History of Art Course: Art as Change in Victorian Britain

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9 November 2020
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History of Art Course: Art as Change in Victorian Britain
Mondays, 9 November – Monday 7 December (5 weeks)
11am – 12.15pm | £50 for five lectures
Friends £45 for five lectures
Single lecture £12 | Friends single lecture £10.80
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


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