LECTURE PROGRAMME 2018
Our lectures are held in Fittleworth Village Hall on the first Tuesday of each month at 2.00pm (unless otherwise noted). Doors open at 1.40 pm.
Visitors are most welcome to attend at a nominal fee of £5 a time.
Image credits are at the foot of this page.
Tuesday 6th February 2018
ANTONELLO DA MESSINA:
THE GREAT SICILIAN RENAISSANCE ARTIST
Antonello da Messina stands out as the greatest renaissance artist Sicily produced. His use of light combined with perspective and detailed symbolism make his pictures unforgettable.
Tuesday 6th March 2018 at 2.00 pm preceded by our Annual Ploughman's Lunch at 12.30pm.
IMPERIAL MURALIST TURNED RADICAL PAINTER
Klimt was one of the most prominent figures in the Viennese fin de siècle. This lecture looks at the many changes in Klimt’s life, his rejection of public pomp, and the impact on his style and works.
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Tuesday 3rd April 2018
HOW ART & DESIGN HELPED THE CAUSE
Art and design supported the aims of the suffrage movement through diverse artistic media such as paintings, posters, cartoons, lapel badges, jewellery and wallhangings. This lecture examines a range of works that made a difference.
Tuesday 1st May 2018
SIR JOHN SOANE:
ARCHITECT OF A LOST LONDON
Best remembered today as a collector and connoisseur, Soane was a leading architect at the beginning of the 19th century. This lecture reviews his work and explores some of his lost masterpieces.
Tuesday 5th June 2018
CONSTANTINOPLE & ISTANBUL:
A TALE OF TWO CITIES
Constantinople and Istanbul, two names for one city, which straddles two continents, Europe and Asia. Byzantine churches, Ottoman mosques, the luxurious palaces of the sultans, elegant fountains, bathhouses and bustling covered markets, make Istanbul one of the most fascinating cities in the world.
Tuesday 3rd July 2018
CELEBRATING THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS:
IT’S 250TH ANNIVERSARY 1768-2018
The Royal Academy has an illustrious history that spans the mid 18th century to the 2lst century. The lecture encompasses, the influence of Royal Academicians, the pivotal role that is played by the RA Schools and The Summer Exhibition, held without interruption since 1769.
Tuesday 4th September 2018
WITNESSING WOMEN AT WAR
For Lee Miller a woman at war was any woman caught up in World War II. Her faultless images document one of the biggest social changes in British and European history, as three million women left their normal housewife roles and entered industry and the armed forces discovering careers and undreamed of freedom.
Tuesday 2nd October 2018
WHISTLER, WILDE & SARGENT:
THE TALENT IN TITE STREET
London’s Tite Street was one of the most influential artistic quarters in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A staggering amount of talent thrived in just this one street in Chelsea, including James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Oscar Wilde and John Singer Sargent.
Tuesday 6th November 2018 at 2:15 preceded, at 1.30pm, by our Annual General Meeting
THOMAS CHIPPENDALE & HIS CONTEMPORARIES
Most of Chippendale’s known furniture was made during the 1760s and 1770s. Nostell Priory and Harewood House are classic examples of where Chippendale’s firm supplied everything from state beds to meat hooks and mangles. The talk will look at these interiors, the style of Chippendale’s furniture, his use of mahogany and marquetry and his relationship with his patrons.
Tuesday 4th December 2018
THE VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS:
Contrary to popular myth, the Victorians thoroughly amused themselves and particularly at Christmas. With this lecture we will revel in their celebrations.