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Vienna 1900: Sex, Death, Design – GI 24 009 (Face to Face and Online)

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26 November 2024 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm GMT

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

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Date: 26 November 2024
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Length of Course:
2 Tuesdays
Reference Code:
GI 24 009
Ward Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4LH


Vienna around 1900 was a city of huge contrasts – wealth and poverty; new thinking and conservatism; freedom and prejudice. In this atmosphere, a very different art and design developed – more concerned with emotion, psychology and how we live, than the formal aesthetic concerns of the School of Paris. An idea of the ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’ grew, the total artwork, a belief that the dissemination of the best art and design could make a better society. We will look at this fascinating city and its arts from c.1880 – 1920. 


Gustav Klimt, Tod und Leben (Death and Life), 1910-15, Leopold Museum, Vienna. Image Google Arts & Culture Project via Wikimedia Commons.

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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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