The Art of Art Deco

Wednesday 4 October 2023 at 2.00 pm at the Lowther Pavilion.  Guests may attend the lecture – £10 pp (pay on door)

The lecture notes leaflet can be downloaded/printed here

Lecturer: Pamela Campbell-Johnston

This is Pamela’s first visit to The Arts Society Fylde. She has an MA Hons Art History,  from St Andrew’s University, and over 30 years of lecturing experience to undergraduates, adult groups, and to Friends and Patrons of the Royal Academy of Arts as part of the Adult Education Department’s programme of events. She has also conducted numerous guided tours and focused gallery talks on individual works of art. Pamela specialises in British Domestic Architecture and Modern British Art. She has over 12 years’ experience at the Royal Academy, plus work experience at Bonhams, Art Loss Register, National Trust. She is now a freelance art consultant and lecturer and recently curated a collection for the Lansdowne Club.


The Lecture

Art Deco has the reputation of being the most glamorous and popular style of the 20th century which was prevalent during the 1920s and 1930s. We will review the development of the style within the context of its social and economic environment and look at specific examples of objets d’arts, including silver, jewellery, furniture, ceramics, clocks and architecture.  The range of designers, craftsmen and artists that we will contemplate will include, but not limited to, E-J Ruhlmann, René Lalique, Tamara de Lempicka, Jean Dupas, Georgia O’Keeffe, Eileen Gray, Romain de Tirtoff (Erté), René Vincent and English ceramicist, Clarice Cliff. In addition to some examples of domestic and civic Art Deco buildings in the UK, we will also touch on certain architectural buildings in New York, Miami, Mumbai, and Napier, thus confirming Art Deco’s full global reach and appeal.

Caption: 1935 Bugatti type 57s aerolithe (Pixabay)