Lecture Programme

Date Event
8th January

The Wind in the Willows Revisited through its Illustrators (John Ericson)

imageThe beauty of Kenneth Grahame’s prose is widely acknowledged but the story is so full of wonderful imagery that it almost demands to be illustrated. First published in 1908 without illustration, the classic tale has been in print ever since. What is less well known is that it has been illustrated by more than ninety artists – making it the most widely illustrated book in the English language

12th February

Oscar Wilde: Up Close (Giles Ramsey)

image"I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works." This lecture will examine the public and private life of one of the world's most original and controversial artists. Born into a moderately respectable Dublin family, Oscar Wilde recreated himself as an international celebrity and wrote a series of short stories and plays that charmed the world. In 1890 he also published the last of the great myths - The Picture of Dorian Gray. Ten years later Wilde, devoured by his fame, his demons and his decadence, would be dead.

12th March

Forty Shades of Green! Gardening in Ireland, Past and Present (Tom Duncan)

imageThe history of gardening in Ireland broadly reflects the changes in Irish society over the last few hundred years. From the wild and romantic landscape style of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries to recent years when there has been a true renaissance of gardens and gardening: old gardens restored and new gardens created, including Helen Dillon’s marvellous garden in Dublin

9th April

Masters of Art Nouveau: Gallé, Tiffany and Lalique (Anne Anderson)

imageEmile Gallé was Europe’s finest master of glass during the Art Nouveau period but he was also renowned for his ceramics and furniture. He was first and foremost a designer and chemist, constantly perfecting new techniques. Although Lalique is best known for his Art Deco glass of the inter-war years, his career began in the early 1890s as the designer of the finest Art Nouveau jewellery. Louis Comfort Tiffany was destined to go into the family business but he opted for a career as an interior decorator instead. Today his name is synonymous with lamps and stained glass windows, his technique being likened to ‘painting’ with coloured glass. He was, like Gallé and Lalique, inspired by Japan and you will find many key Art Nouveau motifs in his work: dragonflies, butterflies, peacocks and all kinds of flowers. Be dazzled by the beauty of Art Nouveau, which reached its apogee in 1900.

14th May

Burned, Bombed or Bulldozed - Britain's Lost Houses (Matthew Williams)

imageThere is something incomparably romantic about a long-lost country house, and although Britain still possesses some of the finest of these architectural treasures, many have been destroyed. This lecture tells the story of just some of these losses to our national heritage – destroyed for a variety of reasons: neglect, arson, enemy action, incompetence, family rivalry, financial disaster or even insanity!

11th June

The Anatomy of Collecting - the History of Collecting (Marc Allum)

imageAntiques Roadshow specialist Marc Allum charts the history and psychology of collecting, from our ancient ancestors to some of history’s most celebrated collectors and collections. A self-confessed 'collectaholic' himself, his talk will include fascinating and eclectic objects from his own collection as well as others' passionate obsession with hunting down art, antiques and a range of weird and wonderful items

9th July

Red, White & Blue - a Story of Three Colours in Art (Alexandra Epps)

imageThe symbolism, significance and spirituality of colour throughout the history of art. Experience the power of the red of the Tudors, the utopian white of Abstraction, the secret formula of Klein blue and Mondrian’s dynamic combination of all three