Darlington Arts Society’s next lecture ‘The Roaring Twenties: Art, Design and High Society’ takes place on Monday 20th January 2020 at 2pm, at Blackwell Grange Hotel, Darlington DL3 8QH.

The Roaring Twenties was a loud and boisterous decade, marked by modernity and social and economic change. Following the dark days of the Great War, a generation of wealthy and privileged Bright Young Things emerged who were determined to shock and pursue a life of hedonism, champagne and parties. The Twenties was also a period of enormous vitality in art and design, jazz and the avant garde.

This lecture aims to conjure up the energy and originality of the decade and to explore the lives of its leading figures and examples of its most innovative art and design.

Jo Banham is a freelance lecturer, writer, curator who has worked with The National Portrait Gallery, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Britain and Leighton House. She has published on many aspects of Victorian and early 20th-century decoration and interiors.