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.

Christmas Phantoms at the Lit & Phil

Phantoms at the Phil is a now-traditional seasonal event, established in December 2004: an opportunity to hear new ghost stories read by their authors in the atmospheric surroundings of Newcastle's extraordinary private library, the Literary and Philosophical Society.

The next manifestation will occur on Thursday January 4th, at the traditional time and place (7.00 pm at the Lit & Phil) when persistent phantoms Gail-Nina Anderson and Sean O'Brien will be joined by Shelley Day. Tickets, as always, are available from the Lit & Phil, price £5/ £3 for members.

Book now: this is always a sell-out event!

Lectures in the New Year...

Paul Nash
A second chance to hear...

Wednesday January 10th at 6.00 pm,
Tickets £3

Innovative within a tradition, the inter-war landscapes of Paul Nash (1889-1946) define a very British mode of Romantic Modernism, while the works he produced in response to two world wars have given us humane and oddly lyrical images of terrifying devastation. The talk is timed to coincide with the exhibition of Nash's painting at the Laing Art Gallery.

Gail-Nina Anderson is repeating this lecture due to extraordinary demand when it was originally delivered in September.

The following Monday, 15th January, also at 6.00 pm, she lectures on Frankenstein's Offspring, the legacy of Mary Shelley's novel in popular culture.

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Thereafter, Gail-Nina resumes her series of triads of art lectures. 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.

Ladies from the Laing

Wednesday 24th January, 6.00 pm
Joshua Reynolds: Mrs Elizabeth Ridell
Wednesday 31st January, 6.00 pm
William Holman Hunt: Isabella and the Pot of Basil
Wednesday 7th February, 6.00 pm
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema: Love in Idleness

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The Art of David Bomberg

Coming to the Laing in February 2018 is the first significant exhibition of David Bomberg's work in more than a decade. The exhibition will mark the 60th anniversary of the artist's death and will be co-curated by Ben Uri Gallery, Pallant House Gallery and the Laing Art Gallery.

Gail-Nina offers a special lecture, to coincide with the exhibition, on Wednesday 28th February at 6.00 pm (tickets £4).

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The Urban Scene: Three Street Scenes

Wednesday 7th March, 6.00 pm
Ford Madox Brown: Work (Manchester City Art Gallery)
Wednesday 14th March, 6.00 pm
Pierre-Auguste Renoir: The Umbrellas (National Gallery, London)
Wednesday 7th March, 6.00 pm
Edward Hopper: Nighthawks (Art Institute of Chicago)