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November 2018

14
November
7:30 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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How to Read the English Country Church

It is possible to ‘read’ the passage of time, of movements, cultures and peoples in the architecture and art forms evident in many of our older English country churches. From the pre-Christian era, through the arrival of the Romans and onwards to the sixteenth century and the epoch changing Tudors, simple indicators are given how to identify churches with Roman and Saxon origins. The great flowering of Romanesque and Gothic architecture that followed the invasion of the Normans in the eleventh century are explained with illustrated examples.…

30
November
10:30 am — 3:00 pm
@ The Victoria Club
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MERRYMAKING AND MORALITY; The History of Genre Painting

Our speaker for this study day is Clare Ford-Wille. She is a popular and well established speaker for The Arts Society and other arts organisations. She has lectured on many areas of European art, architecture and sculpture for over thirty years for Birkbeck College, London University for over 30 years. She has led numerous study tours abroad. Other regular commitments include courses and lectures for Morley College, the City Literary Institute, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Art Fund, the…

December 2018

12
December
7:30 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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The Art of the Hero; Commemorating Scott of the Antarctic

Formerly a Fellow and Director of Studies in History at Christ’s College, Cambridge, Max now teaches at the University of Manchester and is a recent winner of the university’s ‘Teacher of the Year’ award. He specializes in the cultural history of war and heroism, and is currently writing a new history of British heroes. Public lecturing is Max’s passion. Alongside lectures at Manchester and other universities, he has spoken about his research to public audiences throughout the UK and beyond,…

January 2019

09
January
7:30 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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From Peasants to Czars: a Portrait of 19th Century Russia

This lecture reveals the fascinating insight into this moving story afforded by the paintings of more than a dozen superb artists, yet whose work is still relatively unknown in the West. Up until the early 19th century Russian painting consisted almost entirely of academic styles and subject matter dominated by the west, Paris in particular. Artists such as Alexey Venetsianov, encouraged by Czar Nicholas I’s promotion of ‘national trends’ began to change the focus towards more home grown themes.  Later…

February 2019

13
February
7:30 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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How the European Art Market Developed form the Renaissance to the Present

Dr Tom Flynn is a UK-based art historian, writer and art consultant. He holds a BA Honours degree (First Class) in Art History from the University of Sussex, a Masters in Design History from the Royal College of Art and a doctorate from the University of Sussex. His interests include contemporary art; sculpture history; museology and the history of museums; art crime; issues in cultural heritage; and the historical development and professional practice of the European art markets. He is…

March 2019

13
March
7:30 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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The Eccentricity Effect : Does Knowledge of an Artist Life Affect How we Perceive their Work

Stella Grace Lyons gained her BA in the History of Art, 1st class, from the University of Bristol, and MA in History of Art at the University of Warwick. She spent a year studying Renaissance art in Italy at the British Institute of Florence, and three months studying Venetian art in Venice. In addition, she attended drawing classes at the prestigious Charles H. Cecil studios in Florence. In 2017, Stella was selected by the Arts Society to lecture at the launch…

April 2019

10
April
7:30 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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A Decorative Art: History of Wallpapers

Jo Banham is Director of the Victorian Society Summer School and an independent curator and writer who specialises in the history of Wallpapers, William Morris, and 19th and 20th century interior design.  She has extensive experience of lecturing to adult groups and was formerly Head of Adult Programmes at the Victoria and Albert Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and the Royal Academy of Arts.  She recently curated an exhibition on William Morris and the Arts and Crafts for Museums…

May 2019

08
May
7:30 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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Rediscovery of Tudor Wall-Paintings at Bramall Hall, Cheshire

Dr David Bostwick is a lecturer and consultant in the Cultural History of the Medieval, Tudor and Stuart periods. A specialist in medieval imagery and interior furnishings and decoration 1400-1700 and a tour leader. He is the former Keeper of the Social History Collections, Sheffield City Museums. He also acts as a consultant on historic buildings and their interpretation to the National Trust, English Heritage and Historic Scotland. Bramall Hall is one of Cheshire’s grandest black and white timber-framed buildings.…

June 2019

12
June
7:30 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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Warwick Castle ‘A Forgotten Collection’

Warwick Castle remains one of Britain’s best preserved and most popular medieval castles. The imposing stone walls and towers were raised by the powerful Earls of Warwick, who took a leading role in the most important events of Medieval England. From 1604, the castle was transformed from a fortification and into a luxurious stately home. The treasures of the eighteenth and nineteenth century Earls filled the castle with arguably one of Britain’s most undiscovered collections of Old Master Painting, Furniture,…

September 2019

11
September
7:30 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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Mad Men and Artists: How the Advertising Industry Exploited Fine Art

Fine art has provided advertisers and their agencies with a great deal of material to use in their creative campaigns. I describe some of the processes by which these advertisements have been created and why the works of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo have been a particularly rich source. From the Renaissance, through to the present day, fine art continues to provide opportunities to enhance Brand imagery with admiration, humour, satire and irony. In what I hope is an…

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