Images of 20th Century Life – A Study Day with Peter Scott
Mar 13 @ 11:00 am

Registration Starts at 11am – First lecture starts at 11.30am

Until the mid-19th century, art was the preserve of wealthy individuals and institutions and reflected their world. However, as early as 1845, John Pye, an engraver, recorded that works of art were, ‘no longer pent up in galleries open to a few but meet us in our homes and are the household pleasures of millions.’ He is, of course, mainly referring to the reproduction of images. This special interest day will aim to show that by the 20th century art became genuinely popular, confronting the new world made by industry and commerce. Art was used in many fields, including advertising, campaigning, entertainment and design. We will also ask why are works by artists like Lowry and Spencer in prestigious galleries while those of, say, Beryl Cook and Jack Vetriano are not?


Coffee and Registration                         11.00am

First Lecture.                                           11.30am– 1pm

Break for lunch                                       1pm – 2pm

Second Lecture                                        2pm – 3.00pm

Special Interest day ends                      3.00pm


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Die Fledermaus – DVD showing with English Subtitles
Apr 3 @ 2:00 pm


Die Fledermaus (literally Flittermouse) translates from the German as The Bat, is a delightful operetta composed by Johann Strauss II to a German libretto by Karl Haffner and Richard Genee.  This is the younger Strauss’s most celebrated and popular operetta so come and join us for an enthralling musical afternoon.

There is lots to enjoy as Die Fledermaus is a light-hearted story of revenge, featuring mistaken identities, flirtations at a masked ball, elegant frivolities and hilarious confusion all set to the most captivating music ever composed.

This version of the opera was filmed at Glyndebourne Opera House. The cast includes Pamela Armstrong, Thomas Allen, Lyubov Petrova, Lyubov Petrova, Ragnar Ulfung, Malena Ernman, Håkan Hagegård and the Glyndebourne Chorus. Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra.


The Moon in Art and Science by Dr Alexandra Loske
Apr 17 @ 2:30 pm


The Moon in Art and Science.  Humans have been fascinated with our nearest heavenly body, the Earth’s Moon, since prehistoric times. It has been half a century since we set foot on the Moon during the Apollo space missions, and many exhibitions, films and publications have explored our continued with this other ‘world’ that we reached 50 years ago. Join Art Historian Dr Alexandra Loske for an illustrated talk about how our obsession with the Moon has manifested itself in both the sciences and the visual arts, from earliest ritualistic drawings and objects, Romantic symbolism and silent movies, to scientific observation, photography, space race propaganda, and recent creative responses to all things lunar.

Dr Alexandra Loske is a German-born art historian and curator at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton specialising in late 18th century and early 19th century European art and architecture.  Alexandra has lectured and published widely.