LECTURES

21st May 2019

‘She died too soon’ A Study of Joan Eardley

A study of an exceptional and remarkably original artist who said things that could only be said in paint.

Born in 1921 in Sussex, Joan Eardley showed artistic talent from a young age, and after post-war studies at the Glasgow School of Art, made Scotland her home until her untimely death in 1963 aged just 42.

Joan’s work is known from her twin passions – the country and town. Country where she braved the elements to paint the wild forces of nature on the North Sea coast of Aberdeenshire, and town where she was drawn to the equally wild elements of the Glasgow slums and painted her instantly recognisable portraits of children. She left a legacy of completely individual artworks; a raw experience of nature combined with a painfully moving expressiveness. This is her story.

Amanda Herries


24 September 2019

Romancing the Rails. British Railway Posters – On Track with the World’s Best

The Flying Scotsman, Golden Arrows, Belles and Pullmans; no wonder Betjeman still stands in awe at St Pancras. Covering the Golden Age of British Railways, the era of the Big Four 1923 – 1947, this lecture celebrates the most romantic period of our British travel history. You’ll see how the best travel posters connect with your heart and your mind, and how they have closely reflected the evolution of British holidays.

Charles Harris


22 October 2019

The Model Wife: Effie Gray, Ruskin and Millais

Who were the women whose faces gaze out at us from the canvases of the Pre-Raphaelites? This lecture explores the private lives of a revolutionary group of Victorian artists, and the haunting stories of their loves – Lizzie Siddal, Janey Morris and Effie Gray. 

Dr Suzanne Fageance Cooper


26 November 2019

Art of the Home

The home, as the place of the most intimate experiences of life and personal identity is a significant subject in the art of many periods. As the nature and view of domestic life has altered over the past centuries so too has the symbolic role of the home in art, from the virtuous context for religious narratives in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, to the portraiture of polite society in the eighteenth, moral posturing in the nineteenth and new concepts of the home and family in the twentieth century. This lecture takes examples of the diverse depiction of the home over the centuries to explore how domestic life has changed as also its depiction and symbolic role in art.

Dr Anthony Buxton