Pre-Raphaelite Society events for 2012

The Society organises a varied programme of lectures and visits to exhibitions and places of interest each year. Our schedule for 2012 includes:

21 January 2012
Visit to Manchester City Art Gallery to see the exhibition ‘Ford Madox Brown: Pre-Raphaelite Pioneer’ – Coach leaves Colmore Row, Birmingham at 08.30 a.m.
This is the first major exhibition of Ford Madox Brown’s work since 1964 and the show brings together 140 works from public and private collections including his epic paintings Last of England and Work.

11 February 2012
Lecture by Dinah Roe – ‘Frame the Sonnet: Word and Image in Pre-Raphaelite Art’
Venue: St. Philip’s Cathedral, Colmore Row, Birmingham – Lecture starts at 11.00 a.m.
Dr Dinah Roe will examine the connections between word and image in Pre-Raphaelite painting, paying special attention to the use of poetry in paintings and picture frames.

03 March 2012
Lecture by Lucinda Hawksley – ‘Charles Dickens and The Pre-Raphaelites’
Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, Margaret Street, B’ham – Lecture starts at 11.00 a.m.
Lucinda Hawksley is the great great great granddaughter of Charles Dickens – her talk will trace Dickens’s earliest awareness of the PRB, the artists who became a part of his life and how the writer’s opinions on art changed between 1850 and his death in 1870.

21 April 2012
Lecture by Stephen Wildman – ‘High and Low Art: John Ruskin in Cartoon & Caricature’
Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, Margaret Street, B’ham – Lecture starts at 11.00 a.m.
Professor Stephen Wildman from Lancaster University, will examine some of the many appearances of John Ruskin in caricature, including a number of rare and little-known examples, as well as celebrated images by Frederick Sandys and Max Beerbohm.

05 May 2012
Lecture by Rikky Rooksby – ‘Swinburne: The Visual Record’
Venue: St. Philip’s Cathedral, Colmore Row, Birmingham – Lecture starts at 11 a.m.
Rikky Rooksby has collected many images of Algernon Swinburne, his family and places he lived and visited – in this talk he will show and comment on many of the images, as well as referring to important connections between Swinburne, the Pre-Raphaelites and the world of art.

02 June 2012
Lecture by Christiana Payne – ‘Pre-Raphaelite Landscape Painting’
Venue: St. Philip’s Cathedral, Colmore Row, Birmingham – Lecture starts at 11 a.m.
Christiana Payne will examine the connections between the PRB’s landscape paintings and a range of contextual factors, including the writings of John Ruskin and developments in contemporary photography.

07 July 2012
Lecture by Caroline Arscott – ‘William Morris Carpets: Action in Design’
Venue: St. Philip’s Cathedral, Colmore Row, Birmingham – Lecture starts at 11.00 a.m.
Professor Caroline Arscott will discuss Morris’s imitations of action in carpet design and the role played by Morris in building the collection of carpets held at the South Kensington Museum.

22 September 2012
Visit to Tate Britain, London to see the exhibition ‘Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde’ – Coach leaves Colmore Row, Birmingham at 08.30 a.m.
This major exhibition will bring together more than 150 PRB works across differing media, including painting, sculpture, photography and the applied arts.

27 October 2012
Annual General Meeting and Founder’s Day Lecture by Robert Hewison – ‘Ruskin and The Pre-Raphaelites’
Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, Margaret Street, B’ham – Lecture starts at 12.00 p.m.
Lecture details to be posted as soon as available.

24 November 2012
Lecture by Victoria Osborne – ‘One of the very last votaries of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood: E.R. Hughes and the Death of Pre-Raphaelitism’
Venue: St. Philip’s Cathedral, Colmore Row, Birmingham – Lecture starts at 11.00 a.m.
Lecture details to be posted as soon as available.

For further details relating to any of the events mentioned above please email
info@pre‑raphaelitesociety.org

Please note:

  • Admission for all regular lectures is charged at £7.00 (includes refreshments) – there is no admission charge for our Founders Day lecture. Charges for visits are available on application.
  • Pre-booking for all lectures is strongly advised – the Undercroft lecture space of St. Philip’s Cathedral has limited seating capacity and if you attend without pre-booking you risk being turned away.
  • The Society reserves the right to allocate lecture applications on a first-come, first-served basis where demand for places exceeds venue capacity.
  • The Society reserves the right to cancel, alter, or postpone any events, as it may consider expedient or necessary.
  • Members are reminded that they should have adequate personal and travel insurance cover when attending any Society event.
  • Disclaimer – participation in any event is entirely at your own risk. The Society cannot accept any liability for injury, loss, or damage, however caused.
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