Programme of Lectures 2022 - 2023
13th October: Dr Caroline Levisse
Paul Cezanne, The Pure Painter
With an exhibition of Cezanne's work newly opened
at the Tate Gallery, Caroline will open our eyes to his
paintings and explain why he was seen by many
younger artists as "the father of modern art"
10th November: Georgina Bexon
Arts of the Mughal World
From Mughal miniatures to the exquisite design and
ornamentation of imperial palaces and tombs, this
talk considers the fascinating fusing of Persian,
European, and indigenous Indian influences that
produced this glorious work.
8th December: Barry Venning
Christmas with Giles' Grandma and the Family
For many people Giles' cartoons were part of
Barry will take a look at Giles's life and work
with a particular emphasis on his seasonal cartoons.
12th January: Hilary Williams
Hogarth: a Harlot, a Rake and a Marriage
William Hogarth (1697 - 1764) aimed to be the first,
native born leader of the British School of Painting.
As a Londoner, he was in a city which claimed to be
"the capital of the world" during his lifetime. With
great wealth, there was great social deprivation.
Hogarth used his art, especially his remarkable prints,
to spread a social message.
9th February: Mark Meredith
When Winters were Wonderful: Life and Leisure
in the Canada of Yester Year
For the officers of the British Empire, "no quarters
in the world were as delightful as Quebec" and it was
in winter that the Canadian social fife sprang to life.
Through art and anecdotes Mark will lead us in a
nostalgic look back at when winter was wonderful.
9th March: Jacqui Ansell
Pins and Poking Sticks: Decoding Dress in Shakespeare's Time
Elizabethan and Jacobean portraits will be decoded, focusing on
the life (and untimely death) of Prince Henry and the sartorial
splendour of his sister's wedding in 1613
13th April: Aaron Hunter
The Dinosaur Sculptures of Crystal Palace Park
Explore the World's first dinosaur models hidden in a
South London Park. Created in the 1850s, we will
look into the history and science behind these
Grade 1 listed architectural structures.
11th May: Jane Gardiner
Through a Glass Darkly: A Study of Glass Through
the Eyes of the Artist
Artists over the centuries have included transparent glass
objects in their paintings, taking huge delight in
capturing the shadow and reflection seen within the glass
as well as displaying their skill in portraying what lies
behind and beyond.
8th June: Dr Lois Oliver
Rosa de Bonheur (1822 - 1899): A Bicentenary
One of the most celebrated artists of her time, French
painter Rosa de Bonheur had an extraordinary gift
for painting animals that brough here international
fame and recognition.
13th July: Tony Rawlins
Baroque on a Roll: The Rise in Popularity of
Classical Music and its Influence on Today's Media
A talk with film clips, soundtracks and live music.
Tony will explore how it has enhanced feature films;
made some commercials more memorable and how
a work by an obscure 17th Century German composer
has become the Number 1 music for weddings and