Our 2013-2014 Discovery Days


The Story of Art – In the Footsteps of Gombrich

Dr Geri Parlby and Jeni Andrews-Fraser, MA

Time: Study day: 10.30am - 15.30pm


5 day-long sessions for 5 weeks (each Friday) from October 25, 2013

This is the first of a 3-part course providing a chronological survey of the history of art, examining the religious, ritual, social and political contexts in which the art was created.

Part 1: Covers Pre-history to the 11th century, including primitive, Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Greek and Roman art, through the Byzantine period to the Gothic.

Subsequent sessions will run in 2014 and 2015.

Part 2: considers the period from the 14th to the late 16th century, starting with Giotto and the early Renaissance and continuing up to the time of the Catholic Counter-Reformation.

Part 3 looks at the art and architecture produced in the Baroque period and that of the ‘Enlightenment’ (17th and 18th centuries).

These will be offered on an annual basis starting October 2014

Venue: Merchant House, Truro

Organised by: South West Area

Cost: £120 (for Part 1) Refreshments provided (lunch is also available and details will be sent to you upon registration)


Art Inspired by War

Dr Anthony Kelly BA MA PhD

Time: Study day: 10.00am - 15.30pm


10.00 Arrival, coffee

10.30 Lecture 1: Britain at war 1939-45, as seen through the artists’ eyes

11.45 Lecture 2: Recording Britain in watercolours – 1940-1943

13.00 Buffet lunch

14.15 Lecture 3: The Romantic and the Amused: Eric Ravilious and Edward Ardizzone as war artists

15.30 Concluding remarks and departure

Surprisingly, during World War II, Britain’s admirable military achievements were matched by the remarkable official war art produced under the guidance of Kenneth Clark. The country’s finest painters were asked to provide a pictorial record for posterity, but also to create works of real artistic quality, capable of inspiring the nation in the dark days of the war.

The nation’s finest watercolour artists were sent to record, in elegiac images, what seems today like a ‘paradise lost’, evoking deeply-rooted artistic and poetic traditions. They may also have boosted morale and patriotism, by showing a land and way of life ‘worth fighting for’. Eric Ravilious achieved distinction pre-war with superb watercolours in the essentially English ‘neo-romantic’ style, and was also an accomplished illustrator and designer. As an official war artist, he showed great commitment and inventiveness, combining meticulous detail with a haunting evocation of time and place. Edward Ardizzone was a talented book illustrator in peacetime. His war art brings sharp observation and a sense of detachment, as well as wit and humour.

Dr Anthony Kelly has an MA and PhD in History of Art from the University of London, as well as BA in French and English. His lectures on war art are informed by practical experience as reserve officer with UK Commando Forces. His publications include books on Dutch art, war art and travel posters. He has been a university lecturer in French and is an accredited NADFAS lecturer. His publications include Firemen Artists 1940-1945 and articles on French literature, Dutch art, war art and 1930s travel posters.

Venue: The Tiverton Hotel (Close to M5 Junction 27)

Organised by: South West Area

Cost: Details to follow


Treasures from the Royal Collection

Oliver Everett

Time: Study day: 10.00am - 16.00pm


Oliver Everett is the Librarion emeritus of the Royal Library, Windsor Castle.

Oliver will give three lectures related to the Royal Collection

Venue: Alverton Hotel, Truro

Organised by: South West Area

Cost: £28 to include coffee on arrival, hot and cold finger buffet lunch


New York - New York

Mary Alexander

Time: Study day: 10.00am - 15.30pm


Mary gave three lectures related to New York

A ‘virtual’ tour in which the artistic highlights and icons of New York were unashamedly cherry-picked.

It considered the influence of ‘new money’ on art patronage and tracked fashionable society from Washington Square (so beloved by Henry James and Edith Wharton) in its relentless move uptown. Photography was used to full effect with visual collages and exquisite details to re-create the atmosphere of the brownstones and high society clubs of Gramercy Park, the Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall.

Reference was made to the grand hotels and nightclubs, the 21 Club and the Speakeasy, and the building of the great art collections including the Metropolitan Museum and the Guggenheim.

Whether you know and love New York or maybe have never visited, Mary Alexander gave us fun discovering more about the personalities of the artists, designers, patrons and social climbers who shaped this extraordinary and ever-changing city. There was a sense of ‘being there’ and capturing the vibrancy and energy of the city.

Venue: National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth

Organised by: Falmouth DFAS

Cost: £29 Including lectures, mid morning coffee and light buffet lunch


Treasures of Spanish Art

Eveline Eaton

Time: Study day: 10.00am - 15.30pm


The day will be divided into three sessions and will begin with coffee at 10.00 am.

  • Session 1:Early Spanish Art to El Greco
  • Session 2:The ‘Golden Age’ of Spanish Art
  • Session 3:Goya to Picasso

Venue: Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre (TQ11 0EE)

Organised by: South West Area. Organiser, David Yates

Cost: £33.00 per person to include a two course lunch and coffee