Lectures to suit any Itinerary

Anthony has a broad range of expertise including Art, Photography, History and Natural History.

There are many reasons why people have chosen to explore the planet – some were searching for wealth and fame, some were driven by a sense of duty, or adventure, but some sought out new places as a source of inspiration for their art. In this lecture Anthony looks at the life and work of some of history’s great ‘explorer artists’, and the artworks that transformed how we see the world.

No matter where we go, we are always encountering bronze sculptures. These artworks were created using the ‘Lost Wax Casting’ technique – a process dating back thousands of years, which still used all over the world today. Anthony has been using lost wax casting to create bronze wildlife and human figure sculptures for nearly twenty years; join him to learn more about the special technical and artistic processes that go into creating bronze sculptures.

Anthony is a ‘Globe-trotting sculptor’ who gains the inspiration for his wildlife sculptures by carefully observing wild animals all around the world. These first-hand experiences are the starting points for the fascinating process of creating a bronze wildlife sculpture. Join Anthony to learn about the skilled work that goes into creating these sculptures, from the initial inspiration, to the finished bronze.

Bronze portraits have survived for thousands of years, immortalising the memory of certain lucky individuals. For the Artist who is commissioned to create these commemorative artworks there are many challenges, and a suite of special techniques that must be employed to create a fitting tribute. In this lecture Anthony Smith will share insights into the esoteric world of commemorative sculpting, illustrated with examples of his own public works.

In 2012 Anthony Smith was commissioned to create the first new statue for the famous Natural History Museum of London in more than eighty years. The subject of the statue was the great 19th century naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace – a man with a rich and fascinating life story, which provided ample inspiration for what was to become a large and impressive bronze statue.

How to commemorate one of the greatest scientists of all time? And one that has already been celebrated and memorialised so many times before! That was the challenge that faced Anthony at the tender age of 24, when he was commissioned to create a life-sized statue of Charles Darwin for Cambridge University. Join this lecture to learn about the processes and challenges involved in this important sculpture project.

Coins have a long and fascinating history that offers special insights into our ever-changing cultures and values. Join Anthony to gain a new perspective on the every day objects that connect us to an Ancient world of trade, symbolism, and propaganda. He will also share insights into the contemporary world of coin design, including the story behind the new £2 coin that he designed and sculpted for the Royal Mint, which is now in general circulation in the United Kingdom.

Do animals have a creative side? For a long time we thought that a desire to create art was a strictly human endeavour, but the more that we study the animal kingdom the more we realise that we are not alone in our appreciation of the arts!

An illuminating and inspiring look at life and works of two great photographers from the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration; Frank Hurley and Herbert Ponting.

In this lecture Anthony discusses two masterful artists – William Bradford and Frank Hurley. These two impressive men shared their creative visions of the polar regions with the wider world, transforming the way that people thought about these frigid, remote corners of the planet.

What was going through the mind of our ancient ancestors when they covered their cave walls with paintings of animals? Is that source of inspiration shared with wildlife artists today, or has our relationship with nature fundamentally changed? In this lecture Anthony Smith examines the myriad ways in which humans have depicted wild animals across the ages, and how our increased understanding of the natural world has transformed the way that we depict animals in art.

In this lecture Anthony discusses three key principles for great photography, illustrated with plenty of eye-catching examples. This lecture is non-technical and is aimed at anyone with an interest in photography, regardless of previous experience or the type of equipment they have; a professional DSLR, a compact camera, or a smartphone… it doesn’t matter!

You may be visiting picturesque locations with stunning landscape and wildlife subjects for photography, but there are also always great opportunities to photograph colourful and charismatic people. In this lecture Anthony will discuss why photographing the people that you meet during your travels can be both challenging and extremely rewarding, and will share his tips and techniques for capturing interesting and engaging images.

The camera always lies! Making alterations to images is nothing new – the art of manipulating photographs has a long and colourful history. In this lecture Anthony will discuss the many and varied (and sometimes bizarre) types of photo manipulation and attempt to get to the bottom of exactly what we consider to be acceptable… or unacceptable!

The Voyage of the Beagle is without a doubt one of the most important voyages of discovery ever undertaken. Its five-year circumnavigation eventually led to a scientific revolution and a fundamental change in the way we understand the natural world, and our place within it. The man behind this scientific breakthrough was of course Charles Darwin, but none of it would have happened had it not been for a bizarre and unexpected series of events that occurred years before. Join Anthony to learn the incredible tale that led to Darwin’s epic adventure.

As bizarre and horrific as it may seem, the development of the modern world was fuelled by the blubber of whales. Join Anthony to learn about the controversial but important history of how humans have utilised whales, from the past centuries right up to today.

The 19th Century saw the development of many important new pieces of technology, including the sleek, fast sailing ships known as clippers. These beautiful vessels raced high value commodities around the world, supplying the demands of an ever-growing, wealthy nation. Anthony has sailed around the world on one of these ships – join him to learn the fascinating story of these vessels, the role they played, and what it’s like to sail on one today.

In 2013-14 Anthony spend two months on South Georgia as the Artist In Residence living at the old, abandoned whaling station of Grytviken. In his lecture you will discover the remarkable history of South Georgia’s first whaling station and the radical transformations that the site has undergone during the past one hundred and eighteen years.

In this lecture Anthony gives an insight into this fascinating cluster of islands in the far South of the world, including the islands’ history, climate, geography, wildlife, and what is it like to live on these remote islands today.

The Striated caracara, or ‘Johnny Rook’, is a remarkable bird found only on the Falkland Islands and a few small islands around Cape Horn. In this lecture Anthony shares the fascinating history of human conflict with this species, inspired by the article that he wrote and photographed for the BBC Wildlife Magazine in 2015.

The Spice of Life! Our world is home to countless different life forms, big and small, weird and wonderful. We always encounter different types of biodiversity when travelling; understanding exactly why there are different species, and different numbers of species, around the world is a fascinating puzzle.

How do whales navigate huge distances across featureless oceans? How do birds migrate thousands of miles with perfect accuracy? How do turtles swim the seas for decades and then return to the same small beach on which they hatched? These seemingly impossible feats of have stumped scientists for centuries, but at long last we are now unravelling the mysteries of animal navigation – join Anthony to discover the answers to these fascinating questions.