• Henley DFAS

Forthcoming lectures

Thursday 20th January 2022 at Phyllis Court 10.45 repeated at 2.15pm

Lecturer: Angela Findlay


Art Behind Bars: The Role of the Arts in Breaking the Cycle of Crime, Prison and Reoffending
Years of working as an artist within the Criminal Justice System in England and Germany have given Angela unique insights into the destructive and costly cycle of crime, prisons and re-offending.
 
 
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Imperial Chinese Court Art and Portraiture: Emperors, Ancestors and Jesuits Thursday 17th February 2022 at 10.45am repeated at 2.15pm at Phyllis Court

Lecturer: David Rosier


Imperial Chinese Court Art and Portraiture: Emperors, Ancestors and Jesuits
This lecture explores the origins and evolution of the nature and function of paintings created under an Emperor's patronage by artists of the Imperial School of Art.
 
 
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The Rise and Fall of Napoleon Bonaparte Thursday 17th March at Phyllis Court 10.45am repeated 2.15pm

Lecturer: Stephen Duffy


The Rise and Fall of Napoleon Bonaparte
Illustrated with many wonderful works of art, this lecture tells the extraordinary story of the rise of the son of a lawyer in Ajaccio, Corsica, to become Emperor of the French before finally being defeated and sent into exile on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic. It also attempts to explain the nature of his genius as an administrator and a military commander, assessing his achievements and his failures, his strengths and his weaknesses.
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Identifying the Forgotten Gems of the Art World: A Conservator’s Experience Thursday 21st April 10.45am repeated 2.45pm

Lecturer: Julia Korner


Identifying the Forgotten Gems of the Art World: A Conservator’s Experience
Since 1997, when I left Christie’s Auctioneers after 20 years, I have been based beside the River Thames in Chiswick and have maintained full-time studios involved in the conservation of paintings, frames, and polychrome sculpture and the making of handmade frames & display cabinets.
 
I have been reminded repeatedly that an object of value, whether financial or sentimental, tends to have a history, even if unknown to the owner. As an art historian, conservator of oil paintings, and maker of handmade frames, I want – and am determined, so far as is possible - to find out the history of the work of art with which I have been entrusted.  So often that history is there for a skilled practitioner: in the image, in the pigment, and in other detail, underneath layers of dirt, opaque varnish and other discolouring. One has to look - and look again - as one sets out to establish how pictures looked in their original state.
 
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The Era of Anything: Decoding Contemporary Art Thursday 19th May at Phyllis Court 10.45am repeated at 2.15pm

Lecturer: Jacky Klein


The Era of Anything: Decoding Contemporary Art
Many of us find contemporary art challenging, strange, provocative or downright silly. How are we meant to respond to and appreciate art that so often seems to provoke, to reference its own (sometimes arcane) histories, to shock or confound? This lecture helps to unravel the step changes in art that have taken place since the 1870s, exploring how we got from Impressionist paintings of light-dappled rivers that sought to reflect the realities of modern life in all its fleeting beauty to the interactive, immersive, ephemeral and ‘post-medium’ art of today.
 
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Betrayal: The Story of Samson and Delilah in Art and Music Thursday 16th June at Phyllis Court 10.45am repeated at 2.15pm

Lecturer: Lois Oliver


Betrayal: The Story of Samson and Delilah in Art and Music
Erotic and exotic, the tale of the man who killed 1,000 Philistines armed only with  the jawbone of an ass but who was fatally unmanned by the wiles of Delilah has proved irresistible to artists and composers through the ages. Handel’s oratorio on the subject was an instant box-office smash, and later Saint-Saëns produced some of his most alluring and sensuous music for Delilah and the Dragon-worshipping revellers in his opera Samson et Dalila.
 
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An Artist’s Best Friend: The Dog in Art Thursday 15th September at Phyllis Court 10.45am repeated at 2.15pm

Lecturer: Alexandra Epps


An Artist’s Best Friend: The Dog in Art
Dogs are man’s most loyal friend. They are often used in art, as in life, to project our ambitions and anxieties. From the poignancy of Landseer, Queen Victoria’s favourite animal painter; to the dachshunds of Bonnard and Picasso; the xolos of Kahlo; the whippets of Freud and many more, explore how dogs have provided inspiration, solace and companionship throughout artistic lives. 
 
 
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River Thames: Theatre of Pageantry and Pleasure Thursday 20th October at Phyllis Court 10.45am repeated at 2.15pm

Lecturer: Joanna Mabbutt


River Thames: Theatre of Pageantry and Pleasure
London’s grandest thoroughfare for centuries, the Thames has hosted royal weddings and state funerals, fireworks and pyrotechnics, music and masques, coronations and Lord Mayors’ pageants, processions and civic festivities. Teaming with life and busy with shipping, the City’s life-blood has also been the playground of both royalty and the common man.
 
 
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The Art of the Cartoonist Venue: Town Hall (please note venue) Wednesday 9th November AGM at 10.30am followed by lecture (morning lecture only)

Lecturer: Harry Venning


The Art of the Cartoonist
Harry Venning has been a professional cartoonist for thirty years, during which time he has provided cartoons for several high profile UK publications (The GuardianRadio Times) as well as for countless more obscure titles (British Journal Of Wound Care).
 
 
He was awarded UK Strip Cartoonist Of The Year for his Guardian strip Clare In The Community, which he adapted into a Radio 4 sitcom.
 
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Christmas in Bach’s Leipzig: The Christmas Oratorio of 1734/5 Thursday 8th December 10.45am repeated 2.15pm

Lecturer: Sandy Burnett


Christmas in Bach’s Leipzig: The Christmas Oratorio of 1734/5

Sandy Burnett’s close relationship with Bach’s music stretches back for decades; between 1997 and 2010 he directed a complete cycle of Bach’s sacred cantatas in West London. In this illustrated talk he explores how Bach brings the Christmas story alive in his Weihnachtsoratorium or Christmas Oratorio, written for Lutheran congregations in 1730s Leipzig. An overview of Bach’s life and achievement precedes a close look at this magnificent work which draws on various forms ranging from recitative, arioso, aria, chorale, and instrumental sinfonia through to full-blown choruses which are infused with the joyous spirit of the dance.

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Christmas in Bach’s Leipzig: The Christmas Oratorio of 1734/5 8th December 2022 at Phyllis Court 10.45, repeated at 2.15pm

Lecturer: Sandy Burnett


Christmas in Bach’s Leipzig: The Christmas Oratorio of 1734/5
Sandy Burnett’s close relationship with Bach’s music stretches back for decades; between 1997 and 2010 he directed a complete cycle of Bach’s sacred cantatas in West London.
 
Bach Haussmann
In this illustrated talk he explores how Bach brings the Christmas story alive in his Weihnachtsoratorium or Christmas Oratorio, written for Lutheran congregations in 1730s Leipzig.
 
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