Dorothy Gennard - Dartmoor Sheep

PROGRAMME 2019

Meetings will be held at 10.00am for 10.30am.

Exeter Cathedral

January 9th 2019

EXETER CATHEDRAL: A portrait in Decorated Gothic

Mark Cottle

Described as England’s most beautiful Decorated Gothic cathedral by English Heritage, Exeter Cathedral is a striking example of this style of Gothic architecture. The aim of the lecture is to illustrate the defining features of Decorated Gothic at Exeter and to look more closely at the cathedral as a product of its own time.

Samurai

February 6th 2019

THE MEDIEVAL ERA - SAMURAI CULTURE
(13th and 16th Centuries)

Suzanne Perrin

Suzanne Perrin is a lecturer at University of Brighton and University of Cape Town. She teaches on the Asian Arts course at the British Museum and the V&A and founded Japan Interlink in 1995 to promote the understanding of Japan in educational and cultural circles. She has also studied Nihonga (traditional Japanese painting).

Monet
March 13th 2019

MONET AT GIVERNY

Caroline Holmes

In 1883 Monet moved into Le Pressoir, Giverny, below his house he created gardens whose colours vibrantly or contemplatively evolved under the Norman skies. Initially he painted the rural motifs of the poplars and grainstacks before devoting himself to the floral canvas of his own making until his death in 1926.

Ai Weiwei
April 10th 2019

"Everything is Art. Everything is politics"
EXAMINING THE WORK OF AI WEIWEI IN THE CONTEXT OF DISSIDENT ART IN CHINA, EUROPE AND SOUTH AMERICA

Frank Woodgate

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.

Gypsies, tramps and thieves.
May 8th 2019

GYPSIES, TRAMPS AND THIEVES: The represention of the working classes in Art.

Linda Smith

Throughout the history of western art, working people have always been there: for centuries as mute observers, background detail or comic relief. But as the world changes, art changes, and this talk will discuss the move of low-life subject matter from the vulgar fringes of popular taste into the respectable mainstream.

Frost Fairs
June 12th 2019

FROST FAIRS ON THE FROZEN THAMES

Nicholas Reed

There were four major Frost Fairs held on the Thames between 1621 and 1814. They were depicted by distinguished foreign and British artists, sketched in prints and drawings, and described in great detail. They are also depicted in a modern mural, and described in a modern novel. A wide variety of remarkable, enjoyable or scandalous activities went on at the Fairs.

Book of Hours
September 11th 2019

MEDIEVAL ILLUMINATED BOOK OF HOURS

Christopher de Hamel

Christopher de Hamel was responsible for all catalogues and sales of illuminated manuscripts at Sotheby's for twenty-five years and has written well over a hundred books and major articles on medieval manuscripts, translated into numerous languages. he is probably the best-known expert on medieval manuscripts in the world, and has given public lectures extensively in six continents.

Queen Victoria
October 9th 2019

YOUNG VICTORIA'S WATERCOLOURS AND DIARIES SHOWING DELIGHT IN THE ARTS.

Karin Fernald

Throughout her life Queen Victoria painted and sketched. There are delightful watercolours and sketches of the people around her, together with revealing self-portraits.With slides from the Royal Collection at Windsor of Victoria’s watercolours and sketches, together with paintings, portraits and cartoons of the early 19th century.

Furniture
November 13th 2019

THE GOLDEN AGE OF ENGLISH FURNITURE

Janusz Karczewski-Slowikowski

By the mid 18th century, English cabinet-makers and designers were producing furniture which set a new standard in terms of both design and craftsmanship.  Central to this, was the way in which cabinet makers exploited the properties and characteristics of Mahogany. This golden age encompasses the work of great designers and cabinetmakers like Kent, Vile, Cobb, and, of course, Chippendale..

Medieval Instruments
December 11th 2019

A BLAST FROM THE PAST - Medieval instruments including playing them!

Jonathan Weeks

Jonathan Weeks has been collecting and playing medieval musical instruments since studying Archaeology at Reading University. He first became interested in them through their depictions in medieval art and the pioneering work of David Munrow and the Early Music Consort.

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