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LECTURES & EVENTS

UPCOMING LECTURES & EVENTS

  • Watteau the Rebel: The Court v the Commedia dell'arte
    Mon, 06 Jun
    Widcombe Social Club
    Usually thought of as the quintessential artist of the French Rococo, lecturer Timothy Wilcox explores how Watteau's immersion in the worlds of theatre, music and dance allowed him to create a parallel reality: one which resembled real life on the surface, while hinting at a different realm.
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PAST LECTURES & EVENTS

  • The Collections of Napoleon and Josephine at Malmaison
    09 May, 11:30 – 12:30
    Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA, UK
    What was it that made Napoleon and Josephine one of the most followed couples in history? Lecturer Carole Petipher answers these questions by exploring their collections at the Chateau de Malmaison, giving a true insight into their character.
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  • Rachel Whiteread
    Mon, 04 Apr
    Widcombe Social Club
    04 Apr, 11:30 – 12:30
    Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA, UK
    Rachel Whiteread is a Turner Prize Winner, and one of the most important and respected British artists working today. Her preoccupation with the hidden spaces in between things has resulted in an extraordinary range of objects. Lecturer Linda Smith gives an account of Whiteread's career to date.
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  • Georgian Town Gardens
    Mon, 07 Mar
    Widcombe Social Club
    07 Mar, 11:30 – 12:30
    Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA, UK
    The gardening image of the eighteenth century is the Arcadian landscapes of William Kent or 'Capability' Brown. But this was not the whole story. Lecturer James Bolton brings us a look at the care and expense that created the Town Gardens of the 18th Century.
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  • Skin: John Singer Sargent and the Scandal of Madame X
    07 Feb, 11:30 – 12:30
    Zoom
    In 1883 John Singer Sargent implored a beautiful socialite to allow him to paint her, resulting in the portrait of Virginie Gautreau. The painting destroyed Sargent's career in Paris. Lecturer Justin Reay examines prevailing attitudes and the public response to the painting known as Madame X.
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  • A History of Western Paintings in 12 Masterpieces
    03 Jan, 11:30
    Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA, UK
    From the beginnings of the Renaissance in 13th century Italy to the birth of Abstraction in the 20th century, lecturer Aliki Braine charts the main developments of Western European Painting, focusing on a selection of acclaimed masterpieces.
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  • In the Kingdom of the Sweets
    Mon, 06 Dec
    Widcombe Social Club
    06 Dec 2021, 11:30 – 12:30
    Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA, UK
    Nigel Bates brings us a close look at how The Nutcracker ballet takes its rightful place on stage and how the music of Tchaikovsky, along with the story-telling, design, dance and a little bit of stage ingenuity come together to make this magical escape for young and old.
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  • Day of Special Interest: "The Art of Graffiti"
    Tue, 23 Nov
    Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Insti
    23 Nov 2021, 10:30 – 15:30
    Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Insti, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN, UK
    From the ancient cave art of early man to the post-modern street art today, artists have always produced what we call graffiti. This study day examines graffiti’s evolutionary path throughout the centuries.
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  • Illustrating 'Alice' - Some Views of Wonderland
    01 Nov 2021, 11:30 – 12:30
    Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA, UK
    Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland (published 1865) transformed children's literature. Elizabeth Merry takes us through the origins of the book and its first illustrations and we see how illustrators reflect different aspects of the book with their interesting artistic portrayals.
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  • Hans Holbein
    Mon, 04 Oct
    Widcombe Social Club
    04 Oct 2021, 11:30 – 12:30
    Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA, UK
    Lecturer Rosalind Whyte explores the religious and political background of Holbein's times and the impact this had on his life and career as an artist.
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