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Facing the Darkness

We love this talk about Rembrandt: Facing the Darkness which is part of the wonderful series of HENI Talks, presented by Zach Taylor.

Zach won the ARTiculation Prize 2019 for his heartfelt and intelligent discussion of Rembrandt’s self-portraits, an adaption of which was filmed by HENI Talks at the National Gallery. Zach explores how through facing the darkness in his personal life, Rembrandt brings his viewers into the light. With his mastery of chiaroscuro and references to the great artists of the past, he positioned himself as a master of a new age: confident in his talents yet honest about the effects of painful life experiences.

ARTiculation is the Roche Court Educational Trust’s acclaimed initiative which champions students, aged between 16 – 19 regardless of background and experience. It provides a platform for students to develop their confidence and ability to express their opinions, thoughts and ideas, through the arts and public speaking.

Explore more compelling stories of art on HENI Talks YouTube and website


Our Societies support hundreds of local arts and heritage projects. Each day we highlight a grant given in 2021.  

The Arts Society Blackwater are purchasing an art cart for Maldon Museum, a museum which is run entirely by volunteers including some Arts Society members. The art materials will help the art activities at the museum when local schools and families visit.

All donations from the Artvent Calendar will go towards The Arts Society’s grant giving fund, which awards grants to help preserve our artistic heritage, support the skills of artists and makers, and improve access to the arts for all.

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Thank you for this intelligent and thoughtful talk, reflecting on so many issues in a well structured and mature piece.

Anonymous Sat, 11/12/2021 - 17:33 Permalink

What an empathetic lecturer! In my view the outstanding contributor to Artvent so far. I too would like to hear him in the flesh as an Art Society lecturer.

PHILIP GORDON COX Sat, 11/12/2021 - 17:26 Permalink


Anonymous Sat, 11/12/2021 - 17:20 Permalink

A mature and eloquently delivered analysis, which I greatly enjoyed.

WENDY ALLEN Sat, 11/12/2021 - 16:44 Permalink

Brillant, mature, intelligent lecture: A real love of the subject and the ability to transmit thoughts and feelings. This lecture encourages us to ask ourselves the important questions !

Margaret Haywood Sat, 11/12/2021 - 16:30 Permalink

What a superbly presented talk and presentation by Zach. A future lecturer for Arts Society?

Kay Collman Sat, 11/12/2021 - 16:15 Permalink

What an outstanding lecture! What an artist! Thank you so much for an illuminating, fascinating and insightful talk.

Barbara Sat, 11/12/2021 - 14:38 Permalink

On a dreary grey Saturday, what a treat to watch this illuminating talk so beautifully presented. A future Arts Soc lecturer I hope!

Chrissie Twigg Sat, 11/12/2021 - 13:49 Permalink

Well Done!! I thoroughly enjoyed Zach and his lecture.

Ann Dünki Sat, 11/12/2021 - 13:29 Permalink

This is outstanding - so well constructed and visually captivating. The linking of darkness and light in the portraits was beautifully done by Zach and he left us with a lot to think about ourselves. A great example of how art can provoke us to reflect on wider life and death issues. A memorabl;e video - thankyou to all involved.

Eleanor Martin Sat, 11/12/2021 - 13:18 Permalink