February 22, 2024

A TERRIBLE BEAUTY: The People & Shocking Ideas that Shaped Modern Art

Talks by Historian & Educator, Peter Welch
Thursday, February 22 & Thursday, March 21, 2024
7:00PM at the Lunenburg School of the Arts

In his two-part talk, Peter will explore how modern art arose from the profound changes and disruptions of the last two hundred years of history. Old certainties were erased. The modern mind that emerged was questioning, often subversive and inward-looking. We will explore some big ideas on how the purpose and audience for art were changed. These talks aim to make modern art comprehensible and exciting. You may not like all the art, but we hope that these talks will deepen your appreciation of why it was made and how it can make us look at our world differently.


Peter Welch: Born in Nottingham in the UK and educated at Cambridge University, Peter has spent his career living and working internationally. Starting as a volunteer in Africa, he went on to lead four different international schools in Thailand, Turkey, Finland and Romania. He loves teaching history and has a passion for both art and the history of ideas. Peter co-authored the book ‘Who On Earth Are You? How to Thrive in a Mixed-Up World’ with his wife, Suzanne. They moved to Lunenburg in the summer of 2023 to put down some roots. Through their new venture – Big Blue House Studio – they want to provide learning experiences that are personal, fun, and nurture the strong sense of community in Lunenburg.