Lectures and Visits


The Society runs a series of lectures on Wednesday evenings in the autumn and winter. They’re held at The American University in London, Queen’s Road, Richmond TW10 6JP. The lectures frequently tie up with major exhibitions concurrently running in the major galleries in London.

The lectures start at 8pm and admission is free for members, guests pay £5. They are held in the lecture room situated in the basement of the Cyril Taylor Library building which is adjacent to the main building.

There is free parking on site, or the 371 bus stops outside the campus.

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Click on this link to download our lecture programme for 2018/19

Please note

There is always the possibility that the lecture room might be needed at short notice by the University. If so, members will be advised by email and we will try to ensure that the website is updated.

The new lecture programme will be listed here shortly




26th September – A Provocative Beauty – the art of Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry, who won the Turner Prize in 2003, is close to becoming a ‘National Treasure’.
His beautiful, finely-crafted pottery, which frequently has a sting in the tail, and his colourful, imaginative
and often amusing tapestries are enormously popular in the fine art world. In this lecture, Frank will look at his work in some detail, as well as considering his crossdressing alter ego, Claire, and his fondness for his childhood teddy bear, Alan Measles.
Lecturer: Frank Woodgate


17th October – Contemporary British Sculptors: Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor Mark Wallinger

Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor and Mark Wallinger are amongst the best known sculptors working in Britain today and have all had major commissions for public works of art. With a wide range of inspirations and motifs, the work of these three artists provides an interesting insight into contemporary views and preoccupations in Britain.
This lecture will look at examples of all three artists’ work, exploring both the common ground between them, and the differences in style, technique and themes.
Lecturer: Rosalind Whyte


31st October – A Machine that Makes Art: from early computer drawing to the art of the iPad 

To what extent does the hand of the artist need to be involved in the art-making? Artists such as David Hockney (on the iPad), Julian Opie, Jessica Steinkamp and others use computer code of simple instructions to generate complex and visually arresting art works. As well as considering the history, Catherine will explore the use of computing and digital systems in art today and look at the numerous and amazing works currently being created.
Lecturer: Catherine Mason


21st November – Mantegna & Bellini

This lecture will tie in with an exhibition at The National Gallery in London. The exhibition will explore the relationship between two of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance. Andrea Mantegna was a remarkable artist; a brilliant painter and draughtsman, pioneering printmaker, portrait painter and devotee of all things classical. Bellini was one of the most influential Venetian artists. He is celebrated for his pioneering portrayal of natural light, seen in such works as ‘The Agony in the Garden’.

Lecturer: Jo Walton