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January 2021

Oscar Wilde – Up Close.

January 11 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road
Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7RY United Kingdom
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Oscar Wilde - Up Close. - a lecture by Giles Ramsay "I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works." This lecture examines the public and private life of one of the world's most original and controversial artists. Born into a moderately respectable Dublin family Oscar Wilde recreated himself as an international celebrity and wrote a series of short stories and plays that charmed the world. In 1890 he also published the last…

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February 2021

Mackintosh and the Glasgow Four

February 8 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road
Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7RY United Kingdom
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Mackintosh and the Glasgow Four - a lecture by Anne Anderson Charles Rennie Mackintosh is now regarded as Britain’s greatest architect but it is well known that his potential was never fully realised during his lifetime and he ended his days in obscurity. The role played by his wife, Margaret Macdonald, and his collaborators, Francis Macdonald and Herbert MacNair has also been obscured. At the time Mackintosh claimed that while he was talented his wife was a genius. Margaret certainly…

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March 2021

Bhutan – The Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon

March 8 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road
Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7RY United Kingdom
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Bhutan - The Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon - a lecture by Zara Fleming A general introduction to the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, known by its inhabitants as Druk Yul or land of the Thunder Dragon. This is a reference to the Drukpa tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism that permeates every aspect of Bhutanese life. This lecture explores the history, art and culture of this extraordinary country, which for centuries has preserved its traditional Buddhist values. Over the last few…

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April 2021

“Everything is Art. Everything is Politics” – Ai WeiWei

April 12 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road
Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7RY United Kingdom
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"Everything is Art. Everything is Politics" - Ai WeiWei - a lecture by Frank Woodga This lecture will examine the provocative and often beautiful work of the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in the context of dissident art in China, Europe and South America, and examine some of his sources of inspiration, including the Russian Constructivist, Vladimir Tatlin, and the leading Dada artist, Marcel Duchamp. Ai Weiwei collaborated with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron in designing the Beijing National Stadium…

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May 2021

Napoleon and His Artists

May 10 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road
Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7RY United Kingdom
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Napoleon and His Artists - a lecture by Barry Venning The French painter Girodet, spoke for all those who worked for Napoleon when he said “We were all conscripted, but not all of us wore the uniform”. Bonaparte’s brilliant exploits in the Revolutionary Wars attracted artists from the earliest stages in his career and he made systematic use of art as propaganda to reveal himself as soldier, peacemaker, lawgiver and the possessor of semi-divine imperial power. He was fortunate to…

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June 2021

Photography as Fine Art.

June 14 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road
Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7RY United Kingdom
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Photography as Fine Art. - lecture by Brian Stater Should we accept that the very best photographs can be regarded as Fine Art? This question is at the heart of a lecture which argues that photography can equal, not to say exceed, more traditional disciplines in the key genres of portraiture, landscape and still life. Photography, moreover, has carved its own area of excellence in depicting the human condition. All these ideas are discussed with reference to the work of…

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September 2021

Twentieth Century Sculpture – a lecture by Linda Smith

September 13 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road
Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7RY United Kingdom
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This lecture traces the development of sculpture in the twentieth century, from large lumps of marble at one end to unmade beds at the other, and explains how and why this trajectory happened. Key developments like Cubism, Primitivism, Surrealism and Pop Art all affected sculpture, and are carefully explained with a wide range of illustrations.

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October 2021

Inspiration – Artists and their Muses -a lecture by Alexandra Epps

October 11 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road
Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7RY United Kingdom
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The Patricia Hallett Memorial Lecture Weeping Woman 1937 Pablo Picasso  The complex relationship between artist and muse has been the inspiration for some of the most significant works of art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Discover Rossetti’s PreRaphaelite stunners; Picasso’s weeping woman, the mother of American modernism and many more - women as muses and women as artists in their own right.

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November 2021

Goya – special interest day led by Jacqueline Cockburn

November 1
Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road
Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7RY United Kingdom
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Caravaggio: The Master of Light and Shadow a lecture by Shirley Smith

November 8 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road
Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7RY United Kingdom
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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was a man out of step with his time. Scorning the traditional idealised interpretation of religious subjects, he took his models from the streets, painting them realistically and heightening the emotional intensity by his dramatic contracts of light and shade. Such a revolutionary style was condemned by many as was his equally dramatic personal life and uncontrollable temper which involved him in endless brawls and even murder. This lecture will study the life and works of this enigmatic man and of his influence on later artists.

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