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January 2016 – June 2018

Evening Lecture Featured Talk
January 27, 2016 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 Imaging violence at the International Slavery Museum @ The Holburne Museum
A lecture from Bath Spa University Research Centre for History and Culture. Richard heads the International Slavery Museum at National Museums Liverpool where he is responsible for the strategic development of the Museum, including its forthcoming education and resource centre,...
Collection Featured Talk
February 1, 2016 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sir Thomas Lawrence's Portrait of Arthur Atherley @ The Holburne Museum
Arthur Atherley by Sir Thomas Lawrence This winter we celebrate the arrival in Bath of a bewitching portrait by one of Bath’s greatest artists, Sir Thomas Lawrence. His sketch for the portrait of Arthur Atherley was made in 1791, when...
Evening Lecture Featured Talk
February 18, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Art Museums in 19th Century Britain @ The Holburne Museum
Glasgow Palace of History Giles Waterfield Art Museums in 19C Britain FOR INSTRUCTION AND RECREATION: ART MUSEUMS IN 19th CENTURY BRITAIN This innovative history of British art museums begins in the early 19th century and traces the rise of art...
Featured Talk Tea-time Talk
February 29, 2016 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Changing Lives through Art
To celebrate the first national Museum’s and Well-being Week (29 February – 6 March) this talk will showcase some of the inspiring creativity and well-being work taking place at the Holburne Museum and its partners, The American Museum in Britain...
Evening Lecture Exhibition Featured Talk
March 17, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Impressionist Women: Makers and Muses @ The Holburne Museum
Until the Impressionist revolution, cultural prejudices made it almost impossible for women to become professional artists and their role was confined to being treated as subject matter. This talk will look at some of the remarkable women who broke through...
Evening Lecture Exhibition Talk
April 21, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Regarding Renoir: A Personal View @ The Holburne Museum
Join us for a thought-provoking lecture revealing Nicola Kalinsky’s response to the divided opinions expressed for this skilled, yet polemical, artist and his work. Nicola Kalinsky has been Director of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts since January 2013. Prior...
Collection Talk Tea-time Talk
April 27, 2016 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Susini's Crouching Venus @ The Holburne Museum
Antonio Susini (active 1572-1624) Kneeling Woman, Bronze, about 1600, height 25cm.© The Holburne Museum Collection Highlight: Antonio Susini’s Crouching Venus, 1600 The extraordinary bronze Crouching Venus, cast by Renaissance sculptor Antonio Susini after a model by Giambologna, is one of...
Adults Study Day Talk
May 6, 2016 @ 1:00 am – 4:45 am
Impressionism Study Afternoon @ The Holburne Museum
Sir John Lavery (1851-1901). Paisley Lawn Tennis Club (Detail) 1889, oil on canvas © Paisley Art Institute Collection The Impressionist Approach to Portraiture Jennifer Scott (Curator of Impressionism: Capturing Life) Jennifer Scott will explore the approach of Degas, Renoir, Pissarro and...
Exhibition Talk Tea-time Talk
May 18, 2016 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Contrasting Impressionism @ The Holburne Museum
The essence of Impressionism, as shown in the exhibition, was a sense of atmosphere, a capturing of everyday life in the nineteenth century by artists who were considered outsiders. This talk examines the huge impact of the Impressionists by looking...
Exhibition Talk
July 7, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
John Hunter: Dr Jekyll or Dr Dolittle? @ The Holburne Museum
Revered and feared in equal measure, John Hunter (1728-93) was the most famous surgeon in 18th-century London as well as the most notorious customer of the body-snatchers. A maverick medical pioneer and inspiring teacher, he was also a tireless naturalist...
Exhibition Talk Tea-time Talk
July 13, 2016 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
George Stubbs and the Menageries @ The Holburne Museum
Caroline Grigson, author of the recently published and highly acclaimed Menagerie, the History of Exotic Animals in England will recount the stories of the various animals imported from overseas, both privately owned and in commercial menageries, which George Stubbs drew...
In Conversation Talk
September 22, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In Conversation with Linda Brothwell @ The Holburne Museum
Linda Brothwell, 2016, image © India Hobson Join artist Linda Brothwell as she discusses her artistic practice with Catrin Jones, Curator of Decorative Arts at the Holburne. The evening will explore how Brothwell’s work engages with making,materials, and place, and...
Evening Lecture Exhibition Talk
September 30, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Stubbs and the Wilderness @ The Holburne Museum
Robin Blake Stubbs was a dogmatic advocate of artists working directly from nature yet he had little or no direct experience of wild landscape. His landscape backgrounds were artificially derived from Old Masters and from what he saw as he...
Collection Talk Tea-time Talk
October 5, 2016 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Portrait of Catherine Cussans @ The Holburne Museum
Collection in Focus: John Hoppner’s Portrait of Catherine Cussans Catherine Cussans was Sir William Holburne’s aunt. Influenced by Reynolds and Gainsborough and rival to Lawrence, John Hoppner was one of the most fashionable portrait painters in eighteenth-century England but is...
Exhibition In Conversation Talk
December 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In Conversation with Djordje Ozbolt  @ The Holburne Museum
Join artist Djordje Ozbolt as he discusses his intervention The Grand DeTour at the Holburne with Anita Taylor, Professor of Fine Art and Dean of Bath School of Art and Design at Bath Spa University. The evening will explore the...
Collection Featured Talk Tea-time Talk
January 18, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Curator's Choice: The Mouth of Truth @ The Holburne Museum
How do you cheat a lie detector? Especially a magical flesh-eating one made by the most revered poet of Ancient Rome? Come and find out in this talk exploring one of the museum’s charming Italian Baroque cabinet paintings. Michele Rocca’s...
Evening Lecture Exhibition Talk
May 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Who was Bruegel  @ The Holburne Museum
Who was Bruegel? Discovering the Master through his Sons ‘Peasant Bruegel’ – highbrow humanist, painter of nature or practical joker? In this lecture Amy Orrock will explore the many identities of the elusive father of the Bruegel dynasty, Pieter Bruegel...
Evening Lecture Exhibition Talk
June 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Flemish Painting Methods  @ The Holburne Museum
The painting methods Flemish artists in the 15th and 16th centuries The lecture will focus on the painting practices of Flemish artists of the 15th to 16th century. During this period oil painting emerged as the dominant painting medium; prior...
Exhibition In Conversation Talk
June 30, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In Conversation with Deirdre Dyson  @ The Holburne Museum
Join artist and carpet designer Deirdre Dyson In Conversation with Adrian Tinniswood to discover the inspirations behind her magnificent carpets, and the processes involved in translating her painted designs into woven form. The evening will reveal how an engagement with...
Evening Lecture Exhibition Featured Talk
August 25, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Creative Process and Progress with Candace Bahouth @ The Holburne Museum
Artist Candace Bahouth, designer at the iconic Erhman Tapestries for over 25 years presents a lively, illustrated lecture exploring the development of her work over her career. Candace will describe how a love of woven tapestry inspired her own strikingly...
Evening Lecture Talk
September 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thomas Lawrence and the Waterloo Chamber @ The Holburne Museum
Desmond Shawe-Taylor will discuss one of the most significant commissions of Sir Thomas Lawrence’s career, depicting the heroes and monarchs responsible for the overthrow of Napoleon and the diplomats who rebuilt Europe in his wake. Beginning before the Battle of...
Exhibition Study Day Talk
September 29, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tapestries: The Narratives of our Times @ The Holburne Museum
To celebrate Tapestry: Here & Now, the Holburne is delighted to bring together a distinguished panel of international speakers, all of them exhibiting their work in our Tapestry exhibition. The symposium will explore the relevance of tapestry as a means of conveying...
Collection Talk
November 1, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Director’s Choice: Ramsay's Rosamund Sargent @ The Holburne Museum
In his first lecture as Director of the Holburne Museum, Chris Stephens handpicks one of his favourites from the collection: Allan Ramsay’s portrait of Rosamund Sargent (1749). Join Chris as he considers why the work of an eighteenth-century Scottish portraitist,...
Exhibition Talk
November 16, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Optical Conscious: Bridget Riley’s Op Art  @ The Holburne Museum
The Optical Conscious: Bridget Riley’s Op Art from an Historical Perspective In the 1960s Bridget Riley was recognised as producing some of the most varied, serious and interesting Op Art paintings. Yet her work also attracted considerable controversy and some...
Exhibition In Conversation Talk
January 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In Conversation with Sara Moorhouse @ The Holburne Museum
Join ceramicist Sara Moorhouse in conversation with Holburne Director, Chris Stephens, to discover the inspiration behind her ceramics exhibited in Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception. The evening will reveal how the theme of arable landscape underlies Sara’s practice,...
Exhibition Talk
April 11, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Rogues and Vagabonds @ The Holburne Museum
Rogues and Vagabonds: The Garrick Club Collection of Theatrical Art Join Carmen Holdsworth-Delgado as she examines the history of the Garrick Club and some of the treasures within, paying particular attention to images of David Garrick and his contemporaries, such...
Collection Talk
May 9, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Curator’s Choice: John Smart, Miniaturist @ The Holburne Museum
During the eighteenth century, Britain produced some of the finest portrait miniatures ever made, and none were finer or more compelling than the work of John Smart (1740 – 1811). Come and hear all about this extraordinary artist, described by...
Adults Talk
May 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Poetry Reading @ The Holburne Museum
Winner of the Forward Prize, the Costa Poetry Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award, Michael Symmons Roberts has also collaborated on a range of celebrated musical collaborations and broadcast work. Join him as he reads from his recent collections, including...
Exhibition Talk
June 13, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Creating Made for the Table @ The Holburne Museum
JoinGeorgia Powell, Curator of the exhibition Made for the Table  , to find out about the inspiration for the display. Discover more about the contemporary silver from the Goldsmiths’ Company Collection as well as the objects dating back to the sixteenth century....