July 2022

What have the Huguenots ever done for us? Mass migration and the arts in Britain

Welcome to The Arts Society Gravesend
Tuesday, July 12, 2022 - 11:00
Masonic Hall
Wrotham Raod Gravesend DA11 OPA
Online Event

We explore the impact of the Huguenots in the 16th and 17th centuries.

The lecture focuses on three areas of the Arts:  the baroque style of Versailles that arrived in London through the great Huguenot designer, Daniel Marot; the growth of the silk weaving industry and on the silversmiths and ceramicists who ushered the French Rococo style into Britain.  This is put into the context of how their work changed material culture and was absorbed into British national identity.


Ms Vivienne Lawes

I am an art historian, curator, author and journalist with over 25 years’ experience in the art market. I teach at several Higher Education institutions, including the University of the Arts London, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, the City & Guilds of London Art School, SOAS (University of London) and Imperial College. In January 2021 I received the Geoffrey Bond Bursary for Art, an annual prize awarded by the Worshipful Company of Educators to an “outstanding educator” nominated by their institution.

My articles, essays and reports have been published in numerous specialist journals, newspapers, catalogues, handbooks and websites, aimed at both the academic and general readership in print and online. The title of my current book project is The Bronze Horse: Themes in Equine Sculpture from Antiquity to the Present Day; in Spring 2021 I will embark on a critique and biography of contemporary Filipino artist Andres Barrioquinto.

Since 2011 I have been Senior UK Consultant to Singapore gallery One East Asia and have co-curated many exhibitions of Southeast Asian modern and contemporary art in London and Singapore. I am also Head of Education for the London Asian and African Contemporary Art Fair (founded 2020).

When time allows I lecture as an on-board art historian for Viking and Fred Olsen cruise lines.