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Degas – Revolutionary Conservative – GI 19 681 (Online)

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30 June 2020 @ 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: 30 June 2020
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Length of Course:
1 Tuesday
Cost for Course:
£17.10 - £20.55
£17.10 – £20.55
Reference Code:
GI 19 681
Ward Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4LH


Please note that, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this course will now take place online, via Zoom. For any queries, please contact garazi@guildford-institute.org.uk.

Edgar Degas was undoubtedly one of the great artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A central member of this time of artistic and social revolution, he continually pushed boundaries to the end of his life despite being brought up and trained in a very conservative way. In this session we will look at the work and the attitudes of this solitary and often contentious man. This figure will bring us up against some very contemporary issues concerning how to regard the work of an artist whose opinions you find distasteful.


Degas – Revolutionary Conservative

Edgar Degas. After the Bath, Woman Drying Herself, c. 1892. Pastel on wove paper laid on millboard. 104 x 99 cm. National Gallery, London.

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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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