The second in our series of online talks focusses on the handmade and the makers at the forefront. The series will be running alongside our annual ceramics exhibition.
Each talk is approximately 30-40 minutes long followed by discussions and we welcome your questions in advance to help build the conversation.
Join for one talk priced at £10 or take up Online Membership for the entire year and attend as many as you would like. Membership includes an archive of digital content to catch up on these and other recorded talks as well as online video and research.
Individual Talks: £10
Online membership to include all online talks for the year: £30Online membership
Wednesday 26 May, 6:30pm
Jonathan Ruffer set up the Auckland Project, a plan to reinvent and regenerate a town using his own money. Seven years ago, Mr Ruffer started a charity to reinvigorate Bishop Auckland.
Wednesday 16 June, 6:30pm
How have art museums changed in the past century? Where are they headed in the future? Join the conversation with Charles Saumarez Smith.
Charles Saumarez Smith is uniquely qualified to answer these questions, having been at the helm of three major British institutions over the course of his career.
Wednesday 9 June, 6:30pm
Professor Alexander Nemerov discusses the abstract expressionist artist Helen Frankenthaler as written about in his biography ‘Fierce Poise’.
Wednesday 30 June, 6:30pm
Christopher Bailey is the Arts and Health Lead at World Health Organization and is working on how to improve our mental health through art.
Wednesday 21 April, 6:30pm
Join us online for a talk by author and biographer William Feaver as he discusses the life and work of the artist Lucian Freud.
Though ferociously private, Lucian Freud spoke every week for decades to his close confidante and collaborator, the art critic, curator, artist and lecturer William Feaver
Wednesday 14 April, 6:30pm
From lacemakers to vascular surgeons; Savile Row tailors to molecular scientists, potters to violinists or racing car drivers – those from apparently unrelated professions all use their hands.
After a lifetime spent in the medical profession, conducting surgery in war zones and trauma wards to reach the peak of his profession, Kneebone combines his experiences as a doctor with insights from the fields of art, science and music to understand the importance of manual dexterity for our well-being and wider culture.
Wednesday 31 March, 6:30pm
Andrew Winch’s love of yachts was ignited in childhood, during long summers spent sailing the Solent in his father’s 42ft (12m) Beneteau. He completed a degree in 3D Design at Kingston College of Art, and then went on to gain experience as a skipper in the Caribbean, followed by an apprenticeship for acclaimed yacht designer, Jon Bannenberg. His love of yachts would persist through adulthood and inform his entire life’s work, leading him and his wife Jane, as designer and company manager, to establish Winch Design in 1986.
Saturday 27 March, 6:30pm
The curator of our new ceramics exhibition Paul Greenhalgh launches and discusses his new book ‘Ceramic, Art and Civilisation’.
In his new book Paul Greenhalgh tells the story of ceramics as a story of human civilisation, from the Ancient Greeks to the present day. As a core craft technology, pottery has underpinned domesticity, business, religion, recreation, architecture, and art for millennia. Indeed, the history of ceramics parallels the development of human society.
Wednesday 24 March, 6:30pm
Join us for a discussion with the curator and writer Glenn Adamson as he introduces his new book on crafts and making.
Glenn Adamson Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art and formerly Head of Research at the V&A and Director of the Museum of Arts in New York talks about his new book Craft; an American History.
The talk, will examine the role played by craftspeople; ‘the quiet heroes of the American story.’ Adamson will also discuss the influence of craftspeople from Britain who migrated across the Atlantic and reflect on how, as craft has become increasingly marginalised in modern Western economies, overall levels of social cohesion have also deteriorated and thus how important it is to this day.
Wednesday 17 March, 6:30pm
Join us with David Goodhart discussing the status of work outside the knowledge economy & reviving the status of work by heart & hand.
Author and journalist David Goodhart discusses and presents the ideas from his latest book ‘Head, Hand, Heart: The Struggle for Dignity and Status in the 21st Century’.
In this timely and original analysis, David Goodhart divides human aptitudes into three: Head (cognitive), Hand (manual and craft) and Heart (caring, emotional). It’s common sense that a good society needs to recognise the value of all three, but in recent decades they have got badly out of kilter. Cognitive ability has become the gold standard of human esteem. The cognitive class now shapes society largely in its own interests, by prioritising the knowledge economy, ever-expanding higher education and shaping the very idea of a successful life.
Friday 5 March, 6:30pm
Join us for a panel discussion with Penny Hay, Annie Warburton and Steve Dixon as they discuss the importance of the imagination in making.