Re-imagining Joseph Wright's Derby

Ref: C2340599

Joseph Wright of Derby was a versatile painter, but the one thing didn't paint was Derby itself. And yet the people he knew and the places he lived in or frequented were clearly important influences on his art. This workshop will endeavour to build a picture of what Derby was like in eighteenth century, of who did what and where. We'll explore the buildings that have survived and visualise the ones that have disappeared.

Course aim

Through archive material and a walking tour this workshop will build a picture of Derby in the time of Joseph Wright.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This is a course for people interested in art in general and Joseph Wright in particular. It's a course for people interested in the history of Derby. What skills are required? Imagination would be useful

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify a range of buildings in Derby associated with the age of Joseph Wright
  • know about the circle of people Wright mixed with while living in Derby eg John Whitehouse
  • Have a knowledge of the various institutions in the town

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • Students will walk around the town working from a handout and discussing findings

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Students may wish to have some form of digital camera available to record findings.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Re-imagining Joseph Wright's Derby


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