Art and History Talks

Frequency: Monthly: 2nd and 4th Mondays, 10:30-12:30

Venue: La Senieta (Theatre), Moraira    

 Group Leader: Brian Nicholls

There are bi-monthly presentations, alternating Art and History. Members of the group give fully illustrated presentations to share their knowledge of artists, artistic movements, and explain the path of developments and the reasons for change.

Brian Nicholls
Bob Cope
Bob Cope
John Hopwood
John Hopwood
Peter Lobb
Peter Lobb

We are a group of like-minded people who enjoy the many aspects art and of history and we would like to share our enjoyment of these exciting and controversial subjects with our fellow U3A members.

We welcome participation from the audience too, so do come along with your opinions and let us enjoy and take from these meetings new ideas and enlightenment on many extremely colourful subjects.

We meet every other Monday at Espai La Senieta – see list of talks below for exact dates and times



  • The U3A Teulada-Moraira lectures are given in the splendid comfort of the main auditorium of La Senieta, the modern building on the corner of the free public car park in Moraira.
  • No booking is necessary and there is no group to join – just turn up and take a seat.
  •  However, to ensure that you receive prior notice of all of the talks it is advisable to let us have your email address.
  • All U3A members are welcome to these FREE lectures.

Directions to the Espai la Senieta (same building as the Tourist Office)


Contact the Group Leaders: art_history@u3amoraira-teulada.org
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Videos

The Intersecting Lives of Presidents John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Lyndon Bains Johnson

John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Lyndon Baines Johnson: their lives, personalities and careers, with an emphasis on the 60s, the decade of their presidencies.  The principal issues were the cold war, civil rights, Vietnam, and the assassination and its aftermath.  It is a story of two fascinating individuals, with great strengths and deep flaws, leaving their mark on interesting and challenging times.


Outdoor Art in Spain: Architecture, Sculptures and Murals

A comprehensive tour of the art and architecture that can be viewed in Spain’s outdoors, from whole buildings to minor architectural details and stand-alone artworks, including the transient or trivial as well as the monumental and permanent.  Banksy said “art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable”.   Maybe some of the work will meet these lofty aspirations.  Less ambitiously, I hope you’ll find most of it pleasing, interesting or curiosity-arousing.


The Life and Wonderful Works of the Artist Joaquin Sorolla

Born in Valencia to a wealthy family of fabric makers and then orphaned at the age of three being raised by his aunt, the wife of a poor locksmith, this artist rapidly became famous for his wonderful paintings. He was particularly well known for his wonderful beach scenes showing children at play as well as his fabulous studio portraits of his wonderfully observed events.


The History of the Automobile

Commences with an introduction to La Marquese which is the oldest car in the world which is still in full working condition and then goes on to discuss the very earliest ideas and designs for a road vehicle. It includes many amazing concept cars as well as illustrations of some vehicles previously owned by the author.


The History of the Bicycle.

This is a slightly humorous look at the history of the bicycle from the first push bikes through the many different designs to the latest racing and mountain bikes. Contains many little-known facts about the bicycle and is equally of interest to enthusiastic bikers as well as those who have never ridden one.


The Life and Works of David Hockney

The quite detailed story of this wonderful artists life from his humble beginnings in Bradford to becoming the most expensive living artist in the world.

His first picture which was of his father, sold at an art fair in Leeds for £10. His most expensive work, Portrait of an Artist sold for $90.3 million which set a record for the highest payment for a picture by a living artist.


The Life and Art of Grayson Perry

The full story of this artist’s life from his very difficult childhood through to his great success being the only potter ever to wind the Turner Prize and his many achievements as a potter, an engraver, a tapestry maker, an author, a Reith Lecturer and a much admired museum curator.


The History of Woolworths and the Amazing Exploits of Members of the Woolworth Family.

An in-depth look at the life of Frank Winfield Woolworth and the way in which he built the largest chain store group in the world as well at the tallest building in the world. The talk continues with the amazing outlandish lives of his grandchildren Barbara Hutton and Jimmy Donahue with their non-stop prolific spending and their many marital/sexual relationships.


The Magic that was Concorde

A well-illustrated talk by Pete Corrigan who was one of the few pilots qualified to fly the wonder that was Concorde


The History of Natural and Man-Made Glass

Briefly describes the various types of naturally occurring glasses and then follows with some in-depth discussion of how glass was first discovered, how it became a wonderful art form as well as a highly technical product with some interesting illustrations throughout.

Group news

New Video: Intersecting Lives JFK and LBJ

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New video: Outdoor Art in Spain

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Lectures in Lockdown

Missing our lectures? The Arts and History Group has prepared some interesting videos for…

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Video of A&H Lecture: The Magic That Was the Concorde

If you enjoyed the lecture you can watch it again and, if you missed it, for the first time, by clicking on the video below. https://youtu.be/DjyN3ofQKhU Lecturer: Pete Carrigan Pete was a flight engineer 3rd pilot, and flew for 28 years for British Airways. He accumulated over 10,000 hours on 747s over 15 years, and then over 3,500 hours over the next 12 years on Concorde, continuing to fly on this amazing supersonic passenger aircraft right up to its final flight.…

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Art & History lecture: Sorolla

At the Art & History Group meeting at the La Senieta theatre on Monday morning 27th January, one hundred and thirty members attended to listen to a talk on the wonderful Valencian artist, Joaquin Sorolla. This was the first talk of this year and it was presented by John Hopwood, one of this group’s leaders. Lasting just over one hour the audience were entertained by John’s talk which included approximately one hundred and fifty illustrations of Sorolla’s wonderful…

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Art & History 11th March

This week Angela Chantry gave a most interesting talk regarding Carmen Amaya who started life as a poor gypsy girl living in a deprived slum area of Barcelona who became the most celebrated female flamenco dancer. She has been called "the greatest Spanish Romany dancer of her generation"and "the most extraordinary personality of all time in flamenco dance”.  She was the first female flamenco dancer to master footwork previously reserved for the best male dancers, due to its speed and…

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List of past Art Appreciation and History lectures September 2009 to date