William Morris, The Arts and Crafts Movement – A Talk by Dr Prasannajit De Silva
Mar 17 @ 2:30 pm




William Morris (1834-96) was a designer, craftsman and socialist writer who, together with artists Edward Burne-Jones and D. G. Rossetti, formed a design studio for the decorative arts.  Inspired by the medieval guild workshops their textile, tile, stained glass and furniture designs challenged 19th century industrialised mass production.  Named after the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society founded in 1882, the Arts and Crafts movement promoted craftsmanship and a reform of industrial design.

Dr Prasannajit de Silva is an associate teacher and lecturer for the Universities of Sussex and Birkbeck College, London University.


The History of Singing – A Talk by Elizabeth Muir-Lewis
Mar 26 @ 3:00 pm

Elizabeth Muir-Lewis has been international singer, teacher and lecturer on the great art of singing.

On March 26th she will ask ” what makes a great singer? ”

Is it the composers who write music that leads vocal art into ever more complex paths.? Or is it the singers who inspire?

Mozart had singers that he wrote for, as did Schubert and Richard Strauss and our own Benjamin Britten and Michael Tippett.

But most composers did not, such as Alban Berg or Schonberg, who wrote ground breaking music which stretched the singer into heights never thought possible…

Elizabeth will explore this fascinating subject, illustrating with recordings, and as well, using singers who will perform arias, duets and ensembles chosen to embellish the story of singing from the 14th century to the present day.

This will be an entertaining event with great music and maybe some clues as to why there are great singers, but also tone deaf would be singers, who. like Florence Foster Jenkins, think they have a wonderful voices!

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Paolo Uccello – New Renaissance Hero – A Talk by Richard Cupidi
Apr 21 @ 2:30 pm



Florentine artist Paolo Uccello (1396-1475) belonged to an exciting new type of scientific painter with an interest in how to depict space through the art of perspective (which may have caused him to fall out a favour with some of his patrons). Although forgotten after his death, by the 20th century there was a revival of interest in his work.   He gained his nickname Uccello (Italian for bird) from his fondness for animals.  One of his best known paintings The Battle of San Romano (which once hung in the great hall of the Palazzo Medici in Florence) can be seen at the National Gallery in London.

Richard Cupidi is an experienced American born art historian and adult education tutor based in Brighton.