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Art and the Modern World | Can Art Change the World?



[ Art History Course )

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Kicking off our 'Art and the Modern World' series, this talk investigates the effect art can have on the world.

Social unrest and poverty, gender politics, race, prejudice, the environment, nuclear fears, war and propaganda – these topics are the subject of many powerful works of art, raising our awareness of major  problems in society and the possibility of improvement. Led by Val Woodgate.

Artists as varied as Paul Nash, Pablo Picasso, David Hockney, Grayson Perry and many others have drawn attention to serious issues in the 20th and 21st centuries, and artists continue to respond to problems, prejudices and inequalities in our world.


Single session £30, £20 [under 30s)

Full course £75, £50 [under 30s)

The first part of our short course looking at the ways artists respond to the world around them and use their art to communicate feelings, opinions, criticisms and fears about society, in the hope of improvement and change.