Please note this event has been rescheduled from 2 December 2020 and 1 March 2021. It will now take place in our Cafe Bar space.

Join Simon Shaw-Miller (Professor of History of Art at the University of Bristol) as we consider relationships across the musical and visual arts. This is the second of a series of illustrated talks. Tonight’s talk will focus on the ways music often tries, and fails, to demote the visual. Musicians discussed will include Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Satie and Cage.

An understanding of art, perhaps surprisingly, has much to say about music, and recognising the closeness of these two ‘sister arts’ can teach us about both. This series of Salons will explore each art form and its sensory regime (sight or hearing), and how they play with and against each other. We shall look at the aspiration of classical music to disappear, to become invisible; how some artists used musical ideas to create their paintings; how new technologies bring the two even closer together; and how synaesthesia works. So, rather than thinking of art as silent, we shall make it sound, and rather than considering music as invisible, we shall shine a light on it. In this, the differences between them will begin to converge, so that sometimes it might be hard to know if music is art or art is music!

In recognition that this as a rescheduled live event, we have increased the time to allow for more conversation. The presentation will now last around 50mins with 40mins for discussion and questions.

Hospitality Packages

Enjoy delicious pre-concert drinks and nibbles ahead of the evening’s concert. Choose from a selection of house drinks on arrival accompanied by a board of bread, olives and dips (all vegetarian).

Due to covid-19 restrictions we’re only able to operate pre-booked table service in our bar area so we’ve put together food and drink packages to enjoy ahead of each concert.

This package for one or two people can be booked online alongside your ticket order, please also advise our team of any allergies.


Monday 28 June 2021

Art Salon: The Visual in Music – RESCHEDULED


A 5% booking fee applies online and over the phone. A £2 postage fee is charged where applicable.

Recommended Age: 14+

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