From Bronzes to Banksy: an armchair tour of public art and street art
The Arts Society Maidenhead
Monday, November 11, 2019 - 11:30
Norden Farm Arts Centre Altwood Road Maidenhead SL6 4PF
London has a world-class reputation for art in its many galleries, but this is a talk about the remarkable range of art outside in the streets.
London has a world-class reputation for art in its many galleries, but this is a talk about the remarkable range of art outside in the streets. We tour around the capital discovering some of the most interesting works. They range from huge and expensive commissions to unofficial graffiti, which is sometimes audacious and often playful, but they all have a place in our society. We look at why art is there, how it has developed over the years and discover many hidden gems.
THE ARTS SOCIETY ACCREDITED LECTURER
Mr Ian Swankie
A Londoner with a passion for art and architecture, Ian is an official guide at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Guildhall Art Gallery and St Paul’s Cathedral, and gives tours around each venue. He is also a qualified and active freelance London guide and leads regular tours for various corporations and organisations. Since 2012 he has led a popular weekly independent art lecture group in his home town of Richmond in West London. He is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Art Scholars, one of the City livery companies.
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