Art lecture series plan
Palnackie venue to host talks
A series of art lectures is being held at the Old Mill Gallery in Palnackie.
Dr Jo Chapman Campbell, who is opening the School of the History of Art in Kirkcudbright, will give the talks.
The first is on October 17 and will be a fascinating glimpse of the Lindisfarne Gospels, a remarkable surviving manuscript from the Golden Age of Northumbria.
The fully illustrated lecture concentrates on the art displayed throughout the book, relating this to other manuscripts and stone carvings of this period and considering the origins of this decoration.
The second lecture will be on November 7 on the Ruthwell Cross Carvings which are well known throughout the south-west of Scotland.
This talk, fully illustrated, looks at the figural and decorative ornament of the stone and discusses the cultural, religious and personal relevance of the two scripts used, Latin and AngloSaxon runic, highlighting the many questions that the monument raises.
The sculptural is related to other carvings, including Pictish sculpture, and also to surviving manuscripts, for example, the Book of Kells.
The third lecture on November 28 will be on the Hilton of Cadboll cross slab, a glorious reminder of the cultural and social aspects of the Pictish people.
This talk focuses on the stone in the museum and what it meant to the people who commissioned it, who actually made it and to those who witnessed it.
Once again, many questions are raised by this spectacular carving, discussed in this fully illustrated talk, including its relationship with art from the Kingdom of Northumbria and from Ireland, both in stone and in manuscript form. The term Pictish will take on a new meaning.
All lectures will be held at 6pm and reservations are advised. Call the gallery on 01556 600526 to book.
The first of the courses at the School of the History of Art is due to begin on October 15.
For more information, contact Jo by email on shallinor[email protected] btinternet. com or phone 01575 560471 between 6pm and 8pm.