What's On

List of forthcoming events for The Arts Society Richmond:

Lecture on "The Hidden World of Canal Architecture"

Zoom meeting

02 February 2021 -

Voluntary donation of £5 for non-members. No ticket needed. Non-members please email richmond@theartssociety.org for the Zoom link and payment details.

Lecture outline
This lecture examines the unique buildings and structures associated with the UK’s canal network, with a vast array of distinctive designs, landmark features and unusual artefacts: only the National Trust and the Church of England have more listed structures than our canals.  Look out for lock flights and lighthouses; cottages and clock towers; warehouses and lots of whimsical architecture – our canals delight the eye and refresh the spirit.

Speaker's Profile:
Roger Butler
 - Roger is a landscape architect and an experienced writer, photographer and lecturer. He has a particular interest in the unique history, architecture and traditions of our canal network and worked on some of the UK’s major canal restoration projects. He has also acted as a consultant to bodies such as Waterways Ireland, Natural England and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

He regularly contributes to waterway and heritage magazines and writes and provides images for a range of countryside and outdoor titles. Roger is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society and a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute. He lives near Stratford upon Avon and lectures to groups such as the National Trust, RSPB, U3A, history societies, etc. across the Midlands and further afield.

Virtual tour of Bermondsey

Zoom meeting

25 February 2021 -

A donation of £5 is requested. No tickets required. Non-members please email richmond@theartssociety.org for the Zoom link and payment details.

Tour Outline
Cross Tower Bridge and you’re in Bermondsey. It’s a busy area of converted warehouses and stylish riverside flats. A hip crowd mingles in cosy pubs, eateries, and indie shops lining villagelike Bermondsey Street. Bermondsey Square hosts an antiques market. Gourmet food stalls and bars sit beneath Maltby Street Market’s railway arches. The Fashion and Textile Museum and the White Cube contemporary art gallery attract a cultured crowd, including you.

Speaker - Muriel Carée, London Blue Badge Guide

Lecture on "The Colour blue in Western Art"

Zoom meeting

02 March 2021 -

Donation of £5 requested for non-members. Please email richmond@theartssociety.org for the Zoom link and payment details. No tickets necessary.

Lectue details
Nowadays in the West the colour blue is immensely popular. From the colour of jeans to the UN and EU flags blue is a positive and consensual colour. However, it has not always been the case. In Ancient Rome blue was not a highly valued colour and in early Christianity Mary was not wearing a blue mantle. It is during the 12th century that in Europe blue progressively became a colour symbolically associated with the spiritual and divine.

This lecture retraces the story of blue in Western arts from Antiquity to the present day. We will reflect upon the changing meanings given to this colour and we will evoke the different materials used to create a whole range of blue pigments, from ultramarine and cobalt to Prussian blue and Yves Klein Blue. 

Lecturer's Profile
Caroline Levisse is an art historian based in London. She was born in France where she studied art history before moving to Copenhagen. In Denmark, she focused on research work and completed a PhD on the relations between art and religion in contemporary Scandinavian art. After graduating in 2013, she moved to London and started teaching art history with adult education providers. She has since developed a range of courses focusing on 19th and early 20th century Western art. She has published articles in French and English in academic journals as well as magazines and newspapers such as Church Times and Arts Sacrés.

Study day on "Donatello & The Sculpture of the Italian Renaissance"

Zoom meeting

05 March 2021 -

£10 donation is requested for this study day of 2 lectures. Each will last 45minutes with a short break in between and tiime for questions. Non-members please email richmond@theartssociety.org for the Zoom link and payment details.

Lecture summary
Donatello may have been born, in Florence, over 600 years ago, but his sculpture is so powerful that it still speaks directly to us today. Working alongside masters such as Brunelleschi, Ghiberti and Masaccio, he was one of the pioneers of the Renaissance and helped to change the way people looked at the world. From delicate idealism and startling realism, to the astonishing emotional force of his later works, this survey looks at the huge range of his sculpture, setting it against the vivid and colourful world of Italian politics in the age of the Renaissance.

Lecturer details - Jo Walton
She has combined teaching and lecturing with a career in art bookselling and has been a volunteer guide at both Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Now a freelance lecturer for The Arts Society, the Art Fund, the National Gallery and Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery and local art societies.

Virtual visit on The Huguenots in London

Zoom meeting

16 March 2021 -

Donation of £5 requested. Non-members, please email richmond@theartssociety.org for the Zoom link and payment details. No tickets required.

Summary of the walk by two renowned guides
A virtual walk through Spitalfields and the Huguenots' influence on London

Speakers' Details 
Tim Kidd is a City of London guide and Blue Badge guide/lecturer. He has been a speaker at a number of events talking about Huguenot heritage as well as the Huguenots of Spitalfields.Tim conducts walks in the City of London, Wandsworth and Spitalfields.

Charlie de Wet
Charlie de Wet is a qualified City of London guide. She has lived in Spitalfields for over 20 years and conducts walks about architecture, immigrants, historic Spitalfields and Huguenot silk weavers. Charlie raises funds by undertaking group tours within the City of London. These include Broadgate art, Wren churches, new architecture in the City, Smithfield and many more.

Lecture on Moorish Architecture - The Legacy of a Vanished Kingdom

Zoom meeting

06 April 2021 -

Donation of £5 requested from non-members. Email richmond@theartssociety.org for the Zoom link and payment details. No tickets required.

Lecture summary
The Alhambra of Granada, the Great Mosque of Cordoba and the Alcazar of Seville are the three most impressive monuments to the architectural creativity of the Moors in Spain, but there are many other examples worthy of mention too.

The classical origins that influenced the Moorish style are less well-known, but fascinating to explore, as too is the unique interior decorative style developed by the Moors, which gives their architecture its beauty and exotic appeal – an appeal so strong that the Christians sometimes copied it, even as they slowly reconquered the territory from its Islamic rulers. This lecture provides a comprehensive introduction to the Iberian peninsula’s Moorish architecture.

Lecturer's Profile
Ian Cockburn is an art historian with a BA (Birkbeck College) in art history and an MA (Courtauld Institute of Art) in medieval Spanish art history. He is a specialist in the nearly 800 years of Moorish occupation and Christian reconquest of medieval Iberia. 

He is the founder and director of an art tours company, specialising in guided cultural tours in Spain and he lectures in London at institutions such as the V&A, SOAS, Christies Education, and the London Art History Society. He is a Trustee and Honorary Treasurer of Art History Link-Up, a charity that offers an education in Art History to young people regardless of their background.  


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Young Writers Festival Competition

Young Writers Festival Competition

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The Roger McGough Annual Poetry Prize 2020

Roger McGough

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