Alexandra Epps is an accredited Arts Society Lecturer and gives talks on a wide variety of arts related subjects for groups, societies, organisations and students, as cultural events or corporate entertainment.
Talks usually last one hour
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Alexandra is always adding to her list of talks so it is best to call or join the Art in the City mailing list where you can be updated, from time to time, with details of any talks or other events being planned.
Current lectures available are listed below
The story of gold and its significance and symbolism throughout the history of art. Gold as the colour of the sun; the colour of divinity; the colour of status and the colour of love. From creations ancient and contemporary, sacred and profane - all that glitters is certainly gold...
A journey through some of the most influential works of art of the twentieth century - a time of rapid artistic change when traditional concepts were challenged, boundaries pushed and the role of the artist redefined. Discover how some of the movers and shakers of the time started to turn the art world on its head.
The complex relationship between artist and muse and the inspiration for some of the most significant works of art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. From the ‘stunners’ of the Pre Raphaelites to Picasso’s weeping woman to the mother of American modernism - women as muses; women as artists in their own right.
The symbolism, significance and spirituality of colour throughout the history of art. Experience the power of the red of the Tudors; the utopian white of Abstraction; the secret formula of Klein blue and Mondrian’s dynamic combination of all three.
For thousands of years the mystery of the Golden Section has inspired thinkers from all disciplines - artists and architects, mathematicians and musicians. Discover the secrets of its sacred geometry and beauty within creations from classical to contemporary.
The River Thames has inspired artists for over three hundred years and continues to do so today. Discover a selection of artists from the historical to the contemporary and experience their fascinating views of the river and interpretations of its eventful history.
The extraordinary story of the rebuilding of the Cathedral as a symbol of peace and reconciliation and its inspiring commitment to the modern. Experience the work of many of the world-class artists associated with its treasures including Epstein, Frink, Piper and Sutherland.
From the scandal of the painting of Madame X to the trials, tribulations and triumph of Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, discover the rise, the fall and rise again of John Singer Sargent, the leading portrait painter of his age - the age of elegance.
From cathedrals to churches, cottages to coastlines we are never very far from a place John Piper has painted, written about or undertaken a commission for. One of the most versatile British artists of the twentieth century - painter, designer, stained glass artist, photographer and writer on the arts - a man of many parts.
The observer and recorder of the complexities of life and love in the ‘modern age’. Elegant scenes of fashionable society brought to life in ravishing detail reveal beneath their deceptively glossy surface the simmering tensions and contradictions of the social and psychological drama of nineteenth century Paris and London.
The expansion of the Centre Pompidou since it opened its doors in 1977 has been spectacular - over 100,000 works of art from 1905 to the present day. Its pioneering design is now recognised as an icon of twentieth century architecture. Discover the story of its creation and highlights from one of the leading art collections of the world.
Discover the wealth of modern and contemporary public art in the unique square mile of the City of London - creations ranging from the hand crafted to the high tech. The artists; their techniques, lives and influences plus the history of the fascinating streets where their work can be found.
The magical qualities of stained glass windows in the historic churches of the City of London - windows both old and modern created by a series of remarkable artists and craftsmen in a variety of styles. Discover their symbolism, spiritual dimensions and above all radiant visual beauty.
The unique relationship between sculptor and architect at the turn of the twentieth century led to the creation of many remarkable friezes, facades and reliefs on buildings in the City of London. Arts and Crafts, Beaux Arts, Edwardian Baroque and the arrival of the Modern movement.