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