Frequency: on the second and fourth Mondayof each Month.
Venue: La Senieta (Theatre), Moraira
The Art & History Group is now “under new management”.
Past U3A President John Hopwood is the Group Leader and he is delighted that one of the past Group Leaders, Brian Nicholls, has agreed to be involved in an administrative capacity.
John has also been joined by a very welcome volunteer, Colin Donadio who will act as John’s Assistant Group Leader during the times when Colin is living in Moraira.
John is working hard to prepare new lists of speakers to present talks and is pleased to confirm that most dates in both 2022 and also 2023 are already booked.
The presentations cover a very varied selection including Artists and Art History as well as the History of Individuals and Historical Periods and events which are well illustrated and professionally presented on a large screen via the in- house projection systems.
All members of our U3A are welcome to attend the talks and it is not necessary to book or reserve seats but it is recommended that you let us have your email so that we can keep you up-dated with information on future talks.
Full details of up-coming talks are available in the Art & History Group section of the U3A Website.
Members who have visitors are also welcome to bring them along to enjoy our talks.
SPEAKER ROSALIND MIRANDA. This talk was inspired by an article by Denise Murrell, who did her doctoral thesis on unnamed black models in famous Western artworks. It starts with sub-Saharan African art from 70,000 years [...]
The lecture will explore the work of two groups of Canadian artists: those with an indigenous background whose work comes from a tradition developed over thousands of years; and those with an immigrant background (mostly [...]
As we still do not have a full time assistant, today’s talk has had to be changed to the 10th October. The Group Leader’s wife has insisted he take a short holiday away from Moraira!SharePrintFacebookTwitter
– From Mesopotamian Origins to Colonel Drake The discovery of crude oil and bitumen can be traced back to the Neandertals but more widespread use started in Mesopotamia around 8000BC. Ziggurats were made secure by [...]
A non-technical look at the history of computing from the abacus to the quantum computer and the story of the key individuals involved. Today’s business computers are soulless. They even have a soulless name –“servers”. [...]
Speaker: Angela Chantry Lord Byron was a British Romantic poet and satirist whose poetry and personality captured the imagination of Europe. In 1812, Byron embarked on an affair with the passionate, eccentric – and married – Lady Caroline Lamb. [...]
The first fully recorded submarine was built in 1620 by a Dutchman, Cornelius Van Drebbel, who was in the service of King James 1st of England. Despite it being an underwater rowing boat, it proved [...]
By Peter Atkinson 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, ... Read More
By Peter Atkinson 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”. ... Read More
By John Hopwood 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 ... Read More
By John Hopwood. 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 ... Read More
By John Hopwood. 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 ... Read More
By John Hopwood. 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 ... Read More
By John Hopwood. 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 ... Read More
By John Hopwood. 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 ... Read More
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. 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 ... Read More
By John Hopwood. 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 ... Read More
Lecturer: Peter Atkinson After decades of campaigning by the temperance movement, the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution came into effect in 1920, prohibiting the manufacture, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages. It was [...]
Lecturer: Rosalind Miranda All art is political in the sense that it engages society in some way, either influencing it or influenced by it. Some works speak more directly to concerns relating to human rights, [...]
Lecturer: Alan Rustage Russian Revolution In 1914 Russia was a huge country (it was nearly 10,000 km St Petersburg to Vladivostock) with a population nearly four times that of Great Britain’s. It was backward and [...]
Lecturer: Cheda Panajotovic Che Guevara was a revolutionary but not as successful as one William Morris who did not need guns and bullets. Seeing the mid 19C sprawl of factories endlessly spewing out grime and [...]
Lecturer: Brian Nicholls For many people Modern Art can be confused with Abstract Art, which is more correctly called Abstract Expressionism. One perception as to what is ‘modern’ depends on whereabouts in history one is [...]
Date: 8th April 2019 Location: Salón de Actos, Espai la Senieta, Moraira (next to the large free car park) Subject: The Life and Works of David Hockney OM, CH, RA. Lecturer: John Hopwood Everyone knows [...]
Date: 27th May 2019 10:30 Location: Salón de Actos, Espai la Senieta, Moraira (next to the large free car park) Subject: The Franco Years and the Restoration of Democracy Lecturer: Alan Oliver The Civil War ended on [...]
Date: 10th June 2019 Location: Salón de Actos, Espai la Senieta, Moraira (next to the large free car park) Subject: The History of The Bicycle – Not Intended for Biking Enthusiasts! Lecturer: John Hopwood This [...]
Jun 26 @ 10:30 – 12:30 Teatro, Espai la Senieta Moraira
Date: Wednesday 26th June 2019 10:30 Location: Salón de Actos, Espai la Senieta, Moraira (next to the large free car park) Subject: Image of Woman Lecturer: Cheda Panajotovic We often witness a young mother with her little girl [...]
Date: 9th September 2019 10:30 Location: Salón de Actos, Espai la Senieta, Moraira (next to the large free car park) Subject: 1492 and All That! Lecturer: Cheda Panajotovic 1492 has become a magical number that is now seen [...]
Lecturer: Peter Atkinson The presentation will explore a national selection of the art that can be viewed in Spain’s outdoors, covering the work of A-listers and unknowns. It will range from whole buildings (religious, civic and [...]
Oct 14 @ 10:30 – 12:00 Salón de Actos, Espai la Senieta, Moraira
Date: Monday 14th October 2019 10:30 Location: Salón de Actos, Espai la Senieta, Moraira (next to the large free car park) Subject: The Double life and Amazing Works of Grayson Perry Lecturer: John Hopwood [...]
Lecturer: Angela Chantry Subject: A journey through the fascinating history of the“Royal Town” of Xàbia / Jávea. The presentation takes a journey through the fascinating history of Jávea, revealing that the town had a [...]
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 [...]
Lecturer: Angela Chantry Only 17 years old when she took the throne, Cleopatra quickly became one of the most powerful rulers Egypt had ever known. Her romantic liaisons and military alliances with the Roman leaders [...]
Lecturer: Cheda Panajotovic Accepting one image seen, one piece of music heard, one ancient ceramic vase or one Japanese Samurai sword as ART may suit one person but not necessarily another. Too often we like [...]
May 25 @ 10:30 – 12:30 Salon de Actos, Espai la Senieta
In the latter 19th and early 20th century, ‘Western ART’ was centred in Paris and London. Anyone who wanted to be where ‘the action is’ had to be in either city. Amongst the greats of their day were [...]
Jun 8 @ 10:30 – 12:30 Salon de Actos, Espai la Senieta
Lecturer: Cheda Panajotovic The year 1492 is known as the year in which history books state that Christopher Columbus ‘DISCOVERED’ America. For many centuries, history was accepted and written to coincide with the Columbus stories [...]
Lecturer: Alan Hunton John Flamsteed became a hugely influential astronomer and mathematician at the end of the 17th Century but why is it that he is so little known? Isaac Newton was a contemporary and [...]
Lecturer: Rosalind Miranda Art is usually considered a uniquely human ability, but keep your minds open! This talk will be divided into two parts: The first will concentrate on art made by animals other than [...]