Study Day programme 2022

Our Study Days, held in the Digby Hall, Sherborne, comprise three lectures on the same day. There are two lectures in the morning with a coffee break between them followed by lunch with wine or soft drinks and a further lecture in the afternoon.

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Wednesday 23 March 2022

Breaking the Mould

Modern Sculpture in Early 20th Century Britain

Evelyn Silber

It is a forbidding challenge to overturn 400 years of accepted definitions and standards in art and create a new language. Sculptors faced the same, if not even greater challenges than painters in re-inventing their conservative, expensive practice geared to the needs of public commissions and private patronage during the early twentieth century.  Artists across Europe including Picasso and Matisse, Brancusi and Modigliani, Duchamp-Villon and Boccioni were jettisoning classical baggage and literary lumber in favour of radical experiments in form, material and content. This study day looks at how in Britain carvings by Jacob Epstein, Eric Gill, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska and the young Henry Moore engaged with mainland Europe and challenged critical and public taste.

Thursday 17 November 2022

Vienna 1900

Culture and Crisis

Gavin Plumley

This study day comprises three lectures, looking at the cultural and social context of the artistic explosion in Vienna at the turn of the last century, with concentrated case studies into two of its primary movers and shakers.