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Join Professor Mary Beard and sculptor Stephen Cox RA for a discussion about art in antiquity.

Those attending are encouraged to visit the Encounters in Stone exhibition in the College grounds beforehand. An exhibition catalogue can be purchased from the Porters’ Lodge. Part of the exhibition currently on display in the Graham Storey Room will also be available between 2pm and 6.30pm on the day of the talk. Please register via the online booking form.

The event will also be live-streamed.

The lecture will begin at 5.45pm and will be followed by a drinks reception which all attendees are welcome to join.

We would advise arriving early to take your seat – you may take your seat in the Lecture Theatre from 5.30pm.

If you are joining us online, you will receive an email by 4pm on Thursday 4 May with a link and joining instructions.

Sculptures on display at Trinity Hall will be the starting point for a conversation about art in antiquity between their creator, Stephen Cox RA, and classicist Professor Mary Beard.

Famous for her ground-breaking television series about the classical world Professor Beard’s knowledge of ancient artworks is second to none.

Mr Cox’s work is inspired by the ancient world and the stones he uses are often directly sourced from quarries used by the civilisations of antiquity. The discussion will include the artist’s experience in quarrying Imperial Porphyry from its source in the Eastern Mountains of Egypt along with Hammamat Breccia and Chephren Diorite.

Professor Beard and Mr Cox will also discuss Aswan Granite and how it was used in the production of one of the artist’s sculptures dedicated to the Egyptian Pharaoh Khafre that was exhibited 2 years ago on the Pyramids Plateau adjacent to his Pyramid.

Professor Mary Beard Cambridge Classics Professor, Mary Beard, is known across the world. She has written numerous books including the prize-winning Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town, best-selling SPQR – A History of Ancient Rome and the highly-acclaimed Women & Power, all of which have been translated into many languages. Her most recent book, Twelve Caesars – Images of Power from the Ancient World to the Modern, looks at the representation in art and culture of the image of the Roman emperor. Mary has presented several BBC TV series including Meet the Romans, Civilisations and The Shock of the Nude exposing the history of the naked body in Western art. Mary also writes a thought-provoking blog, A Don’s Life. For services to Classical scholarship, Mary was made a Dame in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2018 and is a trustee of the British Museum. Her forthcoming book Emperor of Rome will explore one of the most extraordinary roles in history.

Sculptor Stephen Cox RA has represented Britain in many survey exhibitions of contemporary art both home and abroad. He has also exhibited a solo exhibition at the Tate Gallery of his ’South Indian Sculpture’ in 1986. He was the first ‘Visiting Montgomery Fellow in Sculpture’ at Lincoln College Oxford and elected to The Royal Academy of Arts in 2010. Numerous public sculptures occupy sites in Central London. New Delhi, Cairo and Canberra. He continues to work mainly in the hardest of stones in India, Egypt, Italy and at home in Shropshire.

You can book to attend this event in person or to watch the lecture online. Admission is free, however, spaces are limited and must be booked in advance. Tickets will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

Once you have booked your seat(s) you will receive a booking confirmation which you will be asked to present on arrival. Please either print a copy or display using a hand-held electronic device. You will not be issued paper tickets. If you are joining us online, you will receive an email by 4pm on Thursday 4 May with a link and joining instructions.

Please let us know as soon as possible if you find you are no longer unable to attend, as we have limited capacity for this event. Please email the office or call +44 (0)1223 332555 at the earliest opportunity.

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The Lecture Theatre, Trinity Hall, Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TJ.

Please visit the Porters’ Lodge on arrival where they will direct you to the venue.

If you have any queries, please contact Rebecca Horner on or call +44 (0)1223 332555.

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