Coffee and tea 12.45 to 1.20pm and lectures start promptly at 1.30pm
PROGRAMME September 2016 to June 2017
Any announcements for members will be made before the 1.30pm start time, to ensure a prompt start of the lecture at 1.30pm.
Thursday 8th September 2016: Joanne Kidd
THE TRADESCANTS: PLANT, ART COLLECTORS AND GARDENERS OF THE 17TH CENTURY
The Tradescants played a major role in the renaissance of British gardening in the 17th Century. As art collectors they established in their home the ARK gallery, which formed the basis for the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
Thursday 13th October 2016: Alice Foster
IMPRESSIONIST WOMEN – BERTHE MORISOT
Morisot, taught by J.B. Corot who encouraged her to work out of doors and study the light, exhibited at seven of the eight Impressionist exhibitions. Despite negative criticism she was unwaveringly dedicated to Impressionism.
Thursday 10th November 2016: Jacqueline Hyman
PRESERVING OUR ECCLESIASTICAL TEXTILE HERITAGE
From the time of St Cuthbert, embroidery and textiles in our churches are generally unrecognised and many are at risk. This lecture focuses on examples from Opus Anglicanum, Victorian and the Arts and Crafts styles, including conservation treatments on the restoration.
Thursday 8th December 2016: Bertie Pierce
THE ART OF ILLUSION
From the beginning of time the fascination with magic and the impossible has been widespread. Egypt was the cradle of magic. Sorcerer Priests used scientific principles to create illusions for the edification of worship and to hold power over the people. Where there was
power there was magic.
NB Lecture only tickets must be obtained beforehand by members not attending the Christmas lunch. The lecture begins at 11.30 a.m. prompt and is followed by the Christmas lunch (members only). Tickets will be available from the October meeting. Please see your programme
for contact details
Thursday 12th January 2017: Simon Rees
SET AND COSTUME DESIGN IN OPERA
Opera started in the Italian court theatres, migrated to France and England, retaining its lavishness. A reaction against this foreign extravagance set in with The Beggar’s Opera in London. The late 18th century saw more opulence and exoticism, abruptly interrupted by the
French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars.
Thursday 9th February 2017: Matthew Williams
A ROYAL RESCUE, THE SAVING OF DUMFRIES HOUSE
Dumfries House in Ayrshire was acquired for the Nation following a last-minute rescue in 2007, thanks to HRH the Prince of Wales. A Georgian gem, by Adam, furnished by Chippendale and home to the Marquesses of Bute. This is the story of its controversial rescue.
DONATION LECTURE - TO SUPPORT YOUNG ARTS PROJECTS
Thursday 9th March 2017: Martin Lloyd
SECRET ART IN THE PASSPORT
From the wax seal to the microchip, man has exploited the skill of the artist and artisan in his attempt to manufacture an unforgeable document. Taking you through three centuries of passport design, the lecturer explains the overt and reveals the covert to illustrate
the defences built into the passport and the tricks the forger uses to defeat them.
Thurday 13th April 2017: Rupert Willoughby
THE NORMANS' CONQUEST AND LEGACY
The roughest of company, eleven men in Duke William’s inner circle enjoyed an unprecedented bonanza. The lecturer focuses on individuals, such as Baldwin de Redvers, Lord of the Isle of Wight. He offers an insight into their lives – and the disgusting details of William
the Conqueror’s funeral
Thursday 11th May 2017: James Taylor
PAINTING AROUND AUSTRALIA 1801-1803
Matthew Flinders commanded the first expedition to circumnavigate Australia in HMS Investigator. Two artists on board, Ferdinand Bauer and William Westall of very different ages and backgrounds, recorded flora, fauna, people and places with wonderful technique and intimacy.
Thursday 8th June 2017: Jane Watt
ANIMALS IN ART
Animals have played many different roles in European paintings. This talk traces the ways in which artists used animals to express meanings in their paintings. From Italy, Flanders, Holland and Britain, from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century, including Holbein, Barocci,
Rubens, van Dyck and ter Borch.
THIS MEETING WILL BE FOLLOWED BY THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING TO WHICH ALL MEMBERS ARE INVITED.
Tea will be served.
Guests may attend lectures by prior arrangement with Di Lloyd at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ask all guests to bring the payment of £6.00 with them.