Art and History Talks

John Hopwood – Group leader
Adrian Gracia . Assistant Group Leader
Colin Donadio – Assistant group Leader

Group Leader:  John Hopwood

Frequency: on the second and fourth Monday of each Month.

Venue: La Senieta (Theatre), Moraira 

Past U3A President John Hopwood is the Group Leader of the Art & History Group.

John has been joined by Adrian Gracia and Colin Donadio who act as Assistant Group Leaders.

John is working hard to prepare new lists of speakers to present talks and is pleased to confirm that most dates in 2023 are already booked.

The presentations cover a very varied and interesting 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.

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Lecture Theatre

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

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

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