Saturday 18 June 2022

The Poetry of Evelyn De Morgan. Lecture to be given by Dr Serena Trowbridge. Lecture starts at 11am at The Birmingham and Midland Institute. PLEASE NOTE, THIS IS A FACE TO FACE LECTURE.

As a child and a teenager, Evelyn De Morgan wrote poetry and short stories, which have been unpublished and are held in manuscript form by the De Morgan Foundation. They have now been prepared for publication by Serena Trowbridge, and this lecture will pre-empt the forthcoming book in discussing the poems, and what they tell us about Evelyn De Morgan as a person, a painter and indeed a poet. De Morgan clearly had a taste for the Gothic, for melodrama and for mythology, which makes her poems entertaining reading, as well as indicating the wide-ranging education she received.

Dr. Serena Trowbridge is Chair of the Pre-Raphaelite Society and Senior Vice-President of the Birmingham and Midland Institute. She is Reader in Victorian Literature at Birmingham City University, and has published widely on the poetry of the Pre-Raphaelite, including Christina Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Elizabeth Siddall and William Morris.

Saturday 23 July 2022

Frederick Shields and the Church of the Ascension. Lecture to be given by Dr Margaretta Frederick. Lecture starts at 11am. THE LECTURE WILL BE DELIVERED VIA ZOOM.

In 1889 the Pre-Raphaelite artist Frederick Shields (1833-1911) received a commission to paint the walls of a chapel in London. The patron, Emelia Gurney (1823-96), was a devout Christian who envisaged a non-denominational place of worship and reflection, a place of refuge from the accelerated pace of the Industrial Age. The building, in Bayswater, London, was designed by the architect Herbert Horne (1864-1916) and based on Italian 14th century ecclesiastical design. The interior walls were covered in a rich iconographic program emphasising salvation and painted in high Renaissance style, conceived jointly by patron and artist. Dr. Margaretta Frederick is Curator Emeritus of the Delaware Art Museum’s Bancroft Collection old Pre-Raphaelite Art will discuss Shield’s chapel within the context of the Victorian social and cultural milieu.

Saturday 24 September 2022

Representing the Ambiguity in Christina Rossetti's "Goblin Market" in Illustrations and Music. Lecture to be given by Ester Diaz Morillo. Lecture starts at 11am. THE LECTURE WILL BE DELIVERED VIA ZOOM.

The ambiguity of Christina Rossetti’s ‘Goblin Market’ has haunted the imagination of numerous artists from the very moment of its publication, a fascination which continues up to now, when new illustrated editions are being published and new musical productions are being staged. This talk will explore how illustrators and composers have transferred the poem into visual arts and music and will examine to what extent these creative transpositions have influenced the afterlife of Rossetti’s memorable lines. We will delve into Rossetti’s poetical language, with its sensuousness, rich imagery and musicality, and its adaptation into other sister arts, which will allow us to observe the manner in which illustration and music represent the source text.

Ester Diaz is a PhD Fellow in English Literary Studies at the Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia (UNED), Spain, where she holds a FPI grant. She completed a Master's Degree in English Literature and Culture with a dissertation about the interrelationship between poetry and art, studying how John Keats became one of the strongest poetical influences on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Her doctoral research now focuses on the study of poetic language and how it can be translated, adapted, or transferred into other languages or media such as painting and music.

Saturday 15 October 2022

AGM and Founder's Day Lecture. Lecture to be given by Kirsty Stonell Walker. Title and lecture information to follow. THIS IS A FREE EVENT.


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Created 13 June 2022