Our next lecture:
Monday, 28 January 2019
Stella Grace Lyons – CULTIVATING THE LAND: GARDENS, FLORA AND AGRICULTURE IN ART
A cultivated garden or plot of agricultural land symbolises the control that the human race has learned to exercise over its surroundings. Looking at imagery from diverse centuries and societies, we explore how portrayals of gardens, flora, and agriculture in art, have given us insight into our relationship with the natural world, and helped us to define what it means to be human. We look at a variety of different approaches to the subject, such as the shocking symbolism in Hieronymus Bosch’s ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’, the political imagery in Millet’s ‘The Gleaners’, and the beautiful textile designs of William Morris.
Stella Grace Lyons gained her BA in the History of Art with a 1st class in her dissertation from the University of Bristol, and her MA in History of Art at the University of Warwick. She spent a year studying Renaissance art in Italy at the British Institute of Florence, and three months studying Venetian art in Venice. In addition, she attended drawing classes at the prestigious Charles H. Cecil studios in Florence. In 2017, Stella was selected by The Arts Society to lecture at the launch of ‘Drawing Room Discussions’ in association with ROSL ARTS, hosted by Guardian arts correspondent Maev Kennedy. Stella runs her own art history courses and she is also a regular lecturer in the UK and Europe for The Arts Society, National Trust, Contemporary Arts Society Wales (CASW), Classical Education Forum, WEA, and several travel companies. Stella also works as an artist’s model for the internationally renowned figurative artist, Harry Holland.
Royal Wedding at the British Embassy in Berlin
Here´s our Patron, Robbie Bulloch, Head of Mission and Consul General of the Britsh Embassy in Berlin together with our Chairman Ursula Fortune at the Royal Wedding celebrations
We mourn the passing of our Committee Member HELGA BEITZ. Helga was a member of Bridfas Berlin/The Arts Society Berlin and a member of the Committee since 1999 and a great asset in her engagement for our society especially through her great knowledge of the arts in the widest sense. Our society and her friends benefitted so much from her never tiring help and her wonderful friendly and humorous being. If help was needed there was never a question that she was in the forefront to assist in what ever was needed. She adored her family especially her grandchildren and was a wonderful friend to her friends and neighbours. We will sorely miss her, not only as a committee member but as a most appreciated friend.
Our April lecture was accompanied by spring blossoms and a singing nightingale as we went home
We have changed our name to The Arts Society Berlin in line with recent changes to The Arts Society in the UK, who provides us with the wonderful choice of lecturers to come to Berlin.