John Glyn Society Lecture: Can Art Change the World?

The John Glyn Scholars’ Society welcomed art critic Charlotte Mullins to give the latest in the Society’s Lecture series, with a thought-provoking talk asking Can Art Change the World?

Year 13 student Fran reviewed the Lecture:

“Charlotte Mullins delivered an engaging and informative talk to us about how art has changed the world. During the talk Mullins took us on a journey through history to explore the effect of art over hundreds of thousands of years.

She informed us about how prehistoric art not only gives us a better insight into human life, tracing back millions of years, but was also very influential in changing the beliefs and mindsets we had on the origins of the human race only a few hundred years ago.

Mullins highlighted the significance art has had in the feminist movement. She shone a light on some very talented and overlooked female artists who have not received the recognition they deserve. I found it particularly interesting how she brought to our attention the subtle differences between the paintings portrayed by male and female artists.

Finally, Mullins showed us the impact of art in the current world engagingly. She illustrated to us both the ways in which art has been reinterpreted in pop culture, as well as the powerful messages it can be used to convey, especially when fighting climate change, which is one of the biggest battles of this generation.”

Charlotte Mullins is an art critic, writer and broadcaster. She is art critic for Country Life, and regular contributor to several newspapers, publications and arts programmes. Her book on art and feminism, A Little Feminist History of Art was published in 2019, and her latest book A Little History of Art was published in April 2022.

The John Glyn Society Lectures, held throughout the year, are intended to enrich the experience of those who have won academic scholarships to Colfe’s.


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