Monthly Archives: July 2021

Wednesday 9th March 2022 – Lucian Freud: Portraits

Lucien Freud: Portraits

Wednesday 9th March 2022


Girl with a White Dog, 1951–1952
© Tate Gallery

Image from Wikipedia, Fair Use policy

Lydia Baumann

Lucian Freud was a British artist, famous for his portraits and self-portraits painted in an expressive neo-figurative style.

He was born in Berlin, the grandson of the revolutionary psychologist Sigmund Freud, and the son of an architect Ernst Freud and an art historian Lucie Brasch. This lecture explores his work and his influence on British art in the last century up to current times.

Lydia Bauman is an artist, art historian and National Gallery guide since 1986.

A graduate of the Courtauld Institute of Art London, she has worked as accredited lecturer for the Arts Society in the UK and in New Zealand, as tour leader for Martin Randall Tours, Cox& Kings Kirker Holidays and Noble Caledonia cruises, as well as lecturing at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Arts Club of Chicago, the Tate Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery London.

Lydia has a deep knowledge of European art from the Middle Ages to the 21st Century. Her teaching style is enhanced by her knowledge and hands on experience of the artist’s craft.

Note this lecture is on the second Wednesday of the month.

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Wednesday 4th May 2022 – Art After Windrush: Postcolonial Art in Britain After 1948

Art After Windrush: Postcolonial Art in Britain After 1948

Wednesday 4th May 2022

Detail of a work by Sir Frank Bowling

A detail from Middle Passage, 1970
by Sir Frank Bowling.

Photograph: Courtesy the Artist/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017 published by The Guardian

Barry Venning

This lecture looks at the contributions made by artists of African, Caribbean or Asian origin to British art since the SS Empire Windrush arrived in Tilbury from the West Indies in 1948.

It considers, among others, the work of Sir Frank Bowling, Francis Newton Souza, Eddie Chambers, Yinka Shonibare, Sonia Boyce, Rasheed Araeen, Lubaina Himid and the Singh Twins, all of whom have achieved international recognition and respect, their works collected by museums world-wide. They may not all be household names but their art is eye-catching and thought-provoking, and they have set much of the agenda for British art of the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Barry Venning is an historian of British art with a particular interest in the work of JMW Turner, on whom he has published widely, including the volume on Turner in Phaidon’s Art & Ideas series.

His interests and his teaching extend from medieval architecture to contemporary art.  He is currently Associate Lecturer with the Open University and lecturing on a freelance basis for The Arts Society, Christie’s Education and other organisations.

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Wednesday 2nd February 2022 – The Land of the Midnight Sun: Norway’s Golden Age of Painting

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

Wednesday 2nd February 2022

North Cape, 1853

North Cape, 1853
Peder Balke

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

Stella Grace Lyons

Why isn’t Norwegian art better known? Should it be?

The late 19th century marked a defining moment in Norway. For the first time romantic painters began to turn to their own land for inspiration. They painted the stormy seas, the towering glaciers and the raw, untamed nature of their homeland. Their aim? To draw attention to the beauty of their country and explore what it meant to be ‘Norwegian’.

This talk looks at the artists from Norway’s ‘Golden Age’ who captured the far north with drama and romance and interpreted their wild country as a mythical, eerie entity. It will explore the stunning works of JC Dahl, Peder Balke, Nikolai Astrup and Harald Sohlberg. This is chance to discover some of art’s most underappreciated artists!

Stella Grace Lyons is a freelance lecturer in art history. After gaining her BA in the History of Art with a 1st class in her dissertation from the University of Bristol and her MA in History of Art from the University of Warwick, Stella spent a year studying Renaissance art in Italy at the British Institute of Florence, and three months studying Venetian art in Venice.

Stella is also a part-time lecturer for the University of South Wales.

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Wednesday 6th October 2021 – Faber and Faber: 90 Years of Excellence in Cover Design

Faber and Faber: 90 Years of Excellence in Cover Design

Wednesday 6th October 2021

Pile of books
© Photo “Thrift Store Books” by Kate Geraets. Used under Flickr Creative Commons Licence (CC BY-NC 2.0).

Toby Faber

Since its foundation in 1925, Faber & Faber has built a reputation as one of London’s most important literary publishing houses. A large part of this is due to the firm’s insistence on good design and illustration.  This lecture traces the history of Faber & Faber through its illustrations, covers and designs.

Toby Faber is an experienced lecturer and public speaker who has been accredited by The Arts Society since 2012. His career began with Natural Sciences at Cambridge and has been through investment banking, management consulting and five years as managing director of the publishing company founded by his grandfather, Faber and Faber, where he remains on the board. He is also non-executive Chairman of its sister company, Faber Music and a director of Liverpool University Press.

Toby has written three narrative histories: Stradivarius – Five Violins, One Cello and a Genius; Faberge’s Eggs; and Faber & Faber – The Untold Story, as well as a novel, Close to the Edge. Of these, only the obvious one is published by the family firm.

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Arts Volunteering – 2021

Arts Volunteering 2021 – Hannah Smith

Hannah received her award from Chairman of The Arts Society RLS, Shaun Pitt, with Edwina McConville, Secretary for Arts Volunteering.
Hannah received her award from Chairman of The Arts Society RLS, Shaun Pitt, with Edwina McConville, Secretary for Arts Volunteering.

At the end of June, Shaun Pitt and Edwina McConville presented a certificate and cheque to Hannah Smith, who was nominated the best Art Foundation Year student in Warwickshire College for 2020-2021.  Hannah showed her portfolio of fashion drawings, with items designed specifically for disabled people.  In the autumn, Hannah will begin a course in fashion design at Central St Martins, which accepts very few students on this particular course.

Receiving the award Hannah said, “My fashion focuses on where disabled people fit in fashion, as there is certainly a lack of visibility for disabled people in the industry. I’ve wanted to go for Central St Martins for years and it’s a real dream for me. The bursary from the Arts Society will help me when I get there”.