Taking a Stand: Oscar Wilde, Art and Anarchism

Venue: The Chapel HM Prison Reading (Directions)

Thu 20 Oct, 19:00


Lecture series presented in association with the University of Reading
Anna Gruetzner-Robins - Taking a Stand: Oscar Wilde, Art and Anarchism

Professor Emeritus in History of Art, University of Reading. Anna Gruetzner-Robins has written widely on Sickert, Degas and Whistler and is currently completing a book on Wilde and the artists of the 1890s. This talk will discuss Wilde’s conduct during his three trials as a performance of his anarchist beliefs and networks, centred around the Vale artists in London and symbolist circles in Paris, rather than an exercise in self-destruction.

More lectures in the season:

6 Oct - In Prison with Oscar Wilde - Peter Stoneley
13 Oct - Reading Gaol and the Architecture of George Gilbert Scott - Gavin Stamp 
27 Oct - Blackmail, Sodomy and Sex Work: Oscar Wilde on Trial - Joe Bristow

Ticket information

Ticket price £9 full price, £7 concessions, 25% off for groups of 10+, £7 Under 18s
Ticket includes entry to the exhibition from 5pm on the day of the lecture

Venue info

The Chapel HM Prison Reading

Reading Prison is located on Forbury Road, Reading, Berkshire RG1 3HY. There are public car parks nearby and Forbury Road is served by orange buses 13 and 14. Reading station is a five-minute walk from the prison and trains run from London Paddington every 15-20 minutes throughout the day, with an average journey time of 30 minutes.
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