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Gold - named in Latin after the first light of the day - is associated with the festive season. It reappears throughout this Artvent calendar as a material used widely not just for its material value but as a symbolic element that reflects light and brightens interiors. Today we take a look brief look at gold in art with Accredited Lecturer Alexandra Epps.


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We Can Dance, which provides dance lessons for children with learning difficulties in the North East, was recently awarded a grant from The Arts Society Wensleydale. The dance lessons bring music and movement to young people with special educational needs, autism, physical disabilities, sensory impairment and behavioral difficulties.

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What a wonderful description and interpretation of all things gold. Exactly what is needed on a grey gloomy day! Thank you

Caroll Preston Tue, 14/12/2021 - 12:39 Permalink

What a glittering lecture!

Janet Sat, 11/12/2021 - 17:01 Permalink

Great lecture, wonderful explanation of arrival of Baroque to London and the influence of Charles I - magnificent art and architecture which we can still admire today.

Margaret Haywood Sun, 05/12/2021 - 16:21 Permalink

The Artvent is such a wonderful idea. Thank you for the "Golden Talk".
Thank you too, for the lectures during lockdown and a very Merry Christmas to you all from Auckland.

S. Anne Hall Sat, 04/12/2021 - 23:37 Permalink

Beautiful just what I needed .
Merry Christmas to all from Melbourne Australia

Kaye Smith Sat, 04/12/2021 - 23:12 Permalink

Hi Julia,
If you click on "home" at the top of the page, this will take you to a page showing all the days numbered in sequence. If you 'click' on the day you want, the day's page will open and you can view the content. You will only be able to open days that have passed, future dates will show a "wait" message so no cheating allowed! If you have allowed 'cookies' on your machine (and don't delete them), days you have viewed will show a picture of the content rather than a simple purple square and day number. Hope this helps.

JohnMc Sat, 04/12/2021 - 21:46 Permalink

I, too, missed Day 3 and cannot find it. What banner do we have to click on when we miss a day?

Julia Sat, 04/12/2021 - 19:49 Permalink

Really think I have found all there are!

Amelia Cazalet Sat, 04/12/2021 - 17:13 Permalink

And gold was one of the gifts offered by the Wise Men to the infant Jesus, so often portrayed in art

Mary Todd Sat, 04/12/2021 - 15:14 Permalink

What a beautiful picture, a great artist.

sylvia mccann Sat, 04/12/2021 - 14:39 Permalink