Heir to Velázquez, hero to Picasso, the last of the Old Masters and the first pioneer of modern art, Francisco Goya is regarded as one of the most remarkable artists of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. A tireless observer of humanity, Goya’s life coincided with an age of upheaval in Spanish politics and society. Through letters, court papers, sketches and paintings, renowned expert Janis Tomlinson joins us via live link from the US to explore the full breadth of Goya’s life and imagery, from scenes of the everyday in Madrid to worlds of witches and demons, from royal portraits to the atrocities of war, creating a nuanced picture of a painter and printmaker whose work continues to captivate, challenge and surprise us to this day.

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Goya: A Portrait of the Artist


Cheltenham Town Hall, Baillie Gifford Stage

The Town Hall, situated on Imperial Gardens in the centre of Cheltenham comprises of a Grand Main Hall, distinguished by its Corinthian styles columns and coved ceiling. The Main Hall is accompanied by dining and drawing rooms, as well as the Pillar Room bar.

The venue’s early 20th century Edwardian elegance makes it the classic ‘shoebox’ concert hall. With a seating capacity of 900, the Town Hall is perfectly suited to grand symphony orchestra performances with a thrilling impact.

There is no tiered seating at this venue for any of our Festivals.

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