Sep
12
Mon
2022
20th-Century Canadian Art: Indigenous and Immigrant @ La Senieta
Sep 12 @ 10:30 – 12:00
20th-Century Canadian Art: Indigenous and Immigrant @ La Senieta

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 European) going back only as far as the start of the colonial period in the 18th century.

The principal focus under the immigrant heading will be the Group of Seven: Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris, A. Y. Jackson, Frank Johnston, Arthur Lismer, J. E. H. MacDonald, and Frederick Varley.  They were a loose association of men with a British background who set out to develop a distinctly Canadian style of landscape painting.  Associated with the group, other important artists that we shall look at include Tom Thomson and Emily Carr.

Indigenous artists paint relatively few landscapes and often portray myth and traditional culture.  Their styles vary geographically.  Those whose backgrounds and work we shall explore include, on the west coast, Bill Read and Mungo Martin; in northern Ontario, Daphne Odjig and Norval Morrisseau; and in the Arctic, Kenojuak Ashevak, and Peter Kooyoo.

Sep
26
Mon
2022
No A&H talk today !
Sep 26 @ 10:00 – 10:15
No A&H talk today !

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!

Oct
10
Mon
2022
The History of Crude Oil from Mesopotamian Origins to Colonel Drake @ La Senieta (Theatre), Moraira
Oct 10 @ 10:30 – 11:30

 – 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 bitumen oil mortar and Nebuchadnezzar allegedly waterproofed his hanging gardens with bitumen.

Unlikely medicinal uses were found and it was not long before the flammable properties of crude were exploited by the Byzantines who made oil grenades as a naval warfare weapon. We will see that in North America the native Indians were using crude oil as an insecticide and for skin treatments long before the famous sinking of Drake’s Well in Pennsylvania in 1861.

Oct
24
Mon
2022
The History of the Submarine @ La Senieta, Moraira
Oct 24 @ 10:30 – 11:30

This talk ends at the beginning of the first World War before submarines became sophisticated vessels so there is no highly technical content.

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 to be very successful and Von Drebbel later built two larger versions in one of which it is believed the King accompanied Van Drebbel in a voyage up the river Thames.

Von Drebbel’s submarine was watched by thousands of disbelieving Londoners who gathered along the banks of the Thames.

However, it wasn’t until 155 years later in 1775 when an American called David Bushnell built a submarine intended to sink British warships during the American revolution against the British, that the full possibilities began to be realised by Governments and various prototypes began to be constructed.

In 1800, Napoleon Bonaparte commissioned another American, called Robert Fulton to build a submarine intended to sink British vessels but despite building a submarine which proved to be perfectly viable the French Naval authorities decided to abandon the project.

Various other experimental submarines were built in the following years but it wasn’t until the American Civil War that the Confederate submarine ‘Hunley’ successfully sank the Union warship ‘Housatonic’ in 1864 by ramming an explosive charge into its hull. Unfortunately, the explosion was so powerful that the Hunley submarine also sank.

 

Nov
14
Mon
2022
Lord Byron (1788 – 1824) The Most Flamboyant and Notorious of the English Romantic Poets. @ La Senieta (Theatre), Moraira
Nov 14 @ 10:30 – 12:00

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 scandal shocked the British public. He also had affairs with Lady Oxford, Lady Frances Webster and, it has been claimed, with his married half-sister, Augusta Leigh. He was the man for whom the phrase “mad, bad and dangerous to know” was coined!

Nov
28
Mon
2022
A&H Talk t.b.d @ La Senieta (Theatre), Moraira
Nov 28 @ 10:30 – 11:30
Dec
12
Mon
2022
A&H Talk t.b.d @ La Senieta (Theatre), Moraira
Dec 12 @ 10:30 – 11:30
Jan
9
Mon
2023
The life of Antoni Gaudi @ La Senieta (Theatre), Moraira
Jan 9 @ 10:30 – 12:00
The life of Antoni Gaudi @ La Senieta (Theatre), Moraira

The Sagrada Familia, and many of the other buildings designed by this amazing architect.

Antoni Gaudi I Cornet was born in 1852 – but nobody knows exactly where as no documentation is available to confirm his birthplace but it was either in Reus or Riudoms which are two neighbouring municipalities in the province of Tarragona. However, he grew up in the family home at Riudoms.
His education was questionable as he tended to skip many of his studies and, when presenting him with his degree, the Director of the Barcelona School of Architecture commented “We have given the title to a madman or a genius. Only time will tell!”
His first commission was to design lampposts for the Plaza Real and the Plaza De Palau in Barcelona and they proved to be highly ornate as well as being quite beautiful – totally in keeping with all of Gaudi’s future designs.
This talk will cover details of Gaudi’s life as well as examining many of his wonderful and highly decorative projects – as well as details of the continuing construction of the amazing Sagrada Familia.

Jan
23
Mon
2023
Mouth and Foot Artists @ La Senieta (Theatre), Moraira
Jan 23 @ 10:30 – 11:30
Mouth and Foot Artists @ La Senieta (Theatre), Moraira

We all admire those who create beauty. When this is done by people who have no use of their hands, or are lacking hands entirely, either from birth, or from illness or an accident, there is just that much more to admire, I believe.

So, in this talk, we will look at some of these extraordinary people & their works.

Feb
13
Mon
2023
The Dark Origins of Valentine’s Day @ La Senieta, Moraira
Feb 13 @ 10:30 – 12:00

The history of Valentine’s Day—and the story of its patron saint—are shrouded in mystery. February has long been celebrated as a month of romance and St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? The story will be traced, from its dark origins, through the ancient Roman ritual of Lupercalia that welcomed spring, to the card-giving customs of Victorian England and on to the commercialism and excess of the 21st century.

 

Apr
10
Mon
2023
The History of Sadler’Wells Theatre @ La Senieta (Theatre), Moraira
Apr 10 @ 10:30 – 11:30
The History of Sadler’Wells Theatre @ La Senieta (Theatre), Moraira

Sadler’s Wells Theatre literally began its life close by the well which was found in Richard Sadler’s Garden in Clerkenwell, London.

The well was discovered when men, employed by Sadler, were removing gravel from his garden. The water in the well was found to be iron rich and was thought to provide health benefits.

An aristocratic clientele was soon attracted from round the country. Thus, this still quite rural location became famous for both water and for music which Sadler arranged for the enjoyment of his clients.

However, as time went by, the entertainment provided by Sadler rapidly deteriorated and, eventually, the quality of has clientele was described as “vermin trained up to the gallows” by a contemporary, while, by 1711, Sadler’s Wells was characterised as “a nursery of debauchery.”

This downward spiral continued despite a new stone theatre being opened in 1765.

During the early 19th century many famous actors appeared at the theatre including Edward Keen who was a renown Shakespearian actor and Joseph Grimaldi, the well-known clown.

However, the period was characterised by much public drunkenness and loutish behaviour, and the rural location prompted the management to provide escorts for patrons after dark to conduct them into central London.

The theatre continued with its chequered history providing horse race meetings, an ice-skating rink and an aquatic pool in which sea battles were recreated.

Eventually, the management began to hire better actors and performers and to control the behaviour of the audiences and, over a period of many years, Sadler’s Well theatre developed into its present highly respected establishment.

 

May
8
Mon
2023
Grace O’Malley, the pirate queen of Ireland @ La Senieta (Theatre), Moraira
May 8 @ 10:30 – 11:30
Grace O'Malley, the pirate queen of Ireland @ La Senieta (Theatre), Moraira

In a life stranger than any fiction, Grace O’Malley, daughter of a clan chief in the far west of Ireland, went from marriage at fifteen to piracy on the high seas. She soon had a fleet of galleys under her command, but her three decades of plundering, kidnapping, murder and mayhem came to a close in 1586, when she was captured and sentenced to hang. She was saved from the scaffold by none other than Queen Elizabeth herself – another powerful woman in a man’s world.

Sep
11
Mon
2023
The origins of the Camino de Santiago @ La Senieta (Theatre), Moraira
Sep 11 @ 10:30 – 11:30

The origins of the Camino de Santiago, or The Way of St. James.

The Camino de Santiago has its origins in pre-Christian times when people of the Celtic/Iberian tribes made their way from the interior to the Atlantic coast of Galicia, a route that followed the Milky Way Finisterre which was believed to be the end of the world. The official history of the Camino de Santiago is centred upon Saint James, one of the Twelve Apostles, and dates back to the 9th century when, according to the legend, the first pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela took place. St. James is believed to be buried in the Cathedral. The presentation will include a brief account of my experience of walking the Camino Portuguese and will end with video footage of why my friend and fellow speaker, Peter Atkinson, removed all of his clothes at the end of his Camino by bike, and burned them!

Dec
11
Mon
2023
Land Art, an introduction @ La Senieta (Theatre), Moraira
Dec 11 @ 10:30 – 11:30
Land Art, an introduction @ La Senieta (Theatre), Moraira

Nature has been inspiring artists for centuries, and its beauty has been captured in paintings, sculptures, photographs and a variety of other mediums. But some artists take the relationship between art and the environment a step further, creating works from nature itself or producing artworks that make bold statements about the natural world and the imprint mankind has left on it.

Land art, variously known as Earth art, environmental art, and Earthworks, emerged in the 1960s and 1970s, largely associated with Great Britain and the United States but also includes examples from many countries. As a trend, “land art” expanded boundaries of art by the materials used, which were often the materials of the Earth, including the soil, rocks, vegetation, and water found on-site, and the sites of the works were often distant from population centres. Though sometimes fairly inaccessible, photo documentation was commonly brought back to the urban art gallery.