Art history and Literature

New term

January

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  • Reading and Thinking: Thomas Mann

  • Tuesdays, 7pm – 9pm
  • 29 January – 9 April (except 19 February)
  • £70 full / £40 concession for 10 sessions
  • Tutor: Richard Gill
  • Investigate ‘The Magic Mountain’ which is widely considered to be Thomas Mann’s greatest work and one of the major novels of the 20th century. Set in a sanatorium in the years immediately preceding the First World War it has been described as an allegory of bourgeois Europe. In tandem with this, we will be reading Mann’s wonderful novella Death in Venice.
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  • Exploring Art: “We are making a New World”: Avant Garde Art in the Early Twentieth Century

  • Wednesdays, 10.30am – 12pm
  • 30 January – 10 April (except 20 February)
  • £68 full / £38 concession for 10 sessions
  • Tutor: Dr Miriam Gill
  • Learn about the avant garde movements which developed and flourished in the decades around the First World War such as Vorticism and Dada.
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  • Rogier van der Weyden and followers

  • Wednesdays, 1pm – 3pm
  • 30 January – 6 March (except 20 February)
  • £43 full / £28 concession for 5 sessions
  • Tutor: Katherine Taylor
  • We explore the context and innovative art of Rogier van der Weyden in depth and consider his influence upon later artists like Memling and Gerard.
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March

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  • Art Examined Landscape in Art: History and Form

  • Wednesdays, 1pm – 3pm
    £43 full / £28 concession for 5 sessions
  • 13 March – 10 April
  • Tutor: Dr Miriam Gill
  • For centuries landscape has been a central theme in art. This is a chance to explore and discuss themes and forms, such as the pastoral, wild places, and sea scenes.
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April

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  • Art and Music for Holy Week

  • Wednesday 17 April, 10.30am – 3pm
  • £41 full / £23 concession for 1 session
  • Tutor: Katherine Taylor
  • The morning session will consider the story of Holy Week as depicted by Caravaggio and his followers. The afternoon session will introduce Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories.
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Coming soon

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  • Reading & thinking: English gothic

  • Tuesdays, 7pm - 9pm
  • 30 April - 9 July (not 28 May)
  • £70 full / £40 concession for 10 sessions
  • Tutor: Richard Gill
  • Learn about one of the most fascinating aspects of late 18th and early 19th Century literature in what has come to be called the Gothic period. This literature dwells on the range of the mind, the depths of human experience, the place of women and the stability of human society.
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  • Adventures in art

  • Drop in Tuesdays, 10am – 12pm
  • 30 April – 24 September
  • £8.50 / £4.50 per session
  • Drop in to a session and explore art at its best. Visual images and objects will be provided to inspire a variety of approaches using all sorts of materials. Open to all levels of experience and abilities. Pay as you go or book a number of sessions at once – it’s up to you!

May

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  • Art examined: garden in art

  • Wednesdays, 1pm – 3pm
  • 1 May – 5 June (except 29 May)
  • £43 / £28 for 5 sessions
  • Tutor: Dr. Miriam Gill
  • Explore and discuss the history and meaning of the garden in art alongside how visual art has interacted with garden design.
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  • Art history – interactions: art & culture

  • Wednesdays, 10.30am – 12pm
  • 1 May – 10 July (except 29 May)
  • £70 / £40 for 10 sessions
  • Tutor: Dr. Miriam Gill
  • Explore the fruitful and surprising interactions between art and related cultural forms, such as ballet, costume and fashion and theatre, through the centuries.

June

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  • Art History: we’re all going on a … Summer holiday

  • Wednesdays, 1pm - 3pm
  • Date(s)
  • 12 June - 10 July
  • £43 / £28
  • Tutor: Katherine Taylor
  • Exploring the interaction between art and travel.

October

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  • Exploring the role of the storyteller

  • Wednesdays, 1pm – 3pm
  • 3 October – 21 November (except 24 / 31 October)
  • £43 full / £28 concession for 5 sessions
  • Tutors: Dr Miriam Gill and Dr Conny Bailey
  • Learn more about important themes around the periphery of visual art. Discover more about frames and frauds, and explore an interest into the sale and display of art.

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