Lectures

The Hidden World of Canal Architecture

canal architecture

The Hidden World of Canal Architecture

Tuesday 27th April 2021

Lecturer: ROGER BUTLER

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.

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Shimmering Splendour: Silk in South-East Asia

South-East Asian Silk

Shimmering Splendour: Silk in South-East Asia

Tuesday 25th May 2021

Lecturer: DENISE HEYWOOD

Denise Heywood is a scholar of South-East Asian art and has spent many years travelling the region.

She lectures at the School of Oriental and African Studies and the University of Cambridge, also the British Museum and many other art institutions. This lecture shows the origins of silk, most dazzling of all creations, revealing its transformation from silkworm cocoons, dyed and woven in glorious colours and complex patterns. Denise will show images of how film stars, monarchs and dancers have worn this shimmering material.

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Fakes and Forgeries: The Art of Deception

Fake paintings

Fakes and Forgeries: The Art of Deception

Tuesday 22nd June 2021

Lecturer: MALCOLM KENWOOD

Malcolm Kenwood presented an excellent lecture on Art Crime, Theft and Repatriation and is returning to York to explain how increasingly sophisticated methods are being used to forge art works.

Experts have estimated that a high percentage of works within the art market are fake.

This lecture reveals case studies, demonstrating the lengths forgers will go to in passing off works as legitimate. Skilled forgers capable of imitating well-known artists have duped many at the highest level within the art market.

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A Highlights Tour of Crete

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Crete with Travel Editions

Tuesday 27 July 2021

Lecturer: JEREMY PATERSON

Jeremy Paterson from Travel Editions will present a virtual tour of the highlights of Crete, which will be featured in the Visit open to members and guests of The Arts Society York.

For more information about the tour, please click here.

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The Kelmscott Chaucer

Kelmscott Chaucer

The Kelmscott Chaucer

Tuesday 28 September 2021

Lecturer: DOMINIC RILEY

William Morris founded his Kelmscott Press in 1890 in order to save the fine art of hand printing in Britain. When in 1896 his last book, the Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, was published, it was universally hailed as the greatest book of the age. It is a huge book, with illustrations by Burne Jones and decorations by Morris, and was printed at the press in Hammersmith over a four year period. Fewer than 400 copies were produced. In 2012 Dominic was presented with a copy in a poor binding, with a view to creating a contemporary artistic binding for it. This lecture is the record that process. He will give an overview of Morris and the Kelmscott Press, and then talk about his very demanding commission — from the early designs to the completion of the project four years later. This lecture is a step-by-step look at how fine bindings are made, as well as an insight into an extraordinary artistic journey. The completed binding has been donated to the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert museum, an institution very close to William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement.

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The Healing Power of Plants

Healing Power of Plants

The Healing Power of Plants

Tuesday 26 October 2021

Lecturer: TIMOTHY WALKER

Mankind has exploited the medicinal properties of plants for thousands of years, yet the role of plants in modern medicine is still considered to be peripheral by many people.  This talk attempts to put the record straight and to show that plant products are used every day by all of us to relieve pain and suffering, to heal wounds and cure diseases.  This is a talk with a very wide appeal and relevance.

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The Georgian Jewel

Georgian Jewel

The Georgian Jewel

Tuesday 23 November 2021

Lecturer: JOHN BENJAMIN

Eighteenth century jewellery is largely misunderstood and is sadly neglected today.  In a world wholly focused on fabulous gems, jewellery which fetch millions at international auction and diamonds bought for investment rather than their innate beauty there seems to be little time and even less interest in Regency shoe buckles, dainty Posy Rings and intimate lockets conveying messages of love.  John Benjamin’s new talk examines the jewellery of what, in reality, was an innovative and fascinating period of jewellery design and explores many of the key themes, inspirations and gems used in this most elegant of eras – from the soft twinkling diamonds of Queen Anne to the sumptuous Parures typifying the stylish exuberance of William IV.

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