Organised by the Bristol and Bath Volunteer Fundraising Committee

Wednesday lecture series - Eric Ravilious and Pop Go the Women

Talk | Redland Quaker Meeting Rooms

24 February 2016
9 March 2016 - 19:15 until 21:00

This is a two lecture series, where tickets can be purchased individually or as a pair. Details about both lectures can found below.

Eric Ravilious: a life in picture- James Russell, lecturer - 24 February 2016, 7-9pm

Eric Ravilious was only 39 when he died on active service as a war artist in 1942. A brilliant wood engraver and designer, he is best known today for his haunting watercolours in which lighthouses, white horses, empty rooms and downland paths become marvels. Over the past decade, James Russell has explored many of these paintings in depth, teasing out stories and characters hidden in the wings. This entertaining illustrated talk draws on this research to illuminate the life and work of a playful, enigmatic artist in watercolour, wood engraving, lithography and ceramics.

James Russell studied history at Pembroke College, Cambridge. James was curator of the 2015 exhibition Ravilious at Dulwich Picture Gallery. He has written books on Ravilious and other artists. He has lectured at the V&A , London and RWA, Bristol.

Pop Go the Women: rediscovering the lost women of Pop Art - Dr Sue Tate, lecturer - 9 March 2016, 7-9pm

Who were they? What was their contribution? Why have they been lost to view?

Pop Art responded to the excitement of mass-culture imagery- ads, pin-ups, film stars- but it is only the male ‘take’ (think Warhol or Lichtenstein) that has filled the books and exhibitions. Women Pop artists had a different perspective: their work expressed female pleasures (including the erotic) and also critiqued the endemic sexism of the time. Until recently, this work has been lost to cultural view.

Dr Sue Tate, an expert in the field, will explore the vivid and challenging contribution to Pop Art made by artists such as Pauline Boty, Marisol, Rosalyn Drexler and Niki de Saint Phalle, Dr Tate is a Research Fellow at UWE and a freelance Art Historian. Author of Pauline Boty, Pop Artist and Woman, she advised on a Culture Show Special on women Pop artists and has been interviewed on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

This event has been organised by the Bristol and Bath Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

Venue information

Redland Quaker Meeting Rooms

Quakers, 126 Hampton Road, BS6 6JE

Entry details

£12.50 per lecture or £22 for both lectures

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