Summer School Week One – A Cultural History of Spain


Summer school

Residential course

Wayne Bennett

9 August 2020 to 15 August 2020

From £280 non-resident

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Spain is a mystery and a paradox to many British minds and yet for those who engage with its story there are great riches awaiting. Its unique music is a fusion of influences from North Africa, from across the Mediterranean and from medieval Europe. The art and architecture is a profound compound of even more – the Moors, the Renaissance, the surreal imagination and the modern world. The food culture reflects these connections too. This course will chart the story of Spain through its many cultural expressions, from vague beginnings to the contemporary. We will consider the geography and the landscapes, listen to the music, admire the great art and architecture, not to mention the cinema. We will taste the food and the wine. Supporting our cultural feast will be insights into the country’s extraordinary history as well as stories about some of the personalities who shaped events.

No prior knowledge will be assumed, and handouts will be provided. Lavishly illustrated throughout.

Residential Fees From: £868.   Non Residential: £280 (There is no Patrons discount for this course)

Tutor information

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.