Programme Our programme for the 2017/2018 membership year (September 17 to October 18) There are no lectures in July & August 26 September 2018 Burlington House and the History of the Royal Academy of Arts Stephen Richardson MA Burlington House on London’s Piccadilly has been the home of the Royal Academy of Arts since 1868. Although the Academy was already 100 years old when it took up residence, it is not commonly known that the building has a long and fascinating history of its own. This talk focuses on the origins of Burlington House, from construction in the 1660’s for a courtier to King Charles II; re-fashioning as a Palladian mansion for Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington; its association with architects and artists such as William Kent and Sebastiano Ricci; further re-development by the Cavendish family during the Regency period, and its ultimate role as the home of the United Kingdom's leading 'society for promoting the Arts of Design'. The talk also examines the reasons behind the founding of the Royal Academy, its own early history and its Olympian era during the time of eminent Victorian artists such as Leighton, Millais and Frith. Burlington House web site The history of Burlington House This is the last lecture in the 2017/18 membership year. New membership year 2018/19 24th October 2018  Linda Smith Who Are You Looking At? Twentieth Century Art and Feminism We will examin some late nineteenth-century images of women to show some of the ways in which the early avant-garde challenged and subverted European traditions in art, and discusses the parallel rise of the cult of Bohemia and what that meant for women trying to succeed as artists. This provides background for a look at the difficulties women had making their voices heard in the 1950s, and moves on to explain the confrontational strategies employed by feminist artists in the 1970s, comparing them with the more nuanced attitudes of more recent feminist art. Suzanne Valadon, Casting of the Net (1914) Click here for 15 female artists who shook Paris. 28th November 2018 Aliki Braine Same Old, Same New…  You might think it's easy to spot the difference between contemporary and historical art, but how about what they have in common? Can old masters help us understand works such as 'the pile of bricks' and 'the unmade bed'? This lecture explores whether the old masters can help us understand modern works, and whether artists' intentions and strategies have really changed across the centuries. Click here for an article in the Independent on the Bricks. 23rd January 2019 Giles Ramsay David Garrick: Actor and Impresario Lecture not finalised yet. More details later. Click here for information on David Garrick 27th February 2019  Brian Stater Women behind the Lens The work of women photographers has often been unfairly neglected. This lecture seeks to correct that by examining the contribution of three outstanding British practitioners; Julia Margaret Cameron, a Victorian pioneer, Jane Bown, a  brilliant portraitist and Fay Godwin, who excelled in landscape photography. We also explore the work of two highly influential Americans:  Dorothea Lange, who produced brilliant documentary images and Annie Leibovitz, who continues to both surprise and delight her audience.  Above: The Queen at 90 by Annie Leibovitz Click here for information on Annie Leibovitz Click here for the V&A page on Julia Margaret Cameron 27th March 2019 TBC 24th April 2019 Isabella Image Diocletian’s Palace at Split The late antique emperor Diocletian saved the empire from collapse by instituting a new system of government. However, his most enduring legacy was probably his wide-ranging building schemes which included renovation work at Palmyra, Luxor and the existing Senate House in the Roman Forum. This lecture looks at his monumental palace at Split (modern day Croatia) including the domed mausoleum and the southern facade along the sea front. We will also consider its impact on the young architect Robert Adam, leading to him publishing illustrations of the building and subsequently to its influence on neo-classicism and 18th century architecture. Above: Reconstruction of Diocletian's Palace in its original appearance upon completion in AD 305 (viewed from the south-west) Find out more about the Palace at Split Photos of Split 22nd May 2019 Susan Owens Royal Collectors: Victoria and Albert & their Art Queen Victoria and Prince Albert expressed their love for each other through art. Every birthday and Christmas they exchanged gifts of paintings, sculpture and jewellery, and they commissioned artists to record their lives together at Balmoral and Osborne House. They were keen amateur artists, sitting side-by-side to draw and to try their hand at etching. And they took pleasure in arranging their collection of portrait miniatures, drawings and prints in a special room the prince designed at Windsor Castle. We will look not only at glamorous paintings by Landseer and Winterhalter, but also at the lesser-known watercolours the couple took pleasure in arranging in their treasured ‘souvenir albums’. This lecture tells the story of these royal patrons and collectors who were every bit as passionate about art as they were about each other. Sensual portrait Victoria gave to Albert by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-73) The Royal Collection web page on Victoria & Albert’s love of Art. 26th June 2019 John Iddon Vincent van Gogh in Britain  From March to August 2019 Tate Britain will open its first Van Gogh exhibition since 1947. His stay in Britain changed his vision of the world and himself, encouraging him to become an artist. This is an exciting opportunity for us to reveal the impact Britain had on Van Gogh as well as the enormous influence he had on British artists. Click here for the TATE page about the exhibition. 24th July 2019 (Summer Social - to be held at Devonshire Place, London Road) Janusz Karczewski-Slowikowski Are You Sitting Comfortably? A lecture on the development of the chair in terms of its construction and style from ancient times through to the 19th century and also its use as a symbol of power and authority in courtly ritual. Click here for the history of chairs.  (which has a great informative illustration of a chair in use) 25th September 2019: AGM* Lois Oliver Edouard Monet & Music Music was a constant theme in Manet’s life and art. His wife Suzanne Leenhoff was a gifted pianist, and regular musical soirées were held at the Manet family home. His pictures of musicians and their audiences range from major early canvases depicting itinerant gypsy musicians and Spanish dancers, through to paintings encompassing the full range of Parisian musical culture, from private performances to street entertainment, café concerts and the Paris Opera. Bringing together Manet’s art and the music that inspired him (including Spanish flamenco, Haydn string quartets, Wagner piano reductions, café songs, and opera highlights) this lecture immerses you in Manet’s world. Above: The Music Lesson 1868 Impressionism in Music This will be the last lecture of the 2018/19 membership year
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The Arts Society Leicester
Our programme for the 2017/2018 membership year (September 17 to October 18)  There are no lectures in July & August  25 July 2018: Social evening - separate booking and payment required.  Further details later. The Fascinating World of Playing Cards Yasha Beresiner LL.B   Surprisingly today’s playing cards date back to 1377. Decks from 1475 still survive. The English deck is of French origin and the Company of Makers of Playing Cards was founded in 1628 to protect English makers from French importations. Cards were used as a medium of communication, propaganda or education: the 1678 Titus Oates plot is illustrated on a 52 card deck published at the time and known as The Horrid Popish Plot. Francis Barlow illustrated the cards depicting Marlborough's Victories in 1707. Modern cards follow in these old traditions with some wonderful collectors’ decks of today.   A Note from our Chairman  Martin Wragg  I am pleased to invite you to this year’s Social Evening to be held from 7.00 to 9.30 pm on Wednesday 25 July. As in recent years, the venue will be the Masonic Halls, at Devonshire Place, 78 London Road, Leicester LE2 0RA. Free parking for 70 cars is accessed from Prebend Street, to the side of the building.  Doors will open at 6.00pm for those of you who wish to have a drink in the bar and socialise with friends and fellow members before the lecture at 7.00 pm.  Our speaker, Yasha Beresiner, will start the evening with a lecture entitled “The Fascinating World of Playing Cards”, which date back to the fourteenth century. This will be followed by a one course savoury buffet supper served to the tables, with a glass of wine or juice, followed by tea or coffee and mints, all for the price of £19.00 per ticket.  Click here for further details and a booking form    26 September 2018 Burlington House and the History of the Royal Academy of Arts Stephen Richardson MA   Burlington House on London’s Piccadilly has been the home of the Royal Academy of Arts since 1868. Although the Academy was already 100 years old when it took up residence, it is not commonly known that the building has a long and fascinating history of its own. This talk focuses on the origins of Burlington House, from construction in the 1660’s for a courtier to King Charles II; re-fashioning as a Palladian mansion for Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington; its association with architects and artists such as William Kent and Sebastiano Ricci; further re-development by the Cavendish family during the Regency period, and its ultimate role as the home of the United Kingdom's leading 'society for promoting the Arts of Design'.  The talk also examines the reasons behind the founding of the Royal Academy, its own early history and its Olympian era during the time of eminent Victorian artists such as Leighton, Millais and Frith.
Web site and mobile phone pages designed, created and maintained by Janet Groome, Handshake Computer Training