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Lectures will now be held at the Beacon.
Members will be notified of the necessary Covid precautions for these events.

When they are also available ONLINE members will be notified via email.
Lectures start at 10.45am   

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Friday 22 April 2022 – Van Gogh and Gauguin in Arles

Lecturer: Stephen Duffy

The extraordinary story of the nine weeks that Van Gogh and Gauguin spent together in Arles in southern France in 1888 is one of the most famous in the whole history of art. So many powerful emotions are swept up in it – friendship and rivalry, ambition, jealousy, contempt and admiration – while of course it also led to some of the most celebrated paintings of early modern art. The encounter between these two tempestuous characters, including the episode of Van Gogh cutting off his ear, forms the subject of this lecture which also places the artists’ stay in Arles in the context of their careers and within the wider history of late nineteenth-century painting.

Friday 27 May 2022 – Passionate Potters

Lecturer: Julian Richards

William Morris led a revolution against the products of the machine age. The first of our ‘passionate potters’, William de Morgan, was a friend of Morris who rediscovered the secrets of Near Eastern lustre glazes. In contrast, the eccentric and argumentative Martin Brothers created a range of elaborate salt glazed pots unparalleled in their imaginative breadth. Sir Edmund Elton, the ‘potter baronet’, made pots which combine startling glazes with exotic forms. And finally, Bernard Leach, the father of English studio pottery, not only married the arts of Japan and England but created a legacy that is still alive today.
This lecture explores the lives of these truly passionate potters and celebrates their extraordinary and beautiful creations.

Friday 24 June 2022 – The Ballet Russes

Lecturer: Jennifer Toynbee-Holmes

When Diaghilev created ballet in the west in the early twentieth century, he brought extraordinary revolutionary energy from Russia. By bringing together talented artists of different disciplines; choreographers, dancers, musicians, designers and painters; Fokine, Nijinsky, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Picasso and Coco Chanel to name but a few, Diaghilev fused the latest in art, music and dance in spectacles that dazzled and astonished audiences around the world.
The dream Diaghilev created of dance joining hands with the other creative disciplines to create a total work of art changed the course of ballet forever.
Using stills and video clips we take an exciting look at the Ballets Russes that dominated the ballet stages of the world from its explosion in Paris in 1909 until Diaghilev’s death in 1929.

Friday 22 July 2022 – The Valois Dukes of Burgundy

Lecturer: Carole Petipher

Few dynastic families in western Europe wielded such power or wealth in the late Middle Ages as the Dukes of Burgundy. With territories stretching as far as the Low countries, theirs was a sumptuous court to rival all others. But they would prove dastardly as well as dazzling and nothing would stop them from their ultimate goal .

In this lecture Carole will follow their rise to glory and creation of their own superpower and consider the associated trappings of such a flamboyant lifestyle; such as art, fashion and gastronomy.