2012 Lectures

January 5th Jewellery as an Art Form 1960-2012

Today there is a growing appreciation for individual and unique jewellery. Contemporary jewels that exhibit the importance of craftsmanship and uniqueness of design will stand the test of time and will become the collectable art of the future. Joanna will guide us through the decades from 1960 to the present.


June 7th Machu Pichu – the Great Citadel of the Incas

Gloria is a Peruvian architect and will tell us of the major studies made since the discovery of Machu Pichu in 1911, and put forward theories as to its origins, social use, planning and construction and above all its meaning.


February 2nd Signs and Symbols: The Hidden Messages in Paintings

This lecture looks at paintings from the 15th to the 20th centuries and examines the way in which artists have used signs and symbols to give deeper layers of meaning to their work. Examples will be taken from amongst others, Christian art, 17th century Dutch art, Hogarth, the Pre-Raphaelites and modern 20th century art.


September 6th Fanny Burney – her family and friends

The life of the 18th century novelist, diarist and playwright is discussed with reference to paintings, portraits and caricatures by artists of the day including Hogarth, Gainsborough, Zoffany, Reynolds, etc.


March 1st The Ancient Olympic Games and the Olympic Spirit

In this Olympic year, this talk will examine the religious aspects of the ancient Olympics, the concept of ‘sport’, athletics as an inspiration for art, the mythical / historical origins of the Olympics and an overview of the main original athletic events.


October 4th Charles Saatchi – a Modern Medici?

The lecture examines his rise to prominence as an advertising magnate and a taste maker, charting the changing shape of his collection and his effect on artistic reputations – a fascinating look at contemporary art.


April 5th Bark Poles and Paintings from Yirrkala

A return visit by Rebecca, a world expert in Aboriginal Art, who enthralled us last year. A little known subject which promises to be equally fascinating.


November 1st The Drama behind the Taj Mahal

The lecture is based on the Padshahnama, the official history of Shah Jahan who built the Taj Mahal. The wonderful Mogul paintings vividly illustrate the life and reign of the Emperor.


May 3rd Design and Decorative Arts in Post-War Britain

This lecture explains the development of a contemporary style in the decorative arts after 1945. The Festival of Britain is discussed, plus new designs for furniture, metalware, ceramics, and textiles, up until 1945.


December 6th Merrily on High – a History of the English Christmas Carol

Peter traces the progress of the English Christmas Carol through seven centuries of continuous development and reveals that behind many of our apparently unassuming seasonal songs lie some fascinating stories.