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Generation Z - a surreal portrait of a boy surrounded social media and internet symbols

Worlds Apart: A Generation Divided

In this talk we investigate through a materialist lens the shifting approaches to culture, humour and politics as a generation raised on the internet and subjected to constant streams of information comes of age. 

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Chinese women of three generations

The story of four generations – culture changes in China

Significant changes occurred in China over the past 40 years since it's opening up reform. How does that impact on the life and values of each generation? This lecture explores the similarities and differences of four generations in China and aims to provide an overall review of the challenges and opportunities each generation faces.

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Artist in Focus: Paula Rego

Artist in Focus: Paula Rego

Paula Rego's art is undoubtedly characterised by her incredible ability to create captivating narratives that often evoke fairytales or dreams, but in this talk we will see how she equally uses her art to push important socio-political messages to the frontline. 

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Black and white double face

Identity and Belonging

How do we form our individual and collective identity? How do we modify our identities to fit in and assimilate when we encounter other cultures? What does that mean for us when we return home?  Join us to explore identity and belonging in this webinar. 

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the art of stillness - jaku

Japanese Calligraphy: The Art of Stillness

Each event we will centre around a new symbol: we will learn its meaning, discuss a poem about it, meditate and experience the power of the concept through a calligraphy practice. During the short meditation you will be invited to a moment of alignment between your body and soul, to find a channel through which you can listen to your inner voice. This approach helps to concentrate and sense the power of now. This time we will focus on character JAKU and explore The art of Stillness.

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Indian art by R. Kaleka

Postcolonial Happiness : British Empire and Indian Art

Though this lecture does not negate the conversations on and around decolonisation, it mainly focuses on the residual positive effects of colonialism on the art and culture of South Asia-mainly on the Indian subcontinent. The proposed discussion on Postcolonialism and its impact on Indian art is not an attempt to salvage the glorious or inglorious imperial past but to learn how the new world can move beyond this period-together, towards a place of mutual respect, diversity and inclusiveness.

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Books Read Aloud: ‘The Hunters’ by Claire Messud

Books Read Aloud: ‘The Hunters’ by Claire Messud

Unlike other book clubs that expect participants to read in advance and prepare for the conversation, we welcome anyone to join the meetings at any time and without any preparation. You just have to be there and enjoy the finest works of literature, read aloud by professional actors and English literature scholars. This time we will explore 'The Hunters' by Claire Messud.

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The art of light - hikari

Japanese Calligraphy: The Art of Light

Each event we will centre around a new symbol: we will learn its meaning, discuss a poem about it, meditate and experience the power of the concept through a calligraphy practice. During the short meditation you will be invited to a moment of alignment between your body and soul, to find a channel through which you can listen to your inner voice. This approach helps to concentrate and sense the power of now. This time we will focus on character HIKARI and explore The Art of Light.

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Japanese art of repair kintsugi

Kintsugi: Japanese Art of Repair and Healing

Japanese Kintsugi is not only about mending our broken ceramic objects with gold, but it has a more profound meaning. Kintsugi helps us to develop more compassion towards ourselves and others and learn how to appreciate broken pieces of our lives.

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Wifredo Lam's painting Cuban artist

Cuban Art II: Wifredo Lam

Lecture two of Cuban Art series will pick up the threads from the previous lecture on Cuban Modernism and look at the life and work of Wifredo Lam.

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Reading aloud

New Book Club for Adults with no Strings Attached

The only thing more pleasurable than reading, perhaps, is listening to a beautifully read story. We are partnering with Book Club Bunch to offer you a new type of events! Join us as we delve into outstanding literary works and enjoy stories read out loud by amazing actors! Gift yourself some ME (or couple) time, feel the power of a small community, and let great stories take you away!

Craftsman holding a kintsugi pot

Kintsugi: The Art of Mending What’s Broken

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of fixing broken ceramics. Instead of hiding the breaks with a camouflage adhesive, or simply purchasing a new item, Kintsugi masters use lacquer dusted or mixed with gold, silver, or platinum powder, to simultaneously embellish and mend a broken item.

Wifredo Lam

Wifredo Lam: the Cuban Picasso

Wifredo Lam is one of the most eminent Cuban artists. His works reflect on the spiritual side of Cuban life and myths particularly connected to the African-inhabited area of Santeria and its many rituals. His works redefined the Western idea of “primitive” art, turning it into a narrative about the complex Cuban history of oppression and struggle.