Study Day programme 2023

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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Thursday 9 March 2023


Carol wilhide justin

This study day comprises three lectures:
Beginning with a lecture on the history of
Japanese Woodcut looking at its rich cultural importance to
Japan and later the huge impact the prints had on the course
of Modern Western Art, particularly to the Impressionists
in France. Carol Justin will also bring the technique into the
present with a look at contemporary practitioners including
Rebecca Salter, President of the Royal Academy and her own
In the afternoon Carol will introduce the tools and materials
and give a demonstration of Japanese woodcut printing.
There will be an opportunity at the end of the day for
participants to try printing from prepared blocks.
Carol Wilhide Justin graduated from the RCA in 2017 and
is now an artist-printmaker who teaches and specialises in
Japanese woodcut.


A crisis of brilliance

The Slade School and the Revolution in British Art 1910-1945

Thursday 16 November 2023

The students who studied at the Slade School of Art in London between 1910-1914 would go on to become some of the most significant names in C20th British art. They included Dora Carrington, David Bomberg, Mark Gertler, Paul Nash,
  C.R.W. Nevinson and Stanley Spencer. They lived through one of the most exciting and disturbing periods in European art and culture, when the traditional canons that had been established during the Renaissance were blown apart by waves of Modernism: Post-Impressionism, Cubism, Futurism and the First World War. The three lectures in this Study Day will explore how, in the space of just a few decades, the art world changed forever. Exploring the lives and works of these Slade artists, each lecture leads on to the next in chronological order, looking at the major events and works of art.

Presenter: David boyd haycock

David Boyd Haycock Read Modern History at the University of Oxford, and has an MA in the History of Art and a PhD in British History. He is the author of a number of books, including Paul Nash (2002), A Crisis of Brilliance: Five Young British Artists and the Great War (2009) and Augustus John: Drawn from Life (2018); he has lectured widely at galleries and museums in the UK, including Tate Britain, the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Watercolour Society and Pallant House. He was formerly a Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford, and at UCLA, and was Curator of Maritime and Imperial History at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. He is now a freelance writer and lecturer..