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WEA Leominster

Autumn 2018  beginning 19th September

Innovative Landscape Painting in Europe and North America: 1815-2016.

This eight-session course provides a selective view of Innovative Landscape Painting in Europe and North America: from the legacy of the early nineteenth century to the continued exuberance in the present century.

The course includes attention to the new approaches to Landscape painting in the works Constable and Turner, an overview of work by such painters as Frederic Church, Albert Bierstadt and Winslow Homer in North America and the contrasted work by the Monet, Pissarro and Seurat in France.

The second part of the course pays attention to work from the twentieth century and more recent paintings. It begins with synoptic views of Expressionist practice, Cubism and Constructivism. Attention to work in Britain by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Peter Lanyon and Joan Eardley follows. The course concludes with views of British Landscape painting in the last 50 years.

Community Centre, HR6 8NJ


POETRY In and From Art

annual lecture for the Herefordshire Art & Craft Society

Prelude to Paradise

7.15pm, Friday 28th September in the Meeting Room at The Courtyard, Hereford

for the Herefordshire Art & Craft Society

Poetry and Art have had powerful reciprocal relationships since ancient times and continue to do so today. The power of words enhanced by paintings, the strength of painting enriched by text.

This lecture will explore aspects of those relationships from ancient Greece, the Italian Renaissance and seventeenth century China to the work of William Blake with John Milton and Dante and his Blake’s contemporaries. The lecture will also engage with modern work by William Carlos Williams with Brueghel the Elder and Charles Demuth, Robert Rauschenberg with Dante and more recent examples.

Allen Fisher is Emeritus Professor of Poetry and Art at Manchester Metropolitan University and is a poet, painter and art historian. He came to Hereford in 1989 to teach at the College of Art & Design and subsequently headed art at Roehampton University and retired as Head of Contemporary Arts at Manchester. He has many books to his name and his painting has been widely exhibited in Hereford, London and York. He continues to work from his studio and study in Hereford. He is patron of the Herefordshire Art & Craft Society.

Tickets for this talk are available from the Courtyard at the box office.
Price for members: £5.00 (mentioning the HACS Code)
Price for non-members £6.00

HACS members may find this talk particularly inspiring due to the links between it and the brief for the 2019 Courtyard Exhibition by the Herefordshire Art & Craft Society.


WEA Hereford

For Autumn 2018 beginning 2nd October

Paintings and Prints in the Nineteenth century 

The Romantic and the Real: 1800-1870

This seven session course will draw from a selection of works by artists working in Europe and North America in the period 1800-1870. The course will include Close-views of work by Jacques-Louis David and Ingres, William Blake and Goya, Géricault and Delacroix, Caspar David Friedrich, Constable, Turner, Bierstadt and Courbet.

Kindle Centre, HR2 7JE


Apple Store Gallery Peace Suffrage and the End of War Nov 2018


Decoherence Aesthetics

Paris School of Arts and Culture of the University of Kent

Reid Hall, 4 rue de chevreuse, 75006, PARIS

A talk given on 6.30 pm, 15th March 2018

now online:

and at:


Black Pond 2016-2017


reading at Edge Hill 8 March 2017





The text, slide list and notes for the talks TESTING & EXPERIMENTING

given at Birkbeck in February and at Northumbria in March 2013,

in Chicago and at Notre Dame, Indiana in autumn 2011, can be accessed here.

The text, slide list and notes for the talk THE ÆSTHETICS OF THE IMPERFECT FIT

given at Royal Holloway in March 2013, derived from the Glasfryn Seminars, February 2012

and the synthesis made for Birmingham City University, December 2012, can be accessed here.

The comments box has been opened for responses.


Selected bibliography of sources for the lecture How Paintings Work, 2012


Notes and extensions to The Complexity Manifold: London Talks:

Talk One from 6th October available here

Talk Two from 13h October available here

Talk Three from 21st October available here


Notes and extensions to The Complexity Manifold: Ohio synthesis.


Notes and extensions to The Complexity Manifold: Cambridge synthesis, 2nd March 2011:

Cambridge synthesis Talk One.

Cambridge synthesis Talk Two.

Cambridge synthesis Talk Two addenda.

Notes and extensions to The Complexity Manifold: PARC NW synopsis, 13th April 2011:

Complexity synopsis for PARC NW


Notes and extensions to The Complexity Manifold: The Falmouth synthesis, 22nd June 2011

The Falmouth synthesis.

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