January 2018

Pevsner in Cornwall: Nikolaus Pevsner and the Buildings of England

Susie Harries

How did a German refugee from Hitler, an internee and a jobbing journalist, become the

Grand Old Man of English art history? The answer lies in his extraordinary one-man survey

of all the architecturally-significant buildings in the country, county by county.

February 2018

Food and Art Through the Ages: From Renaissance Sugar Sculpture to 3D Printing

Tasha Marks

A whistle-stop tour of the history of food as artistic medium; starting with 16th-century sugar

sculpture and venturing all the way up to 3D dessert printing and beyond.

March 2018

The Phoenix Hall: Images of Paradise in Japanese Pure Land Buddhism

Dr. Meri Arichi

The Phoenix Hall, in the outskirt of Kyoto was created in 1052 by an aristocrat to house a beautiful

statue of Amida Buddha, it conveys to us the medieval Buddhist idea of paradise.

April 2018

The Borgias, the Most Infamous Family in History?

Sarah Dunant

Murder, poison, corruption and incest: all perfect ingredients for sensational popular culture, but in

an age known for its brutality and church corruption were the Borgias really so bad?

May 2018

Dale Chihuly: the World’s Foremost Glass Artist

Charles Hajdamach

American glass artist Chihuly is the super-star of the glass world. His glass magic has transformed

the studio glass movement and altered our visual perceptions of this extraordinary material forever.

June 2018

Gold of the Gods: Treasures of South America and the Search for El Dorado

Chloë Sayer

Gold in South America had a spiritual importance. In Peru and Colombia, goldsmiths made some of

the most spectacular treasures of the ancient world. Cast and hammered, gold was transformed into

sacred offerings for tombs and temples.

September 2018

The Music and Life of Johann Sebastian Bach

Peter Medhurst

Music lovers generally regard JS Bach as the greatest of early 18th-century composers. This lecture

goes beneath the surface of Bach’s music to decode some of his musical symbolism, to reveal some

of his working methods and to highlight some of his aesthetic goals.

October 2018

Picasso and his Women

Valerie Woodgate

Picasso’s emotional life influenced what he painted and how he painted it. The lecture concentrates

on the seven most important women in his life (two of whom he married).

November 2018

The Age of Jazz

Sandy Burnett

One hundred years ago a group of American musicians docked in London, bringing with them for

the very first time one of the twentieth century’s most important musical genres: jazz, a fascinating

blend of rigorous structure, free-wheeling creativity, close-knit ensemble work and improvisation.

To tie in with The Age of Jazz exhibition, a collaboration between The Arts Society & The

Bulldog Trust at London’s Two Temple Place, running from January-April 2018.

December 2018

A Blast from the Past: Medieval Woodwind

Jonathan Weeks

Medieval instruments feature in this anecdotal talk; a tune is played on each instrument, to deliver

an extremely amusing lecture and there is something for everyone.