On the Margin, into the Frame – Northern Lights

Art History

Day course

Joanna Cobb

20 June 2022


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With British art history having tended to centre on the London art world, this course is an attempt at levelling up by providing an insight into parts of North East England which not only experienced massive industrial change, but with it an outpouring of artistic creativity in the latter part of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

With centres such as Newcastle as artistic hubs, artist communities formed in coastal towns and villages, including Cullercoats, which attracted the American Winslow Homer,  Ashington, the home of the ‘Pitmen Painters’, and Spennymoor. Robson Green’s excellent documentary on the Pitmen Painters will be screened during the day.

On the Margin, into the Frame

This exciting new series sheds light on subjects traditionally on the periphery of art history, but whose richness and diversity warrant greater attention. As well as familiar figures, expect to discover some surprising talents too long overlooked, who were remarkably successful in their own times.

  1. Women artists in focus: from Renaissance to Enlightenment.
  2. Black Identity in Art.
  3. Northern Lights.

Tutor information

Joanna Cobb is an independent art historian, researcher and lecturer based in Somerset with a passionate belief in the benefits of lifelong learning in its fullest sense.  Following a career teaching history, she studied history of art at Birkbeck, University of London, leading to an MA with distinction. Joanna’s article, ‘From Parrots to Princes: Exhibitions of Contemporary Stained Glass in Late Eighteenth-century London’. appeared in the online journal Vidimus, Issue 53, July/August 2011. Since moving to Somerset Joanna has been invited to speak for a range of organisations. Central to Joanna’s approach is an understanding of the cultural, political and social contexts in which works of art were produced and experienced,  in order to allow the ‘bigger picture’ to emerge and in so doing enrich and enlarge the encounter.

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.