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January 2018
10
January
7:45 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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From Warehouses to Pallazzi: 19th Century Manchester

A senior modern languages teacher in an independent grammar school for many years, Brian has also enjoyed a successful parallel career since the 1980’s as a professional artist and interior designer. Since 2006, he has been regularly appointed to a number of prestigious ocean and river cruise lines, either as resident artist, guest lecturer on art history or as destination speaker for more than forty countries. Most recently this work has successfully extended to art guiding through important towns and…

February 2018
14
February
7:45 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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The Guggenheims: a Dynasty of Art Collectors

Andrew was previously Assistant Director of the British School at Rome from 1998 to 2002 and since 2004, Associate Professor at the University of L’Aquila. Part of his PhD (Courtauld Institute 1995) on Venetian architecture was awarded the Essay Medal of 1996 by the Society of Architectural Historians (GB). He was a Fellow at Harvard University’s Villa I Tatti in Florence in 2003-2004, and in 2009 was the Paul Mellon Senior Visiting Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual…

March 2018
14
March
7:45 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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Hidden Canvasses – Street Art and the City

There’s more to the world of street art than Banksy. Hidden Canvases is a beginner’s guide to the biggest art movement since pop art. From train writing in New York to interactive technology that brings murals to life, the concept of un-commissioned public art is a very different beast to that which it once was. Hidden Canvases explores the key stages in street art’s growth examining the different elements and styles that comprise the scene with no rules. From the…

April 2018
11
April
7:45 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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Artists & Espionage: The Lawn Road Flats NW3: Modernist Living in mid 20th Century London

This story has a plot worthy of Agatha Christie and its cast includes the author herself, along with Walter Gropius and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, refugees from the German Bauhaus, Henry Moore and many intellectuals and civil servants. The setting is The Lawn Road Flats, a startling modernist block of small serviced flats with a restaurant and club, both bohemian and sinister. It was also home to a nest of Soviet spies, including the recruiter and controller of the Cambridge Five. This…

May 2018
09
May
7:45 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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The Shakers of North America: Their Beliefs; Architecture and Artefacts

The Shaking Quakers had their origins in 18th century England but are much better known as a successful 19th century North American fundamentalist sect. In this lecture we are told the extraordinary story of the Shakers, exploring their beginnings, what they believed and how they lived their lives, before examining examples of their wonderful buildings and furniture, for it is only with such an understanding of their devout faith and way of life that we can begin to appreciate the…

June 2018
13
June
7:45 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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Travellers Among Mountains and Streams: Masterpieces of Chinese Landscape Painting

This lecture invites you to explore Chinese landscape painting through the ages in an attempt to convey the development and evolution of this important tradition. While the title, ‘Travellers Among Mountains and Streams’, is based on that of an 11th century work by the great Northern Song master, Fan Kuan, its key elements, mountains and water, or ‘shan sui’, represent the essence of all Chinese landscape painting. Using ink and brush and a variety of techniques and formats, the artist’s…

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