The Arts Society Dartmoor - Programme 2018

PROGRAMME 2018

Meetings will be held at 10.00am for 10.30am.

Justinian and Theodora

January 10th 2018

THE EMPEROR AND THE PROSTITUTE

Geri Parlby

They bowed to no man when they ruled the world’s most powerful empire during the 6th century. A former prostitute and exotic dancer, Theodora had an unsavoury past, while her husband’s roots lay in Balkan peasant stock and yet together inspired some of most beautiful art in the Byzantine Empire.

The Elgin Marbles

February 14th 2018

THE ELGIN MARBLES

Steve Kershaw

This lecture will explore the aesthetics, the back-story, and the heated debates surrounding these controversial works of ancient Greek art: How and why were they originally created? Why are they so highly regarded? and why are there such passionately held views both for and against their repatriation to Greece?

Mirrors and Torrents
March 14th 2018

MIRRORS AND TORRENTS: WATER IN HISTORIC GARDENS

Steven Desmond

Water features have been a key ingredient of garden layouts since the earliest records. Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli features two canals of immense size, bristling with symbolism in addition to their visual impact. This lecture reviews the progress of water through the historic garden in Britain and continental Europe.

English Medieval Manor
April 4th 2018

CHANGING ROOMS: THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ENGLISH MANOR FROM MEDIEVAL TO JACOBEAN TIMES

David Bostwick

David Bostwick is a lecturer and consultant in the Cultural History of the Medieval, Tudor and Stuart periods and a consultant on historic buildings and their interpretation to the National Trust, English Heritage and Historic Scotland.

The Arnolfini Portrait
May 16th 2018

THE IMPERIAL EGGS OF CARL FABERGE

Toby Faber

Between 1885 and 1916, Carl Fabergé made fifty jewelled eggs – Easter presents from Russia’s last two emperors to their wives. The lecture is illustrated with pictures of the eggs today and their owners, and with archival material showing some of the missing eggs.

Captain James Cook
June 13th 2018

TO THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD: CAPTAIN JAMES COOK RN AND THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT

Peter Warwick

To coincide with the anniversary of the start of Captain James Cook’s final and fatal voyage in 1776, the lecture explores the impact of his three extraordinary voyages of discovery on European thought, art and science.

The Aztec Legacy
September 12th 2018

THE AZTEC LEGACY: CONTINUITY AND CHANGE

Chloe Sayer

The Aztecs have often been described as warlike and bloodthirsty, yet their creative achievements were breathtaking. Their shimmering city, built on a lake, lay at the heart of a vast empire. Military might was accompanied by exceptional developments in art and architecture.

Dod Procter
October 10th 2018

CORNISH ART 1880 - 1940 INCLUDING WOMEN ARTISTS, NEWLYN AND LAMORNA SCHOOLS

Catherine Wallace

Dame Laura Knight and Dod Procter, are two well-known women artists to feature in the history of Cornish art. This talk looks at the many women artists who came from as far as New Zealand to capture Cornwall’s charms.

Libya Uncovered
November 14th 2018

LIFE AND TIMES OF THE SUNDIAL - A PERSPECTIVE ON CIVILISATION'S MOST ENDURING TIMEKEEPER

Kevin Karney

Kevin Karney has had a life-long interest in the history of timekeeping and cosmology, and in sundials in particular, as objects of art, craft and science.

Caught in the Revolution
December 12th 2018

MOTHER NATURE'S SECOND HUSBAND: LANCELOT BROWN AND THE SHAPING OF THE ENGLISH LANDSCAPE

Christopher Rogers

The lecture attempts to define the principle’s of Brown’s work by looking at a range of his own landscapes, beginning with Stowe and including such places as Harewood, Croome Court, Bowood and Alnwick. 

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