Monthly Archives: July 2020

Tuesday 11th August 2020 – The Old East End – A Virtual Tour

The Old East End – A Virtual Tour

Tuesday 11th August 2020

Pepe Martinez

Cabinet at Rodmarton Manor

The Arrival Memorial
Liverpool Street Station

Image: Wjh31 Own Work
Used under Creative Commons licence

The East End is one of London’s most fascinating and dynamic districts.  It is essentially the story of immigration, wave after wave of people coming to London to seek refuge and look for a better life.

The Old East End Virtual tour tells their story.  Using powerful images, video and Google street view, our journey takes us from the arrival of French Huguenots in the 1680s through to the more than 10,000 Jewish Kindertransport children who arrived at Liverpool Street station in 1939. 

Pepe Martinez is an award winning London Blue Badge Tourist Guide.  He was born in the East End and has lived there all his life. He is an accredited Institute of Tourist Guiding Trainer and is currently tutoring on the London Blue Badge training course.

This “virtual tour” was streamed online on Tuesday 11th August 2020 at 2:00pm.

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Day – August 2021 – Sezincote and Batsford Arboretum

Wednesday 11th August 2021

Sezincote and Batsford Arboretum

Sezincote Palace and Gardens
Image © Sezincote website
Used with permission

Sezincote is a family run estate in the Cotswolds. It is a 200-year-old home in the style of a Mogul Indian Palace. The mixture of Hindu and Muslin detail makes it a unique example of the architecture of Akbur. It is thought that Sezincote is the only Mogul building surviving in Western Europe. The interior is purely classical Greek revival.

The gardens are originally attributed to Thomas Dancell and are a beautiful mixture of mighty oaks, flower beds, water and statues.  A later addition of the orangery unfurls above a Repton landscape that has remained unchanged since the mid 19th century.

Our afternoon visit is to Batsford Arboretum and wild garden.  This is home to a unique collection of some of the world’s most beautiful and rare trees, shrubs and bamboos. It was created in the late 1800’s by Lord Redesdale, grandfather to the infamous Mitford sisters, and is heavily influenced by the far East.

Our day will begin with coffee at a charming café before a tour in two groups round Sezincote Palace and garden.

We will then have lunch in a country inn, The Horse and Groom. The visit will end with a free flow tour of the Arboretum with time for a look round the garden centre and a chance to buy your own refreshments before the journey home.

Tickets will be on sale at our June 2021 meetings.

More information:
Sezincote website
Batsford Arboretum website

Wednesday 1st September 2021 – The Ashcan Painters: Founders of New York Realism

The Ashcan Painters: Founders of New York Realism

Men of the Docks

Men of the Docks

George Bellows 1912
Image credit: © The National Gallery, London

Wednesday 1st September 2021

Mary Alexander

The term ‘Ashcan School’ was used to describe the realism and contemporary subject matter of a New York based group of artists who shared a fascination with zesty everyday life scenes. Each had an individual style, and all rejected the stolid conservatism and rigid teaching practices of the National Academy of Design.

This lecture will explore the work of this extraordinary group of individual artists who created vivid and stunningly beautiful images of a New York city in transition at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Mary Alexander has thirty years’ experience as a lecturer. Her experience includes public lectures in museums, tutoring for the Open University, visiting lecturer at Christie’s Education in London, and museum curator at Platt Hall, the Gallery of Costume, Manchester. She has worked in Pentagram design consultancy in London and New York organising conferences and special events, and is now a freelance lecturer to various arts, heritage and antiquarian societies. She is the author of articles on design and visual awareness issues. Her background combines an unusual blend of academic and visual communications skills.

This is the first lecture of our 2021/ 22 season.

Wednesday 2nd June 2021 – David Bomberg’s Lost Legacy: A Master Painter and His Students

David Bomberg’s Lost Legacy: A Master Painter and His Students

Sappers at work - Canadian Tunnelling Company, R14, St Eloi

Sappers at work – Canadian Tunnelling Company, R14, St Eloi

David Bomberg, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday 2nd June 2021

Kate Aspinall

In this lecture we’ll discover the power of one of the most passionate, pugnacious and underappreciated painters in twentieth-century Britain.

Neglected for much of his lifetime, David Bomberg has only recently been rightfully celebrated with exhibitions across the country.  

We’ll explore what it is in his painting that touches a nerve today as much as it did for the talented group of artists who studied with him. From Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff to Dennis Creffield, David Bomberg’s passion and craft revived the British tradition of expressive naturalism and created a visual language that remains very much alive today.

Dr Kate Aspinall is an independent historian, writer, and artist.  Based in London, she focuses her art historical work on British visual culture in the 20th century.  She teaches for the Courtauld and Yale in London and has spoken at a range of galleries and public institutions, including Tate, the Towner and Pallant House.  

In addition to her art practice, which recently won a grant from the European Commission, she was a long-term consultant for the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, and until recently she served as a Trustee of the Association for Art History, representing freelance and independent art historians.  She has degrees from the University of St Andrews, the Courtauld Institute and the University of East Anglia. 

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Wednesday 7th July 2021 – Wonder Workers and the Art of Illusion: The History of Magic Through Art and Pictures

Wonder Workers and the Art of Illusion:
The History of Magic Through Art and Pictures

Burning playing cards

Photo by Julius Drost on Unsplash

Wednesday 7th July 2021

Bertie Pearce

From the beginning of time the fascination with magic has been widespread. Sorcerer Priests used scientific principles to create illusions for the edification of worship and to hold power over the people.

In the age of the Music Hall, audiences flocked in their thousands to watch the extraordinary feats of The Great Illusionists. Even today, with the craze for Harry Potter, the wonder and surprise of magic are as popular as ever. This lecture will be a whistle stop tour of the history of magic from 3000 BC to the present day.

Bertie Pearce is a member of the Inner Magic Circle. He has toured the world with his one-man cabaret show All Aboard, performed on cruise ships, and lectured to a wide range of art and history societies.

This lecture will follow the AGM

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Wednesday 5th May 2021 – Cultural Experiments in the Weimar Republic

Cultural Experiments in the Weimar Republic

Poster for the Bauhaus Austellung (1923)

Poster for the Bauhaus Austellung (1923)
Joost Schmidt

Image in the public domain

Wednesday 5th May 2021

Gavin Plumley

After World War I, with Europe reeling from the worst conflict ever known, artists and architects were in a state of flux; yet out of crisis came a truly stimulating period of artistic endeavour.

Contemplating painters such as Max Beckmann, Otto Dix and Christian Schad alongside the experiments of the Bauhaus, new film technologies and the sultry stylings of Marlene Dietrich, this lecture will look at the culture of German-speaking Europe during the interwar years.

Gavin Plumley lectures widely on the culture of Central Europe during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is a writer and broadcaster, appearing on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4, and contributing to newspapers, magazines and opera and concert programmes worldwide.

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Wednesday 3rd March – Painting the Land of the Midnight Sun: Norway’s Golden Age of Painting

Painting the Land of the Midnight Sun:
Norway’s Golden Age of Painting

The North Cape, 1853

The North Cape, 1853
Peder Balke

Metropolitan Museum of Art,
New York
Image in the public domain

Wednesday 3rd March 2021

Stella Grace Lyons

The late 19th century marked a defining moment in Norwegian art as romantic painters began to turn to their own land for inspiration, painting the stormy seas, towering glaciers and raw, untamed landscapes of their homeland. They included Peder Balke, who captured the far north with drama and romance, and Nikolai Astrup, who depicted the landscape as a mythical and eerie entity.

Stella Grace Lyons is a freelance lecturer, a lecturer in art history at the University of South Wales, and an artist’s model for the figurative artist Harry Holland.

This lecture will be streamed online on Wednesday 3rd March 2021 at 11:00am. TAS RLS members will be invited by email to join the lecture.

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Wednesday 3rd February 2021 – Coventry Cathedral: Icon and Insipration

Coventry Cathedral: Icon and Inspiration

Stained Glass, Coventry Cathedral

Stained Glass, Coventry Cathedral

Image by Julia Schwab from Pixabay

Wednesday 3rd February 2021

Alexandra Epps

Ahead of Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture, this lecture will tell the extraordinary story of the rebuilding of the Cathedral as a symbol of peace and reconciliation and its inspiring commitment to the modern.

We’ll experience the work of many of the world class artists associated with its treasures, including Jacob Epstein, Elizabeth Frink, John Piper and Graham Sutherland.

Alexandra Epps’ background is in design, having practised as a graphic designer running her own business for many years. She now works as a guide to the City of London, and as a guide and lecturer to Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Guildhall Art Gallery and Pallant House Gallery.

This lecture will be streamed online on Wednesday 3rd February 2021 at 11:00am. TAS RLS members will be invited by email to join the lecture.

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Wednesday 6th January 2021 – Giles: His Life, Times and Cartoons

Giles: His Life, Times and Cartoons

The Giles Grandma Statue, Ipswich

The Giles Grandma Statue, Ipswich
© Jim Linwood on Flickr

Used under Creative Commons Licence

Wednesday 6th January 2021

Barry Venning

The cartoonist Carl Giles once said that he loved his creation Grandma Giles – that fearsome, black-clad, gambling, drinking battleaxe – because she allowed him to say things through his cartoons that he was too polite to say in person. She helped him to poke fun at authority in all its forms, from Hitler to traffic wardens and even his employers at the Daily Express, who didn’t trust him and had sub-editors scouring his cartoons for subversive background details.

His admirers included Prince Charles, Sir Malcolm Sargent and Tommy Cooper, and it was no surprise when he was voted Britain’s best-loved cartoonist in 2000.

Giles gave us a remarkable picture of a half-century of British life. He was also, as his editor John Gordon put it, ‘a spreader of happiness’ and ‘a genius…with the common touch’.

Barry Venning is an art historian with a particular interest in the work of JMW Turner. His interests and his teaching extend from medieval architecture to contemporary British art. He is currently Associate Lecturer with the Open University and lecturing on a freelance basis for The Arts Society and Christie’s Education.

This lecture was streamed online on Wednesday 6th January 2021 at 11:00am.

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