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Black is Black? – GI 21 073 (Face to Face and Online)

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26 October 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm BST

Tutor: Ronnie Ireland D.A. (Drawing and Painting; Glasgow School of Art) B.A. (Hons) Open University

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Date: 26 October 2021
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
£17.10 – £20.55
Reference Code:
GI 21 073
Ward Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4LH


As part of our ‘Celebrating Black History’ focus, this session looks at images of black people from different cultures and standpoints. Why have images been made in a particular way? What is the attitude behind the image? At a time when such views are being constantly scrutinised and revised, we will look at a broad historical and cultural context, with time to discuss the images and compare how they were perceived then and how they are seen now.

This course will be delivered face to face and online (via Zoom) simultaneously. Please ensure that you select the correct ticket type when making your booking.

Please note: Due to the easing of social distancing measures, this face to face course has a capacity of 21 attendees. This is set at 75% of full capacity to ensure safety for our students and tutors. We will endeavour to increase this number to full capacity in due course.



Diego Velázquez, Portrait of Juan de Pareja, c. 1650, oil on canvas, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City


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Black is Black? - GI 21 073 - Full Price (Online)
£ 20.55
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£ 18.75
Black is Black? - GI 21 073 - Member (Online)
£ 17.10
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About the Speaker

Ronnie Ireland



Ronnie’s life has always revolved around art and music. He has drawn and painted all his life and made music (mainly singing; from opera through to rock and jazz) during much of it.

He was born and educated in Glasgow, then moved to Edinburgh where he taught art and ran a company, organising and playing music. Ronnie moved to the south of England in 2011, realising he needed a fresh start and new challenges in a new place.

The regular art classes which Ronnie now runs are very important to him. They aim to encourage artists to develop their own ideas and voice, and he finds it exciting and gratifying working with the artists as they progress. He feels it is the most difficult, but also the most rewarding part of art. Ronnie also gives regular talks, demonstrations and workshops on many aspects of art and creativity to art societies, educational institutions and the corporate world.

His own art centres around the idea of identity and how it manifests in many different ways from the theatrical to the everyday.    


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