Art History: Great Exhibitions: How the Display Changed Art

1pm - 3pm

  • Venue Attenborough Arts Centre
  • Price £40 / £30
  • Event type Creative Courses
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The Great Exhibition of 1851 with its display of global industry, arts and culture created the model for a century of World Fairs and Expositions.

From the famous Crystal Palace these events were associated with innovative and imposing architecture, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Skylon and Wembley Stadium, built as part of the British Empire Exhibition. These exhibitions not only created their own visual idiom of grandeur and delight, but they gave names to international design movements, such as Art Nouveau and Art Deco. Displays of identity, Imperialism and national rivalry were played out in visual terms but these exhibitions also inspired global exchange and creativity.

This is a seminar-style course which combines information sharing, group discussion and debate and the close study of individual works and related historical sources and academic writings.

This five week course will run on Wednesday afternoons, 1-3pm, starting on Wednesday 17 April 2024 and ending on 22 May 2024.

Please note: no session 8 May 2024.

Participants must be aged 18+.

Further Information:

We aim to make all our sessions as accessible as possible and carers/PAs are very welcome – just remember to book their free place when you book your session. If you'd like to talk to us in advance of booking or attending your sessions to discuss your access needs, our Box Office team is here to help! Email, pop in or call 0116 252 2455, open 7 days a week.

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Free parking for all customers is available after 5pm on weekdays and all day at weekends in the University of Leicester car park next door to Attenborough Arts Centre on Lancaster Road. The closest public car park for parking at all other times is Victoria Park, 5-10 minutes walk from us.

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