Art lec­ture se­ries plan

Pal­nackie venue to host talks

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS -

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.

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