Past Lectures, Study Days & Visits2023Study Day24th October 2023Sarah BurlesThe Art and Artists of Kettle’s YardKettle’s Yard in Cambridge has been described as “one of the country’s most intimateand spellbinding museums, the collection of one man and his unerring eye; restorative, homely yet life-changing”. His collection included works by Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska which were carefully placed alongside pieces of furniture, ceramics and natural objects. His curated home remains, by and large as he left it, characterised by its uniqueatmosphere, fascinating juxtapositions and personal connections. The study day will discuss the life of Jim Ede, his collecting, his friendships with artists and his vision for Kettle’s Yard. Two in-depth lectures will focus on artists whose work is at the heart of this unique collection.Lecture 1 - Jim Ede: Friend to ArtistsLecture 2 - Henri Gaudier Brzeska: Savage MessiahLecture 3 - Winifred Nicholson: A Life in Colour17th October 2023Tobias CapwellThe Scoliotic Knight: Encounters with RichardThe discovery of the grave of King Richard III in Leicester raised an army of new and fascinating questions. The severe scoliosis exhibited by the skeleton revealed that the twisted physique of Shakespeare’s ‘Black Legend’ was based in fact. But how could a diminutive person, suffering from a significant spinal condition, have become a skilled practitioner of the knightly fighting arts? How could he have worn armour and fought in three major battles? What would his armour have looked like? How might it have disguised the King’s condition, presenting him as a powerful warrior? In the case of a king whose royal legitimacy was questioned by many people, how were the visual trappings of knightly kingship used to solidify his claim? Here we encounter armour as an expressive art-form, designed to radiate messages, justifications, proof of the wearer’s right to rule as a king - a wielder of divine power on Earth.19th September 2023Pepe MartinezBanksy – Fraud or GeniusThe lecture will trace the story of Banksy’s humble beginnings as a tagger on the streets of Bristol in the 1980’s to one of the most recognisable names in the art world. We will examine the reasons behind his incredible rise, looking at some of his famous stunts and discuss what his influence has been on the art market today and look at what his legacy, if any, might be. Friday, September 8th 2023, Renishaw Hall, Eckington, DerbyshireRenishaw Hall is a Grade 1 listed building, the home of the Sitwell family for nearly 400 years, which can only be visited by the official one hour Guided Tour. The surrounding estate has award winning Gardens mainly Italianate which are open from 10.30. The scenic lake and woodlands make for interesting walks. The Orangery houses the National Collection of Yukkas. There is a Vineyard and the Sitwell Museum also to be explored. The usual visitor facilities are in the Stable Courtyard. The cafe serves drinks, breakfast until 11.30, light lunches and cream teas at reasonable prices.20th June 2023Twigs WayThe Divine Sunflower in ArtWorshipped by Aesthetes and cultivated by Impressionists the sunflower casts its golden rays across art and culture. A personification of the divine and the regal, we trace its history from classical myth to twentieth century painting via Van Dyck and Van Gogh, Clytie and Klimt, Monet, Rivera, Wilde and Watts. Green and gold, human and divine, the adoring and the adored, the Sunflower.16th May 2023Martin LloydSecret Art in the Passport – How We Use It to Fox the ForgerFrom the wax seal to the microchip, man has exploited the skill of the artist and artisan in his attempt to manufacture a forgery-proof document. Taking you through three centuries of passport design, this lecture explains the overt and uncovers the covert to illustrate the defences built in to the passport and the tricks the forger uses to defeat them. You will never see your passport in the same light again! 1945 British PassportHave you considered trying to create a Haiku?Click here to see how to create one 25 April 202310.00 am for 10.30 am Start – 3 pm approximate FinishThe Ballroom, Guildhall Arts CentreThree-Session Study Day with Sandwich Lunch included: Cost per person £30Michael HowardWilliam Wordsworth: His Legacy in Art and PoetryWordsworth defined poetry as “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings”; an idea that has inspired poets and artists ever since. This lecture will use his poetry as a springboard to explore how artists and poets have used their art to bring back to us the gift of child-like wonder, delight and amazement at the world and our place within it. To celebrate how our everyday experience of the highs and lows of life can be transformed into something extraordinary. Artists and poets to be discussed will include Blake, Constable, Turner and Hockney; Wordsworth, Yeats, Emily Dickinson and Ted Hughes.8th April 2023James RussellSeaside Modern: Art & Life on the BeachBetween the wars something extraordinary happened to the British seaside: it became glamourous, exciting... modern. Enticed by eye-catching railway posters, holidaymakers grabbed their new cameras and slinky new bathing suits, and headed for the coast. Meanwhile artists galore found inspiration on the beach, from Laura Knight in Lamorna and Eric Ravilious in Newhaven to Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore in North Norfolk. With eye-catching artworks, glorious posters and startling archive photos, this exuberant, colourful lecture explores a remarkable period in 20th century British culture. 21st March 2023Mike HigginbottomEnglish Country Houses – Not Quite What They Seem (Harlaxton Manor)Since the Second World War, visiting country houses has become one of Britain’s major tourist activities. Historic homes ranging from the great palaces of Blenheim, Castle Howard and Chatsworth to modest manor houses have opened their doors to the paying public. Visiting the fabulously rich cultural heritage of great houses provides a very broad range of experiences – from major monuments preserved apparently at a particular moment in time to homes which are palpably loved and lived in. Understanding the operation of the distorting lens of time, and the way in which all houses are palimpsests, simply because “...the lives of buildings and the lives of human beings are timed by different clocks…” [Alice T Friedmann], enhances and enriches the visitor’s depth of insight into the buildings, their contents and the landscapes of Britain’s great landed estates. This lecture takes an unusual look at a range of English country houses, examining how their recent history illuminates their more distant past. 21st February 2023Lois OliverBerthe Morisot: Une Finesse FragonardienneImpressionist Berthe Morisot is known for her light-filled canvases of modern life: afternoons boating on a lake, young women in ball gowns, children playing. Yet, her contemporaries perceived a connection with the eighteenth century. Renoir considered her ‘the last elegant and ‘feminine’ artist that we have had since Fragonard.’ And the art critic Paul Girard, surveying the 1896 retrospective of her work in Paris, declared, ‘it is the eighteenth century modernised.’Eighteenth-century art fell from favour following the French Revolution but was ‘rediscovered’ in the mid-nineteenth century by collectors including Louis La Caze and François Walferdin. Morisot copied works by Boucher in the Musée du Louvre and elsewhere; she experimented with red chalk, a technique closely associated with Rococo drawings. She also greatly admired the English painters Gainsborough, Reynolds and Romney, whose work she first encountered on honeymoon in the Isle of Wight and London in 1875.Complementing an exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery, this lecture traces Morisot’s engagement with eighteenth-century culture, and highlights what set her apart from her predecessors and contemporaries.17th January 2023Timothy WilcoxThe Bayeux Tapestry: 950 Years of Propaganda, Intrigue & SpinThe Bayeux Tapestry is instantly recognisable and one of the most outstanding cultural objects to survive from the early Middle Ages. Long admired for its vivid narrative, today it is the unanswered questions that most intrigue modern audiences: was it made in England or France? Was it stitched by men or women? This sparkling lecture looks not only at its creation, but also at its more amazing afterlife. Displayed by Napoleon to bolster French ambitions for a new cross-channel invasion; cherished by Victorian embroiderers as an icon of women’s heroic joint efforts; hunted down by Hitler, who was outwitted by bureaucratic obfuscation. A fluent French speaker, Timothy Wilcox brings a lifetime’s interest in Anglo-French relations to bear on a famous object set to become even more celebrated as it enters its next, surprising chapter.22nd November 2022Tony LidingtonHere We Are Again! - The Great British PantomimeTony has been a writer and director of historic pantomimes throughout England for over 30 years. He has researched its origins and evolution, from the commedia dell'arte roots, to its first British representation in Georgian England, to the Victorian spectaculars, music hall & variety additions and ultimately into the modern age. Learn about the origins of slapstick and how Britain became the crucible of the pantomime form, independently from the rest of the world. Find-out exactly why pantomime is so popular, what makes it so successful and how it remains such a joyful celebration of all that is quintessentially British.8th November 2022 (changed to November 1st) - This has happened because of the lack of availability of the Guildhall Lecture Theatre.Steven BarrettSickert & the Camden Town MurderWalter Sickert was the most charismatic British artist of the early Twentieth Century. Ever conscious of his public image, he cultivated a variety of personae: aesthete; provocateur; sage, painter of modern life. He was drawn to shocking or notorious subjects (those more likely to garner attention), especially the sensational ‘Camden Town Murder’ of 1907. This lecture examines the series of paintings and prints Sickert produced in response to the crime and its aftermath. These are compelling images, among the most original by any British artist of the period. How was Sickert able to create great art out of murder? Why was he, and much of the British public, so fascinated by the case? What did the Camden Town Murder series do for Sickert’s reputation and career?10 October 2022 Please note: This is a MondayStudy Day : The Art and Scandalous Lives of the Bloomsbury Group Frank WoodgateThe art of the three main ‘Bloomsbury’ artists (Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell and Roger Fry) cannot be separated from their extraordinary lives. They, along with their literary and other intellectual companions (Virginia Woolf, Lytton Strachey and John Maynard Keynes, amongst others) were part of a movement, the popular name for which became widely used only after the death of around half its members.18th October 2022Tessa BoaseFashion, Fury & Feminism: Women's Fight for ChangeWhen social historian Tessa Boase told the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds she wanted to write their early story, they refused to let her visit their archives. To a former investigative journalist, this was a challenge she could not resist . . . This lecture shines a light on the intriguing story of women’s love affair with plumage – and of the brave eco feminists who fought back on behalf of the birds. Moving from a polite Victorian tea party to an egret hunt in a Florida swamp; from a suffragette ‘monster rally’ to a milliner’s dusty workshop, you’ll be taken back in time to a world where every woman, of every class wore a hat.20th September 2022Simon SeligmanFrom Venice to Sheffield: Ruskin's Passion for Arts, Craft & Social JusticeInspired by the bicentenary of the birth of John Ruskin (1819 – 1900) in 2019, this lecture celebrates the extraordinary life and work of this visionary Victorian. As writer, teacher, artist, collector, patron and critic, Ruskin was perhaps the most complete polymath of the 19th century. He left behind a dazzling range of writing and collections that continue to inspire and generate debate around the world. Perhaps most famous today as a champion of Turner and admirer of Venice, Ruskin’s impact ranged far and wide; his ideas inspired the Arts and Crafts Movement and the founding of the National Trust, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, and the Labour Movement. George Eliot wrote ‘I venerate him as one of the great teachers of the day’, and he influenced the thinking of Tolstoy, Proust and Gandhi among others.Alongside this international reach, Ruskin became deeply concerned by what he saw as the negative impacts of the industrialization of 19th century England, and as a teacher, thinker and philanthropist he set up projects that aspired to give the working man access to beauty, art, craft and the land. In 1871, he founded what became the Guild of St George, the charity for arts, crafts and the rural economy, and gave it a sizeable collection of art, books and minerals for public display and education in Sheffield. Today, cared for by Museums Sheffield, the collection continues to honour his legacy, sharing something of Ruskin’s encyclopaedic European sensibility for the benefit of a 21st century city. This lecture spans Ruskin’s life and work from the timeless and global to the intimate and exquisite, to paint a portrait of a great life.6 September 2022Visit: Brodsworth Hall & GardensYou will have choice and flexibility for a relaxing day away by coach, to explore the Hall, its exhibitions, and its gardens, tearoom and picnic area. Click here for English Heritage's webpage on this fascinating place. Tickets, at £22 per person, will go on sale at the Guildhall on Tuesday 21 June. See below for booking form which can be downloaded and sent with payment to the TASG Visits Organisers.21st June 2022 Guildhall Theatre and Zoom at 10:50AGM followed byRoger ButlerHidden World of Canal Heritage (including the Grantham & Nottingham Canals)This lecture examines the unique buildings and structures associated with the UK’s canal network, with a vast array of distinctive designs, landmark features and unusual artefacts: only the National Trust and the Church of England have more listed structures than our canals. Look out for lock flights and lighthouses; cottages and clock towers; warehouses and lots of whimsical architecture - our canals delight the eye and refresh the spirit. 16-18 May 2022Visit: 20th century Yorkshire Arts TourThis tour was a resounding success for participants, thanks to the young leader provided by Travel Editions: much to be recommended.15 June 2022Visit: Croxton Kerrial Church and Archaeological SiteThis event was most enjoyed by the 29 participants, who separated into 2 groups, taking turns following the Discovery Trail in The Church of St Botolph and St John the Baptist (see details on our Trails of Discovery page); and touring the Archaeological Site in the village17th May 2022 Guildhall Theatre and Zoom at 10:50Helen DoeMerchant Ship FigureheadsWhy were they created and what and who did they represent? In the 19th century sailing ships with their colourful figureheads were a regular sight but now just a few figureheads survive.19th April 2022 Guildhall Theatre and Zoom at 10:50Jo BanhamPapers from Peking: A History of Chinese WallpapersChinese wallpapers represent the most beautiful and sumptuous of wall decorations ever made. They first appeared in London in the late 17th century as part of the larger trade in Far Eastern lacquer, porcelain and silks, and rapidly came to dominate the market for luxury wallcoverings for the next hundred and fifty years. Unlike European wallpapers, Chinese papers were hand-painted and featured large-scale, non-repeating pictorial scenes of Chinese society and exotic plants and birds. Such was their reputation that before long European manufacturers were producing printed imitations, and the naturalism and detail of their designs suggested new standards of excellence to which wallpaper could aspire.
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