Lecture Programme

Our programme of lectures below include some clearly identified as on-line via Zoom:

Date Event
Tuesday 9th February

Modern Art – love it or loathe it? (David Brindley)


imageTate Modern is one of the most visited attractions in Britain, but how many know about the background to 20th century movements in the visual arts? From Picasso to Tracy Emin and from Henry Moore to Anthony Gormley, we examine the main trends in modern art and ask why it arouses such strong feelings.

Tuesday 9th March

Female Artists of Britain and Ireland (Grant Ford)


imageAn overview of female artists from the 19th and 20th Centuries, discussing the difficulties of becom-ing a successful female painter and looking at some of the innovative and creative works of art that they produced. This will be illustrated by paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries that depict poverty, domestic life, industrialisation and the social divide, as well as more recent abstract images.

Tuesday 13th April

Rescuing Zeugma from the Floodwaters of the Euphrates (Louise Schofield)

imageIn Spring 2000 archaeologists discovered a Roman city on the banks of the river Euphrates in Turkey, near the Syrian border. However, it was next to the almost completed Birecik Dam, and the Turks had begun to fill the reservoir behind it, flooding the ancient city. An intense archaeological rescue excavation took place, recovering treasures including colourful mosaic floors with scenes from myth and legend.

Tuesday 11th May

The Art and Architecture of St. Petersberg (Andrew Spira)

imageSt. Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Founded over 300 years ago, it is a testimony to Peter the Great’s attempt to raise Russia to the status of a European empire within a generation. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the city was enriched with palaces, churches, museums, canals and bridges. The story of the city will be explored as reflected in its art, from the earliest times to the age of the great patrons and the siege of Leningrad, as St. Petersburg was known from 1924-1991.

Tuesday 8th June

The Genius of Raphael (Dr James Lindow)

imageIn 1500, Raphael, aged 17, entered the workshop of the successful Umbrian artist, Perugino, and began his rise to prominence during the period known as the High Renaissance. Whilst lacking the Florentine training of his older rivals, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, in less than ten years the precocious youth was generally admitted to be their equal. Raphael’s early work will be analysed, together with those done during his stay in Florence, plus key commissions for the Papacy who summoned the artist to Rome in 1508; these works sealed Raphael’s fame.

Tuesday 13th July

American Art – from dependence to independence (Eveline Eaton)

imageAmerica, still today a young country and a nation of immigrants from other cultures, originally followed European prototypes in the arts before becoming a dominant force in the arts of the world, with startling innovations. We will follow the development of American painting and sculpture from the indigenous Hudson River art and evocative Luminism, to Abstract Expressionism.