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25 January 2019Hampshire Study Days

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Hampshire Study Days Friday 25 January 2019


(Three Study Days with a linking theme)

Monday 25 February 2019 'Four Great 20th Century British Artists'
Lecturer: Linda Smith
Friday 15 March 2019 'The Sistine Chapel Before and After Michelangelo'
Lecturer: James Lindow
Monday 1 April 2019 'The Royal Opera House: An Inside View'
Lecturer: Nigel Bates

At the Walton Suite, Guildhall, High Street, Winchester SO23 9GH
Time 10:30am - 3:00pm (Coffee served from 10:00am)
Cost £38 (includes coffee, buffet lunch and a glass of wine)

•         Monday 25 February 

Four Great 20th Century British Artists

 Augustus John, Gwen John, Paula Rego, Rachel Whiteread

                          with Linda Smith

His work has been called brash and shallow, and hers dismissed as fussy and spinsterish.  These assessments are not really fair to either artist, and this lecture takes a careful look at their lives, in parallel, up to the point of Gwen’s death in 1939.  At that time, she had no public reputation whatsoever, and her brother was enjoying enormous professional and critical success.    By the time he died, however, the positions had been reversed, and the talk will consider the reasons why.

Lecture 2 looks at the life and work of Paula Rego, who is a British artist of Portuguese origin best known for her depictions of folk tales and strikingly unusual images of women. 

Married to the British artist Victor Willing (1928-88), Paula Rego settled in this country permanently in the 1970s, but her career in Britain had effectively begun in the early 1960s, when she exhibited with artists like Frank Auerbach and David Hockney.  Over the following twenty years her career and reputation built steadily, and in 1990 she was invited to become the first Associate Artist at the National Gallery.  Her well-known series of paintings and prints based on nursery rhymes emerged from this residency, as did another series of large scale paintings which is currently displayed in the National Gallery restaurant.


In her early days Paula Rego experimented with many different styles, including abstraction, and was very much influenced by Surrealism, but her mature style places a strong emphasis on clear draughtsman ship and the human figure.  She produces works which suggest complicated narratives full of psychological tension, drama, and emotion.   Frequently she depicts women and girls in disturbing or ambiguous situations and poses, which has occasionally caused some controversy, but her insistence on the physicality of her female figures, and her refusal to idealise or revert to cliché, has earned her global recognition and many prestigious awards. She was made a DBE in 2010. 


Lecture 3 - Rachel Whiteread is a Turner Prize winner, and one of the most important and respected British artists working today >

In 2005 she provided one of the series of impressive site-specific sculptures for the enormous Tate Modern Turbine Hall.  Her preoccupation with the hidden spaces in between things has resulted in an extraordinary range of objects which form a series of eloquent tributes to the silent and overlooked.


This lecture gives an account of her career to date, showing examples of how she has used ordinary domestic objects to create enigmatic and evocative works of art.  The range in scale of her works is huge: from tiny objects derived from light switches or hot-water bottles, to multi-component installations, to an entire house.  In every case, the finished works reveal unexpected associations, and can be extremely moving.  It was this quality which won her the prestigious commission to design a Holocaust Memorial for the city of Vienna, one of her most demanding and difficult assignments to date, but also one of the most successful.


•         Friday 15 March      

  The Sistine Chapel Before and After Michelangelo

                             with  James Lindow

While the Sistine Chapel is synonymous with Michelangelo, what is not so familiar is the contribution made by other contemporary artists to its decoration. During the 1480s Pope Sixtus lV commissioned a team of Florentine artists to decorate the newly built chapel with scenes from the Lives of Christ and Moses. After Michelangelo had finished the ceiling for Pope Julius ll (1508-12) his successor Pope Leo X commissioned Raphael in 1515 to ‘complete’ the chapel by designing tapestry cartoons to hang beneath the earlier frescoes. This lecture examines these less familiar contributions, setting them within the context of their respective patrons’ tastes and the Chapel’s unique position as the centre of the Catholic Church.


•         Monday 1 April May   The Royal Opera House:

     An Inside View – with Nigel Bates

An expanded version of Tantrums & Tiaras, with in-depth looks at the history and architecture of the building in addition to discovering the way that daily performances and rehearsals of opera and ballet and much else besides all fit into this elegant Victorian theatre. – the flagship of the British arts world and the workplace of more than a thousand people.  Includes several performance video clips and additional focus on costume and set design, production values and how the digital age has been embraced by the opera and ballet worlds.



£38 per day includes coffee, finger buffet and a glass of wine

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