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October 2017
11
October
7:45 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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Angels from the Realms of Glory: The Wilton Diptych and the Roof of Westminster Hall

The Wilton Diptych is one of the most beautiful yet enigmatic paintings ever made and the hammer-beam angel roof of Westminster Hall has been described by the architectural historian John Harvey, as ‘the most outstanding individual work in the whole history of English art’. Both appear in the last decade of Richard II’s turbulent reign and they represent the high watermark of a period rich in artistic achievement. This lecture will focus on these two works of art but will…

September 2017
13
September
7:45 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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The Silver Thread: Silver Filigree and Traditional Arts in Kosova

From the early Kosovan silver mines which are mentioned in Dante, through the twentieth century politics over Kosovo’s mines which resulted in both a war and a golf course, a silver thread winds through Kosovo’s history. Its most intricate tanglings are in the country’s cultural capital, Prizren, where a seventh generation of filigree artisans use ‘filum’ and ‘granum’, zigzags, ‘mouse-tooth’ designs and other twists and turns to magic lacy creations from dull sticks of raw material.  The results – in…

July 2017
11
July
8:50 am — 5:00 pm
@ The Wedgwood Museum
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Visit to V&A collection and RHS display

Many of us have visited Wedgwood at Barlaston in the past but recent enhancements to the visitor experience and partnerships with the V&A and RHS make this an exciting time to re-visit. Our trip also includes an introduction to the Capability Brown Garden at Trentham. Wedgwood and the RHS share the same roots, as it was Josiah Wedgwood who first came up with the idea of the RHS, suggesting a horticultural society in a letter to William Forsyth, George III’s…

June 2017
14
June
7:45 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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Pots and Frocks – the World of Grayson Perry

Widely known for his appearances dressed as his feminine alter ego, Claire, Grayson Perry RA is now a core part of the art establishment. Ten years after winning the Turner Prize he gave the brilliant BBC Reith Lecture in 2013. His works of ceramics, textiles, tapestries and prints are highly sought after. Often controversial, he is able to tackle difficult subjects in a poignant yet witty way. This talk will examine Grayson Perry’s works, his exciting and thought provoking exhibitions, and…

07
June
10:30 am — 3:00 pm
@ Clonter Opera Theatre
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Music Inspired by Paintings and Paintings Inspired by Music

It has long been recognised that the worlds of the visual and aural arts link with extraordinary power when one medium inspires the other. This special interest day, which spans over 600 years of the arts, analyses and discusses a range of related works, bringing together the music of Martinu with the frescoes of Piero della Francesca, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus with Respighi’s Trittico Botticelliano, Böcklin’s Isle of the Dead with Rachmaninoff’s symphonic poem and Poet Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie…

May 2017
10
May
7:45 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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The Power of a Painting: G. W. Joy’s The Death of General Gordon

George William Joy’s painting of the death of General Gordon on the steps of the governor’s palace in Khartoum was not even mentioned in The Times’ report on the Royal Academy exhibition of 1894. Although ignored by critics and dismissed as inaccurate by scholars, Joy’s painting became one of the iconic images of the British empire. Using a host of unpublished illustrations, this lecture will explore how Joy’s vision captivated so many and came to define how the British empire…

April 2017
19
April
7:45 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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Moss, Rocks and Gravel: the Development of the Zen Gardens in Japan

These gardens have caught the imagination of many people in the West who are drawn, amongst other things, to their tranquil spaces and apparent simplicity. Whether they have had a chance to visit them or have just seen photographs of them, however, these gardens often remain something of an enigmatic mystery. Why do they look as they do and what are they for? To answer these questions this talk explores the origins of Japanese landscaping in the sacred spaces of…

March 2017
24
March
10:00 am — 3:00 pm
@ The Victoria Club
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Italian Cities of Art: Assisi, Siena, Florence

Janet Robson is an independent art historian with a BA in History from University College London (1980), an MA in Early Sienese Painting and a PhD in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art (1997 & 2001). She has been lecturing for over a decade and has published extensively on thirteenth and fourteenth-century Italian art. She has been awarded the Society of Authors’ Art Book Prize for 2014. Janet has travelled and studied extensively in Italy, having held…

08
March
7:45 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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Tea with Mackintosh: the Glasgow Tea Room Phenomenon

At the time Kate Cranston opened her Glasgow tearooms, the city was a centre of artistic innovation, and the tearooms served as art galleries for paintings by the Glasgow Boys. In 1900 Cranston gave Rennie Mackintosh the opportunity to redesign an entire room at her Ingram Street tearoom. He had recently married the artist Margaret MacDonald, and together they created the White Dining Room. This lecture focuses on Charles Rennie and Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh’s varied and innovative work for Miss Cranston’s Glasgow tearooms, and also…

February 2017
08
February
7:45 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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Dale Chihuly: the World’s Foremost Glass Artist

American glass artist Dale Chihuly (born 1941) is the super-star of the glass world. With his passion for glass, his larger-than-life personality, his skills as a natural leader and educator, and his constant exploration of glass’s luminous qualities and colour possibilities, he creates glass sculptures which are extravagant, colourful and spectacular. Charles Hajdamach Charles Hajdamach is the former Director of Broadfield House Glass Museum in Kingswinford, one of the top international glass museums in the world with a collection of Stourbridge, British…

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