Lectures will be held on-line at 2.30pm for a 2.45pm start. The Zoom link for each lecture will be emailed to all members a few days before the lecture.

MONDAY 18 JANUARY 2021

Siân Walters

Artemisia Gentileschi

Artemisia Gentileschi is one of the most celebrated female painters in the history of art. A follower of Caravaggio, Artemisia rose to become one of the most sought after painters of her day. She was the first female member of the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno in Florence. She also enjoyed fame in Rome, Venice, Naples and London where she worked alongside her father for King Charles I. Despite a series of tragic events in her youth and the constant challenge of working within what was still very much a male-dominated environment, Artemisia overcame personal difficulty to produce some of the most sublime and moving images of the early 17th century.  Her extraordinary life and work was chosen by the National Gallery as the subject of one of 2020’s most important exhibitions.

Siân lectures both at the National Gallery and The Wallace Collection and has taught at Surrey University, specialising in 15th and 16th century Italian painting, Spanish art & architecture, and the relationship between dance and art. She also teaches private courses and organises lectures, study days and art holidays abroad. Siân has also lived in France and Italy, where she worked at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice.

MONDAY 15 FEBRUARY 2021

Raymond Warburton

Pop Art on both sides of the Atlantic

Pop Art arose simultaneously in the UK and USA. Perhaps Andy Warhol was right when he said everyone was reading the same comics. While British Pop Art was heavily influenced by the consumer boom and the films and music of the USA, it had its own identity, which was often ironic and self-reflective.
Leading British practitioners in the 1950s and early 1960s were Eduardo Paolozzi, Richard Hamilton and Peter Blake. American Pop Art had the superstars including Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, who simply used the formats of advertising, mass production, magazines and comics, to play back to the public what the public was already eating, watching or thinking.
This lecture will use a wide collection of Pop Art paintings to explain the differences between British and American Pop Art, and why some British artists, after trying it, distanced themselves from it. This lecture will be jargon-free with audience engagement, backed by high quality slides.

Raymond studied art history at the Open University and the University of Buckingham. He is a Guide at Tate Britain and Tate Modern, leading public tours of all the permanent displays and Raymond also undertakes exhibition tours. Raymond is an experienced public speaker who has given presentations and lectures on a range of themes to diverse audiences over many years.

MONDAY 15 MARCH 2021

Suzanne Perrin

The art of the kimono: Japanese signs, symbols and stories

Of all the fascinating arts and crafts made in Japan, perhaps the most exciting are those of textiles. We trace the art of the kimono from the many layered robes of court dress throughout the changing styles that encompassed intricate and bold designs that wove signs, symbols and stories into the fabrics that people wore during the Endo Period from the early 1600s to the mid-1900s.
From courtesans to theatre costumes, daily wear and special occasions, wearing kimono advertised one’s wealth, rank and status at every level of society. We explore the hidden codes of dress formality, the awareness of the seasons, the historical stories and layered patterns depicted in the colourful and complex materials used for kimono. Specialised craftsmen and women are still using traditional and modern methods to produce the complex patterns in Nishijin weaving, or Yuezen dyeing and many other ways of decorating the fine silk used for kimono.

Suzanne Perrin is a visiting lecturer at both the University of Brighton Art & Design School, and the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She teaches on the Asian Arts courses at the British Museum and the V&A. In 1995 Suzanne founded Japan Interlink to promote the understanding of Japan in educational and cultural circles and she studied Nihonga (traditional Japanese painting) at Nagoya University of Arts, Japan, 1986-87. She conducted guided tours of Japan for students and adult groups; gave lecture tours on Japanese Art & Culture in Australia in 1987 and 2000 for ADFAS.

MONDAY 19 APRIL 2021

Angela Findlay

Art behind bars: the role of the arts in breaking the cycle of crime, prison and re-offending

Years of working as an artist within the Criminal Justice System in England and Germany have given Angela unique insights into the destructive and costly cycle of crime, prisons and re-offending. In this thought-provoking talk she offers a deeper understanding of the minds, lives and challenges of offenders. With slides of art projects and prisoner’s art, she demonstrates how within the process of creating art of any discipline, there are vital opportunities for offenders to confront their crimes and develop the key life skills so essential in leading a positive and productive life. A frequent response to this talk has been ‘I had no idea!’ and indeed it casts light onto areas of our society where the arts not only are visual, decorative or commercial, but absolutely vital, hugely relevant and potentially life changing.
This talk is moving, informative and very original. Interspersed with personal accounts of humorous or slightly horrifying situations, these talks have kept audiences across the country engrossed.

Angela Findlay is a professional artist, writer and freelance lecturer with a long career of teaching art in prisons in Germany and England. Her time ‘behind bars’ and later as Arts Coordinator of the London-based Koestler Trust, gave her many insights into the huge impact the arts can have in terms of rehabilitation. Her ideas were novel but effective and in 2016 she was invited to the Ministry of Justice to present the case for the arts to be included in their new rehabilitation and education policies. Angela has a BA(Hons) in Fine Art, a Diploma in Artistic Therapy (specialising in colour) and her paintings are widely exhibited both nationally and internationally.