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Enlightenment in the Midlands

Finding stuff to go to when there is so much noise it can be hard to attend anything. It’s probably just me. I find the world generally too noisy. I do do enjoy discussions and extending my understanding of the general noisy world!

During COVID I’ve worked quite a bit on a variety of event based projects. Last Autumn it was the Arkwright Society’s annual Industrial Revolution conference. I’m working with the heritage and visitor team at Cromford Mills the site of Arkwright Mill which is part of the Derwent Valley UNESCO World Heritage site. The event talks are taking place monthly. Now they have taken part during a Zoom event organised for them they have taken the reins to host. I am now providing advise and moral support. Tomorrow I get to be audience.

I’ve got a reproduction of the Derby Gallery in Second Life. I guess that should be a blog post of its own. Joseph Wright’s painting of light has always been the draw for me to paintings such as The Orrery and The Experiment. 

Grab your ticket. Find me in the Participants and say Hi.

Ticket link - https://www.wegottickets.com/event/511689
Thursday 25th March, 2021Door time: 6:45pm, Start time: 7:00pm
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Here is the blurb...

Have you ever wondered what a painting can tell you about history?

Join Bob Moulder for a fascinating online talk and find out why the products of Joseph Wright’s “bold pencil” offered a window into so many aspects of the Enlightenment and the early Industrial Revolution, both in the Midlands and the wider world.

This overview of the career of Joseph Wright, who was acclaimed as "the first professional painter to express the spirit of the Industrial Revolution", will focus on a selection of his works, each of which introduces us to an aspect of the Enlightenment in Britain.

Wright’s extraordinary body of work will take us on a journey into the worlds of science, technology, industry, art, culture, society and philosophy in a way, arguably, no other artist has done before or since. Beyond this, the talk will reflect on what the artist known as ‘Joseph Wright of Derby’ means to the city today and what part he can play as it defines itself for the 21st century.

Bob Moulder is an illustrator, writer and graphic novelist as well as a tutor of art history with the WEA. His latest book, Wojtek: The Bear Who Went to War, is a graphic novel based on the true story of a bear adopted by Polish soldiers in WWII, who famously carried shells up to the guns at the Battle of Monte Cassino.

Since moving to Derby over twenty years ago, Bob has always been fascinated by the artist whose name is invariably followed by ‘of Derby’. As a fulfilment of that fascination, his latest project is an illustrated children’s book about Joseph Wright and the painting of The Orrery.