Dorothy Gennard - Dartmoor Sheep

PROGRAMME 2020

PROGRAMME 2019 >>

Meetings will be held at 10.00am for 10.30am.

Lawrence of Arabia

January 8th 2020

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA: Excavating a Legend

Neil Faulkner

Contrasting the legend of Lawrence of Arabia with the true story of what happened in the famous desert war of 1916-18.

Ancient Greek Art

February 12th 2020

WHAT DID THE GREEKS AND ROMANS EVER DO FOR ART?

Gillian Hovell

Ancient Greek art blossomed and then the Romans took that art – the sculpture, frescoes, vase painting, architecture and so much more – and made it their own. Just what did those Greek and Roman artists achieve that was so world-changing?.

Harps
March 11th 2020

THE HISTORY OF THE HARP

Sarah Deere-Jones

Tracing the history of one of the world’s most ancient and beloved musical instruments, and performing on her own instruments to demonstrate the development and evolving sound and repertoire of the harp.

Ai Weiwei
April 8th 2020

Golden Gods, Wild Men and Axe-Fights

Toby Capwell

The Art of Renaissance Courtly Spectacle

Sculpture
May 6th 2020

ADVENTURES IN THREE DIMENSIONS:
20th century sculpture in Britain

Justine Hopkins

The story of sculpture through the 20th century shows form manipulated to explore emotion as well as appearance, materials dictating meaning as well as shape and a three-dimensional language used as expressively as any poet or novelist to reveal the rhythms and meanings of life itself.

Pub Signs
June 10th 2020

INN SIGNIA:
Pub signs, the artwork and the stories behind their names

John Ericson

Pubs and their signs are a fundamental part of our history and cultural heritage. This lecture explores the fascinating stories behind the origin of some of their peculiar names.

Foreigners in London
September 9th 2020

FOREIGNERS IN LONDON 1520 – 1677:
The artists who changed the course of British art

Leslie Primo

Why were foreign painters preferred by the aristocracy in London to native born English painters, why did foreigners come in the first place, what was their motivation, and what was the impact of foreigners in London on English art and art practise? 

The Borgias
October 14th 2020

THE BORGIAS - THE MOST INFAMOUS FAMILY IN HISTORY?

Sarah Dunant

Murder, poison, corruption and incest: all perfect ingredients for popular culture. But in an age known for its brutality and church corruption, were the Borgias really so bad?

Vienna
November 11th 2020

THE ART AND CULTURE OF FIN DE SIECLE VIENNA

Gavin Plumley

Vienna was the capital of a vast empire and one of the most exciting artistic laboratories in the world. Looking at the people involved in painting, architecture, psychoanalysis, composition and philosophy, this talk asks how and why the City of Dreams became a cultural hotbed around 1900.

Devon Gardens
December 9th 2020

A VISUAL HISTORY OF DEVON GARDENS

Todd Gray

Devon’s beautiful garden, their history and the art depicting them.

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