LECTURES 2018-19

MONTHLY ARTS LECTURES

The Arts Society, Leeds, hosts a programme of lectures given by some of the country’s top experts on a wide range of subjects including architecture, social history, and the work of artists and designers. Find out more about upcoming lectures.

All our lectures take place in Castle Grove Hall, Castle Grove Drive, Headingley, Leeds LS6 4BP. They begin at 2 p.m. and finish at or just after 3 p.m. The hall is equipped with an audio loop for the hard-of-hearing. There is ample parking at the hall. There is a comfortable bar, and sandwiches are available before the lecture.


LECTURE PROGRAMME 2018-19

19 SEPTEMBER 2018
Suzanne Perrin: Japonism to Modernism – How Japanese style changed Western art. More info

17 OCTOBER 2018
Anthony Hayworth: Living with history. More info

21 NOVEMBER 2018
Sarah Searight: Lustreware – from the Middle East to William de Morgan.

16 JANUARY 2019
Hanne Sutcliffe: Splendours of Chinese art.

20 FEBRUARY 2019
Rosalind Whyte: 250 years of the Royal Academy.

20 MARCH 2019
Susan Rumfitt: Art Deco jewellery.

17 APRIL 2019
Dr Lois Oliver: Tailoring the image – clothes and accessories in art.

15 MAY 2019
Dr Ann Anderson – How we got IKEA – Scandinavian design, 18th century – 1960.

19 JUNE 2019

Janet Gough: Cathedrals: safe places to do risky things.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS REPLACES THE SCHEDULED LECTURE, A THOUSAND YEARS OF CATHEDRALS AS HISTORY BY JON CANNON, WHO IS INDISPOSED.


FOR DETAILS OF PAST LECTURES, PLEASE SEE OUR
LECTURES ARCHIVES PAGE


AND STILL TO COME  ……….

 


15 MAY 2019

HOW WE GOT IKEA: SCANDINAVIAN DESIGN 1880-1960

PROFESSOR ANNE ANDERSON

Scandinavia became one of the leading countries for ‘progressive’ design in the 20th century. This lecture starts by looking at design reform and the Arts and Crafts movement at the end of the 19th century. Included will be the interiors of Karl Larsson, for many the direct precursor of the IKEA Swedish style; the metalwork of the Dane Georg Jensen, which drew heavily on the English Arts and Crafts; Swedish and Danish glass and ceramics – Orrefors, Rorstrand and Copenhagen. The impact on Scandinavian designers of the Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Modernism will be appraised, bringing us up to the 1950s when it can be said Scandinavian design came of age. Scandinavian Modern, as it was christened in America, offered an ideal life-style for the post-war era, based on clean lines, natural materials and the notion that ‘less is more’. Founded on principles of economy and self reliance, Do-It-Yourself-IKEA has globalized Scandinavian Modern and many have embraced its founder’s ethos as it suits our busy lifestyles.

Anne graduated in Art History and Archaeology from Leicester University in 1978 and worked as an archaeologist for 8 years, being elected to the Society of Antiquaries in 1997. From 1993-2007 she was senior lecturer on the Fine Arts Valuation degree courses at Southampton Solent University, specialising in the Aesthetic Movement, Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau and Modernism. She is currently Hon. Research Fellow at Exeter University; a Fletcher Jones Fellow of the Huntington Library, CA; a fellow of the Henry Francis Du Pont Winterthur Museum and Library; Cumming Ceramic Research Foundation Fellow (2007 and 2010) and consultant for Lord Frederic Leighton’s Studio-House, Kensington. Her 2008 exhibition Ancient Landscapes, Pastoral Visions from Samuel Palmer to the Ruralistsattracted some 47,000 visitors. She has published books on Roman pottery, Art Deco teapots and Edward Burne-Jones. A lecturer for The Arts Society since 1993, Anne toured Australia in 2000, 2006, 2009 and has lectured on cruises. Her television credits include BBC’s Flog It! Anne is also a tutor at the V&A on the Chardin to Cézanne year course.

19 JUNE 2019

JANET GOUGH

CATHEDRALS: SAFE PLACES TO DO RISKY THINGS

This talk provides an overview of the Church of England’s magnificent 42 cathedrals, jewels in the crown of England’s built heritage, some recognised as World Heritage Sites. Beautifully illustrated by Country Life photographer, Paul Barker, in addition to looking at their history and stories, evolving architecture and treasures, the talk considers the role of cathedrals over the centuries and specifically their role today

For eight years the Church of England’s Director of Church Buildings and Secretary of the Church Buildings Council and Cathedrals Fabric Commission, Janet has written two illustrated paperbacks to encourage greater enjoyment of these amazing buildings, Director’s Choice, Churches of the Church of England and Director’s Choice, Cathedrals of the Church of England and produced and presented on a TV series on cathedrals for PBS.
A Cambridge graduate in History and History of Art, Janet worked at Sotheby’s for nine years, was a trustee at the Churches Conservation Trust, the Museum of Fulham Palace and the Friends of the V&A and guided and lectured at the V&A. Janet set up and ran an architectural history course around visits to significant buildings. Janet has also given tours and lectured on secular architecture and fine and decorative arts.
Currently a trustee of the Priory of St John (Hospitallers) and a commissioning editor for Scala Heritage Publishers, Janet received an OBE for services to heritage in January 2017.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS REPLACES THE SCHEDULED LECTURE, A THOUSAND YEARS OF CATHEDRALS AS HISTORY BY JON CANNON, WHO IS INDISPOSED.


FOR DETAILS OF OUR 2019-2020 PROGRAMME, PLEASE SEE OUR LECTURES 2019-2020 PAGE