8 January 2018 [This talk will be held at Woodend Conference Room, rather than the usual Art Gallery, due to an exhibition changeover]
A Victorian Scandal: Ruskin, Millais and Effie Gray
Linda Randall’s acclaimed first book tells the story of a beautiful Scots girl who marries two men of genius – an eminent art critic and a young, rebellious founder of the pre-Raphaelite movement. Linda was a languages teacher before turning to creative writing. She is based in Scarborough.
12 February 2018
“The Most Beautiful People on Earth – The Fulani”
Dr. Jane Glaister, OBE (who is c.e.o. of the Scarborough Museums Trust) worked in Northern Nigeria where the Fulani, one of the most influential tribes in Africa, live. Perennial nomads, vicious warriors, courageous fighters, elegant aristocrats – the Fulani consider themselves to be the most beautiful people on Earth. Jane will give an illustrated talk on their history, customs, costume and artefacts and discuss the challenges and changes to their traditions in 21st century Nigeria.
12 March 2018
The A to Z of Scarborough
Mike Atkin, artist and printer, has created an outstanding book of etchings. He will describe the aspects of Scarborough that inspired him, the challenges of finding a suitable subject for each letter, the processes of etching, printing, paper-making and book-binding that led to this remarkable book.
9 April 2018
Rodolphe Bresdlin, an Incorrigible Bohemian
Trevor Dance has studied this little-known French artist, born in Brittany, who became a homeless artist in Paris, mixing with the bohemian society of Victor Hugo, Baudelaire and Champfleury. In middle age, Bresdin took his wife and 6 children, disastrously, to Canada, to live off the land. Hugo and the bohemian circle paid for their passage back, but the family fell apart and Bresdin died penniless in a Paris garret.
- A short Annual General Meeting will be held before this illustrated talk