A listing of talks etc. with a flavour of the Arts.
Upcoming Events › Talks and Lectures
Popular historian and broadcaster DAN SNOW takes you on a whistle-stop tour through the most interesting and surprising moments of the last 3000 yearsFind out more »
The presenter of the hugely successful History Hit podcast and a regular on The One Show, takes you on a whistle-stop tour through the most interesting and surprising moments of the last 3000 years.Find out more »
Agile Planning for the 21st Century - The Guildford Society are delighted to invite you to this free annual lecture. Guildford, like so many of our towns, is facing a variety of environmental, transport, housing and heritage issues. Understanding what the public values in their local environment and what needs to be improved is essential.Find out more »
The Guildford Society has released tickets for its free Annual Architecture Lecture hosted and supported by The University of Surrey and sponsored by Martin Grant Homes.
This year’s Lecture will take place on Wednesday 30th October 2019 at 19.00 in the Rik Medlik Building on the University’s Stag Hill campus. The Society is pleased to welcome two speakers, architect James Burland and Amy Hazlehurst from VU.CITY.Find out more »
Mention John Humphrys, and most people will reply: the Today programme and tough interviewing.Find out more »
Have you ever wondered about the backstory to many of the most famous pieces of jewellery in history? Hear what happened to the pearls that belonged to Catherine De Medici or the diamond that once adorned King Charles I, later worn by Marie Antoinette, before ending up with a British MP! Jewel hunting has never been more fascinating.Find out more »
Former Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy reads extracts from her much-loved Christmas peoems, including her tenth and final book in the series, Frost Fair, set on the Thames in the 16th century. With music accompaniment, plus a glass of wine and mince pie.Find out more »
Join Former Poet Laureate CAROL ANN DUFFY as she reads extracts from her much-loved Chistmas poems, including her tenth and final book in the series, Frost Fair. Includes music, a glass of wine and mince pie.Find out more »
This interactive pop-up exhibition delves into the hidden treasures of libraries and
archives to explore the secret worlds that live among their stacks and shelves.
This exhibition connects academic, librarian and archivist scholarship across the
humanities. Come and discover the secret worlds of archives; medieval instruments;
gender; historical fiction; libraries & learning development; activist poetry; prisoner
writing & translation; hip hop & the Remix; Cartonera and much more.
In this lively presentation John shares his knowledge and enthusiasm for wine and shows the contribution that ‘wine art’ has made to paintings throughout the ages from renaissance masterpieces to modern hilarious cartoons and striking posters.Find out more »
Examine the provocative and often beautiful work of the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in the context of dissident art in modern China. Having collaborated successfully in the design of the Bird’s Nest Stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he was arrested by police for fighting ‘the system’. He remains a committed artist despite the odds.Find out more »
Artemisia Gentileschi, (1593 -1656), the Italian Baroque artist, is now considered to be one of the most accomplished painters in the generation following that of Caravaggio. In an era when female painters were not easily accepted find out how she became the first woman member of the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno in Florence.Find out more »
This is the gripping and sometimes hilarious story of how heroic curators and eccentric custodians saved Britain’s national heritage during our Darkest Hour. As Hitler’s forces gathered on the other side of the Channel, men and women from London’s museums, galleries and archives forged extraordinary plans to evacuate their collections.Find out more »
Tapestries were once the most expensive of all wall decorations. Often taking years to produce, they graced some of the most significant courts of Europe. This lecture will explore the making of some of the landmark sets by the weavers of Flanders and the Gobelin factory.Find out more »
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera have iconic status in Mexico. Inspired by Aztec and Maya imagery Rivera's intricate visual narratives adorn the walls of public buildings. Kahlo, arguably Mexico’s most original painter, made herself the principal theme of her art. This lecture chronicles their turbulent marriage and Mexico's history after the 1910 Revolution.Find out more »
After the Phoenicians settled in the North African ports of Sabratha and Leptis Magna the Greeks built the magnificent city of Cyrene. The Romans followed with Septimus Severus re-creating Leptis Magna, now a world heritage site, as the finest city in Africa. Hear how the coming of Islam changed the old order.Find out more »
Peggy Guggenheim was the “poor little rich girl” who changed the face of twentieth century art. Ahead of her time, she discovered and nurtured a new generation of artists and through collecting not only their art but the artists themselves, her life was as radical as her collection.Find out more »