This talk is the first of three that will trace the development and stylistic characteristics of Western Art.

The term 'Western Art' both describes the art of western Europe and is also often used as a general category to identify forms of art that are geographically widespread but that have their roots in Europe. This first session will start with the emergence of Palaeolithic Art (from the Old Stone Age), in the form of cave painting and stone carving, during the Holocene Epoch;  it will examine the accomplished styles of Ancient Civilisations – in particular Greece and Rome - where art was a dominant theme in religion, governance and social status; and end with the demise of the Ancient World.

The second talk in the summer will cover the Mediaeval period down to the Renaissance with the rediscovery of Classical Art. The final talk, next autumn, will look at the 'isms', starting with Mannerism and finally reaching present-day Contemporary Art.  


Speaker: Professor Tim Boatswain, Professor of Anthropology and History

Date and time: Thursday 21st January, 7.30 - 9pm (Participants will be able to join the event from 7.15pm)

Price: £10 (£6 students)

Venue: Online via Zoom.

If you’d like to attend the event but are not free to join us live, please do buy a ticket and you’ll receive the joining details (in case your plans change) and an email detailing how to get in touch for a recording of the talk.

Joining on Zoom on the night

As this talk will be hosted over Zoom, participants will need access to a device which has audio in order to be able to hear. You can also join by dialling in using a telephone, but won't be able to see the speaker or any visual aids. 

Instructions for joining the talk will be sent via email between 5-5.30pm on the day of the event. If you have not received these details by 5.30pm, please call 01727 890205.

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How to Book

You can book online here using the button below, or call the Box Office on 01727 890290. Tickets will be on sale until 5pm on the day of the event. Please ensure that you provide a current email address when you book.