Keep Monday evenings free and join Nick Pearson for a look at some seminal artists and their work. It is an entertaining lecture and you are bound to learn something new in the convivial atmosphere of Orchard Cafe.
Monday 5 June – A major artistic phenomenon arrived in Paris from St. Petersberg, just as Picasso and Braque were beginning to forge the ideas of Cubism.
The Ballets Russes and its dancers, performing in brightly- coloured costumes of exotic eastern-style design received an ecstatic reception in Paris in 1909. Before long, the Russian impressario, Sergei Diaghilev was involving what seemed to be the entire Parisian avant garde in his ground-breaking productions. Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Jean Cocteau, Erik Satie, Coco Chanel and others contributed to the spectacular entertainment that influenced modern dance with a visual style that would inform the development of Art Deco in the 1920s.
Monday 12 June – Using experiences from her own life Tracey Emin (born, Margate, 1963) often reveals painful situations with brutal honesty and poetic humour. The personal expands to the universal in the way Emin takes a feeling about her life and forms it into a genuine expression of a human emotion.
A consummate storyteller, she engages the viewer with her candid exploration of universal emotions. Well-known for her confessional art, Tracey Emin reveals intimate details from her life to engage the viewer with her expressions of universal emotions. Her ability to integrate her work and personal life allows Emin to establish an intimacy with the viewer. We shall be tracing Tracey’s development from her time at the Royal College of Art to current, award-winning work.