Lecture Programme


Lectures at the Lit & Phil

Gail-Nina's current series of of art lectures is arranged in triads: as with her previous sets of three talks examining different aspects of a movement or theme in art, each one stands alone as an independent lecture, so don't worry if you can only attend one or two.

These talks are organised by the Lit & Phil (you don't need to be a member in order to attend any of their public events), and tickets cost £4 per talk, from the Lit & Phil Library, 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE, in person or over the phone (0191) 232 0192. It is advisable to book seats in advance; if you reserve a ticket and are subsequently unable to attend, please let us know as we often have a waiting list.

Art talks run from 6.00 - 7.00 pm and are in the ground floor rooms (so no stairs).

Three Animal Paintings

Wednesday 2nd August, 6.00pm
Dignity and Impudence: The Dog in Art
Symbol of fidelity, constant listener to his master's voice, cute puppy or hunting hound? The dog plays as many roles in art as it does in life, portrayed realistically, sentimentally or even as an exercise in artistic style. Taking Landseer's Dignity and Impudence (Tate Gallery) as our starting point, this talk explores the canine presence in the world of art.
details on the Lit & Phil website.
Wednesday 9th August, 6.00pm
Whistlejacket: the Horse in Art
Transport, war, agriculture, sport and, of course, status - for centuries and across continents the horse has been a vital component in all these areas, which ensures its depiction in a massive range of different artistic subjects and genres. Using Stubbs's huge equine portrait, Whistlejacket (National Gallery, London) as an introduction, this talk examines the many reasons why (and how) horses have been depicted in art.
Wednesday 16th August, 6.00pm
Blinking in the Sun - the Cat in Art
One of the most popular works in the Laing Art Gallery, Ralph Hedley's Blinking in the Sun - Cat in a Cottage Window inspires this lecture on the many modes and moods of the feline presence in art, ranging from Ancient Egyptian amulets to Art Nouveau posters. This talk offers a chance to explore how the many-faceted cat can appear as an indicator of status, emotion, domesticity, innocence, sexuality, cunning or beauty - anything from predator to pet.

Talks at Newcastle Castle

As well as her fairly regular early evening public talks at the Lit & Phil library, Gail-Nina Anderson has recently begun offering illustrated lectures at Newcastle Castle, mostly on folklore and art-related themes. Booking for these is always lively, but if your chosen event is already sold out, please use the online booing service to register your interest, for the possibility of a repeat performance.

Talks take place in the Black Gate, which is fully accessible to wheelchair users.