Recent and forthcoming lectures
Note: the January and February lectures will be held at Onslow Village Hall, Guildford. The lecture in March will be held at the Watts Gallery.
Recent and forthcoming events
Although Lalique is best known for his Art Deco glass of the inter-war years, his career began in the early 1890s as the designer of the finest Art Nouveau jewellery. Patronised by the actress Sarah Bernhardt, Lalique created stunning pieces of jewellery from gold, horn, glass and enamel. He preferred opals and aquamarines to flashy diamonds and his jewels were about style and craftsmanship rather than vulgar ostentation. As his fame spread, his style was copied and debased until Lalique felt that he had exhausted the potential of jewellery. At that very moment, around 1907, the perfumer Coty asked Lalique to design some labels for his scent bottles but Lalique went one better and designed a new stopper – he had created the first customised perfume bottle. Soon Lalique was designing for Worth and other famous perfumers. Lalique died in 1945, but his company, based at Wingen-sur-Moder, is still thriving.
Anne Anderson is currently Associate Professor at Exeter University, a tutor at the V&A and NADFAS lecturer. Her specialist knowledge is of the Aesthetic Movement, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Modernism. Previously she taught on the Fine Arts Valuation degree at Southampton Solent University.
George Warrington Taylor was the Business Manager of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co from 1865 until his early death in 1870. Taylor has invariably been portrayed as a shadowy figure: a penniless theatre usher mysteriously coming into the orbit of William Morris before fleeing to Hastings with consumption in 1866 never to grace Queen Square again. Despite being depicted as managing The Firm at arm’s length from the south coast whilst tormenting Morris via the arsenal of his pen, this talk, which is based on original research, shows Taylor’s life was much more interesting and complex than hitherto presented.
Fiona Rose is the owner of Arts & Crafts Living, selling home interiors in the style of the Arts and Crafts era. Fiona is a member of ACMS and gave a lecture to the Society on Frank Lloyd Wright in 2014. She has lectured at The University of Cambridge, for the National Trust, specialist Arts and Crafts associations and for national and local charity groups.
The Marquesses of Bute are an ancient Scots family who rose to prominence during the eighteenth century. Judicious marriages brought wealth and by 1860 industrial enterprise had made them one of the richest families in the Empire. The scholarly third Marquess was a great architectural patron. His extraordinary and intensely personal buildings include two romantic Welsh castles and Mount Stuart, his own home in Scotland, once memorably described as being like a head on collision between the Taj Mahal and a Victorian railway hotel. He employed the Arts and Crafts architects William Burges, Robert Rowland Anderson, Robert Weir Schultz and John Kinross. This lecture looks at both personalities and buildings, and examines the Bute’s legacy of craftsmanship and creativity.
Matthew Williams trained as an art and architectural historian before qualifying as a museum curator. He has been Curator of Cardiff Castle in Wales for twenty seven years, where he has overseen the conservation and re-furnishing of the building, as well as publishing new research on the subject. He lectures widely to The National Trust, The British Museum, NADFAS, and is undertaking a lecture tour of the USA and Canada in 2017.
The Events Committee are busy progressing arrangements for the programme for the year ahead, which will be announced soon. As usual, details and booking forms for individual events will be issued to members electronically in due course during the year and published here on the website once the event is open for booking.
Details of past events
Archive details of past events are available for the following years:
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