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A Personal Heaven: The Paintings of Stanley Spencer Valerie Woodgate Thursday 14 February 2019

This lecture will examine the eccentric and visionary world of one of the most creative and imaginative British painters of the 20th century.  Cookham, his birthplace, was for him an earthly paradise and the setting for many of his great religious works. Despite the failure of his two marriages, he continued to believe in the power of love and some of his most important works were inspired by his feelings for the two women whom he married. Paintings influenced by his military service in WW1 concentrate on hope and redemption rather than on suffering, and reveal a similar optimism.


Valerie Woodgate is a lecturer and guide at Tate Britain and Tate Modern, and also at many other London Galleries and for various art organisations. A former member of the teaching team at Dulwich Picture Gallery.

Lecturer to The Arts Society throughout Britain, and to related organisations in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Lectures and runs courses at the Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.