ARCHIVE: This event has now finished The Art of the Joke. Medieval Monks to Banksy

14December 2017 8.00PM


  • Thu 14 Dec at 8.00PM
Quay Arts

Box office: 01983 822490

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Sea Street
Newport Harbour
Isle of Wight
PO30 5BD


Artists have always used jokes to make serious statements – about themselves, about the world, about the nature of art. This lecture looks at artists’ jokes through the ages, from medieval monks doodling graffiti in the margins of manuscripts to Banksy turning supermarket walls into social satire.

Caravaggio put his own face on Goliath's severed head as an apology for a racy lifestyle, Michelangelo hid a self-portrait on the hide of St Bartholomew on the Sistine ceiling to express the agony of creation. When Van Gogh attacked formal art education and Salvador Dali got at Picasso, they did it in paint.

Trompe l'oeil, parody, visual puns, the moustache on the Mona Lisa - all in fun, all deadly serious: artists' jokes tell you a lot once you know where to look.

We will be raffling a Banksy print so make sure you buy your ticket before the lecture to avoid disappointment.

The lecture at Quay Arts Centre, Newport on Thursday 14th December begins at 8pm (running until 9.15pm), but the cafe is open from 6.30pm if anyone wants to take advantage of a meal or drinks before the lecture.

The cost to visitors is £8.


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