2020 Programme


Previously postponed lectures have been rescheduled to later in the year.
See details below.


All lectures are held at Salones Canor, Camino del Assagador de Canor, 03724 Teulada.

All lectures are sponsored by Blevins Franks

Coffee and registration from 10.00.
Registration closes at 10.50.

Please be in your seats by 10.55 for a prompt start at 11:00.

 Visitors are welcome at a charge of €15.

CANCELLED Thursday JUNE 25th 11am: How to Look at art by: Lynne Gibson. This lecture will be rearranged for a future date.

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Would you like to develop your confidence in looking at Art? Do you want to discuss your opinions with insight? Put away the head-phones, take your nose out of the catalogue and discover a strategy for looking at Art. The strategy is a flexible approach to interpreting any piece of art work, giving you the confidence to become an active, rather than a passive, viewer. It is a tool for life: simple and effective. We will put it into practice by looking at a range of works from across the history of Western Art. Your questions and observations will be welcomed and encouraged. This lecture is a must for anyone interested in visiting galleries, exhibitions and art museums. It will, quite simply, help you to ‘see’ more! Learn to trust your own eyes, and enjoy Art to the full.
RESCHEDULED Thursday September 10th. 11.00 am : Zaha Hadid: Architectural Superstar by: Colin Davies. This is subject to change.
Dame Zaha Hadid died on March 31st 2016 at age of 65. Architectural historians of the future will surely recognize her as one of the most important architects of the early 21st century. She was born in Iraq and her reputation was global, but she made Britain her home. This lecture tells the story of her career from the visionary projects of the 1980s, through the years of frustration when her designs were considered unbuildable, to the prolific crop of successful projects built all over the world in the last decade of her life.
Thursday October 1st, 11am: It’s Not Just Tchaikovsky by: Nigel BatesThis is subject to change
Primarily an exploration of the music chosen by ballet choreographers through the years, proving that the right piece with the right moves and design can create modern masterpieces and timeless classics. We transition through the grandness of Imperial Russia with Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty into the current modern repertoire of The Royal Ballet. Includes historical and recent video clips.
Thursday November 5th, 11am: Cezanne: Life and His Works by: Ghislaine HowardThis is subject to change.
Paul Cezanne was born January 19, 1839 in Aix-en-Provence, France. He has been ascribed to post-impressionism and considered a fundamental influence on 20th and 21st century art. This lecture is presented from the eyes of a painter.
RESCHEDULED Thursday NOVEMBER 19th 11 am : Freud to Hockney by: John IddonThis is subject to change.
David Hockney, born in Bradford, England, 1937, attended art school in London before moving to Los Angeles in the 1960s. As an important contributor to the pop art movement, he is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century.
Thursday December 3rd: Velazquez at Court in Madrid by: Jacqueline CockburnThis is subject to change.
Spanish painter Diego Velazquez was born June 6, 1599 in Seville, Spain. When he moves to Madrid his life changes and so does his art. This lecture will consider his time at court, his subjects and development as a great artist. It will end with a discussion of his work Las Meninas. This painting with its extraordinary use of perspective will be unraveled in terms of the artist’s own life and his relationship with the Monarchy at the time.
Earlier meetings
Thursday February 6th: Coffee and registration from 9:45.
10.15 AGM, followed at 11am by: Charles Renne Macintosh - more than just a tea room by:
Stella Lyons
-iDid you know that when Charles Rennie Mackintosh died, his entire estate was valued at just £88? Glaswegian-born Mackintosh, a designer, architect and artist, was the foremost Celtic exponent of Art Nouveau, and had a considerable influence on European art. But he is an even more enigmatic figure today than when he was alive. Both Mackintosh's, and his wife Margaret Macdonald’s work has a distinctive character, one that captures the transition between the Victorian era and the Modern age. This talk will consider both Charles and Margaret's life, work and legacy.
Thursday March 5th: Beyond Earth: From Stone Age to Space Age by: Lars Tharp

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Clay, oh, modest, pliant Clay where would we be without you? -No houses, no cities of mud, brick or concrete - no civilization; no clay tablets recording ownership for state taxation; no writing as we know it; no wine in jars to drown our sorrows; no terracotta armies, nor all the other funerary offerings provisioning us into the next world; no Grecian Urn of Keats; no gnashing of ceramic molar implants; no ceramic insulation- no electricity … The Arts Society by candlelight! An Anthology of Man’s most important raw material from the last 20,000 years.