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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


Talks usually last one hour

  • digital powerpoint presentations
  • fees by arrangement


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 talks available are listed below

  • talks can be delivered online via zoom
  • study days and art courses available by arrangement
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A big thank you for the wonderful talk you’ve just given here. You communicate your knowledge and your passion for art so well, that you really carry an audience with you. I found it absolutely fascinating...

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An Artists Best Friend
An Artists Best Friend

An Artist's Best Friend

Dogs are man’s most loyal friend. They
are often used in art, as in life, to project
our ambitions and anxieties. From the
poignancy of Landseer to the dachshunds
of Bonnard and Picasso; the whippets of
Freud and many more, explore how dogs
have provided inspiration, solace and
companionship throughout artistic lives.

Master of Moonlight

Atkinson Grimshaw one of the great
painters of the Victorian era created some
of its most beautiful atmospheric paintings.
In rain, mist, moonlight and gaslight, the
Thames, winding lanes and grimy docks
appear as if clothed in poetry and mystery.
The humdrum of every day Victorian life is
transformed time and again into a magical

Master of Moonlight
Master of Moonlight
Peggy Guggenheim
Peggy Guggenheim

Peggy Guggenheim

The 'poor little rich girl' who changed the

face of twentieth century art. Not only was

she ahead of her time but the woman who

helped define it. She discovered a new
 generation of artists producing a new kind

of art. Through collecting not only art but

the artists themselves, her life was as

radical as her collection.

As Good as Gold

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...

As Good as Gold
As Good as Gold
Modern Masterpieces
Modern Masterpieces

Modern Masterpieces

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 turned the art world on its head.

Artist + Muse

The complex relationship between artist

and muse as 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 and as artists in their own right.

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Three Colours in Art

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

International Klein Blue and Mondrian’s

dynamic combination of all three.

The Golden Section

For thousands of years the mystery of the
Golden Section has inspired thinkers from
 all disciplines - from artists to architects,
 mathematicians to musicians. Discover
 the secrets of its sacred geometry and
 divine beauty within creations from the
 classical to the contemporary.

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Art of the River

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 and beauty.

Coventry Cathedral

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


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John Singer Sargent

From the scandal of the painting of
 Madame X to the trials, tribulations and
 triumph of Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose,
 discover the rise, fall and rise again of
 John Singer Sargent, the leading portrait
 painter of his age - the age of elegance.
 An artist who devoted his entire life to
 the creation of beauty.

John Piper

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 master of diversity.

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James Tissot
James Tissot

James Tissot

An observer and recorder of the

complexities of life in the ‘modern age’.

Elegant scenes of fashionable society
 reveal beneath their glossy surface the

simmering tensions of the social and

psychological drama that was nineteenth
 century Paris and London.

Centre Pompidou

Discover the story of the creation of one

of the leading art collections of the world.

Since opening in 1977 its expansion has

been spectacular - over 100,000 works

of art from 1905 to present day. Its

pioneering architecture now recognised

as an icon of the twentieth century.

A modern monument
A modern monument
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Gallery on the Street

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.

Art of Light

The magical qualities of stained glass
 windows in the historic churches of the
 City of London - windows 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.

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Unity of the Arts

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.