2021 Programme


Previously postponed lectures will be rescheduled where possible.


Lectures are normally 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.

THURSDAY, 4th FEBRUARY 2021: ZOOM Webinar AGM at 10:15
ZOOM Webinar Lecture at 11:00am
Gustav Klimt: Imperial Muralist to Radical Painter.
Gavin Plumley

D3YN81 Gustav Klimt, Adele Bloch-Bauer's Portrait 1907 Oil on canvas. Neue Gallery in New York

Klimt was one of the most prominent figures in the Viennese fin de siècle, creating paintings whose sexual themes and bold use of colour and gold shocked an unsuspecting populace. Less is known about his early years as a muralist for the grand municipal buildings and royal and aristocratic palaces of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
THURSDAY, 11th MARCH 2021 at 11:00am
Sorolla Enlightens Manhattan.
Arantxa Sardina
In 1911, Joaquin Sorolla was commissioned to paint a series of canvases to decorate the Hispanic Society of America in New York. His ‘Vision of Spain’ is a love letter to Spanish traditions, to the diversity of the regions, to the people, the landscape and the monuments of a country that had lost its vast empire and was struggling to find its own modern identity.
THURSDAY, 1st APRIL 2021 at 11:00am
Photography as Fine Art.
Brian Stater
Should we accept that the very best photographs can be regarded as Fine Art? This question is at the heart of a lecture which argues that photography can equal, not to say excel, more traditional disciplines in the key genres of portraiture, landscape and still life.
THURSDAY, 6th MAY 2021 at 11:00am
Underground Cathedrals: The World Class Art & Architecture of the London Underground.
Ian Swankie
The world’s first underground railway has a unique heritage of architecture, ingenious design, powerful advertising posters and unique calligraphy. This talk plots the early development of the Underground, examines the legacy of Frank Pick and Charles Holden, looks at some of the iconic posters, and celebrates the award-winning architecture of the modern Tube.
THURSDAY, 3rd JUNE 2021 at 11:00am
Reading Pictures: Are You Visually Literate?
John Ericson
We live in an increasingly visual environment. Images are all round us, not just in art galleries and museums but from the media and the world in general. But how well and how accurately do we interpret our visual world? In this lecture John, explains how we can improve our perception and appreciation of what we choose to look at. 
THURSDAY, 7th OCTOBER 2021 at 11:00am
Backstage at the Opera.
Simon Rees
Opera requires the work of composers, librettists, conductors, directors, designers, wardrobe, as well as orchestra, chorus, soloists, and stage crew. This lecture traces opera productions from costume designs and set models through to the making of costumes and sets, and rehearsals in the studio and auditorium.
THURSDAY, 4th NOVEMBER 2021 at 11:00am
Dickens: The Man & His Life Through His Characters.

Bertie Pearce
Charles Dickens brought into the world a staggering array of wonderful characters with orphans, starving children, misers, murderers and abusive school teachers among them. In his lecture Bertie Pearce looks at the life and places of Dickens through his characters. The talk is interspersed with readings of this works.
THURSDAY, 2nd DECEMBER 2021 at 11:00am
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao & The Architecture of Frank Gehry.
Sian Walters
The Guggenheim is one of the most exciting buildings of the 20th C. The lecture begins with an introduction to the Guggenheim Foundation and then moves on to describe the very particular circumstances that led to the commission in Bilbao. The lecture ends with an introduction to the collection of the artwork contained within the museum.