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British Pop Art Paul Chapman Wednesday 22 April 2020

This lecture has been postponed.

Because of the continuing Government guidance on the Coronavirus epidemic, to ensure all our members, visitors, volunteers and lecturers remain safe, we are postponing the April, May and June lectures, as well as the 6 May Special Interest Morning. Those who have bought tickets for the latter event are receiving refunds. We are also postponing the Shoreditch visit. Once the way ahead is clear, these events will be rescheduled. We are reviewing the situation daily and will update you as soon as there are any further changes to the programme. Thank you for your understanding.  Please keep an eye on the website for the latest information or email



Although the term Pop Art is usually associated with the work of artists working in New York and Los Angeles in the 1960s, the movement actually found its earliest voice in Britain a decade earlier. From the early work of the ‘Independent Group’ in the mid 1950s Pop emerged to become the dominant style throughout the 1960s. A new generation of artists drew inspiration from their own lives or the things they saw around them every day. They took their influence from Hollywood movies, advertising, product packaging, pop music and comic books. Many were horrified by the pop artists’ use of such ‘low’ subject matter and by their apparently uncritical treatment of it. Pop took art into new areas of subject matter and developed new ways of presenting it in art and can be seen as one of the first manifestations of postmodernism.

Paul is an Art Historian and a National Gallery trained guide with many years of experience working in education. As a freelance Paul delivers courses and lectures for a wide range of educational organisations. Paul has also given talks and tours for art associations/societies in Museums and Galleries in the UK and Europe. As a writer, Paul has published a book, which examines the subject of cultural crossovers and appropriations in 20th century painting. Paul has a long-standing commitment, in conjunction with the National Gallery as a tour guide at the Longford Castle art collection and he is also a visiting tutor at Marlborough College and a tutor at MCSS.