Season 1 – 2010/11

Season 2010-11

20 October 2010:

 LADY HAMILTON – SCANDAL, CELEBRITY AND ART

Dr. Kate Williams Historian, lecturer and TV presenter and author of two acclaimed biographies.

This richly illustrated talk tells the remarkable story of how Emma Hamilton ascended the ranks of British Society, beginning as a courtesan and a model, to become wealthy and famous – an ambassadress, a fashion icon and mistress of Lord Nelson. Dr. Williams explores her relations with artists such as Joshua Reynolds and shows how Emma manipulated her image through portraiture.

17 November 2010:

HORSES, WOMEN AND ARCHITECTURE – THE LIFE AND LOVES OF WILLIAM CAVENDISH

Dr. Lucy Worsley Chief Curator, Historic Royal Palaces, lecturer, TV presenter and author

William Cavendish, the first Duke of Newcastle, was courageous and cultured. His passions were architecture, horses and women. Dr. Worsley gives us a vivid portrait of a seventeenth-century nobleman and the dramatic decades surrounding the English Civil War. She describes the great houses that Cavendish built and recreates the cacophony, stink, ceremony and splendour of his stately homes and their inhabitants.

15 December 2010:

 ROYAL COLLECTION TREASURES FROM HENRY VIII TO ELIZABETH II

Oliver Everett Assistant Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales 1978/80, Private Secretary to Diana Princess of Wales 1981/83, Librarian, Royal Library and Windsor Castle 1984/2002 and following retirement in 2002 Librarian Emeritus

The Royal Collection contains over 485,000 objects collected by the Royal Family from Henry VIII to the present Queen. Oliver Everett selects the finest items to demonstrate its range and magnificence including oil paintings by Van Dyke and Rembrandt, old master drawings by Michelangelo and Canaletto plus miniature paintings, sculpture, porcelain and gold and silver objects.

19 January 2011:

THE SACRED ART OF TIBET

Zara Fleming Independent Art Consultant, lecturer and exhibition curator

Isolated from the outside world for centuries, Tibet is home to a rich and unique artistic tradition inspired by the teachings of Buddhism. Its paintings and sculptures hold great charm for Western eyes but behind them lies a sophisticated sacred tradition. Zara Fleming explains how the paintings and sculptures are created and used as visual aids for meditation.

16 February 2011:

 DAVID HOCKNEY – POOLS OF PERFECTION

Ann Peerless Guest lecturer on cruises and for The Art Foundation and commissioned by Government of India and Air India for design work and photographic exhibitions From Bradford to California, David Hockney, painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer, was an important contributor to the Pop art movement of the 1960s. Perhaps most famous for his series of luminous paintings of Californian swimming pools, he is one of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century. Now in his seventies, his work continues to be surprising at times, but it is always accessible.

16 March 2011:

 ANTONY GORMLEY AND THE NEW FACE OF TRADITION

Frank Woodgate Lecturer and guide at Tate Britain and Tate Modern, lecturer at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Antony Gormley makes use of his early training in archaeology,  nthropology and history of art, with many of his works being life-sized, made of lead and placed in unusual locations. The Angel of the North, 20 metres high and weighing 200 tonnes, can be seen from a great distance. His astonishing, thought-provoking work sheds new light on the tradition of sculpture involving the human body.

20 April 2011:

FROM COOK TO GAUGUIN – THE CULT OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC

Leslie Primo Lecturer and tour guide at the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery

Exotic plants and animals came back on the explorers’ ships, along with stories of strange cultures. The lecture will focus on how the South Pacific has been portrayed in the art of Western Europe from the time of James Cook’s first encounters during his voyages of discovery. Paul Gauguin’s rich, languid paintings in Tahiti reflect the allure of the simple, natural life they portray.

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