Programme for the 2021 - 2022 Season

 

 

20th September

Rosalind Whyte.  An experienced guide at Tate Britain, Tate Modern and the Royal Academy

L.S. LOWRY

Lowry produced some of the country’s most original and distinctive paintings, creating a social document of a now bygone industrial age.  This lecture features many of his more well-known industrial scenes together with works that are less readily associated with him.  The lecture explores his life in and around Salford, together with his attitudes and healthy disregard for the trappings of fame and fortune.  An exploration of a life and a body of work full of surprises and contradictions.


18th October

Paul Chapman.  Art Historian and National Gallery trained guide.

AUSTRALIAN ART - AN OVERVIEW

Western Art from Down Under is often overlooked and neglected.  A large number of talented and inventive painters came to prominence in the post war period, including Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd and Jeffery Smart.  This lecture will broaden our understanding and appreciation of the modern art of Australia and its place in the history of Western Art.

 
15th November

Anne Anderson. Currently Hon. Associate Professor at Exeter University and tutor for the V & A Learning Academy.  She specialises in the Aesthetic Movement, Arts and Crafts,   Art Nouveau and Modernism. She has curated many notable exhibitions,  published,  lectured widely, including many cruise lines. 

RENE LALIQUE - MASTER OF ART NOUVEAU JEWELLRY

Although Lalique is best known for his Art Deco glass, his career began in the early 1890s as the designer of the finest Art Nouveau jewellery.  Patronised by the actress Sarah Bernhardt, he created stunning pieces of jewellery from a wide range of precious and semi- precious materials.

 
13th December

Paula Nuttall.  A widely published author.  Director of the V & A Medieval and Renaissance Year Course.  Former Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute and the British Institute in Florence

BEHIND THE MONA LISA SMILE

The Mona Lisa is one of the most iconic paintings in Western Art  Painted by Leonardo da Vinci in Florence in 1503, it accompanied him to France in 1517.  This lecture will consider some questions  regarding this iconic work – why did Leonardo keep the painting with him until his death;  what is her place in the history of portraiture;  why did she become an international celebrity?  And why is she smiling?

 

2022


17th January

Julia Marwood. Her lifelong passion for art now finds full expression in early retirement.  She is a tour guide at Manchester Art Gallery and a regular speaker at a wide variety of venues.  She loves to share the joy of looking at art and it will take more than a global pandemic to stop her doing what she loves most!

 PAINTING MANCHESTER: VIEWS OF THE CITY AND ITS INHABITANTS OVER THE CENTURIES

It wasn’t just L.S. Lowry who was inspired to paint Manchester, the northern powerhouse which burst onto the world stage during the Industrial Revolution.  The lecture explores the history of the city as seen through the eyes of artists from George Cruickshank to Adolphe Valette and ending with the contemporary sculptor Halima Cassell.

 
21st February

David Wright.  An importer and distributor of wines for over 25 years, prior to which he owned and ran an independent wine merchant. He continues to import wines from around the world and considers wine an essential ingredient to a contented life, a role it has played for thousands of years.

 A BRIEF HISTORY  OF WINE

This lecture looks at the role wine has played in society since 5,000 BC.  A lavishly illustrated lecture which shows the buildings, murals, paintings and even cartoons that have coloured the story.

  
21st March

Timothy Walker.

GARDEN DESIGN IN RELATION TO COLOUR AND ART

More information about this lecturer and his lecture to follow.

 

 25th April

Max Jones. He teaches at the University of Manchester and is a recent winner of the university’s “Teacher of the Year” award.  He specialises in the cultural history of war and heroism.  He has spoken about his research to audiences in venues as far ranging as the UK and Tasmania

THE ART OF THE HERO: COMMEMORATING SCOTT OF THE ANTARCTIC

This lecture will examine the different ways in which artists represented death in the polar wasteland and portrayed failure as a historic sacrifice.

 
16th May

Jacob Moss.  Curator of the Fan Museum – the only organisation of its kind devoted to the history and culture of fans and craft of fan making.  He completed an MA in fashion curation at the London College of Fashion and his lectures balance scholarship with accessibility.

TREASURES OF THE WORLD’S FIRST FAN MUSEUM

This lecture will introduce us to the Fan Museum and its extraordinary collections

 
20th June

Jacky Klein.  An art historian, publisher, writer and broadcaster specialising in modern and contemporary art.  She is the author of the bestselling book on Grayson Perry. (Thames and Hudson 2020).

TRANNIES, TASTE AND TEDDY BEARS

 A definitive lecture on one of Britain’s favourite artists by the author and lecturer who knows him best.  She has been a close collaborator of Perry’s for mor than a decade and in this talk she reveals his techniques and sources, his favourite themes and subjects.  How did Perry, almost unknown until his mid-40s come to be one of Britain’s favourite artists and where might he be going next?