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.

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, and they look at some of the leading young British  who were swept up in that revolution. Each lecture leads on to the next in chronological order, looking at the chief themes and personalities involved, and focussing in on a range of particular works, from both national and private collections.



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..

Programme for the day

10:30 Lecture 1

“The Slade Way”

Art school in pre-War London

11:30 Coffee break

11:50 Lecture 2

The Crisis of “isms”:

Post-Impressionists, Cubists, Futurists, Vorticists-and more

13:00 Luncheon
14:00 Lecture 3

Young British Artists and the Great War:

The making of reputations

15:00 Questions and Answers
15:30 approx Closure and departure