Dec
6
Tue
THE ICONOGRAPHY OF MYTHOLOGY & SYMBOLISM IN ART: Secrets of the Old Masters Revealed (10/10)
Dec 6 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
THE ICONOGRAPHY OF MYTHOLOGY & SYMBOLISM IN ART:  Secrets of the Old Masters Revealed (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.

In this series of 10 lectures, Leslie Primo asks what do all the signs and symbols in paintings mean, if indeed they are there, and why is there an enduring fascination with Greek mythology in the visual arts? It can all seem somewhat impenetrable. This course will delve into what these hidden meanings really are. You will see how the iconography of mythology can reveal the hidden codes and identify the seemingly mysterious figures in great works of art. It aims to look at the stories which are often re-told in secular Italian and Northern Renaissance painting around, 1400-1600, and also in French Baroque painting. Most often the stories came from antique literary sources which have survived through the middle ages and were the preserve of the rich and cultured.

PATRONAGE AND PRIVILEGE

Finally, we will examine the use of symbolism, mythology and patronage in art by the ruling families such as the d’Este, Gonzaga, Sassetti, Tournabouni and Medici.

 

A Change of Heart: The history & current status of heart transplantation
Dec 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
A Change of Heart: The history & current status of heart transplantation @ Hunterian Museum, Royal College of Surgeons | London | England | United Kingdom

Christiaan Barnard performed the first human heart transplant in Cape Town in 1967. However, it was the American Norman Shumway who deserves credit for establishing it as a practical treatment for patients with advanced heart failure. The British programme of transplantation was started at Papworth Hospital in 1979 and with the advent of better drugs for treating rejection; Papworth became one of the pre-eminent centres for heart and lung transplantation. Retried Heart Surgeon and former RCS President Sir Terence English will examine the history of this life-changing procedure through to its current practice today.

Lectures last approximately 45 mins plus time for questions.
Booking is essential on 020 7869 6568 (NGT: 018001 020 7869 6568).

A Change of Heart: The history and current status of heart transplantation
Dec 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
A Change of Heart: The history and current status of heart transplantation @ Hunterian Museum, Royal College of Surgeons | London | England | United Kingdom

Christiaan Barnard performed the first human heart transplant in Cape Town in 1967. However, it was the American Norman Shumway who deserves credit for establishing it as a practical treatment for patients with advanced heart failure. The British programme of transplantation was started at Papworth Hospital in 1979 and with the advent of better drugs for treating rejection; Papworth became one of the pre-eminent centres for heart and lung transplantation. Retried Heart Surgeon and Former RCS President Sir Terence English will examine the history of this life-changing procedure through to its current practice today.

Lectures last approximately 45 mins plus time for questions.
Booking is essential on 020 7869 6568 (NGT: 018001 020 7869 6568).

Re-excavating Jerusalem: archival archaeology – The Bronze and Iron Age towns: reflections from the archive
Dec 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Re-excavating Jerusalem: archival archaeology - The Bronze and Iron Age towns: reflections from the archive @ The British Academy | London | United Kingdom

Re-excavating Jerusalem from Dame Kathleen Kenyon’s records (1961-1967) gives insights for the whole lifetime of the city. Despite some limitations, such archives are increasingly relevant. The main discoveries relating to the earliest life of the city are already published, but the archive offers additional information.

Speaker: Dr Kay Prag (University of Manchester)

Free, no registration required. For more information, visit
www.britishacademy.ac.uk/re-excavating-jerusalem-archival-archaeology

Monstrosity
Dec 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Monstrosity @ Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE | London | England | United Kingdom

Why is art preoccupied with monsters? What can we learn about a society from the kinds of monsters it imagines? Today, when traditional ideas of the human cannot account for advances in biology and technology, can monstrous figures help us to better understand our changing sense of ourselves? In this panel, three thinkers examine our ongoing fascination with monsters.

Speakers
Fred Botting, Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing, Kingston University
Steven Shakespeare, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Liverpool Hope University
Sarah Wood, Senior Lecturer in English and American Literature, University of Kent

The Brexit Effect: What really is going on? w/@anandMenon1
Dec 6 @ 6:45 pm
The Brexit Effect: What really is going on? w/@anandMenon1 @ The Tabernacle | London | England | United Kingdom

As Director of the UK in a changing Europe (www.ukandeu.ac.uk), Anand Menon is the perfect person to answer ‘What happens next?’ in Brexit.

Don’t miss this rare chance to have your burning questions about Brexit answered with clarity and neutrality by a leading expert in European politics. Stripping back the bluster of the politicians and the press, Menon will weigh up our choices for trade deals, and give the inside track on the probability of adopting agreements pioneered by Norway, Switzerland, Canada and the World Trade Organisation.

Walking us through the probable outcomes as Brexit proceeds, he will share a realistic timeframe for exit, identify whether businesses are likely to move their headquarters, and explore what might happen to Scotland and the UK.

If you want to know what happens next in Brexit, book now to hear Anand Menon at the how to: Academy.

Dec
7
Wed
The Soanes at Christmas
Dec 7 all-day
The Soanes at Christmas @ Sir John Soane's Museum | London | England | United Kingdom

Delve into the yuletide celebrations of the Soane family with this lunchtime talk from the Museum’s archivist.

From entertaining guests to exchanging presents, discover the familiar – and the forgotten – Christmas rituals of the Georgian period and glimpse into a busy 12 days for Soane and his wife every December 25.

There’ll also be the chance to see up-close some festive treasures from the Museum’s collection

HOW LONDON BECAME THE GREATEST CITY ON EARTH (7/12)
Dec 7 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
HOW LONDON BECAME THE GREATEST CITY ON EARTH (7/12) @ 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.

More than any other country on the planet, Britain has pooled its constitutional, financial and cultural forces within its capital. In this series of 6 lectures and 6 accompanying walks we will show HOW LONDON BECAME THE GREATEST CITY ON EARTH. Lecturer, Harry Mount, will explore how, over 2,000 years, London has dealt with six of those forces: the monarchy; the law; religion; finance; entertainment; and education. The story of the Reformation, of constitutional monarchy, of Shakespearean theatre, of the public school, of the common law, the story of Britain…. They can all be told through London’s unique collection of buildings.

FINANCIAL LONDON

This lecture (7 December) and walk (11 January 2017) will show the development of financial London from the Romans to the present day. C19th Leadenhall Market, sits on the site of the Roman forum, heartland of Roman commerce. You can still see its foundation stones in the basement of a hairdresser in the market. We will look at The Mansion House, the Lord Mayor’s splendid, ornate home, built in the C18th century, which shows the power and wealth of City governance. The Royal Exchange, a C19th classical building that sits on the site of Queen Elizabeth I’s exchange and The Bank of England – still the pulse of the British financial world. The elegant original building by Sir John Soane survives in part. You will also look at the C18th private banks around the Bank of England, with their signs dangling over their front doors; the guild halls, palatial headquarters of the City guilds and The Goldsmiths’ Hall where gold and silver quality are still checked, and where fraudulent goldsmiths are investigated.

How to be a Psychic Conman
Dec 7 @ 7:30 pm
How to be a Psychic Conman @ The Star and Garter | London | United Kingdom

Roll up! Roll up! Roll up! Gather ye round the traveling caravan, as Snake Oil Salesman Ash Pryce demonstrates the miraculous curative abilities of psychic surgery, taught to your humble trickster by a wise man in the Philippines. See with wonder the telekinetic forces at work as you learn how to move objects with your mind, psychically predict the outcome of the historic Zener Cards and read the minds of your peers.

This show will take a look at the more magical side of psychic claims. Whereas the sister show How to Talk to the Dead looked specifically at spirit communication in the past, this show will look at some of the more incredible claims that persist today. The types of demonstrations that blur the line between the honest deception of magic, and the dishonesty of those hoping to make a quick buck out of your deep rooted beliefs.

An interactive, skeptical, how-to guide to a whole host of psychic scammery. Warning to those on the front row… there will be blood!

How to be a Psychic Conman w/@PsychicConman
Dec 7 @ 7:30 pm
How to be a Psychic Conman w/@PsychicConman @ The Star and Garter | London | England | United Kingdom

“Roll up! Roll up! Roll up! Gather ye round the traveling caravan, as Snake Oil Salesman Ash Pryce demonstrates the miraculous curative abilities of psychic surgery, taught to your humble trickster by a wise man in the Philippines. See with wonder of the telekinetic forces at work as you learn how to move objects with your mind, psychically predict the outcome of the historic Zener Cards and read the minds of your peers.

This show will take a look at the more magical side of psychic claims, whereas the sister show How to Talk to the Dead looked specifically at spirit communication in the past, this show will look at some of the more incredible claims that persist today. The types of demonstrations that blur the line between the honest deception of magic, and the dishonesty of those hoping to make a quick buck out of your deep rooted beliefs.

An interactive, skeptical, how to guide to a whole host of psychic scammery. Warning to those on the front row… there will be blood!”

Dec
12
Mon
Dragonworld: Four Short Stories from China
Dec 12 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
Dragonworld: Four Short Stories from China @ Free Word Centre | London | England | United Kingdom

If you love exploring the world, storytelling and books, join Free Word on a monthly fictional journey that’s just as rewarding as (and less exhausting than) the real thing. Whether you’re a London local or new to the city, come and connect with others who want to see the world with fresh eyes and open minds.

Join Free Word and Read Paper Republic for an evening of speed-book clubbing! Read on to find out how it works…

A police officer investigating a brutal murder interrogates his chief suspect, but the details of the crime itself are constantly shifting. A woman hopes a knight in shining armour will offer her an escape from the road she seems destined to pace forever. A dispute between two witnesses to a killing results in a fatal duel. A teenage gamer must find a way to deal with the concrete-hungry dragons that are somehow taking over his town.

Acts of violence punctuate these four works of contemporary Chinese fiction, but as the stories unfold it becomes increasingly difficult to differentiate fantasy from reality, the dream from the conscious. The rhythms of genre fiction are echoed and distorted in these category-defying tales of death, desire, and despair.

Following our sell-out speed-book clubbing event in March, Read Paper Republic is delighted to be partnering with Free Word for a follow-up event with a fantastical flavour.

All you need to do is read the four Chinese fantasy short stories (or our sneaky Cheat Sheet) in advance, then come along to discuss them in groups led by their four translators.

To book tickets, download the stories and get reading visit freewordcentre.com/whats-on/dragonworld-china.

On the second Monday of each month, meet writers from around the world and hear them talk about their work. We also focus on their translators who help these books travel and open up discussions that cross the globe. Free Word provides a friendly space for you to ask questions of writers and translators as they share an exclusive insight into the creative process of storytelling.

Click here to explore the Wanderlust events we’ve held so far and read about (and around) some of the books we’ve featured.

You can also visit Free Word’s Wanderlust playlist on SoundCloud; we record each event so that you never have to miss out.

Dec
14
Wed
The Sound of {Music} Computing
Dec 14 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Hosted by the IET and QMUL

screen-shot-2016-10-19-at-16-48-11Mathematics and computer science are behind today’s technological wizardry… Let Andrew McPherson, both scientist and musician be your guide into the world where computing and traditional musical instruments collide.

This is a free talk about augmented musical instruments, which use digital technology to extend the creative possibilities of familiar musical instruments. Augmented instruments build on centuries-old designs like the piano and violin, but they also use electronic sensors, actuators and computers to transform and enhance the sound of the instrument as it is played. For example, we could build a piano which can sustain forever and play vibratos and pitch bends like a violin, or we could make an electronic violin that always stays in tune no matter where you place your fingers.

This special one-off Christmas event – co-hosted by the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary, and The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) – will be a fun-filled evening full of surprises.

The evening is aimed at secondary school aged students, but with surprises to be unveiled for both adults and young people alike. All are welcome so if you have a curious mind, book your (free) tickets below quickly as places are vanishing fast!

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Programme:

17:00 Registration
17:15 Seating
17:30 Start of lecture
18:30 Drinks and mince pies
19:00 Close

Homepage | Eventbrite tickets (free) | Event flyer (PDF)

 

Jan
10
Tue
The Course, The Arts of Christianity 1/10
Jan 10 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, The Arts of Christianity 1/10 @ 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.

In this series of 10 lectures, Nicole Mezey will examine how no single theme has so preoccupied the western artist as has Christianity. It is the only one of the world’s great monotheistic faiths to allow, indeed to encourage, representation, and the history, narratives and practice of the Faith are richly reflected in its art. Cherubim and chasubles, Passion and pilgrimages, Samson and St. Lucy – this course explores a range of Christian themes, some of the devotional and other forms in which they were expressed, and the experiences and ideas which inspired them.

INTRODUCTION

In the first lecture we will discuss how much most of us understand the visual imagery of the religious tradition by which we are surrounded? This first lecture takes an overview of the impact of the Church on every aspect of artistic creation, much of which still plays a part in the practice of Faith, as it has over generations.

Jan
12
Thu
The Course, Ceramics – Masters and Makers 1/5
Jan 12 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, Ceramics - Masters and Makers 1/5 @ 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.

Ceramics has been important in European culture for both utilitarian and artistic purposes. This 5 part series looks at materials and techniques over the last 500 years and explores some of the key aspects of production in the history of European culture – tin glazed wares produced in Italy during the C16th, the pioneering development of factories at Meissen, Sevres and Wedgwood and the explosion of production and creativity that occurred in C19th Britain.

Opportunities for collecting ceramic pieces will be highlighted

THE MATERIALS & TECHNIQUES  

This lecture will be an introduction to ceramic objects made and decorated in Europe with an emphasis on developing basic skills of identification and recognition. There will be an opportunity to handle items which illustrate different materials and techniques.

Jan
17
Tue
The Course, The Arts of Christianity 2/10
Jan 17 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, The Arts of Christianity 2/10 @ 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.

In this series of 10 lectures, Nicole Mezey will examine how no single theme has so preoccupied the western artist as has Christianity. It is the only one of the world’s great monotheistic faiths to allow, indeed to encourage, representation, and the history, narratives and practice of the Faith are richly reflected in its art. Cherubim and chasubles, Passion and pilgrimages, Samson and St. Lucy – this course explores a range of Christian themes, some of the devotional and other forms in which they were expressed, and the experiences and ideas which inspired them.

STORYTELLING 1 – OLD TESTAMENT

In the second lecture, we will explore, from Genesis through the books of the prophets, how the Old Testament tells of the birth of the world and explores the origins of the greatest moral and experiential codes. It also tells rich and wonderful stories which artists delight in retelling and embellishing.

Jan
18
Wed
HOW LONDON BECAME THE GREATEST CITY ON EARTH ( 9/12
Jan 18 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
HOW LONDON BECAME THE GREATEST CITY ON EARTH ( 9/12 @ 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.

More than any other country on the planet, Britain has pooled its constitutional, financial and cultural forces within its capital. In this series of 6 lectures and 6 accompanying walks we will show HOW LONDON BECAME THE GREATEST CITY ON EARTH. Lecturer, Harry Mount, will explore how, over 2,000 years, London has dealt with six of those forces: the monarchy; the law; religion; finance; entertainment; and education. The story of the Reformation, of constitutional monarchy, of Shakespearean theatre, of the public school, of the common law, the story of Britain…. They can all be told through London’s unique collection of buildings.

ENTERTAINMENT LONDON

This lecture (18 January 2017) and walk (25 January 2017) will explain how entertainment has changed in the capital – from Shakespeare’s Globe to the government-sanctioned Theatres Royal in Drury Lane and Haymarket. We will examine the growth of Theatreland in the C19th when plays were no longer controlled by the Lord Chancellor. The boom in theatre construction was led by Frank Matcham in the late C19th and he built in any style, from arts and crafts to Roman Imperial to Indian. He was also a master of construction techniques. By using tough, lightweight steel, he decreased the size of the supporting structure, leading to much better sightlines. A second entertainment boom came in the C20th with the spread of the cinema – particularly the art deco Odeon style.

Jan
19
Thu
The Course, Ceramics – Masters and Makers 2/5
Jan 19 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, Ceramics – Masters and Makers 2/5 @ 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.

Ceramics has been important in European culture for both utilitarian and artistic purposes. This 5 part series looks at materials and techniques over the last 500 years and explores some of the key aspects of production in the history of European culture – tin glazed wares produced in Italy during the C16th, the pioneering development of factories at Meissen, Sevres and Wedgwood and the explosion of production and creativity that occurred in C19th Britain.

Opportunities for collecting ceramic pieces will be highlighted

ITALIAN RENAISSANCE CERAMICS

This lecture explores the development of the white, refined, tin-glazed earthenwares in Italy (C15th & C16th) and their role in Italian culture. The development of “istoriato” wares with biblical and mythological scenes as well items from services such as the Gonzaga dinner set made for Isabella d’Este. The artificial porcelain developed by the Medici in Florence will also be examined.

Jan
24
Tue
The Course, The Arts of Christianity 3/10
Jan 24 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, The Arts of Christianity 3/10 @ 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.

In this series of 10 lectures, Nicole Mezey will examine how no single theme has so preoccupied the western artist as has Christianity. It is the only one of the world’s great monotheistic faiths to allow, indeed to encourage, representation, and the history, narratives and practice of the Faith are richly reflected in its art. Cherubim and chasubles, Passion and pilgrimages, Samson and St. Lucy – this course explores a range of Christian themes, some of the devotional and other forms in which they were expressed, and the experiences and ideas which inspired them.

STORYTELLING 2 – NEW TESTAMENT

In the third lecture, we will look at how The New Testament provides the essential core of Christianity, the life of Christ and his early followers. Through the ages, the Church has emphasised different episodes to explore dominant theological issues, and we follow this in the arts from the restraint of medieval fonts to the baroque intensity of Rubens.

Jan
26
Thu
The Course, Ceramics – Masters and Makers 3/5
Jan 26 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, Ceramics – Masters and Makers 3/5 @ 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.

Ceramics has been important in European culture for both utilitarian and artistic purposes. This 5 part series looks at materials and techniques over the last 500 years and explores some of the key aspects of production in the history of European culture – tin glazed wares produced in Italy during the C16th, the pioneering development of factories at Meissen, Sevres and Wedgwood and the explosion of production and creativity that occurred in C19th Britain.

Opportunities for collecting ceramic pieces will be highlighted

MASTERS OF C18TH EUROPEAN PORCELAIN 

In this lecture, we will see that the C18th was particularly important for the development of factory production. Meissen created Europe’s first true porcelain production, Sevres whose soft paste artificial porcelain was the envy of the western world and Wedgwood who developed new bodies using scientific research, employed top designers and developed modern business practices still being used today.

Jan
31
Tue
The Course, The Arts of Christianity 4/10
Jan 31 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, The Arts of Christianity 4/10 @ 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.

In this series of 10 lectures, Nicole Mezey will examine how no single theme has so preoccupied the western artist as has Christianity. It is the only one of the world’s great monotheistic faiths to allow, indeed to encourage, representation, and the history, narratives and practice of the Faith are richly reflected in its art. Cherubim and chasubles, Passion and pilgrimages, Samson and St. Lucy – this course explores a range of Christian themes, some of the devotional and other forms in which they were expressed, and the experiences and ideas which inspired them.

FOR ALL THE SAINTS …..

In this lecture, we will look at the saints of the Church beginning in the Bible itself, but many favourites have separate, later stories of their own. St George and St Katherine may still be familiar, but what about St Apollonia or St William of York? St Zita or Little St Hugh of Lincoln? Each has their unique tale and their importance to the lives of the faithful.

Feb
1
Wed
HOW LONDON BECAME THE GREATEST CITY ON EARTH ( 11/12)
Feb 1 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
HOW LONDON BECAME THE GREATEST CITY ON EARTH ( 11/12) @ 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.

In this series of 6 lectures and 6 accompanying walks, lecturer Harry Mount, will show HOW LONDON BECAME THE GREATEST CITY ON EARTH. More than any other country on the planet, Britain has pooled its constitutional, financial and cultural forces within its capital. This 6 part series of lectures and 6 accompanying walks will explore how, over 2,000 years, London has dealt with six of those forces: the monarchy; the law; religion; finance; entertainment; and education. The story of the Reformation, of constitutional monarchy, of Shakespearean theatre, of the public school, of the common law, the story of Britain…. They can all be told through London’s unique collection of buildings. 

EDUCATIONAL LONDON

This lecture (1 Feb 2017) and walk (* Feb 2017) will address the expansion of London education from church and private schools to state education and the growth of the capital’s university education as it caught up with the traditional Oxbridge ones. It will examine the origins of church schools as typified by the Grey Coat Hospital School in Westminster and how the earliest private schools were also religious foundations (St Paul’s and Westminster). The beginnings of government education with the 1870 Education Act led to the Board Schools, the vast, red-brick, arts and craft buildings, across the country. These were designed to be as light and airy as possible to counter the gloomy, unhealthy conditions of the workhouse – such as the surviving one in Fitzrovia, which inspired Dickens to write Oliver Twist. The City of London School was built in 1834, on the actual site of the old London Workhouse. Universities came late to London: from University College London (1826) to King’s College London (1829). UCL was expressly founded as a secular alternative to Oxbridge. The story of London University echoes the expansion of British universities in general. Over the years, London University has sprouted new extensions – including the Courtauld Institute, now in neo-classical Somerset House.

 

Feb
2
Thu
The Course, Ceramics – Masters and Makers 4/5
Feb 2 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, Ceramics – Masters and Makers 4/5 @ 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.

Ceramics has been important in European culture for both utilitarian and artistic purposes. This 5 part series looks at materials and techniques over the last 500 years and explores some of the key aspects of production in the history of European culture – tin glazed wares produced in Italy during the C16th, the pioneering development of factories at Meissen, Sevres and Wedgwood and the explosion of production and creativity that occurred in C19th Britain.

Opportunities for collecting ceramic pieces will be highlighted

INNOVATION IN VICTORIAN CERAMICS                      

In this lecture, we will see how in C19th Britain, ceramic manufacture and entrepreneurship reached a peak with firms such as Spode, Minton and Copeland as well as the development of innovatory new materials, styles and techniques of production. (Majolica pottery, parianware, pate sur pate and encaustic)

 

Feb
7
Tue
The Course, The Arts of Christianity 5/10
Feb 7 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, The Arts of Christianity 5/10 @ 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.

In this series of 10 lectures, Nicole Mezey will examine how no single theme has so preoccupied the western artist as has Christianity. It is the only one of the world’s great monotheistic faiths to allow, indeed to encourage, representation, and the history, narratives and practice of the Faith are richly reflected in its art. Cherubim and chasubles, Passion and pilgrimages, Samson and St. Lucy – this course explores a range of Christian themes, some of the devotional and other forms in which they were expressed, and the experiences and ideas which inspired them.

PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

In this lecture, we discuss the search for order in a chaotic world – one of the great themes of the medieval world. The arts express this through themes which link Old and New Testaments, past and present, and through a terrible, continuing fascination with the end of the world and the Apocalypse itself.

 

Feb
9
Thu
The Course, Ceramics – Masters and Makers 5/5
Feb 9 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, Ceramics – Masters and Makers 5/5 @ 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.

Ceramics has been important in European culture for both utilitarian and artistic purposes. This 5 part series looks at materials and techniques over the last 500 years and explores some of the key aspects of production in the history of European culture – tin glazed wares produced in Italy during the C16th, the pioneering development of factories at Meissen, Sevres and Wedgwood and the explosion of production and creativity that occurred in C19th Britain.

Opportunities for collecting ceramic pieces will be highlighted

ARTS & CRAFTS AND STUDIO POTTERY

In this lecture, the development of the arts and crafts movement in the second half of the 19th century will  be explored and its huge repercussions for ceramic making in Britain. It will also examine the development of the art pottery movement with reference to William de Morgan, William Moorcroft, Edmund Elton and Doulton & Company. It will also examine the development of the related 20th century studio pottery movement and its legacy.

 

 

Feb
14
Tue
The Course, The Arts of Christianity 6/10
Feb 14 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, The Arts of Christianity 6/10 @ 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.

In this series of 10 lectures, Nicole Mezey will examine how no single theme has so preoccupied the western artist as has Christianity. It is the only one of the world’s great monotheistic faiths to allow, indeed to encourage, representation, and the history, narratives and practice of the Faith are richly reflected in its art. Cherubim and chasubles, Passion and pilgrimages, Samson and St. Lucy – this course explores a range of Christian themes, some of the devotional and other forms in which they were expressed, and the experiences and ideas which inspired them.

SIGNS AND SYMBOLS

A picture paints a thousand words and in this lecture we will see how the visual language of signs and symbols enables the Church to express and reinforce not just the stories but the meaning of their teaching. Through them, we explore some of the fascinating ideas which run through the centuries.