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Tuesday 16th April 2013
Dreamtime to Machine Time: Aboriginal Art and Culture
Rebecca Hossack

We look at Aboriginal art in ancient ceremonial designs to the beginnings of the modern Aboriginal art movement in the1970s and its subsequent spread across the indigenous communities.

Rebecca Hossack has her own gallery in Fitzroy Square in London. She was born in Melbourne and came to England to study law, which she abandoned for a career in art. She studied at Christie's and worked at the Guggenheim in Venice. She set up her original gallery in 1988. It has gained a reputation for championing aboriginal and non-western art.

Dickens and Art
Tuesday 19th March 2013
The Legendary Lee Miller
Antony Penrose

Antony will give a lecture on the extraordinary life of his mother, Lee Miller. It will cover art, photography and social commentary. Lee Miller started life in New York as a model before becoming a famous surrealist photographer and forming part of the social milieu of Man Ray, Picasso and Max Ernst.

As the Director of the Lee Miller Archives and the Penrose Collection at Farley Farm House in Sussex, Antony has been conserving and disseminating the work of his parents, Lee Miller and Roland Penrose. He has lectured, written and made TV documentaries both here and abroad.

The Legendary Lee Miller

Lee Miller
by George Hoyningen-Huene
Tuesday 19th February 2013
The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale
Janus Karczewski-Slowikowski

This lecture examines the basis for Chippendale's extraordinary fame concluding that he was to English furniture what Shakespeare was to English literature. Thomas Chippendale was the first cabinet-maker to produce a book of furniture designs for self-promotion which came out as The Gentlemen and Cabinet Maker's Director in 1754 when he set up his premises in St Martin's Lane staying there for 60 years. The lecture will cover a variety of styles in which Chippendale designed: Rococo, Chinese, Gothic and Neo-Classic.

Janus is retired from a full time career in Higher Education. He has also run an antiques shop and has a passion for collecting.

The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale
11th December 2012         Christmas Social Event
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Peter Medhurst

For centuries the birth of the Christ has signified the beginning of twelve festive days of celebrations and music making. This lecture will include live music sung and played on the piano and explore the wealth of Christmas music, traditions and curious legends that are connected with them.

Peter studied singing and early keyboard instruments at the Royal College of Music and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He lectures widely on music and the arts in the UK and abroad.


Tuesday 20th November 2012
Art and Comedy in the 18th Century: Samuel Foote, Joshua Reynolds and the Birth of the Unique British Sense of Humour
Ian Kelly

The lecture deals with Samuel Foote who as a one-legged comedian wrote a series of hit comedies for one-legged actors. Foote was a friend of Joshua Reynolds and his career stands in parallel to the birth of British portraiture as well as the novel. His contemporaries, Sheridan, Boswell, Johnson, Franklin and Garrick were all close colleagues. It is an exciting tale of a forgotten character and a tale of triumph in the face of unlikely and brutal odds.

Ian Kelly is both a writer and actor appearing recently in the Pitmen Painters. His book “Cooking for Kings” a life of Antonin Careme was Radio 4 Book of the Week. It led to a television series on the history of food for Richard and Judy.

Samuel Foote by Jean François Colson

Samuel Foote by Jean François Colson
Tuesday 16th October 2012
Great Tarts in Art: High Culture and the Oldest Profession
Linda Smith

A mixture of art-historical analysis and scandalous anecdote, this lecture takes a light-hearted look at changing attitudes to sexual morality by examining the portraits and careers of some of history's most notorious mistresses and courtesans. It also deals with the ambiguous attitudes of art and society toward the anonymous working girls at the bottom end of the social scale by investigating how they have been represented in different times and places from the 17th to the 20th century.

Linda is an art historian and experienced guide and lecturer at Tate Modern, Tate Britain and The Dulwich Picture Gallery. She has a special interest in British art.

Great Tarts in Art: High Culture and the Oldest Profession

Barbara Palmer, later Lady Castlemaine and Duchess of Cleveland
Tuesday 18th September 2012
Dickens and Art
Mark Bills

Dickens grew out of a tradition where illustration formed a significant part of both serial and book. He was a great admirer of artists and had long close friendships with several including Clarkson, Stanfield, Daniel Maclise, Frank Stone and William Powell Frith. Dickens made his views on art public in his magazine Household Words and during the development of the National Gallery. Many artists read Dickens and depicted scenes from his novels in their works. The lecture celebrates the 200th anniversary of Dickens’ birth, and explores these different themes.

Mark is the curator at the Watts Gallery, Guildford where there will be an exhibition, coinciding with this lecture, on Dickens and Artists.

Dickens and Art

Scene from Dombey and Son
Tuesday 19th June 2012
Architecture at the London Olympics 2012
Anthea Streeter

The lecture covers those buildings selected or specially erected for the London Olympics. Several of the new buildings have been designed by Britain's leading architects, such as Hopkins and Hadid and sculptor Anish Kapoor. This lecture sets these buildings in the context of both their other work and prevailing trends in architecture today.

Anthea studied the fine and decorative arts in London and continued her studies at Harvard University. It was while at Harvard, where there was great enthusiasm for American design, that she became interested herself in 20th century architecture. Since returning from America she has taught on courses in Oxford and London.

Architecture at the London Olympics 2012

Aquatics Centre
Tuesday 15th May 2012
Art Inspired by Wine
John Ericson

John will examine paintings of wine being made and consumed in celebration since the time of Noah, as well as looking at the contribution that ‘wine art’ makes to our colourful world. His lecture draws upon many illuminating images and literary quotations.

With a background in education and training, John has an eclectic range of topics, and is an impressive speaker who presents his subject with humour. When he lectured us on The Shakers it was our most popular lecture of 2010.

Art Inspired by Wine

Manet: Bar at the Folies Bergère