Season 5 – 2014 / 2015

Programme: season October 2014 – May 2015

Our new Programme Secretary has put together what looks to be another set of enticing lectures for this season. We start with a look at the relationship between contemporary art and the old masters and finish with Islamic Art & Design, and in between go from Hockney to Picasso by way of Horatio Nelson, Russian & Soviet Art, Precious Gems and Norway’s three most famous artists: Grieg, Ibsen and Munch.  Once again our lecturers are a mixture of old friends and new talent and we are looking forward to hearing them all.

All lectures start at 11am and are held at the O’Callaghan Eliott’s Hotel . Lectures are free to members, and cost £10 to visitors. 

15th October 2014: Contemporary Art and the Old Masters: New Art from Old

Contemporary art can sometimes feel like a completely new thing. It’s sometimes surprising to realise it’s only the latest way of thinking visually we’ve been able to come up with. In this lecture freelance art historian, writer and curator Ben Street explores the relationship between old and new art.Given by Ben Street: Ben has been a lecturer and educator at the National Gallery for many years and lectures at the Tate, Dulwich Picture Gallery and for the City Lit and Christie’s Education (MA Course). If you would like to know more about Ben take a look at his web-site: Sponsor: The Hon. Solomon Seruya OBE

19th November 2014: David Hockney: Art as Biography

Art historian, author and lecturer Peter Webb has been a friend of David Hockney, now probably England’s favourite artist, since 1970. In 1989 Peter published a biography of Hockney based around interviews with many of Hockney’s friends and colleagues and on his own observation of Hockney’s art from close quarters. In his lecture Peter will give an insighful account of the way Hockney’s work has related to his life, especially during the 1960s and 1970s. It will also demonstrate how his more recent work has reflected his rich store of intellectual knowledge about the nature of art..Given by Peter Webb: Long time friend of David Hockney Peter is an art historian, writer and lecturer. He has lectured at over 100 universtities, colleges, museums and galleries around the world, including Tate Modern, Tate Britian, National Portrait Gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Manchester Art Gallery amongst many others. If you would like to know more about Peter please take a look at his web-site: Sponsors: KPMG Gibraltar

10th December 2014 (2nd Wednesday): Russian & Soviet Art: From Icons to Socialist Realism

This lecture will cover the major movements and artists of 20th century Russian Art and place the various ‘isms’ of the avant-garde within a wider social context. In addition it will also look at the imperial patronage of Russian Art under the Tsar and the evolution of various avant-gardes in Russia.Given by Theodora Clarke: Theodora is an art historian, lecturer and critic specialising in Russian Art and European Modernism. She has lectured at prestigious museums including the V&A and Tate Britian. In addition she is the founder and editor of the online arts magazine Russian Art & Culture. She also set up Russian Art Week in London and publishes a bi-annual guide to this major event.  If you would like to know more about Theodora please take a look at her web-site: Cafe Solo
21st January 2015: Horatio Nelson: Life & Loves
Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758 – 1805) has inspired countless artists, authors, historians and poets to paint and write about his life and times. Nelson may have been short in stature by modern standards, but he was tall in deeds and his death on the deck of his flagship HMS Victory at the Bettle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805 sealed his popular fate. This lecture will look at Nelson’s life and loves through paintings, drawings, watercolours and prints, as well as a selection of period artefacts.Given by James Taylor:James is a former curator of paintings, drawing and prints, and co-ordinator of various exhibitions at the National Maritime Museum on Greenwich. He has written a number of books and is a lecturer and ships’ historian onboard cruise ships.Sponsor: Sovereign Trust
18th February 2015: Nordic Spirit: Greig, Ibsen and Munch
This lecture will look at Norway’s three towering artistic giants. Edvard Grieg, internationally recognised as one of the world’s best composers; Henrik Ibsen, who was largely responsible for the rise of modern realistic drama; and Edvard Munch, considered Norway’s greatest painter who played a vital role in the development of Expressionism in modern painting.Given by Dr. Anne Anderson:From 1993-2007 Anne was a senior lecturer on the Fine Arts Valuation degree course at Southampton Solent University, where she specialised in the Aesthetic Movement, Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau and Moderism. She has been Hon. Research Fellow at Exeter University; a Fellow of the Henry Francis Du Pont Winterhur Museum and Library; Cumming Ceramic Research Foundation Fellow (2007-2010) and a consultant for Lord Frederic Leighton’s Studio-House, Kensington.Sponsor: SG Private Banking Hambros

18th March 2015: Romancing the Stone

This lecture will look at gemstones, their origin, popularity, and the prices some have obtained at auction and in the market place. It will also explore the art of cutting and take us on a virtual tour of Jaipur, one of the main cutting centres for coloured stones.Given by Joanna Hardy: after studying to be a goldsmith and jewellery designer at Sir John Cass College she went on to work for De Beers, valuing and grading rough diamonds, and later worked internationally as a polished diamond dealer. She then moved into antique jewellery working first for Phillips Auction House before moving on to Sothebys. Joanna also conducts charity auctions, lectures for various institutions, but is probably best known for her appearances on the BBC’s Antique Road Show. If you would like to know more about Joanna please take a look at her
15th April 2015: Picasso and his Women
Picasso told his biographer, John Richardson, that his work was like a diary – “to understand it, you have to see how it mirrors my life”. This lecture examines the way Picasso’s emotional life influenced what he painted and how he painted it. His response to each new love in his life can be seen in the different styles in which his many women were represented.Given by Val Woodgate: as well as being on the teaching team at the Dulwich Picture Gallery Valerie is a lecturer and guide at Tate Britian and Tate Modern, and for the Tate on cruises. In addition she lectures in other major galleries and, on religious art, in churches and cathedrals. If you’d like to know more about Valerie please take a look at her web-site: HISCOX Insurance
20th May 2015: ‘Calligeofiguresques’: An Introduction to Islamic Art and Design
This lecture introduces Islamic Art through its three most widely appreciated strands: calligraphy, geometry and the arabesque. It explores the figural side and shows how widespread figural art really is in the world of Islam, even, most surprisingly, in some religious settings.Given by James Allan: James read Arabic at Oxford and is curator of the Islamic Collection and keeper of Eastern Art at the Ashmolean Museum, where he also set up an inter-faith exhibition service. For the last 6 years he has been teaching Islamic Art at Oxford University. James also leads tours in the Middle East and has published numerous articles and books on Islamic Art, the most recent being ‘The Art and Architecture of the Twelve Shi’ism: Iraq, Iran and the Indian Subcontinent’. If you’d like to know more about James and his profile then take a look at this Oxford University site:  ‘ http://