University of Liverpool
In collaboration with National Museums Liverpool
Free Spring 2012 lecture series
Walker Art Gallery, Rex Makin lecture theatre

From Messinia to the Mersey - Classical Greek Sculpture in the Walker Art Gallery
- Stephen O’Brien
Wednesday 29 February 2012 , 1-2 p.m. CRN 16907
The art of Classical Greece has produced some of the most memorable and highly-regarded imagery in the world, and has inspired countless works in subsequent generations of artists. Nowhere is this more true than in the field of sculpture. While many collections of Classical sculpture lie far from Merseyside, the Walker Art Gallery is home to casts of sculptures from the Classical temples of the Parthenon in Athens and Bassai in Arcadia. This talk will provide a detailed guide to these works of ancient art, not only in terms of what they represent and how they were created, but also by placing them in their full social, cultural and political context in the ancient Greek world. Audiences will gain a new appreciation of these works and their influence.

Is It Sculpture?
- Julie Robson
Thursday 15 March 2012, 1-2 p.m. CRN 16426
During the last century, the term 'sculpture' has been applied to an expansive range of practices, processes and materials. This talk looks at some of the problems posed to galleries such as the Walker and asks whether we can continue to call this evolving form of art ‘sculpture’.

“A Person Come to Look at Pictures”: Tessimond at the Walker
- James Bainbridge
Thursday 10 May 2012, 1-2 p.m. CRN 16909
In this fiftieth anniversary year of the death of the Birkenhead-born poet A.S.J. Tessimond we will explore his work revealing his friendship and collaboration with the artist Ceri Richards. Looking at Richards’ Mother and Child in the Walker collection and an unpublished long poem An A to Z of Advertising, this lecture presents a vivid portrait of the poet’s later years.

Advance enrolment is necessary for these lectures . You can enrol by phoning 0151 794 6900 or email quoting the course reference number.