Lecture Programme


Lectures at the Lit & Phil

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.

In the New Year, Gail-Nina resumes her series of triads of art lectures on linked topics: this time a series of three talks celebrating the work of a single artist, Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones (a major exhibition of whose art is running at Tate Britain, October 2018 - February 24th 2019). These lectures can be enjoyed separately - you don't have to book for all three.

A Cleric on Ice - Raeburn's Skater and its Artistic Tradition

Wednesday December 12th, 6.00 pm
For a Christmas lecture with a twist, not to mention a loop and a glide, this talk will examine the way skating (or at least, staying upright on the ice) has been represented in art as a lively symbol of seasonal activity. Raeburn's famous portrait of The Skating Minister will be discussed in detail, along with all those other images that combine wintry weather with the apparently effortless skill of negotiating a slippery surface, from Breughel's Flemish peasants through 18th century French elegance to the unlikely glamour generated by the tourist industry.

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The Art of Edward Burne-Jones

Wednesday January 23rd, 6.00 pm
Burne-Jones - Pre-Raphaelite?
Never a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, how does Burne-Jones' early work relate to the movement it began or the style and subject-matter it championed?
Wednesday January 30th, 6.00 pm
Burne-Jones - Designer
Burne-Jones produced some of the most memorable designs made up by the Arts and Crafts firm founded by his close friend William Morris, especially in the fields of stained glass and tapestry. How did his art adapt so readily to these different media?
Wednesday February 6th, 6.00 pm
Burne-Jones - Mannerist and Myth-Maker
Burne-Jones' later work draws further away from the real world to create a mannered, idealised world where tall, slender figures pose in refined harmonies of colour. How does his mature style relate to his preferred subject-matter of myths and mysteries?

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Plus: an early warning that on Wednesday 27th February at 6.00 pm, Gail-Nina's lecture will be on the topic Folk Horror.

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Christmas at the University, with Santa, sprouts and angels

Dr Gail-Nina Anderson, historian of visual culture, will be speaking on Thursday 13 December 2018, 5.30 - 6.45 pm, on Santa, sprouts and angels: the popular imagery of Christmas in the Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University. Admission is free, all seats allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

In a society that generates ephemeral imagery for every occasion, Christmas offers the richest opportunity to track its creation and development in relationship to the beliefs and practices of the season. Since the advent of Christmas cards, the central motif of the Nativity has been visibly challenged by personal, commercial, comical, media-generated and pagan imagery. This lecture offers a survey of the shifting visual folklore of our seasonal greetings.