"Liber ethicorum des Henricus de Alemannia" by Laurentius de Voltolina, 14th century

What’s on: future lectures

Lectures cover an extensive range of topics relating to art and architecture. Each lecture lasts for one hour, and is followed by a glass of wine, which gives members the opportunity to socialise and to discuss the lecture with other members, and to talk to the speaker.

Lectures are generally held at The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT, and usually start at 6pm. Members may attend lectures without charge, and can invite guests for a fee of £5 each. Visiting full-time students may attend for a fee of £3 (fees are payable at the door). There is no need to book.

Guest places available

Donatello: the greatest of them all

  • Tue 14 January 2020
    6 pm
  • The Art Workers' Guild
  • Lecturer: Jim Harris

Michelangelo, Leonardo and Rembrandt are among the regular contenders for the artistic Heavyweight Championship of the World but in this lecture, Jim Harris takes an unashamedly partisan stance to argue that, of all of them, the fifteenth-century Florentine sculptor Donatello is the undefeated title-holder.

Guest places available

The British Mosque: an architectural and social history

  • Tue 3 March 2020
    6 pm
  • The Art Workers' Guild
  • Lecturer: Shahed Saleem

The architectural story charts a course from the earliest mosques formed from the conversion of houses, to other large-scale conversions through to purpose-built mosques and with these the emergence of an Islamic architectural expression in Britain.

Guest places available

David Bomberg’s lost legacy: a master painter and his students

  • Wed 1 April 2020
    6 pm
  • The Art Workers' Guild
  • Lecturer: Kate Aspinall

David Bomberg (1890-1957) was neglected for much of his lifetime and has only recently been rightfully celebrated with exhibitions at galleries across the country. This talk explores what it is in his painting that touches a nerve today as much as it did for the talented group of artists who studied with him.

Guest places available

The use of light in ecclesiastical upper spaces during the Middle Ages

  • Mon 11 May 2020
    6 pm
  • The Art Workers' Guild
  • Lecturer: Toby Huitson

This lecture will explore the various ways in which the upper levels of monastic and parish church buildings were illuminated, from interior devotional lights to tower beacons, using evidence from medieval custumals, chronicles and manuscript sources.

Lecture Programme Organiser

Susan Nettle