Study Days and Courses

Study Days and Courses

Plan ahead and discover new things on an Arts Society special interest day or course


VIRTUAL Events

Some Study Days and Courses organised by The Arts Society centrally are now held online


FESTIVITIES AND CELEBRATION IN THE MIDDLE AGES

3 November 2022, 10.30am - 3.30pm
Lecturer: Dr Sally Dormer

This is the first of 5 study days making up the Jean Bolton Memorial Study Course for 2022 under the theme of Festivities and Celebration. This study day will focus upon a variety of medieval celebrations, the Sacraments of Baptism, the Eucharist, and Marriage; Feast Days and Holidays; and the Coronations of emperors and kings. It will consider the buildings where such events were held, including baptisteries, abbeys and cathedrals, investigate the array of elaborate artefacts that furnished such ceremonies, including fonts, chalices, illuminated manuscripts, thrones, crowns, sceptres, and vestments, and explore how celebrations were recorded for posterity in paintings and sculpture.

FESTIVALS AND FESTIVITIES IN THE RENAISSANCE

11 November 2022, 10.30am - 3.30pm
Lecturer Dr Paula Nuttall

This is the second of 5 study days making up the Jean Bolton Memorial Study Course for 2022 under the theme of Festivities and Celebration. Drawing on written descriptions and visual sources Paula will immerse us in the rich world of renaissance festivity, looking not only at surviving artefacts associated with festive occasions, but at depictions of such events, including Gentile Bellini’s great Procession in the Piazza San Marco and Bruegel’s Battle Between Carnival and Lent.

FESTIVITIES AND CELEBRATION IN THE 17TH and 18TH CENTURIES FROM CARAVAGGIO AND RUBENS To JAN STEEN AND WATTEAU

18 November 2022, 10.30am - 3.30pm
Lecturer: Clare Ford Wille

This is the third of 5 study days making up the Jean Bolton Memorial Study Course for 2022 under the theme of Festivities and Celebration. Clare will explore festivities from special occasions to everyday celebrations which were some of the most popular subjects in the 17th and 18th centuries, such as feasts taking place in gardens of love or indoor scenes of debauchery and drunkenness, or festivities surrounding births or christenings or the more serious Biblical feasts.

THE JOY OF LIVE IN 19TH-CENTURY PAINTING

25 November 2022, 10.30am - 3.30pm
Lecturer: Dr Kathy McLauchlan

This is the forth of 5 study days making up the Jean Bolton Memorial Study Course for 2022 under the theme of Festivities and Celebration. The 19th century saw a revival in genre painting – scenes of everyday life in urban or rural settings. Kathy will look at how pictures presented an idealised view of working people, popular across Europe and beyond; she will explore how painters became obsessed with their own experiences and identities and how one particular painting by Matisse, Le bonheur de vivre, of 1905-6 marks the culmination of a particular tradition in art – the idyll.

COMMON SONG: FESTIVITIES AND CELEBRATION IN NORTHERN EUROPE

2 December 2022, 10.30am - 3.30pm
Lecturer: Dr Rosamund Bartlett

This is the final day of 5 study days making up the Jean Bolton Memorial Study Course for 2022 under the theme of Festivities and Celebration. It is not surprising that the most important national holidays of Poland and Finland, Norway and Iceland, Estonia and Latvia commemorate the dates when these countries gained their independence, after centuries of foreign domination. This day of lectures will explore the vibrant artistic heritage of each of these countries, as expressed in their exuberant festivals of national culture.

Via Zoom
Price: £12 per day
Contact: Ali Green - hiowsd2@gmail.com, 07906 572851 
Web: https://theartssocietyhantsiowarea.org.uk/Special/Special.aspx


IN-PERSON EVENTS

Please note that these events are subject to change


BEDS & HERTS 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: A TIME-TRAVEL VIRTUAL TOUR

Friday 24th February 2023, 10am for 10.30 start to approx 3.15pm
Lecturer: Mary Alexander

Cherrypicking the artistic highlights and icons of New York

Venue: The Abbey Theatre, St Albans, AL1 2DL
Price: £42.00 including refreshments on arrival and two course buffet lunch
Contact: Gill Gowing - gmgowing@btopenworld.com


CHILTERN HILLS

EXPLORING ARTS AND THE SCENSES

24th February 2023, 10.30am - 3pm
Lecturer: Tasha Marks

Tasha Marks is an award-winning food historian and artist who explores the relationship between art and the scenses. Her practice, AVM Curiosities, champions the use of taste and scents as artistic mediums. The morning session will be Food and Art through the ages with object handling followed by the afternoon session Scent Sound and Art. An informal sensory lecture with perfume pairing and sound scapes.

Venue: Holy Trinity Church, Amersham Road, Hazlemere, High Wycombe HP15 7PZ
Price: £40 includes lunch
Contact: Heather Hespe - acechilternhills@theartssociety


EAST SURREY

THE BONAPARTES: NAPOLEON AND JOSEPHINE 

16 August 2022,10.30am - 1pm
Lecturer: Stephen Duffy

This year our Special Interest event will be a morning about all things Bonaparte. Illustrated with many wonderful works of art, the first lecture tells the extraordinary story of the rise of the son of a lawyer in Ajaccio, Corsica, to become Emperor of the French and conqueror of most of Europe and beyond, before finally being defeated and sent into exile on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic. It also attempts to explain the nature of his genius as an administrator and a military commander, assessing his achievements and his failures, his strengths and his weaknesses.

Among the topics covered will be his marriage to Joséphine de Beauharnais, his relationship with the Duke of Wellington, and his place within history. It is in some ways a very human story, but one which focuses on one of the most remarkable men who has ever lived.

Our second lecture switches the focus to Napoleon's Empress. Joséphine was a passionate gardener, book collector, patron and art collector. Her reputation in France and abroad for generosity, charm and gentleness of manner was of enormous value to Napoleon as a feminine counterpart to the otherwise military and legalistic tenor of his regime. Countless contemporaries emphasised her sensitivity and her genuine interest in the visual arts – often no doubt in part as a contrast to her husband. This talk will explain the range of her cultural activities, including her acquisition of a large and distinguished collection of pictures, including by far the most important group of works by an entirely new school of painting, the troubadour pictures of beautifully crafted historical scenes. Indeed, as will be explained, among female royal collectors her only superior is the incomparable Catherine the Great.

Venue: The Dell Centre, St Giles' Church, park Lane, Ashtead, KT21 1EJ

Price: £20 to include two lectures, coffee and biscuits
Contact: Roger Steel - rogerandprue@gmail.com

THE ARTS OF THE AUTOMOBILE

11th November 2022,10am - 1pm
Lecturer: Roger Mendham

The latter part of the 19th century was a time of great technological innovation and one of the most significant development was the emergence of the motor car. From the Art Deco inspired cars of the Great Gatsby era to the exotic Italian supercars of the 21st century, some of the most beautiful cars in the world have been influenced by art movements. Lecturer Roger Mendham’s Special Interest Morning will follow the evolution of car design from the earliest ‘horseless carriages’ through the exotic cars of the late 1920s & 1930s - the golden age which included some of the most fabulous cars ever built. Over time, priorities in design have evolved. The economic realities of the post WW2 period meant that cars in the UK tended to put practicality ahead of design whilst in America, the ‘jet age’ influenced streamlined shape and the classic fins at the rear of cars. Expect some wonderful images of fabulous mobile works of art.

Venue: The Menuhin Hall, Cobham Road, Stoke D'Abernon, Great Bookham, Cobham KT11 3QQ

Price: £20
Contact: Jo Edna Corbyn - esaartssociety2020@gmail.com


ESSEX

WE THREE KINGS: MUSIC, ART, LEGENT AND POETRY INSPIRED BY THE MAGI

November 14th 2022, 10.00am - 2.30pm
Lecturer: Peter Medhurst

The Bible gives very little information about the wise men from the East bearing Christ the famous gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. All reference to them is housed in the opening chapter of St Mathew’s Gospel, and what information is given is surrounded by ambiguity and approximation. However, by contrast, there is no shortage of music, poetry and art that has been inspired by these men, and this study day examines the impact of the Three Kings on the culture of later generations.

Venue: Little Baddow Memorial Hall, Chelmsford CM3 4TA

Price: £38 to include coffee at registration and lunch
Contact: Megan Bashir - meganbashir@gmail.com, 01277 374 314


GREATER LONDON AREA  

LOOKING AT THE UNDERRATED: WOMEN ARTISTS PART IV: FROM ELISABETH LOUISE VIGEE LE BRUN TO BERTHE MORISOT

13 September 2022, 10.30 for 10.45am – 3. 30pm
Lecturer: Clare Ford-Wille

The study day will explore the fascinating careers of 19th century women artists, against the backdrop of revolution, war, the struggle for recognition and the problems of daily life.

Venue: Linnean Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BF

Price: £38.00
Contact: nadfasglacourses.js@gmail.com 
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/looking-at-the-underrated-women-artists-part-iv-from-1708-tickets-311233817727

"CONVENTION AND CHALLENGES"... But WHEN IS IT ART?

Mondays 3rd October; 7th November; 12 December; 9th January; 13th February; 13th March; 3rd April; 24th April - 11.00am until 3.30pm
A different topic and lecturer for each Study Day

We look ideas which may not have been accepted as ‘art’ at conception. Cave art, art by outsiders, on the streets, cartoons, and art once derided, now part of life. Each day will cover a different topic.

Venue: Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT

Price depends on whether attending whole course or individual days
Contact: Sue Mills - suecolinmills@yahoo.co.uk

ISLAMIC TREASURES FOR WESTERN EUROPE: CRAFTSMEN AND COLLECTORS FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO VICTORIAN ENGLAND

7th October 2022, 10.45am – 3.30 pm
Lecturer: Anne Haworth

Rare works of art, which can be found in Medieval cathedral treasuries, Renaissance portraits or collections formed by Victorian connoisseurs, attest to an enduring admiration for the diverse and wondrous craft traditions of the Islamic world. The day will focus on carpets from Iran, glass from Syria, crystal from Cairo, woven silks from Al-Andalus, Ottoman ceramics, Mughal jades and much more.

Venue: Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queens Square, London WC1N 3AR

Price: £38 (inc. coffee & biscuits)
Contact: Shahida Osman - shahida0450@yahoo.com 
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/islamic-treasures-for-western-europe-craftsmen-and-collectors-from-the-tickets-310503112167

THE GENIUS OF RUSSIAN MUSIC

31 October 2022,10:30 for 10:45am – 3:30pm
Lecturer: Dr Rosamund Bartlett

A journey through Russian music and musical life from ancient to modern times, taking in the great composers, celebrated virtuosi from Chaliapin to Rostropovich, sacred chant, folk song, bells and balalaikas.

Venue: Linnean Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF

Price: £38
Contact: Tricia Savours - psavours@gmail.com

MAKING MODERNISM: AN IN DEPTH STUDY OF THE EXHIBITION 'MAKING MODERNISM' AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY

25 January 2023, 10.30 am for 10.45am – 3.30pm
Lecturer: Clare Ford-Wille

Making Modernism is the first major UK exhibition devoted to pioneering women working in Germany in the early 1900s. This study day will discover these trailblazing women hidden from the history of 20th-century Modernism.

Venue: Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queens Square, London WC1N 3AR
Price: £38
Tickets from Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/making-modernism-discover-trailblazing-women-of-20th-century-modernism-tickets-356937508697

RENAISSANCE TO GRAND TOUR - DEVELOPMENTS IN THE ART AND ARCHITECTURE OF ROME FROM THE 1500s TO 1700S

Wednesday 1st March 2023, 10.30 for 10.45am start - 3.30 pm
Lecturer: Stuart Harvey

This study day will examine the major works found in Rome. Highlights will include Michelangelo’s Pietà and Moses sculptures, and certain frescoes from the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael Rooms in the Vatican. We will also look at the Borghese Gallery. Finally, we rejoin the Grand Tour of the 1700s and the changes in the art market of the time and the international artists present in Rome.

Venue: Linnean Society Burlington House, London W1J 0BF

Price: £38

Contact: Shahida Osman - shahida0450@yahoo.com


SOUTH WEST

DECODING ART - A GUIDE TO ART HISTORY

27 October, 3, 10, 17 and 24 November 2022, 10.30am start
Lecturer: Dr Geri Parlby & Dr Jeni Fraser

Join art historians Dr Geri Parlby and Dr Jeni Fraser for a fascinating artistic journey across the centuries and around the globe, from 16th century Italy and the genius of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Titian to a history of the development of art in America and the continuous tradition of art in China.

Venue: Exeter Central Library, Exeter EX4 3PQ

Price: TBC
Contact: Carol Cathcart - ridge.farm@btconnect.com

DECODING ART - A GUIDE TO ART HISTORY

Tuesday 28 February, 7, 14, 21 and 28 March 2023, 10.30am - 3.30pm
Lecturer: Dr Geri Parlby & Dr Jeni Fraser

Join us for a fascinating artistic journey over 5 days, designed to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of art and artists over the centuries. The programme was being finalised at the time of going to press - please contact a course organiser for details.

Venue: Twyford House, Coburg Road Sidmouth, EX10 8NF
Price: £150 for the 5 days
Contact: Sonia Lapwood - lapwoodsonia@gmail.com or Gill Gill - gillgill48@me.com


WESSEX 

ART AND HISTORY IN ANDALUCIA (THREE LECTURES)

Tuesday 18 October 2022, 10.30 to 3.30
Lecturer: Gail Turner

Day one of a five day Study Course exploring the rich Art History and Culture of Spain

ART TREASURES OF MARDRID (THREE LECTURES)

Tuesday 15 November 2022, 10.30 to 3.30
Lecturer: Val Woodgate

Day two of a five day Study Course exploring the rich Art History and Culture of Spain

CITIES OF CASTILLE (THREE LECTURES)

Tuesday 17 January 2023, 10.30 to 3.30
Lecturer: Gail Turner

Day three of a five day Study Course exploring the rich Art History and Culture of Spain

GAUDI'S BARCELONA (THREE LECTURES)

Tuesday 14 February 2023, 10.30 to 3.30
Lecturer: Hugh Ellwood

Day four of a five day Study Course exploring the rich Art History and Culture of Spain

THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR, VALLE DE LOS CAIDO (THREE LECTURES)

Tuesday 14 March 2023,10.30 to 3.30
Lecturer: Barry Venning

Day five of a five day Study Course exploring the rich Art History and Culture of Spain

Venue: Cerne Abbas Village Hall DT27GY & on Zoom

Price: Zoom £15 per day for 3 Lectures. In venue £30 to include lunch, wine coffee or tea. In venue and Zoom £35.
Contact: wessexcoursessouth@gmail.com

THE VICTORIANS

27 October 2022 - 22 March 2023, 10:25am - 3pm

Six day study course on the Victorians: a brief introduction to an era of extraordinary innovation and cultural development.

Day 1 with Ian Swankie on Thursday 27th October 2022

  • Being Victorian: What was it like to be a nineteenth century citizen
  • How the railways changed the nation
  • Some of the thousands of new developments and inventions

 

Day 2 with Giles Ramsay on Wednesday 9th November 2022

  • How the theatre reflected the ever changing nation
  • Continental influences: Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov
  • Oscar Wilde: How his stories and plays charmed the world

 

Day 3 with Julian Halsby on Wednesday 23rd November 2022

  • The Pre-Raphaelites: a Victorian avant garde
  • Victorian social realism
  • Heroes and rebels

 

Day 4 with Matthew Williams on Wednesday 25th January 2023

  • Architecture: Building for a new age
  • Buildings for everybody: from the cradle to the grave
  • Homes for the rich; homes for the poor

 

Day 5 with Elizabeth Merry on Wednesday 22nd February 2023

  • The life and works of Charles Dickens
  • The young Brontes and art: Visual influences on their creative development
  • The world of Thomas Hardy seen through the paintings of Henry Moule and Walter Tyndale

 

Day 6 with Suzanne Fagence Cooper on Wednesday 22nd March 2023

  • The Victorians at Home
  • Christopher Dresser: Pioneer of Modern Design
  • At Home with Jane and William Morris
  • Women and the Victorian Home

 

Venue: Market Lavington Community Hall, SN10 4DG

Price: £30 for each day which includes coffee and a light lunch with a glass of wine
Book your tickets here: www.tickettailor.com/events/theartssocietywessexarea