Cambridge, United Kingdom

Art and Visual Culture Summer Programme

when 19 July 2020 - 1 August 2020
language English
duration 2 weeks

The programme offers a multidisciplinary approach encompassing art, architecture, sculpture and film, and draws on the magnificent collections across the University of Cambridge. For undergraduates, graduates, teachers and those with a passion for art and visual culture.

The academic programme

- Seminars Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2.00 - 3.30pm
- Plenary lectures
- Afternoon gallery and museum visits in Cambridge
- Evening talks

Lecture series
These lectures, given by leading academics from the University of Cambridge and distinguished visiting speakers, will explore the theme of Narratives in relation to curatorial interpretation, storytelling, folklore, literature in art from around the world.

The following have been invited to give plenary lectures:

Dr Susanna Avery-Quash
Dr Jennifer Brewin
Dr Spike Bucklow
Dr Ian Chambers
Dr Christina Faraday
Dr James Fox
Amy Jeffs
Catharine MacLeod
Dr Peter Moore
Dr Dyutiman Mukhopadhyay
Dr Jennifer Powell
Jo Rhymer

Week 1 (19 - 25 July)
Group Ja: Monday / Wednesday / Friday 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Ja1 - Classical mythology in art Dr Lydia Hamlett
Ja2 - Colours, Medieval style Dr Spike Bucklow
Ja3 - Writers on art through the ages Dr Sophie Pickford
Ja4 - The art of science: medieval to modern Dr Seb Falk

Week 2 (26 July - 1 August 2020)
Group Jb: Monday / Wednesday / Friday 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Jb1 - Politics and representation Ms Jo Rhymer
Jb2 - Narratives of Baroque art Dr Aleksandra Koutny-Jones
Jb3 - Bloomsbury art and narrative Dr Sophie Pickford
Jb4 - Architectural narratives, engaging with dialogues written in stone Dr Sarah Pearson

Gallery and museum visits
Visits to galleries and museums in Cambridge will enable you to enjoy the rich diversity of collections held across the city. There is also the opportunity to see many treasures housed in the Colleges and their libraries.

Planned visits
Whipple Museum with Dr Josh Nall
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Parker Library
King’s College Chapel with Dr Sophie Pickford
Fitzwilliam Museum with Dr Victoria Avery, Elenor Ling, Helen Ritchie and Henrietta Ward

We plan to offer a workshop entitled Illustrating myth on Tuesday 21 July.

This workshop will invite you to create a mixed media black and white collage illustrating a scene from a myth or legend. The workshop leader, Amy Jeffs, is a printmaker and specialist in text and image in medieval manuscripts. She will show you ways in which to find and analyse the primary sources, choose the best moment to illustrate and build a compelling composition.

Evening talks
Eminent speakers will present a variety of general interest talks. These are shared with students on our other programmes.

Course leader

Dr Lydia Hamlett

Course aim


Credits info

The University of Cambridge does not use a credit system for the awarding of its internal degrees, and cannot award credit directly for its International Summer Programmes. Students wishing to obtain credit as a result of our evaluation should consult their own institutions in advance about the acceptability of the Summer Programmes evaluation for credit purposes.

Fee info

GBP 0: See official website