Lectures are in the Guildhall, Sandwich at 11.00 am. Coffee is served from 10.15 until 10.45am. Please be seated by 10.50am. Members are welcome to bring guests to lectures by prior arrangement with the Membership Se
The Imperial Easter Eggs of Fabergé after the Revolution
James Whistler: the Gentle Art of Making Enemies
A Dickens of a Christmas and God Bless Everyone
January 7th 2020
In a letter dated 1649 she wrote “And I will show what a woman can do” and she did. She rose to become the first female member of the Florentine Academy counting the Medici, King Phillip of Spain and King Charles 1st among her patrons although less than 40 paintings have been attributed to her. In addition to the paintings the lecture draws on her correspondence and other documents.
February 4th 2020
Edward Bawden Artist and Adventurer
Illustrator and teacher yet he remains an elusive figure. Today he is remembered for linocuts and humorous illustrations. During the 1930s he barely left his home in Great Bardfield but in 1940 he embarked on a career as a war artist. When his paintings became less popular he began making prints on an epic scale.
March 3rd 2020
The Glasgow Girls
A group of women artists and designers studied and worked in Glasgow at the turn of the 20th century. The contributed significantly to the development of the Glasgow style a distinctive branch of the Art Nouveau movement. Several of the girls contributed work to the suffragette banners and jewellery.
April 7th 2020
When the “Widow of Windsor “met the “Jersey Lily
When her beloved Albert died in 1861 Queen Victoria donned widows’ weeds and gave into fascination with death. Edward Vll had a glamorous wife and a glamorous mistress Lillie Langtry. Her thoughts, emotions and account of dress of the day in 1876 when presented to the Queen form the core of this lecture.
May 5th 2020
Post-war Australian Art
Western Art from “Down Under” is often overlooked and neglected but a large number of talented artists rose to prominence in the post World War ll era. Knowledge of several of these Australian painters is essential to our understanding and appreciation of the modern art of Australia and its place in the history of Western Art.
June 2nd 2020
Women Artists of the 1930
Tirzah Garwood was the wife of Eric Ravilious. Before she was 22 she was making bold intricate wood cuttings. When Ravilious died, in 1942, Tirzah began making collages and oil paintings.
Suzana Cooper was showing wood engravings in West end Galleries before World War ll. When the war came she married and laid aside her artistic ambitions. Her first solo show, 25 years after her death, at the Fry Gallery in 2018 was greeted by critics as rare and exciting.
September 1st 2020
Frederick Leighton and Leighton House
At the time of his death, Frederick Leighton was the most celebrated artist of his generation. This lecture explores Leighton’s life and work, his dramatic debut at the Royal Academy, and the construction of his studio–house in Kensington and his rise to international fame and recognition with the story of Flaming June and how it came to be in the Ponce Museum in Puerto Rico.
October 6th 2020
The Bauhaus 1919-2019 A Hundred Years of Modern Design
Founded in the wake of World War l under the leadership of Walter Gropius, the Bauhaus strove to create a design ethos of a brave new world.
November 3rd 2020
Food in Art
From art which decorated the places where people ate, the lecture looks at how the activities of trading in food and its preparation and cooking have been made the subject of paintings.
December 1st 2020
A Brief History of Wine
Wine has been part of global society for over 7000 years. The story tells of its origins and appearance in all societies across the Mediterranean and throughout Europe from the kwevris of Georgia in 5000BC to the symposia in ancient Greece, from the thermopolia in Pompeii to the hospices of Europe and thus to the tables of fine dining, wine has been ever present.
January 5th 2021
Frida Kahlo. A Life in Art
Mexican Artist Frida Kahlo 1907- 1954 was often associated with the Surrealist Movement. She denied this insisting she painted life as she experienced it. Her personal life was tumultuous. Injured as a teenager, she suffered pain for the rest of her life. She married, divorced and remarried Diego Rivera. She is recognised as one of the greatest female artists of the 20th century.