Pevsner in Cornwall: Nikolaus Pevsner and the Buildings of England
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.
Food and Art Through the Ages: From Renaissance Sugar Sculpture to 3D Printing
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.
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.
The Borgias, the Most Infamous Family in History?
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?
Dale Chihuly: the World’s Foremost Glass Artist
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.
Gold of the Gods: Treasures of South America and the Search for El Dorado
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.
The Music and Life of Johann Sebastian Bach
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.
Picasso and his Women
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).
The Age of Jazz
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.
A Blast from the Past: Medieval Woodwind
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.