Art History lectures to be held in Abergavenny


Art historian and Arts Society accredited lecturer Stella Grace Lyons is bringing her popular talks to Abergavenny, for the first time. Stella, based in Cardiff, has studied at Bristol and Warwick universities and in Florence and Venice and regularly lectures across the UK, Europe and Asia.

The first event is an Art History Day School entitled ‘How to Look at Paintings: Unlocking Hidden Secrets and Symbols in Art’. It will be held on Thursday 27th February, at St. Mary’s Priory between 10.30-15.30.

“I’m delighted to be bringing my talks to Abergavenny”, said Stella. “This event is for anyone with an interest in art – no previous knowledge is required. I created the course after reading a survey that found an average viewer looks at a painting in a museum for just 2 seconds! I started to question why gallery goers were spending so little time interacting with art.”

“Paintings are often designed to be ‘read’, they contain hidden messages, secrets and symbols. This day will help arm viewers with the necessary skills to delve beneath the surface of the work and get more enjoyment from viewing art.”

“We’ll ask lots of questions. What makes a ‘masterpiece? How much should we let an artist’s life story affect how we view their work? How do artists create drama and beauty in their works? How important is it to understand symbols when looking at a painting?”

“We’ll be looking at works from the Renaissance to 20th century – there really is something for every taste!”.

The event ‘How to Look at Paintings’ costs £45, and will include tea, coffee and welsh cakes. To book tickets, and for more details, email or visit For more information about Stella visit .



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