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September 2018

12
September
7:30 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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Man the measure of all things – The Rise of Portraiture in Renaissance Italy

Shirley Smith graduated from the University of East Anglia with a first class honours degree in the History of Art, specialising in the Italian and Northern Renaissance. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a part-time lecturer for the University of East Anglia and for the Department of Continuing Education of the University of Cambridge . Also lectures to the Art Fund and individual clubs and societies. We cannot imagine a world where the only faces…

22
September
7:30 pm
@ The Daneside Theatre Park Road, Congleton CW12 1DP
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*Special Lecture* with Antiques Roadshow’s Lars Tharp

“Man and Boy: My Thirty Years on the Antiques Roadshow…..and Beyond” The Antiques Roadshow is the BBC’s longest-running reality show and it still pulls the crowds. The format is shown and copied all over the world. What makes it so compelling? Lars Tharp recalls some highs and lows in this captivating illustrated talk. Lars is a Ceramics as well as a Hogarth specialist, and is a regular lecturer and broadcaster. Born in Copenhagen, he read Archaeology at Cambridge and was…

October 2018

10
October
7:30 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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Edward Burne Jones Painting Angels

Dr Fagence-Cooper studied History at Oxford University and Art History at the Courtauld Institute, and at Christie’s Education. She was a Curator and Research Fellow at the V&A Museum for 12 years, and is now a Visiting Fellow at the University of York. Has lectured extensively for museums and on Cunard liners, and undertaken broadcasts and consultancies for the BBC and Channel Four. Historical Consultant to Ralph Fiennes for The Invisible Woman, a film about Charles Dickens, and the BBC drama, The…

November 2018

14
November
7:30 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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How to Read the English Country Church

It is possible to ‘read’ the passage of time, of movements, cultures and peoples in the architecture and art forms evident in many of our older English country churches. From the pre-Christian era, through the arrival of the Romans and onwards to the sixteenth century and the epoch changing Tudors, simple indicators are given how to identify churches with Roman and Saxon origins. The great flowering of Romanesque and Gothic architecture that followed the invasion of the Normans in the eleventh century are explained with illustrated examples.…

December 2018

12
December
7:30 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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The Art of the Hero; Commemorating Scott of the Antarctic

Formerly a Fellow and Director of Studies in History at Christ’s College, Cambridge, Max now teaches at the University of Manchester and is a recent winner of the university’s ‘Teacher of the Year’ award. He specializes in the cultural history of war and heroism, and is currently writing a new history of British heroes. Public lecturing is Max’s passion. Alongside lectures at Manchester and other universities, he has spoken about his research to public audiences throughout the UK and beyond,…

January 2019

09
January
7:30 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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From Peasants to Czars: a Portrait of 19th Century Russia

This lecture reveals the fascinating insight into this moving story afforded by the paintings of more than a dozen superb artists, yet whose work is still relatively unknown in the West. Up until the early 19th century Russian painting consisted almost entirely of academic styles and subject matter dominated by the west, Paris in particular. Artists such as Alexey Venetsianov, encouraged by Czar Nicholas I’s promotion of ‘national trends’ began to change the focus towards more home grown themes.  Later…

February 2019

13
February
7:30 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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How the European Art Market Developed form the Renaissance to the Present

Dr Tom Flynn is a UK-based art historian, writer and art consultant. He holds a BA Honours degree (First Class) in Art History from the University of Sussex, a Masters in Design History from the Royal College of Art and a doctorate from the University of Sussex. His interests include contemporary art; sculpture history; museology and the history of museums; art crime; issues in cultural heritage; and the historical development and professional practice of the European art markets. He is…

March 2019

13
March
7:30 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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The Eccentricity Effect : Does Knowledge of an Artist Life Affect How we Perceive their Work

Stella Grace Lyons gained her BA in the History of Art, 1st class, from the University of Bristol, and MA in History of Art at the University of Warwick. She spent a year studying Renaissance art in Italy at the British Institute of Florence, and three months studying Venetian art in Venice. In addition, she attended drawing classes at the prestigious Charles H. Cecil studios in Florence. In 2017, Stella was selected by the Arts Society to lecture at the launch…

April 2019

10
April
7:30 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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A Decorative Art: History of Wallpapers

Jo Banham is Director of the Victorian Society Summer School and an independent curator and writer who specialises in the history of Wallpapers, William Morris, and 19th and 20th century interior design.  She has extensive experience of lecturing to adult groups and was formerly Head of Adult Programmes at the Victoria and Albert Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and the Royal Academy of Arts.  She recently curated an exhibition on William Morris and the Arts and Crafts for Museums…

May 2019

08
May
7:30 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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Rediscovery of Tudor Wall-Paintings at Bramall Hall, Cheshire

Dr David Bostwick is a lecturer and consultant in the Cultural History of the Medieval, Tudor and Stuart periods. A specialist in medieval imagery and interior furnishings and decoration 1400-1700 and a tour leader. He is the former Keeper of the Social History Collections, Sheffield City Museums. He also acts as a consultant on historic buildings and their interpretation to the National Trust, English Heritage and Historic Scotland. Bramall Hall is one of Cheshire’s grandest black and white timber-framed buildings.…

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