History of Art Course: Art as Change in Victorian Britain

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Watts Gallery - Artists' Village

Down Lane Compton

Online - Via Zoom From the middle of the nineteenth century, certain Victorian artists saw their role less as providers of aesthetic pleasure and more as social reformers, documenting the human toll of industrialisation and promoting social and political change. Addressing issues like poverty, disease, crime and inequality, these artists believed that the visual arts had the power to solve social divides. This five-part online course will examine the artists, artworks and events that introduced a new, socially-conscious approach to art, from the art exhibitions staged in London's slums to the craft industry founded by William Morris as an alternative to factory labour, and from Mary Watts' pioneering Art for All programme to the art of the suffrage movement that heralded a new age for equality in both art and politics. Monday 9 November - Victorian Art and Social Movements, Dr Chloe Ward Monday 16 November - Ruskin, Morris, Ashbee: Social Responsibility and the Arts and Crafts Movement, Hilary Underwood Monday 23 November - 'Art for All'?: G F Watts in Whitechapel, Abbie Latham Monday 30 November - Mary Watts and Women's Rights, Dr Lucy Ella Rose Monday 7 December - Art of the Suffrage Movement, Dr Chloe Ward

For more information on this event: https://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/whats-on/history-art-course-art-change-victorian-britain/

Further information

Upcoming event dates:

  • Monday 30th November 2020 11:00 - 12:15
  • Monday 7th December 2020 11:00 - 12:15


£50 for five lectures Friends £45 for five lectures Single lecture £12 | Friends single lecture £10.80

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