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The Speed Art Museum is pleased to announce the 2014-15 Global Speed Series: The United Kingdom. This series of art talks is FREE to members and will feature renowned speakers from the United Kingdom’s art world. Members may reserve their tickets by calling the Kentucky Center box office at 1-800-775-7777.

General admission tickets for the lecture can be purchased for $10 each by visiting the Kentucky Center box office or their website at kentuckycenter.org.

Make it a night out and use your Speed Membership card to get discounts at Hillbilly Tea, RYE or Decca.

2015 Lecture Series

Lord Anthony Crichton-Stuart, Director of Thos. Agnew & Sons Ltd.

"The Grand Tour: British Collecting and Travelling in the 18th Century"

Speed Museum - Lord Anthony Crichton-StuartNovember 20, 2014 - 6:30p
Kentucky Center for the Arts, Bomhard Theater

Lord Anthony Crichton-Stuart was educated at Ampleforth College, Yorkshire, and Durham University, where he obtained a BA in General Arts. After leaving university he completed a one year Fine and Decorative Arts Diploma at Sotheby’s Works of Art course. He joined the Old Master Paintings department in Christies London in 1987 and in 1994 he was appointed Head of Department and Senior Vice President. In 2013 he became the director of the newly founded Thos. Agnew & Son’s, the long-established international fine art dealer. The firm was founded in Manchester, opening a branch in London in 1860, and has a proud history with some of the most discerning private collectors and museums amongst its international clientele.


Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures

"Through the Eyes of the Royals: The Queen’s Pictures from Henry VIII to Elizabeth II”

Speed Museum - Desmond Shawe-TaylorFebruary 12, 2015 - 6:30p
Kentucky Center for the Arts, Bomhard Theater

Desmond Shawe-Taylor was the former Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery until 2005 when he was appointed Surveyor of The Queen’s Pictures. He has written extensively on English 18th-century portraiture and more recently curated exhibitions at The Queen’s Galleries in Edinburgh and London, including Bruegel to Rubens; The Conversation Piece: Scenes of Fashionable Life; Dutch Landscapes; and most recently, The First Georgians, devoted to the reigns of George I and George II and planned to celebrate the tercentenary of the arrival of the Hanoverian dynasty in 1714.


Anna Somers Cocks, Founder of The Art Newspaper

"Insider Trading: Inside the International Art Market"

Speed Museum - Anna Somer-CocksMay 19, 2015 - 6:30p
Kentucky Center for the Arts, Bomhard Theater

The Honorable Anna Somers Cocks was educated at Oxford University and the Courtauld Institute, London. She was a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) specializing in Medieval, Renaissance and 17th-century goldsmiths’ work and jewelry. In 1986 she became Editor in Chief of Apollo Magazine and in 1990 she founded The Art Newspaper for the Turin publishing house Umberto Allemandi & Co. She has written for the New York Review of Books, The Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, Shawati Magazine, the New Statesman, and The Art Newspaper. From 1999 to 2012 she was Chairman of the Venice in Peril Fund, which restores monuments and works of art in Venice and funds research into the key problems facing the city. She is a Governor of the Courtauld Institute, a Trustee of the Gilbert Collection at the V&A and an Honorary Fellow of Sotheby’s Institute of Art. In 2011 she received the “Advocate Award” by the International Institute for Conservation. The same year she was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, OBE, by HM the Queen for her services to the arts.


Ticket Information

Speed Members and UofL Students! Enjoy this newly added benefit by reserving your FREE tickets at the Kentucky Center box office by showing your current membership or UofL student ID card.

Not a Speed Member? Click here to purchase an individual membership for $50 or family membership for $70 and receive this lecture series for FREE!

Non-member general admission tickets can be purchased for $10 each either by visiting the Kentucky Center box office or online, at kentuckycenter.org.


To view what lectures were offered in the 2014 Speed Lecture Series, take a look at this page.




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