Our 2023-2024 Discovery Days

During Discovery Days (Study Days) members have the opportunity to look at a subject in more depth than is possible in a lecture. The group size is often smaller which can allow for a more informal approach.

Future Discovery Days

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Jeni Fraser

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.


This Discovery Day examines the myths and realities of America as imagined through its visual arts. From the earliest encounters to colonialism and into the 20th century artists created the social and cultural history of this vast continent.

Ever since the first Europeans set foot on the shores of the New World, artists have produced imagery designed to support an ideology. Romantic, idealised and, as often, detrimental, the picturing of America has much to tell us about changing attitudes as well as the transmission of artistic ideas across states and continents. This Discovery Day is framed as social and cultural history as imagined through its visual arts, from its discovery in the 15th century to the present day.

  • Founding myths
  • Manifest Destiny
  • Changing perspectives

Venue: The National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth

Organised by: The Arts Society Falmouth

Cost: £39 to include refreshments and a buffet lunch

Previous Discovery Days this year