2.00pm start unless otherwise stated below
8th March MARK HILL
Curves, Colours & Cool : An Introduction to Mid Century Modern
19th April TIMOTHY WALKER
The Subtle Science & Exact Art of Colour in English Garden Design
17th May DR. KATE STRASDIN
Mariano Fortuny - Design Inspirations
21st June SIMON SELIGMAN
Passions, Personalities and Patronage: Chatsworth and the story of the Devonshire family collection 1549 to present day
19th July TOBY FABER
Faber & Faber - 90 years of excellence in cover design
16th August - no lecture this month
September & October lecture details to be confirmed
15th November JACOB MOSS
Treasures of the fan museum
Unfortunately due to the limitations of Zoom the March lecture by Mark Hill has had to be changed. We apologise to those of you who were expecting a lecture on a Regency Dandy however the lecture we have chosen is a tried and tested one and very popular.
Why has the teak sideboard you threw out years ago suddenly become so desirable? Who or What is Eames Have you ever heard of Timo Sarpaneva ?
Well this entertaining lecture by Mark Hill looks at furniture, ceramics, glass, lighting and metalware. He talks about the key designers and discusses the revolutionary design movements they began.
Since 1986 I have given 1,500 public lectures. This was originally part of my work as the director of the Oxford University Botanic Garden from 1988 to 2014.
Botanic gardens are often described as living museums, and a garden curator lectures about them the same way a museum curator lectures about their collections.
Since 2014 I have been a lecturer and tutor at Somerville College Oxford.
Gardens are often thought of as a place where science and art meet on equal terms and my lecture investigates the relationship between the two.
His lecture on the 19th April is called :
The Subtle Science & Art of Colour in English Garden Design
Why a garden can rank as fine art.
In 1888 Gertrude Jekyll wrote a short but seminal article
in The Guardian in which she urged readers to
‘remember that in a garden we are painting a picture’ As an accomplished
watercolour artist Miss Jekyll was familiar with the principles of using
colours, but she felt that in gardens these principles ‘had been greatly
This talk looks at how to apply these principles in designing a border, but it also looks at the ways in which a border is different from a painting.