Art and Art History

Short courses exploring the art scene of the region and the history of Art

Time and the City: Photographing Liverpool 1851-1965

Following the precedent of Liverpool filmmaker Terence Davies’s Of Time and the City, this course seeks to explore the life and transformation of Liverpool over 110 years as presented via the universal medium of photography. Tracing developments in many areas of Liverpool life, each session will focus on a key theme: War, Class, Leisure, Crime, Transport, Fashion, Worship, Culture, Education and Death--to challenge nostalgia. With Dr Lee Kendall, Tuesday, 13 October, 10.30am-12.30pm. This course is not currently recruiting any more students for this term – please check back again soon for more details on future courses.

British Figurative Art in the 1940s and 1950s

In British art of the 1940s and 50s, the “Battle for Realism” provided a challenge to abstract painting. The course will consider artists such as Bacon, Freud, and Auerbach as well as the critics and curators who helped define the philosophical and political underpinnings of figurative art. With Dr Judith Walsh, Wednesday, 4 November, 6-8pm

William De Morgan: Art, Design and Beyond

This course looks at the life and work of Arts & Crafts ceramicist William De Morgan through a selection of contexts, including his relationship with William Morris; his marriage to Pre-Raphaelite painter Evelyn De Morgan; his contributions to the ‘House Beautiful’; and his interest in Spiritualism. With Dr Anna Maddison, Wednesday, 14 October, 2-4pm