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Lectures programme 2017/18

Lectures begin promptly at 7:00pm and are held at the John Innes Conference Centre, Colney Lane, Norwich NR4 7UE where there is ample free parking. Please arrive in time to sign in prior to the lecture.

Events: Visits, events and Special Interest Days are held throughout the year. Members will be sent full information and booking forms nearer the time.

Visitors: Guests are welcome to attend lectures throughout the year. We ask for a donation of £6 and guests must sign in at the membership secretary's table.

Tuesday 19th September 2017
Legacies of Colonisation - Fine Art in Indonesia
Vivienne Lawes

The lecture traces the imitative practice of an early Indonesian painter like Raden Saleh to that of the Mooi Indies school of the pre-war period, to the boldly native forms of the 1970s, finishing with the internationalism that defines contemporary art.

Viv Lawes is a lecturer, curator, author and journalist, with over twenty years’ experience in the art market. She works at several prestigious Higher Education institutions in London, leading the Modern and Contemporary unit of the Asian Art & its Markets semester course at Sotheby’s Institute


Tuesday 17th October 2017
An evening with Lord Byron
Elizabeth Merry

This talk explores the artistic origins of the Gothic revival and the fascination with vampires, monsters and other horrors which found their expression in those stories. We look at some of the weird, supernatural and fantastic subjects pictured by a range of artists including Fuseli, Blake, Wright of Derby and others.

Elizabeth Merry has over 25 years experience lecturing on a range of subjects including classical art and architecture, aspects of the visual arts and the links between literature and art.

Tuesday 21st November 2017
Impressionism: To Paint Modern Life
Michael Howard

What is it that makes Impressionism so popular and how does that popular image correspond to the reality of the artists’ lives, works and ambitions? This talk will discuss the works of artists familiar and not so familiar.

Michael taught History of art at the department of Manchester School of Art and Design for over thirty years. He has featured on television and radio many times.

Tuesday 12th December 2017
A Dickens of a Christmas and God Bless Everyone
Bertie Pearce

Dickens revived the Christmas traditions with his warm portrayal of Christmas in the domestic set-ting; with plum pudding, piping hot turkey, games, dancing and family cheer by the hearth. In his lecture Bertie Pearce reveals a Dickensian Christmas with readings, biographical details and conjuring tricks. (Please note there is a charge for the Christmas buffet)

Bertie has a BA (Hons) in Drama from Manchester University and a Diploma Internationale from the Ecole Internationale du Theatre, Jacques Lecoq. He is a member of the Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star

Tuesday 16th January 2018
Murder, Sex and Mayhem in English Churches
John Vigar

The peaceful setting of most of our medieval churches cannot cover up the fact that they contain images and references to less savoury aspects of life. This lecture shows a selection of images of murder and mayhem from across the country and explains both the stories behind them and their relevance to particular periods of history.

Professional ecclesiastical historian, author and broadcaster for over 35 years, John has visited and recorded over 13,000 churches in England and Wales. In his spare time he has written 12 books, leads specialist church tours and is a tutor at Denman College.

Tuesday 20th February 2018
Mars and the Muses; the Renaissance Art of Armour
Tobias Capwell

Armour was one of the great Renaissance art forms, but today it is usually overlooked by art ! historians, scholars and enthusiasts. The achievements of virtuoso master armourers were not however just about splendour and richness. They also embodied more complex messages, about status and the social order, divine power, and attitudes and identities.

Toby is Curator of Arms and Armour at the Wallace Collection in London, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and an internationally acknowledged expert on Medieval and Renaissance weapons.

Tuesday 20th March 2018
The Art of the Black Death in Italy
Janet Robson

The art produced in Italy during this period offers a vivid insight into the traumatic impact of these terrible events on people’s psyches. One result was a sense of fear and guilt, the plague being seen as a punishment from God, who was painted angrily condemning the damned in Last Judgment scenes. Another was a fascination with the macabre.

Janet has over a decade of lecturing and teaching experience, including summer schools and public programmes, for the Courtauld, Birkbeck (University of London) and Christie's Education, as well as private study groups. She has published extensively on thirteenth and fourteenth-century Italian art.

Tuesday 17th April 2018
The Role of the Arts in the Cycle of Crime, Prison & Reoffending
Angela Finlay

In this thought-provoking talk Angela offers a deep understanding of the minds, lives and chal-lenges of offenders. And, with extraordinary slides of art projects and prisoners’ art, she demon-strates 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.

Angela Finlay is a professional artist and freelance lecturer with a long career in teaching art in prisons and young offender Institutions in Germany and England.

Tuesday 22nd May : 50th anniversary celebratory lecture
The Age of Jazz
Sandy Burnett

One hundred years ago a group of American musicians docked in London, bringing with them one of the twentieth century’s most important musical genres. Sandy’s lecture covers the early years of jazz from its beginnings through to the start of the Second World War.

Sandy is a musician and broadcaster, conductor and double bass player who may be !
familiar to many of you as a presenter on Radio 3. He now travels the world performing and en-thusing about music and devising music holidays.

Tuesday 19th June 2018
The Boy Who Bit Picasso
Antony Penrose

Antony Penrose first met Picasso when he visited the Penrose family home of Farley Farm, in East Sussex in 1950. They became instant friends and invented their own boisterous game of pretend bull fights. In the excitement Anthony bit Picasso and Picasso bit him right back, but it did not spoil the friendship.

For the past 30 years Anthony has conserved and disseminated the work of his parents, Lee Miller and Roland Penrose. He is the director of The Lee Miller Archives and The Penrose Collection at Farley Farm House in Sussex.

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