Biennial Dinner – June 2018
On Wednesday 13th June 2018, we shall be holding our biennial dinner at Walton Hall, near Wellesbourne. Tickets will be on sale at our April/May/June meetings.
The grounds of the hotel, which include a large lake, are beautiful, and as the occasion is to take place in June rather than May, as usual, the lengthier summer evening should afford a longer time to enjoy the view.
Image by Bs0u10e01 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0] via Wikimedia Commons
Special Interest Day, West Midlands Area – “Two Wrekin Gems” – July 2018
The Summer Special Interest Day, on Thursday 19th July 2018 – ‘Two Wrekin Gems’ – will take a different format to enable members to appreciate two of the Treasures in the Wrekin area. In the morning the lecturer will be Tobias Capwell, an Arts Society lecturer. The venue will be Tong Parish Hall (for coffee and lunch) and Tong Church which is well known for its collection of Medieval tombs.
Transferring after lunch to Weston Park, which is only a short distance away, Gareth Williams, Curator and Head of Learning, will give a talk on Chippendale’s Workshop – 2018 is the Tercentenary of his birth. There will be guided tours of the House before enjoying an afternoon cream tea.
Members will also have the opportunity to visit the Granary Gallery to see the Daimler Art Collection featuring work by German photographer Dieter Blum as well as exploring the formal garden and grounds. The park is open until 6pm.
Numbers are limited, so early booking is essential.
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Chatsworth House – October 2018
On Friday 12th October 2018, we will be hosting a Day of Special Interest at The Warwickshire Golf & Country Club, Leek Wootton, near Warwick CV35 7QT.
The speaker will be Simon Seligman who has spent almost thirty years working in the arts, heritage, tourism and communication.
The subject will be Chatsworth House, an historical overview of the evolution of the House and collections, and the garden. After lunch, a focus on the life and times of Deborah Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, the youngest and last surviving of the six Mitford sisters, who were prominent members of English society in the 1930s and 1940s.
The cost of the day will be £42.00 which will include lunch. Tickets will be on sale at the September and October lectures.
Image out of copyright. Taken from Morris, F. O.: “Picturesque Views of Seats of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland” (1870)
How to look at paintings – March 2019
On Friday 15th March 2019, we will be hosting a Day of Special Interest at The Warwickshire Golf & Country Club, Leek Wootton, near Warwick CV35 7QT.
The speaker will be Stella Grace Lyons and the subject will be, "How to Look at Paintings: Unlocking hidden meanings in Art".
Stella gained her BA in the History of Art with first class honours from the University of Bristol and her MA in History of Art at the University of Warwick. She spent a year studying Renaissance art in Italy at the British Institute of Florence, and three months studying Venetian art in Venice. In addition, she attended drawing classes at the prestigious Charles H. Cecil studios in Florence.
Stella will introduce various art movements, cultural influences, artistic genres, artists and their work as well as different types of painting, such as narrative works and portraits. The aim of the day is to give the necessary skills to approach a painting and appreciate in depth its quality and its significance.
The cost of the day will be £42.00 which will include lunch. Tickets will be on sale at the February and March lectures.
Image supplied by the speaker