The primary aim of ArtsNational is to provide interesting and informative lectures across a diverse range of topics encompassing all aspects of the arts.
Our lecturers are both local and touring overseas lecturers, primarily from the United Kingdom. They are experienced arts professionals, including curators, artists, authors and performers but could be anyone who has expert knowledge in an aspect of the arts and the ability to present an informal illustrated lecture which both explains and entertains. Lectures are approximately 1 hour long. In addition to lectures, many ArtsNational Societies also offer Special Interest sessions of two or three 1-hour lectures where topics can be explored in more depth.
ArtsNational aims to bring like minded people together in a social atmosphere so lectures are followed or preceded by light refreshments. In addition, some societies arrange a social calendar of outings and events.
The lecture series runs from March to early November with societies presenting between 8 and 10 lectures over this period. Joining fees vary between societies and some societies will also accept guests. Please explore the Society section of this website to locate a society near you.
The lecture topics highlighted here are samples of the diverse lecture topics from the 2024 programs which vary according to location.
A Sample of 2024 Lectures
Biographer, historian, and author of eleven books Anne Sebba lectures in the US and UK, and to the National Trust, British Library, and Imperial War Museum. Formerly a Reuters foreign correspondent, Anne presents on BBC Radio and television talking about her books, including biographies on Jennie Churchill, Laura Ashley, and Wallis Simpson. Anne’s latest book, Ethel Rosenberg, a biography, 40 years after her execution in the USA for espionage, a crime which she had not committed.
Andy is best known as the humorous glass specialist on BBC’s evergreen Antiques Roadshow, Andy has written several books about glass and its history and runs Britain’s largest antique glass gallery in Rye, Sussex. His lectures span the history and significance of glass from ancient Rome to modern Scandinavia.
A keen and accomplished photographer Roger has studied the evolution of photography from its earliest days in the early 1800s to becoming a major art form in the late 20th and now 21st centuries. An experienced public speaker, his talks are all richly illustrated with both his own images and images from some of the leading photographers in history.
An art historian, art market analyst and curator/ writer Viv combines a hands-on career in the art business with academic research and teaching in Higher Education. Her wide range of interest and expertise will be shared with ArtsNational members as she discusses the impact of the Huguenots on British art, the work of Clarice Cliff whose innovative designs are hallmarks of Art Deco and retain their appeal to this day, and the colonial legacy that continues to influence fine art in Indonesia.
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