Art History Lectures Spring 2014

Art History Lectures by Adrian Sumner

Monday 20 January - Pop goes the Easel
David Hockney: Swinging Sixties Still Swinging

This illustrated lecture will attempt to bring the Pop Art scene into sharp focus, looking at the incredible, often thrilling, variety of visual arts experiences on offer to a rapidly-expanding market, as the Age of Aquarius kicked in. We will explore the great personalities of Pop Art (Eduardo Paolozzi, Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenberg, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenburg) as well as Op Art, Kinetic Art, Happenings, Assemblage, Abstraction, Colour-Field Painting, Nouveau Realisme, Psychedelia, Political Art, Underground Art, Posters, Magazines and Album Cover Art, Fashion, Childrens’ Book Illustration, and the beginnings of Minimalism and Environmental Art. From Apple to (Frank) Zappa, via Bridget Riley, Peter Blake, Robert Crumb, we will leave no stoned Stone unturned, and no Head unfed.

And just because he’s still swinging, we take a special look at Dear Old David Hockney, tireless innovator in a greedy artworld. Join me on this trip down Penny Lane, to Strawberry Fields. Lets meet at the Crossroads. Just off Highway 61. Outside the Gates of Eden. You get the idea….

This lecture links to our Heritage Tour to Liverpool on Saturday 25 January and the David Hockney Exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery.

National Portrait Gallery - David Hockney Portraits pdf here.

National Portrait Gallery - Pop Art Portraits pdf here.

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Monday 24 February - The Art of War

A lecture examining the memorable and moving images created by British artists in the Great War and World War 2, as well as those of many other countries, plus how artists have recorded and remembered conflict down the ages, plus posters, propaganda and political cartoons. Features Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland, C.R.W.Nevinson, Wyndham-Lewis, David Bomberg, Frank Brangwyn, Orpen, Lavery, Eric Ravilious, Boccioni, Severini, George Grosz, Otto Dix, and many more.

This lecture links to our Heritage Tour to Duxford Air Museum on Saturday 2 August.

Cheshire Artists Network Great War Exhibition - details here.

Catalyst - Contemporary Art and War IWM pdf here.

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Monday 17 March - Edward Burne-Jones and the Pre-Raphaelites
or How Desperate Romantics Became Dreamers of Decadence

Looking at the groundbreaking and gorgeous paintings of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, their contemporary followers and legacy, and their formative influence on the Arts and Crafts Movement, Art Nouveau, Decadence, International Symbolism and the Aesthetic Movement. We focus particularly on the genius of Burne-Jones, and how his ‘Golden, dim dreams’ shaped the style and thinking of a generation of artists in Britain in Continental Europe and in America. And then we explore how the dreams of ‘three visionary boys’ inspired the colours, shapes and ideas of Burne-Jones, and then of Beardsley, Mackintosh, Moreau, Khnopff, Klimt, the Vienna Secession, Lalique, Tiffany, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, finding echoes in Flower-power, Biba, and the Psychedelia of the Swinging Sixties.

This lecture links to our Heritage Tour to Birmingham on Saturday 22 March and the Collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

The Pre-Raphaelites at BMAG Education Pack pdf here.

 The Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design pdf here.

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Monday 28 April - Paris in the Belle Epoque
Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, Symbolists, Fauves and Cubists

From the 1890s to the Great War, Paris was the centre of the artistic world, generating movement after movement in fine art fro the ferment of artists who gathered there fro all over the world.

We will see how the Romantic movement and the Salon gave way to successive waves of innovation, created by artists who have shaped not just Modernism, but the way in which we see the world. This lecture looks at the effortless genius of Manet, the Worldly Beauty created by Monet and the Impressionists, the rush of colour and emotion generated by Van Gogh, Gauguin and the thrilling diversity of Post-Impressionism, the dreaming other-worldliness of Symbolism and Art Nouveau, and the Shock of the New confronted by Fauvism and Cubism. And the School of Paris itself, of course.

La Belle Epoque essay by Metropolitian Museum of Art pdf here.

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Monday 19 May - Blooming Marvels - Flowers in Art

Throughout history the language of flowers has fascinated and beguiled us, and artists most of all. This lecture looks at the art of flowers, in landscape and in vases, from Ancient Rome to Modern-day Kew, taking in the Tulip Madness of the Dutch Golden Age, Monet’s paintings of his famous garden at Giverny, Art Nouveau’s obsession with poppy, convolvulus, and sunflower, William Morris’ endless invention in textile, wallpaper and print, Redoute’s Roses, plus a wealth of botanical illustrations to suit all tastes.

Paintings of the Dutch Golden Age pdf here.

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All lectures take place at 
The Council Chamber, 78 Church Road, Northwich CW9 5PB
(adjacent to St Helen's Parish Church)
Click here for a map to the venue

Lectures start at 2.00pm - £5.00 (£4.00 concessions) including tea/coffee

To book a place, call the DAN Office in Northwich Library on 01606 41597
or click on the links above to book online.

Click here to download the full details


Heritage Tours Spring/Summer 2014

Click on the Tour for more Details and Booking
Saturday 25 January Liverpool
Saturday 22 February Preston – Harris Art Gallery, Blackburn Art Gallery, Accrington Art Gallery
Saturday 22 March Birmingham & Winterbourne House and Gardens
Saturday 12 April Nottingham & Wollaton Hall
Saturday 10 May Ripon & Church of Christ the Consoler
Saturday 31 May Black Country Museum  
Saturday 21 June Bath
Saturday 12 July Chipping Campden & Hidcote Gardens
Saturday 2 August Duxford Air Museum
Saturday 23 August Bodelwyddan & Penrhyn Castles
Sunday 14 September Levens Hall & Kendal

Northwich Neighbourhood Plan Meeting

Tuesday 3 December at 7.30pm

Northwich Neighbourhood Plan is to hold its first Community Meeting on Tuesday 3rd December 2013 at the Winnington Park Recreation Club starting at 7.30pm.

This will be the first of a number of meetings which will focus on the structure and contents of the Northwich Neighbourhood Plan.

The plan, if passed by a referendum, will give the town a statutory right and equal legal force with anything in the local plan.

The Northwich Town Council has given its backing to the plan by delegating 4 councillors to work with the local community on the plan. It will also receive administrative and technical support from the Town Clerk and his staff.

The NNP team have initially identified 7 key areas that are priorities for the town:

1) Housing
2) Health and Welfare
3) Employment and Education
4) Environment – Natural & Built
5) Retail and Commercial
6) Transport & Infrastructure
7) Recreation, Tourism and our Waterways

Whilst the Plan is for the area within the Northwich Parish boundaries it will affect many people who work and use Northwich.
The meeting is not only for those that live in the town but for the13 local parishes that are within 3 miles of the town.

People in neighbouring parishes are invited to the meeting.

Speaking about the meeting, David Roberts, the Northwich Neighbourhood Plan Chairman said,

“Our Neighbourhood Team has worked hard over the last couple of weeks to identify areas that our Plan should cover.

We now want to invite those that live in Northwich and its surrounding area to share their views with the team.

This will be a meeting that looks at how we move forward with positive ideas that will see Northwich through the next 20 years.

This Plan gives us a once in a lifetime opportunity to provide a better Northwich not only for ourselves but our children and grandchildren.

Whilst we welcome local community leaders and those with specific expertise, we are calling for all those with an interest in Northwich to attend the meeting.

We cannot change the immediate plans for Northwich town centre but by looking constructively at the future your Neighbourhood Plan can have real influence, with legal status, for over 20 years into the future.

This is not a meeting to air the same old grievances but to help shape a Town you will be proud to live in.

We have many complex issues but we intend with your help to shape that future, please come along and talk through your views with our team members”.

Northwich Guardian Article

Website/Facebook Page

Northwich Guardian Report on the meeting

Christmas Artisan Market

Saturday 14 December
Northwich Town Centre

A chance to get those extra special hand-made and locally-produced Christmas presents.

Craft Sale

Saturday 7 December
VAC Gallery
Brunner Court

10.30am - 4.00pm

Goth Glitz Jewellery
Beauty Bank Books
Christmas Wreaths

Demonstrations by the artists, plus children's workshop.

Plus the No Limitz Exhibition.

Felted Vessel Workshop

Thursday 5 December
VAC Gallery
Brunner Court

10.00am - 3.00pm
£20.00 (all materials supplied)

Learn how to create felt made vessels at this easy and fun workshop using wool tops to make your colourful 3D sculptures. The tutor is Jaz Elwick. Tea and Coffee provided. Bring your own packed lunch, or pop out at lunchtime!

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And here are the results of the workshop:

Fantastic work ladies!

No Limitz Exhibition

The exhibition from three professional artists will provide a zesty mix of inspired glass art, fine minimalist porcelain objects and architectural photo collages. All have one strong theme, each artist is beyond the normal limits of their discipline, there is No Limitz.

Carys Boyle - Ceramics
Her inspiration for these minimalist forms comes from investigating negative space found within the natural world, usually from the coastal environment. She is particularly drawn to the organic forms of driftwood, the smooth contours of pebbles and the patterns created by seaweed left on sand and rocks. Carys combines two traditional ceramic techniques called slip casting and slip trailing to create innovative and modern pieces, which concentrate of form. Her work can be seen at

Richard Cowley - Collage Artist
Formerly from an architecture background, he has created huge collages both for domestic, commercial and educational clients. His Lymm collage studio has been running for 2 years where he has been busy with over 180 collages, using some 15,000 images in his works. From small residential holiday/wedding collages to an 11metre long Bus Station mural, Richards complex works can turn even the most serene wedding imagery into a surreal complex of imagination. See for examples of his work.

Helen Davies - Contemporary Glass
Helen specialises in glass painting and fusion to create her range of art work. Helen’s glass evokes the transitional qualities found in elements combining nature and thought. She creates glass art for both exteriors and interiors to enhance the surroundings as well as being sympathetic to its given environment. Her portfolio ranges from splashbacks, wall panels, framed glass artwork, coasters and handmade glass jewellery. Helen also runs courses for individuals and small groups wanting to learn the techniques of fused and kiln formed glass. See

Click here to open the Exhibition Catalogue and Price List

"iBridge" Photo Collage by Richard Cowley

"Northwich" Photo Collage by Richard Cowley

"Chalice" Photo Collage by Richard Cowley

"Dice Roof" Photo Collage by Richard Cowley