Expert art historians or curators share with Members their knowledgeable insights into artists’ lives and work – often related to current exhibitions taking place in London or anniversaries.

There are six lectures each year held on Tuesday evenings and there is no charge to Art Group members.

2022 lecture programme

Please find the dates below for your diary. These are not yet available to book and we will advise nearer the time when booking is open for each of them.

19th April – The Wild Beasts of 1905  – Fauve and French Expressionist Painting – Frank Woodgate
17th May – Paintbrushes at Dawn – the world’s greatest artistic feuds, rows and quarrels – Barry Venning
20th  September – The Art of Seduction – Lynne Gibson
18th October – Powder and Poison – cosmetics, beauty and the art of portraiture – Claire Walsh

Paintbrushes at Dawn
The world’s greatest artistic feuds, rows and quarrels


Tuesday 17th May at 8pm






The late Christopher Hitchens, who knew a thing or two about feuds, once wrote that a really first rate bust-up requires one of at least two things: a clash of strong personalities and a conflict of principles. The history of art is peppered with first rate bust-ups. Between the great early Renaissance artists, Brunelleschi and Ghiberti, between Constable and Turner in the early 1830s between Salvador Dali and the Surrealist leader, Andre Breton in the 1930s and, most recently, between the graffiti artists Banksy and ‘King Robo’ who painted out and amended each other’s works. There are many more. They are highly entertaining but they also tell us a great deal about key issues in art history.

Lecturer Barry Venning is an art historian who has published books, articles and exhibition catalogue essays on Turner, Constable and British landscape painting, He has also an ongoing research interest in postcolonial art and British visual satire. His media work includes two BBC TV documentaries, radio appearances and a DVD on Turner for the Tate.


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For any queries contact, Sue Jell (Lectures Organiser)  suejell@hotmail.co.uk

Using zoom

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