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2018-19 season's lectures

* morning lecture
Unless otherwise stated, all lectures are in the Cultural Centre, calle Granada, Nerja and start at 6pm.

Lecture date: October 16th 2018(6:00 pm in the Cultural Centre, Nerja)

Hidden Canvasses: Street Art and the City

Doug Gillen BA (Hons)
NB. This is the third Tuesday of the month.
There's more to the world of street art than Banksy. Hidden Canvasses is a beginner's guide to the biggest art movement since pop art.

From train writing in New York to interactive technology that brings murals to life, the concept of un-commissioned public art is a very different beast to that which it once was.
Hidden Canvasses explores the key stages in street art's growth examining the different elements and styles that comprise the scene with no rules. From the international superstars to the local underground heroes you're guaranteed to leave knowing your Invader from your Aryz and who knows you might even start looking at the world a little differently.

Ben Slow - Hanbury Street

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Bristol 2018

Bristol 2018

Bristol 2018

Bristol 2018

Málaga 2018

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Málaga - MAUS 2013       Málaga - MAUS 2015       Aryz in MAUS 2015       Penelles ('the street art capital of Spain')       Creative designs       New York

MAUS: Málaga Arte Urbano Soho. website showing locations of street art and the artists

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Lecture date: November 13th 2018(6:00 pm in the Cultural Centre, Nerja)

Velázquez and the Golden Age of Spanish Painting

Siân Walters MA (Cantab)
The 17th century is known as the Golden Age of Spanish Art, a period in which the country was able to use its vast wealth, accumulated during the 1500s following the expansion of its territories in Europe and the Americas, to fund extravagant and ambitious programmes of building and painting.

At the helm of the country’s artistic patronage was King Philip IV, one of the greatest collectors of art throughout Europe. His well-honed instinct for talent drew him to the young, brilliant Diego Velázquez who would become his court painter, recording his likeness and that of his family for over 30 years.

Velazquez soon became internationally recognised as the greatest artist of his generation, praised for his ability to capture a sitter’s personality or mood and admired for his mysterious, varied and often provocative subjects and interpretations.

Many of his paintings are deliberately enigmatic, creating heated debate even today. This lecture will trace the rise of his glittering career at one of the most illustrious courts in Europe.

Juan de Pareja

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Lecture date: November 27th 2018(6:00 pm in the Cultural Centre, Nerja)

Charles Dickens - The Man and his Life through his Characters

Bertie Pearce BA (Hons)

Bertie Pearce
2012 was the bicentenary of the birth of Charles John Huffam Dickens. He brought into the world a staggering array of wonderful characters with orphans, starving children, misers, murderers and abusive school teachers among them. People such as Mr Mcawber, Fagin and Abel Magwitch remain in one's literary psyche long after the books are put down. Largely self-educated, Dickens posessed the genius to become the greatest writer of his age with 15 major novels and countless short stories and articles.

In this lecture Bertie Pearce looks at the life and places of Dickens while interspersing the events with readings of his works. A truly Dickensian experience.

Charles Dickens


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Lecture date: December 11th 2018(6:00 pm in the Cultural Centre, Nerja)

Spain: a history of art, power and passion - a memory of Al-Andalus

Anne Haworth BA (Hons)

In 711 AD, Spain was conquered by Moorish armies from North Africa who named this country Al-Andalus. A magnificent golden age of building and culture flourished during subsequent centuries.

The lecture focuses on the architectural, horticultural and artisanal legacy of Islamic Spain with a tour of the most important buildings of Andalusia including Córdoba's hauntingly beautiful Mezquita, Seville's memorable Alcazar and Giralda Tower and the exquisite Alhambra Palace in Granada.

Water was an essential component of the Islamic garden and fountains still dazzle in the beautiful Generalife garden adjacent to the Alhambra whilst providing a mirror-like calm in the depths of the water mine in Ronda's Casa del Rey Moro.
Many luxury crafts flourished in Moorish Spain including fine silk-weaving at Almería, ivory-carving in medieval Córdoba alongside paper-making, metal-working and pottery. Hispano-Moresque ceramic lustre-wares made in 15th Century Málaga and Valencia were exported as far as England and had an important role in the development of Italian Renaissance maiolica.

As Muslim power waned during the Reconquista followed by the power of the Habsburg monarchs, elements of Moorish architectural, musical and aesthetic heritage survived and synthesised with the new Christian culture. The lecture concludes with the passion for the art of Andalusia shown by Victorian artists including Owen Jones and William de Morgan and later writers and artists such as Gerald Brennan and Dora Carrington.

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Lecture date: January 15th 2019(6:00 pm in the Cultural Centre, Nerja)

How we got IKEA! - Scandinavian Design c. 1880-1960

Anne Anderson PhD FSA
NB. This is the third Tuesday of the month.

Scandinavia became one of the leading countries for ‘progressive’ design in the 20th century.
This lecture starts by looking at design reform and the arts and crafts movement at the end of the 19th century. Included will be the interiors of Karl Larsson, for many the direct precursor of the IKEA Swedish style; the metalwork of the Dane Georg Jensen, which drew heavily on the English Arts and Crafts; Swedish and Danish glass and ceramics - Orrefors, Rorstrand and Copenhagen.
The impact on Scandinavian designers of the Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Modernism will be appraised bringing us up to the 1950s when it can be said Scandinavian design came of age. Scandinavian Modern, as it was christened in America, offered an ideal life-style for the post war era, based on clean lines, natural materials and the notion that ‘less is more’.
Founded on principles of economy and selfreliance-Do-It-Yourself-IKEA has globalized Scandinavian Modern and many have embraced its founder’s ethos as it suits our busy lifestyles.

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Lecture date: January 29th 2019(6:00 pm in the Cultural Centre, Nerja)

Heartbeat of the South: Flamenco, its history, its rhythms

Antonio Guerra

Including live music and dancing by Company Antonio Guerra.

Dancer: Antonio Guerra
Guitarist: Ruben Portillo

Singer: Rosa Line
Narrator: Helen Sijsling
We would like to seduce you, to entice you into the world of Flamenco. Maybe you have often seen flamenco performances but still wonder - where does this music come from, what are its origins? What is Flamenco? Interlacing the performance of a singer, a guitar player and a dancer, the narrator will give us a glimpse into this wonderful passionate world of Flamenco which was added to the list of ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ by UNESCO in 2010.

Andalusia in southern Spain is the heartland of Flamenco. It is an artistic expression fusing song (cante), dance (baile) and musicianship (toque). ‘Cante’ is performed by a seated solo singer. The gamut of feelings and states of mind – grief, joy, tragedy, rejoicing and fear – can be expressed through sincere and expressive lyrics. Flamenco ‘baile’ is a dance of passion, of courtship, expressing a wide range of emotions from sadness to joy. ‘Toque’, the art of guitar playing has long surpassed its original role as an accompaniment. Hand clapping and foot stamping are also employed.

There are more than 50 different rhythms. We will be looking at a few of them in detail. Happy rhythms, like Alegría and Bulería and sad ones like Soleá or Seguirilla; simple ones with a 4 beat like the Tango (the Flamenco Tango, not the Argentinian one!) or the most complicated ones with a 12 beat like the Bulería; rhythms from Cádiz and Jerez, the very heart of the Flamenco, but also others that have been influenced by other cultures like the Fado and Cuban music.

Come and let yourself be seduced into this very passionate world of Flamenco!

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Lecture date: February 12th 2019(6:00 pm in the Cultural Centre, Nerja)

Lawrence of Arabia: tortured hero of troubled times

Neil Faulkner PhD FSA

On the basis of sensational new evidence from archaeological fieldwork, Neil will contrast the legend of Lawrence of Arabia with the true story of what happened in the famous desert war of 1916 to 1918. Is the legend a myth? Was Lawrence, as some claim, a liar and a charlatan? Or does the legend reflect reality? Was he, in fact, a brilliant military commander and a sincere advocate of the Arab national cause?

‘Lawrence of Arabia’ is an early 20th century instance of celebrity culture. Neil will analyse the invention and re-invention of the legend from 1919 onwards through memoirs, photos, films, paintings, biographies, and documentaries.

He will then contrast the legend with the biography of the man himself, focusing on key aspects of his early years and his character which equipped him to play – or to seem to play – a particular role in the Arab Revolt of 1916 to 1918.

In addition, Neil will review the numerous well-preserved archaeological remains of the conflict, mainly along the line of the former Hijaz Railway, have been the subject of a ten-year programme of field research led by Neil and his close colleague Professor Nick Saunders. Neil will summarise the key findings.

He will also offer a new narrative and analysis of the war based on the archaeological evidence, leading to a new assessment both of Lawrence’s role and achievements, and of the relationship between art and reality in the creation of ‘celebrity’.

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Lecture date: February 19th 2019(5:00 pm in the Cultural Centre, Nerja)

Film: Lawrence of Arabia


Lawrence of Arabia is a 1962 epic historical drama film based on the life of T. E. Lawrence.

It was directed by David Lean, produced by Sam Spiegel and stars Peter O'Toole in the title role.

The film is widely considered one of the greatest and most influential films in the history of cinema. The dramatic score by Maurice Jarre and the Super Panavision 70 cinematography by Freddie Young are also highly acclaimed.

The film was nominated for ten Oscars at the 35th Academy Awards in 1963; it won seven in total: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography (Color), Best Art Direction (Color), Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing. It also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Drama and the BAFTA Awards for Best Film and Outstanding British Film.

The film depicts Lawrence's experiences in the Arabian Peninsula during World War I, in particular his attacks on Aqaba and Damascus and his involvement in the Arab National Council. Its themes include Lawrence's emotional struggles with the personal violence inherent in war, his own identity, and his divided allegiance between his native Britain and its army and his new-found comrades within the Arabian desert tribes. As well as O'Toole, the film stars Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif, Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains and Arthur Kennedy.

In 1991, the film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and selected for preservation in the United States Library of Congress National Film Registry. In 1998, the American Film Institute placed it 5th on their 100 Years...100 Movies list, and 7th on their 2007 updated list. In 1999, the British Film Institute named the film the 3rd greatest British film of all time.
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Lecture date: February 26th 2019(11:30 am in the Museo de Nerja)

Othello - More than just the Moor

Penni Wilson

Member's Talk

venue: Museo de Nerja at 11:30
Shakespeare wrote his play “Othello” over four hundred years ago, yet the world’s fascination with the character has not diminished. It is a tragedy as relevant today, with its themes of racism, hatred and betrayal, as it was then.

“Othello” continues to be successful as a play (of course), but to date it has also inspired two operas, three ballets and at least twenty-seven films. But who was Othello? What is it about him that fascinates us so much? Is he a murderer - a wife killer - or a victim? What happened to the deep love he felt for Desdemona? Did he actually exist or did Shakespeare simply make him up? If so, why?

This lecture will try to make some sense of it all and offers an insight into the world of “Othello”. It contains live readings, video recordings, music and interviews.

Lecture date: March 12th 2019(6:00 pm in the Cultural Centre, Nerja)

The Night Before the Morning After: Hard Drinking and Harlots in Art

John Iddon MA BA PGCE

In 2015 the Musee d’Orsay mounted a fascinating exhibition entitled ‘Splendours and Miseries’ featuring how ‘ladies of the night’ had been depicted in art. At the same time Tate Britain displayed paintings on the theme of ‘Alcohol and Art’ The two subjects are often closely interwoven in the work of many great artists including Hogarth, Rowlandson, Cruikshank, Degas, Lautrec and Picasso and others.


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Lecture date: April 9th 2019(6:00 pm in the Cultural Centre, Nerja)

What really happened on Easter Island?

Paul Bahn PhD MA FSA

Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, is the most isolated piece of permanently inhabited land on the planet, and yet it produced a most extraordinary Stone Age culture: hundreds of sophisticated coastal stone platforms, more than a thousand enormous stone statues, the richest rock art in the Pacific, and a unique writing system.

This talk will provide an introduction to the history of the discovery of this culture; to its principal features; and to what archaeology, oral traditions and, more recently, palaeobotanical evidence have combined to teach us about the island’s cultural rise and decline, its environmental crisis, and the lessons all this can teach us about how we look after the Earth as a whole.

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Lecture date: May 14th 2019(6:00 pm in the Cultural Centre, Nerja)

Foreigners in London 1520-1677: the artists that changed the course of British art

Leslie Primo MA BA

Why were foreigner painters preferred by the aristocracy in London to native-born English painters, why did foreigners come in the first place, what was their motivation, and what was the impact of foreigners in London on English art and art practise?

The lecture will look at the various formats and uses of art, tracing foreign artists from the Tudor period through to the Renaissance and Baroque, looking at their origins and how they came to work in England.

It will examine the contributions of artists such as Holbein, Gerrit van Honthorst, Marcus Gheeraerts the younger, Lucas and Susanna Horenbout, Isaac Oliver, Paulus van Somer, van Dyck, Peter Lely, and Rubens.

This lecture will look at how these artists influenced the British School of painting and assess their legacy.

Short Bibliographic Reading List:
  • Campbell, Caroline, (Ed) Peter Lely: A Lyrical Vision, (The Courtauld Gallery, 2012)
  • Finaldi, Gabriele (Ed), Orazio Gentileschi at the Court of Charles I, (Museo de Bellas Atres de Bilbao, 1999)
  • Foister, Susan, Holbein in England, (Tate Publishing, 2006)
  • Hearn, Karen, Marcus Gheeraerts II Elizabethan Artist: In Focus (Tate Publishing, 2002)
  • Hearn, Karen (Ed), Van Dyck & Britain, (Tate Publishing, 2009)




Leslie Primo with Bronzino

Leslie Primo with Lorenzo Monaco

Leslie Primo with Wtewael

Leslie entertained us with "The Cult of the South Pacific: from Cook to Gauguin" in 2011 and "The Divine Michelangelo" in 2014.

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