Wednesday 16th May 10 30 am
British Studio Pottery: ‘Vessels that Travel’
This talk connects to Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery at
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Fiona brings her passion for ceramics to chart the rich story of clay and 20th Century British Artist Potters. She will look at the work of Bernard Leach, Lucie Rie, Hans Coper, Edmund de Waal, Alison Britton and Grayson Perry in order to examine the creative journey beyond ‘pot as a useful vessel’.
Wednesday 30th May 10.30 am
The Thirties in British Art
‘Marching in Time with Modernism’
This talk celebrates the re-opening of Kettles Yard, Cambridge and connects with the Picasso 1932 exhibition at Tate Modern.
Emerging from the shadow of the Great War, the Thirties were catch up time for British Art. Encouraged by closer connections with European Modernists, adventurous artists gained a new confidence. In this talk, Fiona will chart how the new art and its collectors generated an aesthetic that is embodied in ‘the home as gallery’ that Jim Ede created at Kettles Yard.
Wednesday 18th July 10 30 am
‘Sweetness and Light’ in Contemporary British Architecture
This talk links to the current Superstructures exhibition at The Sainsbury Centre, Norwich
Since World War II, British architects have embraced the possibilities of new materials, novel technologies and shrugged off prettiness. Fiona will examine this fresh relationship with modernity, explore its sense of the aesthetic and focus on the ways that these innovative buildings celebrate light.