Category Archives: Future Study Days

Pre-Raphaelite Study Day – October 2021

The next Day of Special Interest will be on Friday 22nd October 2021 and will have three lectures on Pre-Raphaelite painters.   It will be held at The Warwickshire Country Club, Leek Wootton, CV35 7QT.

The presenter will be Mr. Julian Halsby, MA RBA FRSA.  Julian studied History of Art at Emmanuel College Cambridge and had a career in lecturing and writing, working as a Senior Lecturer and Head of Department.  

The Lady of Shalott

The Lady of Shalott, 1888
John William Waterhouse

Tate Collection
Image released under Creative Commons Licence

The Pre-Raphaelites were young, revolutionary artists who defied the traditions of the Royal Academy and produced highly original and innovative works from 1848 until the 1880’s.

The study day will start by looking at the origins of the movement and the battles for recognition from 1848 to 1860, moving on to examine the wonderful Pre-Raphaelite landscapes, amongst the finest landscapes of the 19th century. The young Pre-Raphaelites were also social rebels rejecting Victorian morality and associating with girls whom their parents considered to be below their social standing.  The day will continue by examining the loves and scandals surrounding these artists. What is less well known is that their paintings often comment on social evils of the time – prostitution, vagrancy, poverty and the Scottish clearances.

After lunch (which is included in the ticket price), Julian will look at the later Pre-Raphaelites and their influence in Europe, as well as examining Pre-Raphaelite design led by William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones which became the famous Arts and Crafts Movement.

I think you will agree that we can look forward to a very interesting day.
Tickets are now on sale, priced at £50 per person. Please email for more details and to reserve your place.

Tickets will be on sale at the Spa Centre meeting on Wednesday 6th October.

Susan Dunnett

Medicine and Art Study Day – March 2022

Plague doctor

A watercolour of an early 17th-century plague doctor’s costume.
(Wellcome Trust/Used under Creative Commons licence)

On Friday 25th March 2022, we will have a Study Day with three lectures on “Medicine and Art”; an exploration of how artists have perceived disease and the practice of medicine through the centuries.   It will be held at The Warwickshire Country Club, Leek Wootton, CV35 7QT.

You might think that we have all had enough of plague, pox and pestilence but think again. Dr James Grant MBE  promises to give members a fascinating and memorable insight into how artists have perceived and depicted some of the major plagues and pandemics that mankind has had to suffer through the centuries.

Artists have depicted the effects of disease, the basic human need to blame someone or something for their suffering as well as producing wonderful images which have inspired great hope and consolation. Numerous artists from Rubens and Titian to Van Dyck and Tintoretto have all painted plague masterpieces.

There is much in the day that people will find relevant to the difficult times that we have all lived through.

In the afternoon, there is a complete contrast with a prize quiz based on the lecturer’s collection of medical antiques, lots of art and artefacts, something to keep everyone interested and engaged after a good lunch!

I think you will agree that we can look forward to a very interesting day.
Ticket details will be published at a later date.

Susan Dunnett