Friday Lecture – Guernica: The Greatest Painting in the World with Wayne Bennett
The arrival of great art into the United Kingdom is a historical and cultural phenomenon that is barely recognised. We take for granted the works which hang on our gallery walls and don’t give too much thought to the background story of their journey. This course will tell how and why many great works of art ended up in Britain and how they subsequently entered the public sphere. We will consider the role of private patrons as well as public patronage and we will view many terrific paintings and some sculpture along the way. All-comers welcome.
Includes lunch. Lunch is served from 1pm and lecture begins at 2pm.
Wayne Bennett: After an initial training and career in the theatre (including working for over four years at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden) Wayne studied fine art and art history at Camberwell School of Art and Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, where he obtained a first class honours degree. For two years he worked for the Contemporary Art Society based at the Tate Gallery after which he moved to Dorset. For 23 years he led the team at Dillington House until his retirement in early 2015. He now divides his time between his many research interests – archaeology, cartography, cultural history, music and art. Wayne is Co-Director of the Dillington Summer School and continues to originate and tutor courses for Dillington and elsewhere. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.