WEDNESDAY 5 APRIL 2023

Brian Stater

Photography as fine art

At Broadwell Village Hall, GL56 0TL

Lectures one and two: photography as fine art
An analysis, looking at the work of outstanding photographers including Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Ernst Haas, Bill Brandt, David Bailey, Dorothea Lange, Fay Godwin, Arnold Newman, Terence Donovan, Jane Bown and Andreas Gursky, of how photography can equal, and sometimes exceed, painting in the classic genres of:
Portraits, landscape, narrative, the human condition, still life.
There are several areas of debate within serious photography circles. These are:
* Black and white versus colour: Why is one often considered to be more sincere, or aesthetically valid, than the other?
* The impact of digital photography

Lecture three: great photographs of the 20th century
The camera has given us some of the most vivid images of modern times. This lecture examines a series of brilliant photographs and explains what makes these images so special.

Brian Stater BA MSc lectured at University College London for 25 years, retiring in 2021 as a Senior Teaching Fellow. Brian has had a lifelong passion for photography. He is a member of the Association of Historical and Fine Art Photography and University College London held an exhibition of his own photographs.

The day starts at 10am with coffee for a 10.30am start and finishes at approximately 3.15pm.
Cost (including coffee and lunch): Members £40, Guests £45

Please see the attached form for booking details

WEDNESDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2023

Lars Tharp

From Ugly Duckling to Sydney Opera House

Stretton-on-Fosse Village Hall, GL56 9SR

How did Denmark, a small nation of only 5.8 million (2018), a faltering state in post-Napoleonic Europe, create and maintain such an influence in the world of art and design?
Session one: some pre- and more recent history
In the 19th century, despite a string of state disasters, Denmark enjoyed a middle-class Guldalder – a Golden Age – nurtured by an affirmation of nationhood with a deep Nordic historical revivalism, philosophy and an interest in natural science and the liberal arts and the emergence of a design ethos.
Session two: gold to stainless steel
We summarise the artistic highlights of 19th century Denmark and her ‘Golden Age’. A closer look at extraordinary artists – such as Thorvaldsen, Eckersberg, Købke and Hammershøi. Coming up to date with Scandi-noir, what do we see in the modern psyche of Denmark?
Session three: from ‘Lures’ to Lurpak:
Lars offers his personal ‘smørrebrød’ selection of Danish themes: Andersen, Kierkegaard, Bohr. Bring your own examples of Danish/Scandinavian artefacts.

Lars Tharp MA FSA is a Danish born historian, lecturer and broadcaster, and one of the longest running ‘experts’ on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, first appearing in 1986.

The day starts at 10am with coffee for a 10.30am start and finishes at approximately 3.15pm.
Cost (including coffee and lunch): Members £40, Guests £45

Please see the attached form for booking details