Jun
27
Tue
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (9/10)
Jun 27 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (9/10) @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks. 

This course will examine the changing face of the portrait from the 6th century to the present. It will look at how and why its meaning and function have mutated and why artists are still drawn to this medium despite the advent of photography. It will also explore whether a portrait has to convey an accurate likeness and how artists went about trying to convey “character”.

RE-INVENTION OF THE SELF: The Art and Artifice of the Self-Portrait

When is a portrait a portrait and when is it not a portrait? We will take a look at the Art and Artifice of the Portrait & Self-Portrait and examine both known and unknown figures. What possible use were portraits and what meaning did they have to those who commissioned them?

 

Jun
28
Wed
The Course, Creation (Human Creation) 15/15
Jun 28 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, Creation (Human Creation) 15/15 @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks.

 This inspirationally compelling new course creates strength and variety from the vastness of its subject: the Creation of the World and everything in it as encountered by artists and writers throughout the centuries. Now we can read, look at, see what they saw from hill-top, valley-side, shore-line, doorway and windowsill across land, sea and sky: the Earth, and human life in all its glory and diversity. Each week’s programme names just some of the featured artists and writers.

Human Creation

Men and women are creators of what they write, paint and give form to. But so often their art is about creation itself: it visibly meditates on the act of imitating the original Creator or moment of coming into being, feels towards art as a whole new world. Woolf, Longfellow, Horace, Duffy, Gunn, Eliot, Auden, E Brontë, Ginsberg, Hopkins, Lawrence, Hughes, Dante; Rublyov, Martin, Constable, Raphael, Gustavo Olmedo, Watts, Hope, John Shelley, Reynolds, Piranesi, Dürer, Bosch, Guercino

 

 

Apocalypse how w/@lewis_dartnell
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Apocalypse how w/@lewis_dartnell @ The Royal Institution | England | United Kingdom

In billions of years, the sun will expand to engulf the Earth and life on this planet will become impossible. But there are plenty of ways it could end much sooner! Just in time for Asteroid Day, join Lewis Dartnell and a panel of scientists at the Royal Institution for a discussion on how to cancel the apocalypse.

Jun
30
Fri
Human-Artificial Intelligence partnerships
Jun 30 @ 7:20 pm – 8:45 pm
Human-Artificial Intelligence partnerships @ The Royal Institution | England | United Kingdom

In our increasingly connected world, computers and data are everywhere. In this Discourse at the Royal Institution, Nick Jennings will explore how humans and AI systems can work together to complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses, probing the scientific underpinning of such systems, the applications they have been applied to, and the societal implications of their widespread adoption.

Jul
4
Tue
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (10/10)
Jul 4 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (10/10) @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks.

This course will examine the changing face of the portrait from the 6th century to the present. It will look at how and why its meaning and function have mutated and why artists are still drawn to this medium despite the advent of photography. It will also explore whether a portrait has to convey an accurate likeness and how artists went about trying to convey “character”.

THE PASSAGE OF TIME: Portraiture in Life & Death From the Middle Ages to the Modern Age

The final lecture will look at one of the oldest and most enduring preoccupations of the artist – mortality and legacy. Starting with the Medieval through to the Renaissance and Rembrandt’s obsession with his own image, we will finally come to the Impressionists and the modern day. Looking at works by Ofili, Hirst and Quinn, the parallels between artists’ practice and their preoccupation with mortality will be explored.

 

 

 

 

Jul
7
Fri
The fire of life w/@surfnscientist
Jul 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
The fire of life w/@surfnscientist @ The Royal Institution | England | United Kingdom

People are warmer on the inside than their surroundings, so how does the human body generate its own heat? Join Ruben Meerman in exploring this exciting topic at the Royal Institution, using liquid nitrogen, explosions, a thermal camera and more. You’ll find out what temperature really means, see heat appear out of nowhere and learn how ‘The Fire of Life’ keeps your body warm.
This event i particularly suitable for ages 7+

Jul
21
Fri
WiFi Wars 3.0 w/@WiFiWarsUK
Jul 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
WiFi Wars 3.0 w/@WiFiWarsUK @ The Royal Institution | England | United Kingdom

Following their national tour, and the second series of their hit TV show ‘Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit’, the WiFi Wars team return due to popular demand for their third annual lecture at the Royal Institution. Setting up their impressive network, allowing the whole audience to compete against each other, you’ll be the first people to get your hands on the future of interactive gaming at this unique comedy show. Bring a charged smartphone!

Jul
28
Fri
21st Century materials w/@markmiodownik
Jul 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
21st Century materials w/@markmiodownik @ The Royal Institution | England | United Kingdom

Think 50 years into the future – what will our cities be built of? Where will we get our food from? How will doctors keep us healthy? Join former Christmas Lecturer Mark Miodownik at the Royal Institution to look into these questions, and more, by exploring some of the amazing and exciting materials which will help build our future.
This event is particularly suitable for ages 7+

Aug
11
Fri
World first adventurers w/@theturnertwins
Aug 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Hugo and Ross Turner have travelled to extremes in the name of science: across the Atlantic Ocean, up 5000m peaks and over the Greenland polar ice cap. As identical twins, they are uniquely able to test how the body survives in these extreme environments, and how new materials, diet and technology can help. Come to the Royal Institution and hear more about their incredible journeys, and see the equipment they needed to survive in these wild places.
This event is particularly suitable for ages 7+