Lecture Programme

All our lectures commence at 10.45 am coffee is available from 10.00 a.m. However, lectures will be via Zoom and will all commence at 11.00 a.m. A link will be sent to all Members on the Monday prior to the Wednesday lecture.

09February Wednesday
Lecture Programme

Dazzling Dufy: Invitation to a luminous feast with Raoul Dufy – Mary Alexander

Time: Wednesday, 9 February 2022 10:45 am - 12:00 pm / Mercure Preston Hotel, Samlesbury, Preston New Road, Preston PR5 0UL
Raoul Dufy (1877-1953) was a key player in early twentieth century avant garde art, design and literary/theatrical circles in Paris. As a widely travelled polymath, Dufy’s charismatic personality, wit and curiosity about the world was infectious. His imagination and technical virtuosity – across a range of media including painting and lithography, posters, book illustration, theatrical […]
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09March Wednesday
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The Art and Colours of Garden Design – Timothy Walker

Time: Wednesday, 9 March 2022 10:45 am - 12:00 pm / Mercure Preston Hotel, Samlesbury, Preston New Road, Preston PR5 0UL
In 1882 Gertrude Jekyll wrote a short but seminal article in The Garden in which she urged the readers to “remember that in a garden we are painting a picture”. As an accomplished watercolour artist, Miss Jekyll was familiar with the principles of using colours, but she felt that in gardens these principles “had been […]
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11May Wednesday
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Faber & Faber: 90 Years of Excellence in Cover Design – Tony Faber

Time: Wednesday, 11 May 2022 10:45 am - 12:00 pm / Mercure Preston Hotel, Samlesbury, Preston New Road, Preston PR5 0UL
Since its foundation in 1925, Faber and Faber has built a reputation as one of London’s most important literary publishing houses. Part of that relates to the editorial team that Geoffrey Faber and his successors built around them – TS Eliot was famously an early recruit – but a large part is also due to […]
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08June Wednesday
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Raphael of Urbino: Artist and Architect – Shirley Smith

Time: Wednesday, 8 June 2022 10:45 am - 12:00 pm / Mercure Preston Hotel, Samlesbury, Preston New Road, Preston PR5 0UL
2020 marked the 500th anniversary of the death of Raphael. The monumental figures and clarity of form of his art epitomises the grandeur of the High Renaissance while his masterful drawings, in a variety of media, reflect his creative processes. His early death at the age of 37 belies the scope of his work and future […]
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14September Wednesday
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Hogarth: Harlots, Rakes and Crashing China: Hogarth’s Pots – Lars Tharp

Time: Wednesday, 14 September 2022 10:45 am - 12:00 pm / Mercure Preston Hotel, Samlesbury, Preston New Road, Preston PR5 0UL
A ‘cracking’ talk.  It will fundamentally change your view of William Hogarth. Pots, crocks and chinaware tumble through Hogarth’s domestic dramas.  His detailed paintings and prints are wittily infiltrated with recognizable ceramics  – earthenwares, stonewares and ‘china’-  in an age drunk on Luxury.  Potters across continents compete with each other, fuelled by the ‘china mania’ […]
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12October Wednesday
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The Ultimate Luxury: The Story of Chinese Wallpaper – Hanne Sutcliffe

Time: Wednesday, 12 October 2022 10:45 am - 12:00 pm / Mercure Preston Hotel, Samlesbury, Preston New Road, Preston PR5 0UL
Chinese wallpapers were an absolute status symbol among the aristocrats and upper classes. A room or more decorated in ‘China Paper’ was a must in the late 17th century and 18th century. The imported painted Chinese sheets were auctioned in London and were extremely expensive. Each sheet had either exotic flower and bird patterns or scenes of ‘life […]
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09November Wednesday
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Cave Paintings and Pre-History Carvings: Can we really call them art – Geri Parlby

Time: Wednesday, 9 November 2022 10:45 am - 12:00 pm / Mercure Preston Hotel, Samlesbury, Preston New Road, Preston PR5 0UL
It was once thought that art did not exist in any form until around 30,000 BC when the Cro-Magnons took over from the Neanderthals in the Palaeolithic period. However a carved and painted figurine found in Morocco in 1999 is now said to be at least 400,000 years old. Throughout this lecture we will look […]
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14December Wednesday
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The Secret Dress Diary of Mrs Anne Sykes – Kate Strasdin

Time: Wednesday, 14 December 2022 10:45 am - 12:00 pm / Mercure Preston Hotel, Samlesbury, Preston New Road, Preston PR5 0UL
A gift from a friend in 2016 led me on a journey that is not yet completed but is proving to be utterly fascinating. A pink silk covered accounts ledger was revealed to be filled with swatches of dress fabrics, each sample accompanied by a caption describing the owner, the year and sometimes the occasion […]
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