballet Russes and the astonishing 1913 premiere of the Rite of Spring. The story of one of the greatest artistic collaborations, Serge Diagilev’s Ballet Russes, and the circumstances surrounding The Rite of Spring, its most notorious stage work.
21 March 2019 Guy Rooker: Leonardo da Vinci – the science behind the Art. Guy reviews Leonardo’s approach to linear perspective, human proportion, light and shade together with the fashion in which his scientific investigations influenced his art.
25 April 2019 Hilary Williams: The Wallace and Frick Collections – tantalising connections with Knole. The connections between these three venues arise from Sir John Murray Scott’s employment by Sir Richard Wallace, who influenced the taste of H C Frick, and from Scott’s liaison with Lady Sackville.
23 May 2019 Diana Lloyd: Royal Copenhagen Porcelain – and its place in the European Story. This talk focuses on the rise of the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Factory from the 1770s to its peak of fame in the Paris Exhibition of 1889.
27 June 2019 Steven Desmond: Historic Gardens of the Italian Lakes. Steven describes the many illustrious gardens on the shores of Lakes Como and Maggiore in northen Italy. These are set among glorious scenery where many poets found inspiration.
Andrew Davies: The Victorian Christmas – a Celebration.
Alexandra Epps’ lecture 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