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Medicine and Art Study Day – March 2022

Plague doctor

A watercolour of an early 17th-century plague doctor’s costume.
(Wellcome Trust/Used under Creative Commons licence)

Medicine and Art

The Day of Special Interest held on the 25th March 2022 at The Warwickshire Country Club, Leek Wootton, Warwick was entitled “Medicine and Art”.

Dr James Grant MBE, a retired General Practitioner, gave members two lectures in the morning: the first on “Medical Gold” from Ancient Egypt to The Nobel Prize and the second on “The Art of Pandemics”:  In contrast to the altarpieces and the secular paintings of the plague and previous epidemics the Covid-19 pandemic has led to an outpouring of remarkable street art. Artists have depicted the effects of disease, the basic human need to blame someone or something for their suffering as well as producing wonderful images which have inspired great hope and consolation. Saint Sebastian to the rescue!

In the afternoon, there was a complete contrast! A prize quiz based on Dr. Grant’s collection of medical instruments and artifacts.  What is it and what would it be valued at? Absolutely fascinating but no-one managed to get all the correct answers!

The lectures and the quiz were informative and fun.  Dr. Grant was very clear and entertaining in his presentations.

Special Interest Day – Making Art from Destruction: The Cultural History of War and Heroism – November 2019

Making Art from Destruction: The Cultural History of War and Heroism – November 2019

Image supplied by the speaker

Image supplied by the speaker

On Friday 1st November 2019, Dr. Max Jones, Senior lecturer in modern history at the University of Manchester, delivered a fascinating day’s lecture.

He explored the changing ways that artists have interpreted war and heroism over the last three centuries.

Attention focused on commanders through the eighteen and nineteenth centuries – as sculptors and painters raised hosts of Admirals and Generals onto pedestals.

He explored how artists developed new strategies to represent loss and honour the dead of the war.

Max was very entertaining and fun.

Roz Crampton

Special Interest Day – How to Look at Paintings – March 2019

How to look at paintings – March 2019
Image supplied by the speaker

On Friday 15th March 2019, we hosted a Day of Special Interest at The Warwickshire Golf & Country Club, Leek Wootton, near Warwick CV35 7QT.

The speaker was Stella Grace Lyons and the subject, “How to Look at Paintings: Unlocking hidden meanings in Art”.

The lecture was an excellent introduction on how to look at art.  Stella delivered the whole day with enthusiasm and fun.

Roz Crampton

Image supplied by the speaker

Special Interest Day – Chatsworth House – October 2018

Chatsworth House – October 2018
Chatsworth House
On Friday 12th October 2018, we hosted a Day of Special Interest at The Warwickshire Golf & Country Club, Leek Wootton, near Warwick CV35 7QT.

The speaker was Simon Seligman who has spent almost thirty years working in the arts, heritage, tourism and communication.

The subject was 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.

Roz Crampton

Image out of copyright. Taken from Morris, F. O.: “Picturesque Views of Seats of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland” (1870)

Biennial Dinner – June 2018

Biennial Dinner – June 2018
Walton Hall
On Wednesday 13th June 2018, we held a combined Golden Jubilee of The Arts Society and Silver Anniversary of The Arts Society Royal Leamington Spa in the Moncrieffe Room at Walton Hall. Tickets were £50 per head and we sold 69 of a contracted 70.

The evening was a great success and the highlights of the occasion were a speech from our founder Chairman, Mrs Catherine Leahy, and a superb talk from Lady Hamilton, whose husband had once owned Walton Hall.

Image by Bs0u10e01 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0] via Wikimedia Commons

Study – Art and Life in Santa Fe, New Mexico – November 2016

Art and Life in Santa Fe, New Mexico – November 2016

On 18th November 2016, we hosted a Day of Special Interest, at the Glebe Hotel, Barford, given by Dr James Russell, entitled “Art and Life in Santa Fe, New Mexico.”

As well as interesting lectures on the history and geography of the Santa Fe area, and how an artistic community was attracted to the area, the work of Georgia O’Keeffe featured strongly. The day followed shortly after the end of the exhibition of her work at Tate Modern.
Georgia O’Keeffe at Tate Modern

Study – John Singer Sargent- November 2015

John Singer Sargent – November 2015

Lady Agnew
Lady Agnew

On 20th November 2015, we held a very successful study day (Day of Special Interest) at the Glebe Hotel , Barford, on the work of John Singer Sargent, entitled – ” Fizz and Crackle – Imagination, Innovation  and Curiosity on the work of John Singer Sargent.”

Mary Alexander was our lecturer for the day, and gave us a most informative, entertaining and visually enjoyable three lectures about this prolific artist.