Programme for 2021 membership year Membership Year 2021 (runs from January – June with a reduced subscription) Programme for 2021 Further information on the lectures to follow and all subject to change January 14th 2021 7:30 Ian Swankie Great Railway Stations-Evoking the Spirit of Romance & Adventure. If you think of St Pancras International or New York Grand Central you imagine long romantic journeys. You know they are special places promising excitement and adventure. But there are dozens of other glorious stations in the UK and abroad. We will take a journey around some of the most evocative and splendid stations in the world. We will look not only at the magnificence of the architecture and the brilliant engineering but will discover numerous artworks within the stations and examine many depictions of stations in art – like Claude Monet’s Gare St Lazare or William Powell Frith’s Paddington. It may sound a bit anoraky, but it’s definitely not. It’s lavish, colourful and fun. Clock Tower St.Pancras Railway Station 1867 Sir George Gilbert Scott Feburary 11th 2021 7:30 Monica Bohm-Duchen Insiders/Outsiders: Refugees from Nazi Europe & British visual culture. Despite the traumatic nature of their dislocation and the obstacles they often encountered on arrival in the UK, those who fled here from Nazi- dominated Europe in the 1930s and 1940s made a deep, pervasive and long-lasting contribution to British culture. Focussing on the visual arts, this lecture will examine the nature of this contribution, embracing not only familiar names such as Gombrich, Kokoschka, Moholy-Nagy, Schwitters and Heartfield, but also lesser-known figures such as Albert Reuss, Josef Herman and Marie-Louise von Motesiczky. Albert Reuss in his studio, 1918 March 11th 2021 7:30 Lars Tharp to be confirmed and topic agreed. April 8th 2021 7:30 Jennifer Toynbee-Holmes The Art of Dance Since the birth of the earliest human civilisations, dance has been an important part of ceremony, rituals, celebrations, a method of healing and a means of expression and entertainment. Using stills and video clips we take a look at dance as an art form from its earliest beginnings; through the birth and rapid development of ballet throughout Europe, the explosion of modern dance in the early 20th century a time of unprecedented creative growth for dancers and choreographers and with the growth of post-modernism from the 1960s the expansion of street dance, hip-hop, break dancing and rock dance. May13th 2021 7:30 Geri Parlby The Subtle Art of Fake News Fake News has been around since the time of the Egyptian Pharaohs and art has always been one of its favourite media. In this talk I will be uncovering the subtle art of spin and propaganda in art from the glories of Ancient Mesopotamia to the Norman Conquest and then onto Elizabethan England and the dark days of Nazi Germany. Every picture tells a story—whether it is true or not is an entirely different matter. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. *June 10th 2021 7:30 Tony Faber The Imperial Easter Eggs of Carl Faberge - Before the Revolution Between 1885 and 1916, Carl Fabergé made fifty jewelled eggs – Easter presents from Russia’s last two emperors to their wives. They have become the most famous surviving symbols of the Romanov Empire: both supreme examples of the jeweller’s art and the vulgar playthings of a decadent court. Given almost total artistic freedom, Fabergé and his designers had to conform to only three rules: that each year’s Easter present should be egg-shaped, that it should contain some surprise to amuse or delight its recipient, and that it should be different from any predecessor. Their maker’s relentless search for novelty also means that they provide a fabulously quirky illustrated history of the decline of the Romanovs. The lecture is illustrated with pictures of the Romanovs and their palaces, and, of course, with photographs of the eggs themselves. James Petts. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. *September 9th 2021 7:30 Howard Smith Eagle & Dan Dare – The Art of Frank Hampson OR Alternative *October 14th 2021 7:30 Roger Butler Canal History & Heritage This lecture provides a colourful introduction to the secret world of our 2000-mile inland waterway network and looks at all aspects of their exceptional artistic, architectural and engineering vernacular with special reference to our local canals. He will range from sweeping aqueducts to tiny bollards; from colourful historic narrowboats to 'Roses and Castles' artwork; from grand World Heritage Sites to quirky listed buildings. A well-known architectural historian once described our canals as a 'poor man's art gallery'. Canal Art Traditional decorated canalware at the Boat Gathering, Guildford 2009. Photo copyright: Colin Smith / Canal Art / November 11th 2021 7:30 Chantal Brotherton-Ratcliffe Historical Painting Materials & Techniques 15th - 18th Centuries The 14th century artist Cennino Cennini recommended using “the chicken bones that you will find under the dining table” for making charcoaled bone black to paint with. His treatise, The Artists’ handbook, gives us an understanding of some of the surprising materials which any artist had to master before he could begin to paint, such as the tail of a squirrel to make his paintbrushes. But many of these materials were difficult to use and have an effect on the finished look of paintings from the centuries before industrial processes changed the artist’s world. This lecture will explain the techniques and the reasons for some of the features of 15th and 16th century paintings which may seem odd to our modern eyes. December 9th 2021 7:30 Roger Askew A Right Royal Christmas: How our Royal Families have celebrated Christmas through the ages. *Postponed from 2020
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