2018 Programme

JANUARY 17th 2018

The legacy of Henry Moore for contemporary artists in Britain

This lecture looks at two dominant types of response to Moore and his work in Britain since 1945. Artists either made work about Moore, critically and conceptually appropriating aspects of his work, or they made new work through Moore, developing the formal language of sculpture and some of the values that Moore held dear. Artists of all persuasions in Britain have been making work either “about” or “through“ Moore’s work and some have subtle ways of combining and blending both.

Dr Jon Wood

Dr Jon Wood is an art historian and curator specialising in modern and contemporary sculpture. He has written extensively on Brancusi , Moore, Picasso and Giacometti . Jon did his post-graduate studies at the Courtauld Institute of Art and works at the Henry Moore Institute where he directs the research programme and has curated many exhibitions.


FEBRUARY 21st 2018

Every Stadium should have an Art Gallery: The history and role of art in relation to sport

The ancient Olympics featured the arts and the modern Olympics originally awarded gold medals for art as well as sport. Artists have been inspired by sport to express their interest in human movement, physicality and spectacle, while sport has used art to celebrate and promote its achievements. This illustrated presentation explores some of these links and the aesthetic and cultural relationships between art and sport.

Dr Doug Sandle

Dr Doug Sandle, a chartered psychologist, is a retired researcher and academic and for many years taught artists, designers and architects the psychology of visual perception and aesthetics. Dr Sandle is the founder of Field of Vision, bringing together individuals from both art and sport to explore and promote the relationship between the two. Dr Sandle is also founder of and chaired an arts programme for Leeds Rugby and Leeds Rhinos Foundation.


MARCH 21st 2018

Surrealism in Britain: Uncanny Landscapes

French surrealists in the 1920’s and 1930’s looked for instances of the marvellous in the urban environment. Its British equivalent preferred to draw upon the natural world for motifs and source materials, in paintings, photography, sculptures and found objects . The irrational forces of nature at work in strange rock formations, in the shapes of bones, shells and sea creatures and in plants and tree growth fascinated artists like Eileen Agar, Paul Nash, Edward Wadsworth and FE McWilliam. The surrealist concept of change found a focus in the British landscape: the accidental form encountered while walking in the country, or beach-combing at the coast. This lecture will explore the British Surrealists‘ interest in nature made strange and uncanny, as a source of wonder but also of anxiety: extraordinary but troubling.

Dr Julia Kelly

Dr Julia Kelly was educated at Oxford University and the Courtauld Institute in London. She has taught at the Universities of Manchester and Hull and is currently Research Associate at Loughborough University. She has published on surrealism , art and anthropology, modern and contemporary sculpture and the history of museums and galleries.


APRIL 18th 2018

Reading Shakespeare, hot off the Press

What was it like to read a newly published play by Shakespeare? This talk discusses Shakespeare in print during his lifetime, asking whether Shakespeare was really as popular as we assume, and identifying his role in the development of drama as something to read as well as, or even instead of, something to see. It will be illustrated with pages from early editions of the plays, from the earliest, Titus Andronicus in 1594, to the collected editions now known as the First Folio and published posthumously in 1623.

Dr Emma Smith

Emma Smith was born and educated in Leeds and now teaches Shakespeare and early modern literature at the University of Oxford. Her most recent book is Shakespeare’s First Folio: Four Centuries of an Iconic Book, Oxford University Press 2016.


May 16th 2018

Elephants and Archbishops

Synopsis: To follow.

Dr Christopher de Hamel

Dr de Hamel has doctorates from both Oxford and Cambridge Universities and has written over 100 books and articles on mediaeval manuscripts which have been translated into numerous languages. He was responsible for all catalogue and sales of illuminated manuscripts at Sotheby’s for twenty five years and is probably the best known expert on medieval manuscripts in the world.


JUNE 20th 2018


Thomas Chippendale: master craftsman and entrepreneur – a Tercentenary lecture

The lecture will explore the life and work of Thomas Chippendale (1718–1779), Britain’s most celebrated furniture maker and designer. We chart his emergence from the vernacular traditions of Wharfedale to becoming the undisputed master of the metropolitan styles of fashionable London via his great book of designs, The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker’s Director. His genius for fine craftsmanship and elegant design, providing his clients with some of the most beautiful furniture ever made, did not prevent some financial near-disasters. The lecture coincides with the major Tercentenary exhibition at Leeds Museum, co-curated by the speaker.

James Lomax

James Lomax, M.A., A.M.A., F.S.A., is the retired Curator of Collections at Temple Newsam House. He was educated at Downside and Cambridge and trained at the Study Centre for the History of the Fine and Decorative Arts. He is interested in all aspects of fine and decorative arts and has written extensively and curated many exhibitions. His publications include A Victorian Chatelaine: Emily Ingram of Temple Newsam and Treasures of the English Church (Goldsmiths Hall, 2008). He is former Honorary Editor of the Furniture History Society, former Chairman of the Silver Society and is Honorary Curator of the Chippendale Society. Most importantly James is President of LDFAS.


September 19th 2018

Japonism to Modernism: How Japanese Style changed Western Art

The term Japonism was coined for all types of work created with a Japanese theme, from paintings and prints to furniture, interiors, architecture and gardens. This formed the basis for the design movement ‘Modernism’ that was to shape our world in the 20th and 21st centuries . Japanese style was here to stay and brought about a new form of British and European design aesthetic.

Suzanne Perrin

Suzanne is a visiting lecturer at the Universities of Brighton Art and Cape Town, South Africa. She teaches on the Asian Art courses at the British Museum and the V&A and she founded Japan interlink in 1995 to promote the understanding of Japan in education and culture. Sarah has studied in Japan and has led tours there and in other parts of the world.


October 17th 2018

Living with History

A richly illustrated talk, tracing the development of the residential interior from the 17th to the 21st century and examining ways in which historical spaces may be re-interpreted to accommodate contemporary living. An inspirational selection of interiors is presented as stylish and successful examples of this approach to interior design.

Anthony Rayworth

Anthony holds a Master of Design Degree from the Royal College of Art and has over 30 years of international experience in interior design education and decorative arts management. He is an accredited NADFAS lecturer, Freeman of the City of London , Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, a Member of the British Institute of Interior Design, a Member of the European Academy of Design and an Education Committee Member of the Society of Garden Design.


November 21st 2018

Lustreware – From the Middle East to William de Morgan

This lecture will explain the miraculous aesthetic and technological ceramic miracle from its origin in19th century Iraq through Egypt and Syria, across the Mediterranean to Southern Spain / Andalusia and to Italy. The technique is revived in 19 century Europe and in Britain with the superb creations of William de Morgan

Sarah Searight

Sarah read modern history at Oxford University and worked as a historian and journalist specialising in the Middle East and more recently in the Islamic world including leading special tours to the region.