Lectures are in the ArtsHouse: 10.45 for morning members: 13.30 for afternoon members.

Thursday 21 September 2017
Giles: His Life and Cartoons
Speaker: Barry Venning

sept-2017-onlyGiles loved Grandma as through her he could say impolite things in his cartoons! He made fun of authority including Hitler, traffic wardens and even his Daily Express employers! His many admirers included Prince Charles and Sir Malcolm Sargent. As a war correspondent he had visited Belsen where the camp commandant was a fan. Barry Venning explores how Giles gave us an amazing picture of fifty years of British life.

sep-2017-barry-venningBarry Venning is a historian of British Art with a particular interest in the works of J M W Turner, on whom he has published widely. He was the BBC’s script consultant for a programme on the Fighting Temeraire and has recently taken part in the making of a BBC documentary called the Genius of Turner: Painting the Industrial Revolution. He has also published a study of John Constable’s paintings. His interests and his teaching extend to modern and contemporary art in all its forms. He is currently Associate Lecturer with the Open University and lecturing on a freelance basis for NADFAS, Christie’s Education and other organisations.