The Events Committee arranges the majority of the Company’s social events and is always keen to receive suggestions from Liverymen and Freemen. Events the Arts Scholars have run in the past are listed below, with the most recent event shown first.
Arts Scholars Dinner (CV19 restrictions depending)
22 Jul 2021
If CV19 restrictions allow, a Company Dinner (not the Annual Banquet) will be held to celebrate the freedom to meet-up again.
Booking details to follow.
Wonders of the Roman Empire Off Limits
12 Jul 2021
A Talk by Arts Scholar Dr Sam Moorhead of the British Museum in which he will spotlight Roman cities in the Near East and North Africa which have been largely destroyed (for example Hatra in Iraq and Palmyra in Syria), sites which have been heavily looted (Apamaea and Dura Europos in Syria), and places which are now too dangerous to visit (Leptis Magna and Cyrene in Libya).
(Image: Temple of Bel at Palmyra in 2011, now destroyed © Sam Moorhead)
Web 3.0 for the art world
28 Jun 2021
An online presentation by Arts Scholar Bernadine Bröcker Wieder, which will cover the evolution of technology for the art market. Bernadine will illustrate how “Web 3.0” changes the art world's dynamics at the core, especially in light of recent times with the COVID-19 business interruption.
Guided evening tour of Highgate Cemetery
10 Jun 2021
Arts Scholars will be given a guided evening tour by member Ian Kelly round the Western Cemetery of the historic Highgate Cemetery. Subject to social distancing restrictions, there will be an optional meal in a local restaurant.
Diamonds are Forever
17 May 2021
Arts Scholar Liveryman, Nigel Israel, will be giving a potted history of diamonds from rough to jewellery, with crystallography, optical and physical properties, cutting and their use in jewellery by different classes through the centuries.
A virtual treasure hunt in your own home
13 May 2021
You are cordially invited to enjoy some much-needed fun and frivolity at a virtual treasure hunt hosted by Court Assistant Sonya Zuckerman and Middle Warden Graham Barker. You will have an opportunity to unearth long-forgotten items and get a deeper insight into people you thought you knew well!
Eva Weininger Lecture - Walker Kirkland Hancock and the WW2 Monuments Men
29 Apr 2021
A lecture by Arts Scholar Anne Rogers Haley about Walker Kirkland Hancock (1901-1998), Sculptor and Monument Man, and the WW2 Monuments Men. The Monuments Men are famous for their discovery, in May 1945, in a salt mine at Altausee, high in the Austrian Alps, of the looted eight panels of The Adoration of the Lamb by Jan van Eyck, considered one of the masterpieces of 15th-century European art.
Meissen Porcelain c 1730 - Augustus the Strong and A Virtual Menagerie in Dresden
6 Apr 2021
Dr. Susan Bracken, a Liveryman of the Arts Scholars, will tell us about the plans of Augustus the Strong (1670-1733) of Saxony to set up a 'menagerie' of porcelain animal sculptures in the Japanese Palace in Dresden. The talk explores this ambitious project & considers some of the reasons why, although never realised as intended, it remains such an intriguing example of patronage and collecting in the 18th century.
31 Mar 2021
The Master, Wardens and Court of Assistants invite all Arts Scholars to attend these important ceremonies to admit our new Freemen. Those new Freemen being admitted will be asked to take an Oath of Allegiance and give a short 2-minute vignette of who they are and their arts interests.
8 Mar 2021
The Pocket Lunch is an opportunity for Members to present a small work of art for discussion with fellow Arts Scholars. Traditionally, when we met for an actual lunch, the size of the object was restricted to what you could fit into your pocket (hence the name). However, online Pocket Lunches allow for larger objects to be presented if you so wish ........ and your own choice of menu for lunch as well!