Alumni Events

Continue your education for free

With the Alumni Association's Wine and Cheese evening
(BYO wine and cheese)

This is an event for Sophia Alumni only.

Please email Wendy Stacey and Carole Taylor at to register for this event.

Another FREE lecture from our outstanding MA CAA graduates – but you need to register so we can invite you into the room.

Summer Alumni Event

Margarida Toscano Manarte

Winner of the MACAA
Alumni Association Dissertation Prize

An investigation into the astrological symbols
present in two decorative paintings of
José de Almada Negreiros (1893 – 1970)

Thursday 27th July 2023

18.30 - 20.00 BST


This research examines the astrological symbols used in two mural paintings by the twentieth-century Portuguese artist José Sobral de Almada Negreiros (1893–1970), known as Almada. Almada's interest in astrology is shown in his paintings as well as in some of his writings. However, although Almada is a widely studied artist, this particular subject in his art was less explored. This investigation also contributed to develop an understanding of the presence of astrology in Portuguese society in the 1930s and 1940s.

Margarida Toscano Manarte

Margarida Toscano Manarte, from Portugal, holds an MA in art conservation (2014) and an MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology (2023). The interest in art and astrology lead to the research about the astrological symbols present in Portuguese artworks from the beginning of the twentieth century.