Click here for previous lectures

25 January 2018Thomas Heatherwick; The Leonardo da Vinci of Our Times
22 February 2018"Cool Painting" : The Art of Piero della Francesca
29 March 2018Edward Burne-Jones and the Pre-Raphaelite Legacy
19 April 2018As Good as Gold
31 May 2018Stamford Raffles: Art Collector and Discoverer of Singapore
28 June 2018The Silver Thread : Silver Filigree and the Traditional Arts of Kosovo
27 September 2018Marie Antoinette and Elizabeth Vigee Le Brun
25 October 2018Georgia : The Land of the Golden Fleece
29 November 2018250 Years of The Royal Academy

Click on a row and scroll to display more details about the lecture

Thomas Heatherwick;
The Leonardo da Vinci of Our Times
Anthea Streeter Thursday 25 January 2018

Thomas Heatherwick, has won many awards and honours: in 2004 he was the youngest practitioner to be appointed a Royal Designer for Industry; he won a Gold Medal for his British Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo in 2010, and in the same year he was designer of the year in Japan. Heatherwick and his studio team designed the Olympic Cauldron at the London Olympics. The giant ring of fire rising up from the centre of the Olympic Stadium was a memorable sight, and we will look at how they achieved that spectacular moment. The Heatherwick Studio also designed the new red London bus, the first re-design of such an iconic symbol of London for 50 years. Heatherwick’s approach is multi- disciplinary, and with his colleagues he blends architecture, sculpture and engineering to produce elegant results, from large urban spaces to individual items such as his Zip Bag for the French firm Longchamp. Heatherwick’s innovative approach is now in demand all over the world, and the lecture will highlight the broad range of his designs.

Image above : The Cauldron at the  2012 London Olympics


Lecturer Anthea Streeter studied the Fine and Decorative Arts in London and continued her studies at Harvard University. Since returning from America she has taught on courses in Oxford and London, lectured on the Country House course in Sussex and for several private groups around the country.