Whats On

Aug
6
Sat
Lute music at the time of Leonardo da Vinci by Stewart McCoy
Aug 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Lute music at the time of Leonardo da Vinci by Stewart McCoy

Amongst his many skills, Leonardo was also an accomplished – but not widely known – lutenist. In this talk and musical presentation, musicologist and professional lutenist Stewart McCoy will examine the sheet music that has survived from the Renaissance period, printed by Ottaviano Petrucci in 1507 and 1508.

Places are strictly limited and booking is essential.  All talks are free, but normal entry charges apply. 

Aug
20
Sat
Leonardo in context: patrons and artists in Renaissance Italy by Gabriele Neher
Aug 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Leonardo in context: patrons and artists in Renaissance Italy by Gabriele Neher

In order to understand more about why Leonardo has been celebrated for centuries as one of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance, he has to be considered within the context of his contemporaries. Dr Neher will provide an introduction to Renaissance Florence under Cosimo de’ Medici, where Leonardo first emerged as an artist, and then move on to discuss Leonardo’s work at the court of Ludovico il Moro Sforza at Milan, who commissioned the ‘Last Supper’.

Dr Gabriele Neher is an Associate Professor in History of Art at the University of Nottingham.

Places are strictly limited and booking is essential.  All talks are free, but normal entry charges apply. 

Sep
3
Sat
The Curious Case of Leonardo’s Bicycle by BRICK (aka John Stuart Clark)
Sep 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Curious Case of Leonardo’s Bicycle by BRICK (aka John Stuart Clark)

Join cartoonist BRICK for an illustrated, factual and humorous talk as he discusses a hidden drawing discovered during the restoration of Leonardo’s Codex Atlanticus that revealed he ‘invented’ the bicycle! What is the truth behind this discovery; is it a hoax, a fraud or for real, and how does this controversy fit with Leonardo’s passion for horses?

BRICK is the writer/cartoonist behind Depresso, To End All Wars and The Curious Case of Leonardo’s Bicycle, and is Hon. Assoc. Prof. of Comics at the University of Nottingham.

Places are strictly limited and booking is essential.  All talks are free, but normal entry charges apply. 

Sep
10
Sat
‘Pop-up’ Choral Performance: The Petrus Singers @ Nottingham Castle
Sep 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Long Gallery, as part of Heritage Open Weekend

In honour of the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition, The Petrus Singers – a group of young professional singers under the direction of Peter Siepmann (Director of Music at St Peter’s Church) – will perform the Missa Pange Lingua by Josquin des Prez.  Josquin was a direct contemporary of Leonardo, living from c.1450 to 1521, and the “Pange Lingua” Mass was one of his last compositions, written in c.1515, just three years before Leonardo died.

 

Leonardo and the Art of Invention by Dr Matthew Landrus
Sep 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Leonardo and the Art of Invention by Dr Matthew Landrus

Discussing Leonardo’s career as artist-engineer and the discoveries he made in his ‘book on useful inventions’, this illuminating talk will focus on mechanics and ingenuity. Dr Landrus will also examine a number of Leonardo’s approaches in the exhibition, including the impressive use of the metal stylus and other media that will encourage visitors to look more closely at the works on display.

Dr Matthew Landrus is Research Fellow at Wolfson College & Faculty of History, University of Oxford.

Places are strictly limited and booking is essential.  All talks are free, but normal entry charges apply. 

Sep
17
Sat
Leonardo and the Animated Universe by Prof Martin Kemp
Sep 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Leonardo and the Animated Universe by Prof Martin Kemp

The exhibition highlights Leonardo’s remarkable vision of motion in continuous space and of the operation of dynamic force in Nature.  This lecture will highlight the way that Leonardo moved away from static modes of representation, using a wide variety of new visual techniques across the whole of his activities in art, science and technology. It will include actual animations of Leonardo’s drawings.

Martin Kemp FBA is Emeritus Professor in the History of Art at Trinity College, University of Oxford.

Places are strictly limited and booking is essential.  All talks are free, but normal entry charges apply. 

Sep
22
Thu
Feline Life Drawing at the Kitty Café @ Kitty Cafe
Sep 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Feline Life Drawing at the Kitty Café, Nottingham

£5 per person.  Booking essential.

Join pet-portrait artist Hannah Satchwell, in a feline ‘life drawing’ session at the Kitty Café – Nottingham’s unique ‘Café and Cat Rescue Centre’ located a short walk from the Castle on Friar Lane.

Inspired by Leonardo’s drawings of cats, participants will take part in a one-off drawing workshop where the Kitty Café resident cats will roam free amongst the furniture and sofas.  Bring your own drawing materials, sketchbooks or drawing tablets and capture these wonderful (and ever moving!) little characters just as Leonardo did.  Hannah will be on hand to guide and encourage you through some techniques on the evening.

Cake, snacks, and hot and cold drinks will be available to buy on the evening.  No previous drawing experience necessary but you are required to bring your own drawing equipment.

Please note that unless stated normal admission applies to all events and all children must be accompanied by an adult.