Click here of future lectures

12 June 2018Giles - His life, times and cartoons
01 May 2018Guerra! Guerra!; Music, the arts and war 1800-2000
10 April 2018Undressing Antiques
06 March 2018The anatomical drawings of Leonardo Da Vinci - a surgeon's view.
06 February 2018From Bristol to the sea: Artists, the Avon Gorge and Bristol Harbour
09 January 2018Women Impressionists - neglected modern mistresses
05 December 2017Gods and Gardens; The wall paintings of Ancient Rome.
07 November 2017Jane Austen; Letters, life and lesser known works
10 October 2017J M W Turner;The day Parliament burnt down
04 July 2017'1925 Paris Arts Decoratifs Exhibition and its influence on Design'
13 June 2017'Sunflowers and Lumiere - the art of Vincent van Gogh'

Click on a row and scroll to display more details about the lecture

Giles - His life, times and cartoons Barry Venning Tuesday 12 June 2018

Barry is an historian of British art with particular interest in the work of JMW Turner, on whom has has published widely. He was the script consultant for BBC2 'Turner's Fighting Temeraire' and took part in a BBC documentary called 'The Genius of Turner; Painting the Industrial Revolution'. His interests and teaching have extended from medieval architecture to contemporary British art.  He is currently Associate Lecturer with the Open University and as a free lance lecturer for NADFAS , Christie's Education and others.

Carl Giles: his Life, Times and Cartoons
Giles once said that he loved Grandma – that fearsome, black-clad, gambling, drinking battleaxe – because she allowed him to say things through his cartoons that he was too polite to say in person. Giles poked fun at authority in all its forms, from Hitler to traffic wardens and even his employers at the Daily Express. He was voted Britain’s best-loved
cartoonist in 2000, but few realise this likeable and humane satirist was also a war correspondent who witnessed the horrors of Belsen. Giles gave us a remarkable picture of a half-century of British life. He was also, as his editor John Gordon put it “a spreader of happiness’ and ‘a genius…with the common touch’.