Lecture Programme 2019 - 2020

Should we accept that the very best photographs can be regarded as Fine Art? This question is at the heart of a lecture which argues that photography can equal, not to say exceed, more traditional disciplines in the key genres o...

A personal account by the landscape painter and art historian, Lydia Bauman, of her journey through New Mexico in search of the iconic motifs painted by American painter Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986). Hear of the insights and dis...

Spread a Little Happiness - the Story of the British Musical

The British Musical was triumphant in the 1920s and 30s when the musicals of Noel Coward and Ivor Novello dominated the West End. However the arrival of Oklahoma in 194...

Like its name, the Roaring Twenties was a loud and boisterous decade, marked by novelty, modernity and huge social, technological, and economic change. Following the dark days of the Great War, it spawned a generation of wealthy...

The writer is the founder of the Great Diary Project, which has been set up and is now run from Bishopsgate Institute in London. Its purpose is to rescue and give a permanent home to all unwanted private diaries of any date, per...

the work of British Artists, Architects and Garden Designers in the Palaces and Gardens of St Petersburg

Down the centuries, the British found their fortunes in Russia. They first served the Tsars as doctors, as officers of the a...

Throughout history, travelling has been used as a way to display wealth, power, status, as well as a useful tool to control over mighty subjects.

Today, we take a journey as a matter of course, not thinking much of a distance of...

Born in the years between the Wars, Romantic Modernism continues to inspire 21st century designers and painters like Mark Hearld and Emily Sutton. This lecture offers a vibrant alternative vision of Modernist art, from an Englis...

Primarily an exploration of the music chosen by ballet choreographers through the years, proving that the right piece with the right moves and design can create modern masterpieces and timeless classics. We transition through th...

John Singer Sargent was born in Florence of American parents. In 1884 he shocked French society when he exhibited his provocative portrait of Madame Gautreau. Yet by the 1890s he had become the darling of the British aristocracy...

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