Art and History Talks

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Frequency: Monthly:

Venue: La Senieta (Theatre), Moraira 

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.

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.

  • 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.

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

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A & H Video Library

These videos have been prepared to counteract the 2020 restrictions.

New Video: The Architectural Legacy of Moorish Spain

By Peter Atkinson More Art and History lectures recorded as videos here ...
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New Video: The life and work of Antoni Gaudi

By Peter Atkinson More Art and History lectures recorded as videos here ...
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New Video: Intersecting Lives JFK and LBJ

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, ...
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Outdoor Art in Spain: Architecture, Sculptures and Murals

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”.  ...
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The Life and Wonderful Works of the Artist Joaquin Sorolla

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 ...
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The History of the Automobile

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 ...
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The History of the Bicycle.

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 ...
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The Life and Works of David Hockney

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 ...
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The Life and Art of Grayson Perry

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

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 ...
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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. 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 ...
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The History of Natural and Man-Made Glass

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 ...
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Recent lectures

Talks 2019 to present

Jan 14 @ 10:30 – 00:30 Espai la Senieta, Moraira
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 [...]
Jan 28 @ 10:30 – 12:30 Espai la Senieta, Moraira
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, [...]
Feb 11 @ 10:30 – 20:30 Espai la Senieta, Moraira
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 [...]
Feb 25 @ 10:30 – 20:30 Espai la Senieta, Moraira
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 [...]
Mar 11 @ 10:30 – 20:30 Espai la Senieta, Moraira
Lecturer: Angela Chantry   Considered by many to be the greatest flamenco dancer of all time, Carmen Amaya gave her own definition to the art of flamenco. Her career began at the age of four [...]
Mar 25 @ 10:30 – 20:30 Espai la Senieta, Moraira
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 [...]
Apr 8 @ 10:30 – 12:30 Espai la Senieta, Moraira
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 [...]
May 27 @ 10:30 – 12:30 Espai la Senieta, Moraira
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 [...]
Jun 10 @ 10:30 – 12:30 Espai la Senieta, Moraira
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 [...]
Sep 9 @ 10:30 – 12:30 Espai la Senieta, Moraira
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 [...]
Sep 9 @ 10:30 – 12:30 Salon de Actos Espai la Senieta
Lecturer: Cheda Panajotovic This is a story about the ending of what is normally referred to as ‘The Middle Ages’. The title explains the very end of the era when Columbus stumbled upon the West [...]
Sep 30 @ 10:30 – 12:30 Salon de Actos
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   [...]
Oct 28 @ 10:30 – 12:30 Espai la Senieta
Lecturer: Rosalind Miranda The Art World, when you look into it, must be one of the strangest institutions that exists today. It is fuelled on the one hand by greed, by people who want to [...]
Nov 11 @ 10:30 – 12:30
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 [...]
Jan 27 @ 10:30 – 12:30 La Senieta (Theatre)
The Life and Wonderful Artistry of the Valencian Artist Joaquim Sorolla Joaquim Sorolla was born in Valencia in 1863 into a very poor family and all we know is that his father was a tradesman. [...]
Feb 10 @ 10:30 – 12:30 Espai la Senieta
The Shah – my part in his downfall (with apologies to Spike Milligan) Speaker: Alan Rustage   When we flew out to Iran in 1976, it was considered to be one of the most stable [...]
Feb 24 @ 10:30 – 12:30 Espai la Senieta
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 [...]
Mar 10 @ 10:30 – 12:30 Teatro, Espai la Senieta
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 [...]
Mar 30 @ 10:30 – 12:30 Teatro, Espai la Senieta
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 [...]
Jun 29 @ 10:30 – 12:30 Teatro, Espai la Senieta
Lecturer: John Hopwood This talk is entirely non-technical, given by someone who has never set foot on a submarine – leave alone sailed in one. It opens with some surprising events in ancient history and ends [...]
Sep 14 @ 10:30 – 12:30 Teatro, Espai la Senieta
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 [...]
Sep 28 @ 10:30 – 12:30 Teatro, Espai la Senieta
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 [...]
Nov 30 @ 10:30 – 12:30 Teatro, Espai la Senieta Moraira
‘On a warm summer night in 1947, the largest Empire the world had ever seen did something no Empire had done before; it gave up. The British Empire did not decline, it simply fell; and [...]