Monday 27th May 2024 (CEST)

2016-17 season's lectures

Oct 25
Roberta Kettel
Feb 21
Rafael Anderson
Mar 14
Brian Healey
Mar 15*
Brian Healey
Apr 11
Jasleen Kandhari
* morning lecture
All lectures are in the Cultural Centre, calle Granada, Nerja. The morning lectures start at 11am; the others start at 6pm.

Lecture date: October 25th 2016

Hemingway and Spain

Roberta Kettel
Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) had a life-long love affair with Spain, visiting the country over a period of forty years more than fifteen times as travel writer and war correspondent. Several of his books including “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, “Death in the Afternoon” and “Dangerous Summer” were inspired by these experiences. His larger- than- life image and fearless exploits together with his unique writing style turned him into a twentieth century icon, and in 1954 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

In this illustrated lecture Roberta will follow in Hemingway’s footsteps through Spain, taking a closer look at the man and the myth. Readings from his works by Ian Crawley will help to illustrate “Papa” Hemingway’s admiration and fascination for Spain, and the many facets of his literary output.


Lecture date: November 15th 2016

Magnificent Mosaics - windows into the colourful Roman world

Christopher Bradley

Alexander mosiac, Pompeii
The Romans have left us with a remarkable artistic record of their lifestyle, beliefs, achievements and entertainment, in the form of beautiful mosaics. From the best museums and collections around the world we see how they developed earlier Greek designs; the cities in which they lived; the Gods and myths in which they believed; and the exotic and indulgent lives of the Romans themselves - from Britain to Sicily, from Morocco to Syria.

Dolphin mosaic, Fishbourne
This lavishly illustrated lecture uses only mosaics from start to finish, bringing the distant world of the Romans gloriously back to life with vibrant, colourful images full of action. So, this is the rise and fall of the Roman Empire but as you have never seen it before – through the eyes of the Roman people themselves and the contemporary mosaics they created to reflect and decorate their fascinating, colourful world.


Lecture date: November 16th 2016

The Spanish Indiana Jones in North Africa 1900-1948

The Spanish Pioneer archaeologists in Morocco in the Golden Age of Archaeology
Manuel Parodi

Morning lecture

starts: 11:00

A story of war, kidnappings, Berber Bandoleros, and some Spanish Indiana Jones…

The lecture is about the Spanish archaeologists and historians who developed their research in North Morocco at the time of what in Spain is called the "African War" (1909-1927), when Spain was trying to establish her Protectorate in the Northern part of Morocco in accordance with the results (and the mandate) of the International Treaties signed at the Conference of Algeciras (1906); these scholars worked in the field under war conditions, for instance in the Tetouan area, at the Roman (and pre-Roman) site of Tamuda, war front between 1919 and 1925, where César Montalbán was working in 1919, 1920 and 1921 until the war situation made the archaeological research stop - not to be restarted until 1940.

It is also the period of WW II, when some of our Spanish archaeologists in Morocco even had some contacts with the Allies through the American Consulate in Tangier: while the world was struggling in war, some of these heroes of Archaeology and History, such as Pelayo Quintero, were developing their research in several sites as Lixus, Alcazarseguer or Tamuda.

It is a very interesting topic, a period really "apasionante", with war, battles, pioneers of Archaeology (those are as well the times of Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon in Egypt, for instance) working in the worst conditions, and spectacular results of their research.




Bertuchi: calle de los Arcos

Mariano Bertuchi: Combate

Bertuchi: Desfile del Jalifa

Bertuchi: Mercado Marroqui

Bertuchi: Puerta de la Muralla

Bertuchi: Tetuan

Northern Morocco

Lecture date: December 13th 2016

L.S. Lowry - a Visionary Artist

Michael Howard

Man with Red Eyes, 1938
LS Lowry is one of Britain's most popular artists - and yet the very familiarity of his work has stopped us looking as closely as we should at this extraordinary artist.

Coming from The Mill, 1930
He was a painter not only of the mills al the industrial north-west but also perhaps the one of the great painters of the human condition himself - the TS Eliot of modern British Art and, perhaps we could even claim him as our very own van Gogh! Come along and make up your own mind. Michael is President of Bolton NADFAS and until recently he was the Course Leader of the School of the History of Art and Design at the Manchester Metropolitan University, where he taught both academic and studio-based students. He is a practising artist, a painter, sculptor, printmaker and ceramicist.
The artist in front of his easel
He has exhibited at the Royal Academy; his work is represented in the Manchester Art Gallery and in many private collections in the UK and abroad.
He and his wife the painter Ghislaine Howard live in Glossop Derbyshire close to Lowry's home. Michael has written the major text on LS. Lowry and has curated a number of exhibitions including Lowry's industrial Landscape of 1953 at the Lowry December 2007-May 2008.
Michael has published widely on European art ot the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, mostly on the impressionists. His other books include L S. Lowry: A Visionary Artist, (He also worked on the film on the artist that acts as an introduction to the artist's life and work at the Lowry Centre), He was commissioned to write a personal guide to the Manchester Art Gallery.
Michael represented the UK at the 2006 Varna Biennale and has featured on television and radio many times and in 2004 he and Ghislaine worked on the film Degas and the Dance which has received many awards including one of the prestigious Peabody awards.


Lecture date: January 10th 2017

The Ashcan School and American Realism artists

Tricha Passes
The Ashcan School was an artistic movement in the United States during the early twentieth century that is best known for works portraying scenes of daily life in New York, often in the city's poorer neighbourhoods.

Chinese Restaurant, 1909, John Sloan

The Shoppers, 1907, William Glackens

Men of the Docks, 1912, George Bellows

members of the Ashcan School, 1898

George Bellows

William Glackens, 1915

John Sloan, 1890

Lecture date: February 14th 2017

The Secret Language of Sacred Spaces

religious architecture of the world
Jon Cannon
From Chartres cathedral to Angkor Wat, religion has been the inspiration for many of the greatest buildings of the world. Indeed, for much of human history, the story of architecture and the story of faith were synonymous.
This lecture explains the architecture of each of the major faith traditions, revealing how it is shaped by their rituals and beliefs. It briefly covers the sacred architecture of such early societies as Mesopotamia, Egypt and the Americas before focusing on the living faiths: the great continuities embodied in the sacred architecture of Buddhism and Hinduism, and the revolutionary changes brought about in monotheistic Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It thus brings fresh insights into some of the most remarkable buildings on the planet.

The aim is to leave the audience understanding why and how (for example) a mosque is different from a synagogue or a church (and how they interrelate), as well as having a ‘big picture’ overview of what is happening where and when in the sacred buildings of planet earth.

It should go without saying that the illustrations cover a sequence of the greatest buildings on the planet. Many are taken from my sumptuous book on the subject, The Secret Language of Sacred Spaces: have a look at this pdf file to get an impression of their beauty: Sacred Spaces sample spreads II.

Angkor Wat


Temple to Vishnu

"I have a vocation, and it’s to do with places; with communicating, enthusing, analyzing – in short, extollagising – about the nature of ‘old places’, and what makes them tick. I get especially excited about the sacredness of place, and the human place-making that results from it: a po-faced way of saying I love religious architecture in particular. English medieval churches are my academic specialism.

In any case, this a calling without a career structure. Writing lies at the heart of it, but like many writers I do other things which help earn a living and which arise from the expertise I’ve gathered on the way. But these, for me, are not add-ons: lecturing, teaching and tour-leading, copywriting and editing for heritage organizations, academic research: all are essential elements in what is a seamless and overlapping range of concerns. You can find out more about each, or contact me direct, via this website.

You might, indeed, come across my books, such as Cathedral: the great English cathedrals and the world that made them, published by Constable in 2007 and now out out in paperback; or The Secret Language of Sacred Spaces, was published in late 2013; the Shire book of Medieval Church Architecture came out in July 2014; I am currently writing a major work on the British landscape, slated for publication in 2016. You might also have come across my BBCTV documentary, How to Build a Cathedral, which was widely praised.

Among other things, I teach regularly at the University of Bristol (mainly in the History of Art department), lead tours for Martin Randall Travel and others; am a Lay Canon (keeper of the fabric) at Bristol cathedral, and am a Member of Council for the British Archaeological Association. I am also an accredited NADFAS lecturer. My piece of journalism about North Korea (east Asia plays a big part in my life: my wife is the Chinese author Liu Hong) for the London Review of Books some years ago was shortlisted for the David Watt Memorial Prize."


Lecture date: February 21th 2017

A fairytale of Barcelona

Barcelona, Gaudi and Sustainability
Rafael Anderson
We live at an extraordinary moment in time between the end of one century and the beginning of another. The shape of the twenty first century is yet to be shaped, how will it look? Could we be heading towards fairytale or nightmare, what choices are there for us make?
There are certain places that point towards the future and Barcelona is one of them, it has always been a city of dreams manifest. We will be exploring the architecture and culture of Barcelona, its past its present and its future, looking at what makes this city so unique and inspiring.
Parc Guelli

Lecture date: March 14th 2017

Vincent van Gogh in Arles

Brian Healey
The eighteen months that Vincent Van Gogh spent in Provence are amongst the most turbulent and written about in the whole of art history, yet only recently have some of the most fascinating details surrounding his time there come to light. The lecture examines the background to Vincent’s fascination with the South where he hoped to find the light of Japan, and establish a studio of the South led by Paul Gaugin. Through close examination of the Arles paintings the lecture shows how over the course of just 18 months his own unique style finally emerged, but only after an appalling act of self-mutilation. The build up to the crisis is a fascinating story, rendered all the more poignant by its tragic aftermath and about which much controversy still remains.

Don't forget his talk the day after this lecture!"


Lecture date: March 15th 2017

Midsummer Magic

An introduction to some of the glorious paintings of the Nordic Impressionists of the late 19th Century
Brian Healey

Morning lecture

starts: 11:00
Cloaked for months of the year in snow or mist, it is only in summer that the more benign character of Norway, Denmark and Sweden is revealed, providing the inspiration behind the ravishing paintings of artists such as Kitty Kieland, Anders Zorn, Elif Petersson and Peder Krøyer to name just a few. Often working in small communes, such as at the north Danish coastal village of Skagen these artists adapted the style of impressionism to the limpid light of the Nordic climate, a light which is hauntingly beautiful in the long hours of summer and especially at twilight. Midnight bonfires, moonlit promenades and the midsummer dance are all favourite subjects of these artists who depicted a world of summer stillness and tradition just as it was about to be shattered by the firestorm of World War I.

Kitty Kielland

Kitty Kielland

Peder Krøyer

Peder Krøyer

Elif Petersson

Elif Petersson

Anders Zorn

Anders Zorn

Lecture date: April 11th 2017

Mughal Empire

Jasleen Kandhari
Discover the lavish arts of the Mughal Empire from the courts of the Mughal emperors Akbar the Great, Jahangir and Shah Jahan, the ruler responsible for the creation of the magnificent Taj Mahal. Explore the masterpieces of Mughal art from miniature paintings to precious jade daggers.

Crill, R. et al, 'Arts of Mughal India: Studies in Honour of Robert Skelton' Mapin, London: 2004
Losty, JP, 'Mughal India: Art, Culture & Empire', British Library exhibition, London: 2013
Stronge, S, 'Painting for the Mughal Emperor: The Arts of the Book 1360-1660' V&A, London: 2002



Lecture date: May 9th 2017

Faber and Faber - 90 years of excellence in cover design

Toby Faber
Since its foundation in 1925, Faber and Faber has built a reputation as one of London's most important literary publishing houses. Part of that relates to the editorial team that Geoffrey Faber and his successors built around them - TS Eliot was famously an early recruit - but a large part is also due to the firm’s insistence on good design and illustration.

This lecture traces the history of Faber and Faber through its illustrations, covers and designs. Early years brought innovations like the Ariel Poems – single poems, beautifully illustrated, sold in their own envelopes. In the 1950s and 1960s, there was an emphasis on typography, led by the firm's art director Berthold Wolpe; his Albertus font is still used on City of London road signs. In the 1980s, the firm started its association with Pentagram, responsible for the ff logo. Along the way, it has employed some of our most celebrated artists as cover illustrators – from Rex Whistler and Barnett Freedman to Peter Blake and Damien Hirst.

Slides will range from book covers, advertisements and photos of key individuals, to illustrations of the concepts behind the designs. The talk will also be peppered with personal insight and anecdote. Faber and Faber is the last of the great publishing houses to remain independent.