10.15am to 12.15pm
Community Arts Centre
Tuesday mornings on Zoom.
Norton Asbury The Wallace Collection Paintings: Art For The Aristocracy
When Benjamin Disraeli visited Hertford House (Home of the Wallace Collection) in 1878, he signed the Visitor’s Book, adding these words: “…this palace of genius fancy and taste”. Many visitors today express similar sentiments and although the Collection contains much more than pictures, for many it is the paintings which are the most familiar works of art. Norton will talk about the most iconic paintings in the Collection including several works in the Great Gallery which reopened in 2014 following a two year refurbishment. The paintings will be explored in the context of the family which acquired them, connections with the Royal Family and rivalry with other leading 19th century collectors, including Lord Rothschild.
Norton Asbury The National Gallery: Art For The Nation
In 2011 the National Gallery (NG) held an exhibition titled, “Art for the Nation: Sir Charles Eastlake at the National Gallery”. As the first Director of the NG, Eastlake laid the foundations of the gallery as we know it today, providing labels, catalogues and details of origin, based on a chronological display which is largely still in place. The NG now holds over 2,300 works. Norton has chosen 20 paintings as the subject of this lecture. For each work he will focus on a specific theme or themes, exploring history, controversies, attacks both written and physical and how artists developed technical and compositional innovations, including the representation of the nude. The paintings are presented chronologically and cover the full sweep of the Western European painting tradition from the mid-13th century to 1914.
27th April – 25th May
Chris Budd Film music in UK and Europe
Come and explore 5 more weeks of music in film with composer and writer Christopher Budd. We’ll enjoy and study the work of some of the great British film composers, some sophisticated sounds from across Europe, a bit of Hammer horror and some very silly comedies. You don’t need to have attended Christopher’s earlier Film Music course, and no prior knowledge is required, just a love of music and film
Katie Alcock - Shakespeare’s Stratford
Katie Alcock is a Blue Badge guid and will take us on a virtual tour of Stratford upon Avon telling the story of Shakespeare’s life through the buildings that he would have known and seen and examining his legacy in the town of his birth.
8th June – 6th July
Chris Budd Costume in Film
Clothes might make the man, but the role of the cinematic costume designer can be crucial in making or breaking a whole film. Costumes can evoke bygone eras, tell us hidden truths about characters, make outlandish otherworldly futures believable, and so much more. Come and explore some great examples from more than a century of cinema history. No prior knowledge is needed, just a love of film.
10.15am to 12.15pm
Community Arts Centre
Thursday mornings on Zoom.
15th April – 17th June
Marina Burrell The Collapse of the USSR through the witness’ eyes
2021 is the 30th anniversary of the Collapse of the USSR - one of the most significant events of the 20th century. What caused the Communist empire to collapse? What did democracy and market economy bring to ordinary Russian people? Based on the lecturer’s experience of living in the Baltics and illustrated with period artefacts and video materials, the course also includes discussions on current affairs, which would help relate Russia’s recent past to the present.
Rosanna Eckersley – The Ashcan artists of New York
An artistic movement in the United States during the late 19th/early 20th century which was best known for portraying scenes of daily life in New York, often in the poorest neighbourhoods.
Roy Smart – Wallis Simpson and the Abdication Crisis
Roy recounts how Queen Mary despaired that her son had been beguiled by an American sorceress, while Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin thought Mrs. Simpson tolerable as ‘a respectable whore but not as Queen Wally!’ But the king whose obsession with Wallis had become total dependency, signed the Instrument of Abdication, making way for the third monarch of 1936. Now, ‘Prince’ Edward fled the country to be with his ‘love’ and a lifetime of exiled futility, and Wallis would, thereafter, carry the burden of blame for this catastrophe; and remain to this day, the enigmatic, compelling subject of gossip and fascination worldwide.
Roy Smart – Queen of the Air
Aviatrix, Amy ‘Johnnie’ Johnson,who, from modest beginnings as a fishmonger’s daughter from Hull, by singular grit and determination, taught herself the basics of aviation and then with little experience and against all the odds emerged to a crescendo of fame, celebrity and heroine worship. Roy tells the story of this magnificent girl and her flying machines; her triumphs and disasters, her highs and lows, her ups and downs - not least her calamitous marriage to the “The Flying Scotsman” - and then, unravels the mystery of her disappearance one winter’s Sunday, serving her country in its hour of need as the Battle of Britain gave way to the Blitz.