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The Arts Society Gibraltar's next lecture to be held on Wednesday, 19th January 2022 at 7.30pm at The Garrison Library.

The Wall Street Crash in 1929 led to a questioning of the success of the American dream. President Roosevelt stepped in with the WPA (Works Progress Administration) and the New Deal. The government initiative meant employment for over eight million largely unskilled Americans and importantly 5,300 artists. Murals, painting, photography, graphic design all flourished. In this lecture we will explore some of the key artists of this era. The abstract painters Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning will be evaluated along with the social realism of Dorothea Lange and Ben Shahn. The soundtrack of the era is provided by Woody Guthrie and Jimmie Rogers.

John is an inspirational speaker who has delivered lecturers, workshops in the US (Texas, California, Massachusetts), Beijing, Malaysia and the UK. Initially trained as a painter, John was awarded the Max Beckmann Memorial Scholarship in painting in Brooklyn, New York and went on to be artist in resident for the state of Texas. Later in his career John produced and directed several short films and animations. He has taught film, art and pedagogy at the University of Exeter, Arts University Bournemouth, University Sains Malaysia, Southwestern College, California, Brunel University, London and Kingston University. Lectures and workshops.

We will be open from 6.30pm for registration. Wine and soft drinks will be available and you will be able to socialise with other members and guests before the talk.

This lecture is generously sponsored by McKillop Smith

Following the lecture we shall be taking our speaker out for dinner at the Moroccan restaurant,

As we need to give the restaurant owner numbers please cal 0035056001830 or email if you want to join us, replies by Saturday 15th January 2022


Guests who wish to enjoy the lecture need to pay £12 to the below account and advise us accordingly and the link will be sent.

Bank details:

Gibraltar International Bank

The Arts Society Gibraltar 14190001

Sort Code 60-83-14/SWIFT GIBK GIGI


19th Jan, 7:30pm - 9:30pm



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