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.
Mudlarking on the Thames Shoreline
10 Sep 2021
Stairs - North side of Millennium Bridge
Portable Antiquities Scheme Finds Liaison Officer, Stuart Wyatt, will be leading another Arts Scholars expedition of antiquity hunting on the Thames foreshore. In contrast with the highly enjoyable sessions in July 2019, this time the north foreshore (the City/St Paul's side) will be visited. Low tide is at 11.35am and Arts Scholars will explore the area with Stuart, after being shown a variety of objects previously found on the foreshore of the Thames. A late light lunch nearby at Mudlarkers’ own expense will follow.
Robing Ceremony, Common Hall & Dinner
9 Sep 2021
Armourers' Hall, 81 Coleman Street, EC2R 5BJ
COMMON HALL forms a very important part of the Company’s calendar. It is, effectively, the Annual General Meeting, when all Arts Scholars have an opportunity to meet each other, hear about the Company’s activities and longer-term plans, and put questions to the Chairmen of each of the Company’s committees: Charity, Communications, Education, Events, Finance, Membership and Regalia about their work for the Company through the year. (Please read the admin notes at the bottom of the page before registering)
Owen Jones - The Victorian era's forgotten artistic giant
6 Sep 2021
Arts Scholar Alan Freeland, known to members for his Silk Road themed tours of the V&A, will talk to us about one of the lesser-known British designers of the nineteenth-century, Owen Jones (1809-1874). An architect, illustrator and author of the seminal 'The Grammar of Ornament', he lived in the shadow of his more famous contemporary Ruskin. Alan will explore with us Jones's very different views on architecture and design, and his championing of the use of a strong colour pallet in architectural decoration.
Arts Scholars Dinner (CV19 restrictions depending)
22 Jul 2021
A Company Dinner (not the Annual Banquet) was held to celebrate the freedom to meet-up again.
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.