We have reached the final part of this whistle-stop tour of the origins of Western Art from its earliest times up to the present day.

Along the way there have been revolutions and innovations that have questioned the previous established theories and their representations. This talk will be particularly demanding as it will have to be very selective from a wealth of rich material.  It will also be challenging as the concept of visual art moves from observation to expression: artists, in their own particular styles, have moved from reproducing their subjects as they might be observed to compositions which are an expression of the artist's own feelings and understanding of their world, which are often subjective and might be in untraditional mediums. The democratic concentration on individualism is reflected in the eccentric focus of much art today. Art has become a new way of translating thoughts, and emotions which we may not always be comfortable with!


Speaker: Tim Boatswain, Professor of Anthropology and History.

The speaker's fee is being donated for Conservation 50 projects, like Blue Plaques for St Albans and the refurbishment of the city alleyways

Date & Time: Thursday 23 September, 7.30-9pm,

Cost: £10 (students £6)

Venue:  This will be a hybrid talk, taking place in the Alban Room, St Albans Cathedral & Online via Zoom.  Please select how you will be attending when you choose your tickets. 

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 a link to the recording on the day of the event. 

Entry is via the Welcome Centre on Sumpters Yard. This event takes place in the Alban Room on Level 1 of the Chapter House. Step-free access is available via a lift.

No parking is available at the Cathedral. If you require a space for access reasons, please email us in advance.

How to Book:  You can book online here using the button below, or call the Box Office on 01727 890290. Tickets can be booked until 5pm on the day of the talk. 

Joining on Zoom on the night

Instructions for joining the talk will be sent via email after 5pm on the day of the event.  If you have not received these details by 5.30pm, please email [email protected] 

If you are accessing this talk via 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.  Please note we cannot guarantee you will see the speaker on the screen if slides are being used. 

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