Tuesday 12th March

Hilary Hope Guise

The Spirit of the Way: The Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela

Spiritual and Artistic aspects of the famous pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella are explored in this lecture.

Visitors must book in advance to ensure a place is available – email membership@ theartssocietygravesend.org.uk

 

Tuesday 9th April

Ian Swankie

Pots and Frocks – The World of Grayson Perry

Widely known for his appearances dressed as his feminine alter ego, Claire, Grayson Perry RA is now a core part of the art establishment. Ten years after winning the Turner Prize he gave the brilliant BBC Reith Lecture in 2013. His works of ceramics, textiles, tapestries and prints are highly sought after. Often controversial, he is able to tackle difficult subjects in a poignant yet witty way. This talk will examine Grayson Perry’s works, his exciting and thought provoking exhibitions, and we’ll look at the character inside the flamboyant frocks.

Visitors must book in advance to ensure a place is available – email membership@ theartssocietygravesend.org.uk

 

Tuesday 14th May

Hilary Williams

The Wallace Collection, The Frick Collection and their connection with Knole

A look at the rich collection of Artworks from the Wallace and Frick collections and their connection with Knole

Visitors must book in advance to ensure a place is available – email membership@ theartssocietygravesend.org.uk

Tuesday 11th June

Colin Davies

Zaha Hadid – Architectural Superstar

Dame Zaha Hadid died on March 31 st 2016 at age of 65. Architectural historians of the future will surely recognise her as one of the most important architects of the early 21st century. She was born in Iraq and her reputation was global, but she made Britain her home. This lecture tells the story of her career from the visionary projects of the 1980s, through the years of frustration when her designs were considered unbuildable, to the prolific crop of successful projects built all over the world in the last decade of her life.

 

Visitors must book in advance to ensure a place is available – email membership@ theartssocietygravesend.org.uk

 

Tuesday 2nd July

Sarah Stopford

The Pre-Raphaelites in Their Time

These sumptuous paintings are now among the highlights of nineteenth century British art, but in their day they caused public outrage. In 1848 seven young artists, including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais, formed a secret society, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Taking their inspiration from early Renaissance painting, they set out to challenge the artistic establishment with a heady mix that combined rebellion, beauty, scientific precision and imaginative grandeur and constituted Britain’s first modern art movement. The Pre-Raphaelite environment was broad, stretching across the fine and decorative arts, responding to a fast-changing religious and political climate, and in its relationship to women practitioners.

Visitors must book in advance to ensure a place is available – email membership@ theartssocietygravesend.org.uk

Pre-Raphaelites flyer

 

10/9/19

But is it Art?  –  Lynne Gibson

This lecture will give you food for thought.  Can we agree on a definition of art, or are we at the mercy of ‘experts’ ?

Artists, thinkers and educators, not just in our present time but throughout Western Art History have agonised over the question. It can seem particularly pressing now that anything, and everything, seems to go!

This lecture will give us an opportunity to face up to some prejudices and shake up some preconceptions

8/10/19

Power, Propaganda & Men in Tights: English Art under the Tudors  – Linda Smith

This lecture looks at the key developments in early English painting,

12/11/19

Making a Stand – Sporting Architecture , List it or Lose It? – Simon Inglis

There are currently over 316,000 listed buildings in England, and thousands more in Scotland and Wales. But only a tiny proportion of those are related to sports or recreation.

This lecture will ask  question such as

  • Why are these buildings so important?
  • What do they tell us about our sporting heritage and social history?
  • Why has it taken so long for recreational buildings to achieve the same level of protection afforded to buildings in other sectors


The Olympic Stadium – London

14/1/20

Mad Men and Artists: How the Advertising Industry Exploited fine Art – Tony Rawlins

11/2/20

The Art of the Steal : Nazi Looting in WWII – Shanna Isaac

The Nazis looted over 20% of Western Art during World War II, confiscating art from Jewish families and emptying museums throughout Europe. This lecture will provide an overview of Nazi looting

Merkers, Germany
U.S. Soldiers examine a famous painting, “Wintergarden,” by the French Impressionist Edouard Manet, in the collection of Reichbank wealth, SS loot, and paintings removed by the Nazis from Berlin to a salt mine vault. The 90th Div, U.S. Third Army, discovered the gold and other treasure.
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Photographer: Cpl. Ornitz
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10/3/20

Turner v Constable. The Great British Paint Off  – Nicola Moorby

This lecture will cover the story of the epic rivalry between the two giants of British art, J.M.W. Turner and John Constable. It will examine their differences, their similarities, their battles and their shared triumphs.

14/4/20

Tulipomania – The Tulip Decorative Flower on European and Asian Ceramics    – Anne Haworth

12/5/20

Discovering MacDonald Gill: Architect, Artist and Mapmaker   –  Caroline Walker

9/6/20

Winston Churchill, The Artist – Claire Walsh

14 /7/20

Sunken Treasure from the East:  Tales of Oriental  Shipwreck Porcelain   –  Marie Conte-Helm

8/9/20

Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera. The Golden Age of Mexican Painting   – Chloe Sayer

13/10/20

William Morris: Wallpaper     – Joanna Banham

10/11/20

Rupert – the Anthropomorphic bear     – Howard Smith