Events

Sep
24
Fri
To the Edinburgh Fringe & Beyond by Ginny Davis – Zoom Lecture
Sep 24 @ 2:30 pm

Lombardi, Giovanni Battista; The Veiled Lady

Ginny Davis is a Warwickshire based former barrister, now novelist, and award-winning writer and performer for theatre. Her comedic plays about modern family have sold out to audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and theatre venues throughout the UK. Reviewers have described her work as ‘enormously funny’ (The List) ‘effortlessly hilarious, the epitome of heart-warming comedy.’ (Three Weeks), “Clever and witty” (The Scotsman).

In ‘To the Fringe and Beyond’ Ginny Davis describes her career which began in the translations department of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and moved her via practice at the criminal bar to become a writer and performer.  Her talk, which is illustrated with performance and readings, is designed to entertain, and inform her audience. It includes the similarities between criminal legal advocacy and acting, what actors do when they forget their lines, why barristers wear wigs and what motivated a middle-aged mother to put herself on the stage and stay there.

Ginny’s recent novel ‘What Lies Beneath the Surface’ is available for purchase on Amazon and Kindle.

Tickets are now available for  all the events this autumn at the prices shown. Tickets will be emailed, unless a SAE is sent. For events at the Towner Art Gallery, tickets should be shown at the door. For Zoom events all participants will be emailed with a link, a few days prior to the event.

To book tickets, please download the ticket order form.

Ticket Order Form for Autumn 2021 Lectures.

For any queries or enquiries, or if you have booked a ticket and not received your email with a link to the Zoom lecture prior to the meeting, please contact Sir Philip Anson on 01323 411906.

 

Oct
8
Fri
Female Artists of the Italian Renaissance by Emma Rose Barker
Oct 8 @ 2:30 pm

It is common to attribute an emerging artistic identity to the Italian Renaissance artist.  It is a commonplace that we regard them as male and yet there existed many female artists during this period.  Unsurprisingly they are less well known, but no less talented. After all, treatises of the time encouraged women to paint, but it was frowned upon to make a career out of the skill. However, they studied anatomy and the classical model just like their male counterparts and they trained often as manuscript illuminators before they became painters.  This illustrated lecture will explore some of the most exceptional female painters such as Plautilla Nelli, Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana. They painted religious subjects, intimate family portraits and patrician men and women of medicine and learning and they even courted patrons such as King Philip II of Spain and were admired by later artists such as Van Dyck.

Emma Rose Barber is a tutor, lecturer and art historian.

Tickets are now available for  all the events this autumn at the prices shown. Tickets will be emailed, unless a SAE is sent. For events at the Towner Art Gallery, tickets should be shown at the door. For Zoom events all participants will be emailed with a link, a few days prior to the event.

To book tickets, please download the ticket order form.

Ticket Order Form for Autumn 2021 Lectures.

For any queries or enquiries, or if you have booked a ticket and not received your email with a link to the Zoom lecture prior to the meeting, please contact Sir Philip Anson on 01323 411906.

Oct
22
Fri
Modernism in Britain (c1910-1914) by Dr Prasannijit De Silva – Zoom Lecture
Oct 22 @ 2:30 pm

At the beginning of the twentieth century, Britain was something of an artistic backwater.  But many younger artists started to take an interest in developments in continental Europe, and then more recent works from France began to be exhibited in Britain.  This led to a brief flowering of modernism in British art, which only stalled with the outbreak of the First World War.  This lecture will consider the work of some of these modern or modernist artists, including members of the Camden Town Group, the Bloomsbury Group, and the Vorticists, as they moved away from the artistic styles of the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

Dr Prasannajit De Silva is a published art historian and University Lecturer at Birbeck, University of London, an accredited speaker for the Arts Society, and a sessional lecturer for the WEA. His specialism is British visual culture of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

To book tickets, please download the ticket order form.

Ticket Order Form for Autumn 2021 Lectures.

For any queries or enquiries, or if you have booked a ticket and not received your email with a link to the Zoom lecture prior to the meeting, please contact Sir Philip Anson on 01323 411906.

 

Nov
12
Fri
Hans Holbein & King Henry VIII by Tony Harris
Nov 12 @ 2:30 pm

Painting German C16 Hans Holbein 1497-1543 Henry VIII c1537 Oil on oak 28×20 Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Hans Holbein is known largely for his wonderful portrait of King Henry VIII, painted in a dominant pose – legs astride, staring down the imaginary barrel, defying anyone to tell him that he was not God’s representative on earth.

Although this is the single portrait for which he is remembered, Hans Holbein painted around 600 subjects in Tudor England and flirted dangerously with all sides of the religious tapestry – so much so that he was close to having his head removed before becoming The King’s most favourite portraitist.  Holbein painted virtually anyone who was anyone in the 16th century and because of his realistic style – which concentrated on the face rather than props – we have an incredible, near- photographic, record of what all the major players actually looked like.

So why is there is there no Holbein of Ann Boleyn? Why is there only a profile of Cardinal Wolsey? Why did he come to England to live and work and be ignored by Henry years before he was adopted as the artist-in-residence? All these questions and more will be answered by the King himself when we are joined by actor/historian Tony Harris for a memorable lecture.

Tony Harris travels all over the UK performing as Henry VIII in front of thousands of people including 20,000 at Wembley Arena in one show and has also entertained British Royalty and President Obama.

Tickets are now available for  all the events this autumn at the prices shown. Tickets will be emailed, unless a SAE is sent. For events at the Towner Art Gallery, tickets should be shown at the door. For Zoom events all participants will be emailed with a link, a few days prior to the event.

To book tickets, please download the ticket order form.

Ticket Order Form for Autumn 2021 Lectures.

For any queries or enquiries, or if you have booked a ticket and not received your email with a link to the Zoom lecture prior to the meeting, please contact Sir Philip Anson on 01323 411906.

 

Dec
10
Fri
Whatever Happened to Christmas? by The Dowager Lady Crabtree
Dec 10 @ 2:30 pm

Whatever Happened to Christmas?

If you remember when we had tangerines at Christmas and made paper chains; when cards could be posted on Christmas Eve and were delivered on Christmas Day; when people knew the story of the Nativity and didn’t think “Frosty the Snowman” was a carol…and when the only thing you did early was make the Christmas cake…. you might identify with Lady Crabtree’s latest talk of a time when Christmas was special.

Lady Crabtree will air her views on the modern festive season; her loathing of “round robin” letters; cards that say,’ Happy Holiday’ and people who put up decorations in November. She will reveal some of the worst gifts that she has received and will share her tips for sending cards to people that you don’t like as well as how to dispose of unwanted items during December. With her wry humour and often poignant observations, plus the occasional monologue, Lady Crabtree will ask: Whatever happened to Christmas?

Tickets are now available for  all the events this autumn at the prices shown. Tickets will be emailed, unless a SAE is sent. For events at the Towner Art Gallery, tickets should be shown at the door. For Zoom events all participants will be emailed with a link, a few days prior to the event.

To book tickets, please download the ticket order form.

Ticket Order Form for Autumn 2021 Lectures.

For any queries or enquiries, or if you have booked a ticket and not received your email with a link to the Zoom lecture prior to the meeting, please contact Sir Philip Anson on 01323 411906.