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WEA Southgate & Enfield will be relaunching face-to-face courses in September. They're currently busy planning the courses that will start then and ensuring that the local venues - Enfield Baptist Church and Palmers Green United Reformed Church - will be safe. The first three courses deal with the history of ideas; the social and political history of English gardens; and poems written about particular paintings. There will also be new online courses, dealing with key artworks, fashion in Tudor and Stuart England, and American independent film makers of the past 30 years.

If you're on income-related benefits the courses may be free.

To enrol, use the links for each course below or phone 0300 303 3464.

As well as courses run by the local branch, online courses from branches around the country are available.

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History of Ideas

A multidisciplinary course, drawing on ideas from philosophy, art, history and literature. Each session will focus on a text and we will discuss the impact of its key ideas. The ideas studied are: the concept of time, the mystery of consciousness, the philosophy of liberalism, the short story form, the rise of the cinema, and transhumanism.

  • Dates: 23/09/2021 - 28/10/2021
  • Duration: 6 sessions
  • Start Time: Thu 10:30
  • Location: Enfield Baptist Church
  • Tutor: Brandon Robshaw
  • Reference: C2422677
  • Fee: £54.00 (free if on income-related benefits)

More details and enrol online

Social and Political History of English Gardens

Gardens and gardening are an important aspect of English culture. And the history of gardening ranges across a number of related topics, some obvious, such as art and botany, some less obvious, such as religion, politics, medicine, technology and social class. The course will examine some of these aspects of gardening history as well as the main changes in garden design that have occurred from the late medieval period to the twentieth century

  • C2422679
  • Dates: 24/09/2021 - 03/12/2021
  • Duration: 10 sessions
  • Start Time: Fri 10:00
  • Location: Enfield Baptist Church
  • Tutor: George O'reilly
  • Fee: £90.00 (free if on income-related benefits)

More details and enrol online

The Landscape of Poetry and Painting

During the 20th century more poets than ever before have written poems about particular paintings and sculptures. At their best the poets have "inhabited" the art work - some reverently, some cynically, some humorously, some majestically. The poems, drawn from Britain, North America and Europe, are, among others, by Thomas Hardy, W. B. Yeats, Wallace Stevens, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, W. H. Auden, Rainer Maria Rilke, Jacques Prévert, Rafael Alberti, Zbigniew Herbert and Ted Hughes. The relevant paintings and sculptures extend over a wide spectrum of Western Art — from the Elgin Marbles to Piero della Francesca, from Michelangelo to Giacometti, from Turner to Picasso, Munch to Rothko. In addition to enjoying the poems and paintings you will have the opportunity to learn about the poets and painters and enjoy musical interludes connected with the works.

  • Dates: 28/10/2021 - 02/12/2021
  • Duration: 6 sessions
  • Start Time: Thu 10:00
  • Location: Palmers Green URC
  • Tutor: Colin Lomas
  • Reference: C2422678
  • Fee: £54.00

More details and enrol online

Online courses

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