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In-person Talk | Frances Spalding


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Join us for a fascinating talk by art historian, Frances Spalding, as she discusses her new book.

Art historian Frances Spalding will be joining us to talk about her new book, The Real and the Romantic: English Art between Two World Wars. The devastation of the First World War left the art world decentred and directionless.  Spalding explores what its recovery looked like – how exciting new ideas co-existed with a desire for continuity and a renewed interest in the past. Throughout these years, the pursuit of ‘the real’ was set against, and sometimes merged with, an inclination towards the ‘romantic’, as English artists sought to respond to their subjects and their times. Spalding will discuss the recent upsurge in interest in the period and explore this richly diverse time in British art.

Tickets to the talk cost £15 and include a glass of wine.

Summer Late with Hotwalls Studios will coincide with the end of the talk and you are more than welcome to join the festivities in the gallery. Find more information here. Please note, tickets for Summer Late with Hotwalls Studios are not valid for the Frances Spalding talk. 

This talk will not be available online.


Frances Spalding has a specialist interest in twentieth-century British art and first established her reputation with Roger Fry: Art and Life. She went on to write lives of the artists Vanessa Bell, John Minton, Duncan Grant, Gwen Raverat and John and Myfanwy Piper, as well as a biography of the poet Stevie Smith. Her survey history, British Art since 1900, in the Thames & Hudson World of Art series, has been widely used in schools, colleges and universities, and in the mid-1990s she was commissioned by Tate to write a centenary history of this national institution. Between 2000 and 2015, she taught at Newcastle University, becoming Professor of Art History. She acted as Editor of The Burlington Magazine, 2015-16, and is now is Emeritus Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art and in 2005 was made a CBE for Services to Literature.