9th January, 2017

“Pots of Art from Grayson Perry”.

Harry Fletcher examines the way Perry employs and simultaneously subverts the craft of ceramics, and how, in his art, he wittily engages with notions of taste and cultural stereotypes.

 6th February, 2017

“Laura Knight and Evelyn Dunbar”

Nicholas Reed compares two artists, both of whom depicted women’s roles in WW2, and whose wider artistic careers deserve fuller recognition. Dunbar’s lost works and mural schemes were recently shown at the Pallant Gallery, Chichester.

6th March, 2017

“Vases and Volcanoes:  Sir Willian Hamilton and his Collection”.

Jane Gardiner’s themes are the fascination with volcanic activity following the 18th C finds at Pompeii and Herculaneum and Sir William’s life and collections as British envoy to the court of Naples from 1764 – 1800.  She traces their impact on late 18th C British Enlightenment taste.


3rd April, 2017 – TASTER LECTURE

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“Georgia O’Keeffe and New Mexico”

James Russell brings to life one of America’s greatest artists.  O’Keefe moved to New Mexico after WW2.  Fascinated by the mountains and desert, adobe churches and sun bleached bones, she painted constantly setting off alone in a battered old car.

8th May. 2017

Captain Cook’s Voyages and the art of William Hodges and Samuel Parkinson”.

Peter Warwick charts how Cook’s three Pacific Ocean voyages of discovery brought back a wealth of artistic, botanical and ethnographic evidence.  He explores themes of navigation and imperialism and encounters with indigenous cultures.

 5th June, 2017

“Donatello and the Sculpture of the Early Renaissance”

Jo Walton celebrates the finest sculptor of 15th C Italy, who assisted Ghiberti with the bronze doors of the Florence Duomo and developed the art of low relief perspective in bronze, marble and ceramic. He created and cast Gattamelata in Padua, the first life-size bronze equestrian statue since Roman times.

Friday 7th July, 2017


4th September, 2017

“Turner: the Great Watercolours”.

Eric Shanes is a leading authority on Turner, whose remarkable technical fluency and virtuosity was recognised early in his career and he was widely collected.  In this lecture the watercolours are assessed within their cultural, painterly and biographical context.

2nd October, 2017

The young Picasso: what really happened in the Bateau Lavoir?”

Hilary Guise tells of the ramshackle Montmartre tenement inhabited by Catalan artists and French poets.  Picasso lived there from 1904 to 1912, dominating this crucial laboratory of modern art, cubism and abstraction.

6th November, 2017

“Women Impressionists: Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot in relation to their male contemporaries”

Pamela Halford relates how Cassatt studied art in Paris, showing in the 1867 Salon and with the Impressionists after 1874.  Her paintings, pastels and prints were admired by Degas.  Berthe Morisot was close to Manet and introduced him to plein air painting.  Both women depicted figures in landscape and family scenes.

4th December, 2017

“Treasures of the Silk Road from China to the Mediterranean”

Christopher Bradley explores the history of the Silk Road: a highway for beliefs, inventions and art for 1400 years.  We encounter Buddhist cave murals and great Islamic buildings from Samarkand to Syria, ceramics, statues, carpets, mosaics, tile-work and the silk itself.

8th January, 2018

“Indians, Buffaloes and Storms”  The American West in 19th Century Art”.

Tony Faber relates how the artists followed the explorers opening up the American West.  They left a powerful, if romanticised record of the country and its peoples.  The arrival of the railroad, confinement of Native Americans and near extermination of the buffalo is a story on a big scale, as illustrated by the grandiloquent paintings of the era.