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Turner V Constable: The Great British Paint-Off

Turner V Constable: The Great British Paint-Off
At the first meeting of the New Year, Nicola Moorby gave an inspiring lecture on two very different painters fourteen months apart in age, who came from diverse backgrounds and how this influenced their lives, their art and how they wanted their work to be perceived. They were artistic rivals and both wanted to depict nature, turning their backs on portraiture which was the fashion ...
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Christmas Lunch at Waverley Abbey House – 16th December 2019

Christmas Lunch at Waverley Abbey House - 16th December 2019
Though it was not as sunny as last year, the warmth of all 73 members who attended our annual Christmas Lunch made up for it.  Like last year, our venue was Waverley Abbey House with its picturesque lakeside setting and historic charm. You can see more photos here. Our guest speaker, Angela Zanders, spoke to us about the Forgotten Women of Music.  She picked a ...
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Christmas – Backstage at the Royal Opera House

Christmas - Backstage at the Royal Opera House
Our December meeting always has a festive theme and this year we welcomed Sarah Lenton to take us on a virtual reality trip round the Royal Opera house as the Christmas season swings into action. Having spent her working life in the theatre, mainly at the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne and English National Opera, she was well qualified to reveal the drama and excitement in ...
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Treasures of the Silk Route

Treasures of the Silk Route
At our autumn Special Interest Day, Christopher Bradley gave us a fascinating insight into the greatest trade route the world has ever known. He explained that from before the C1st BC, this route was in continuous use for 1500 years and there was never a single silk road. The actual name was only first used in 1877 as people became fascinated by how important it ...
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New Committee Members

New Committee Members
We have gained a couple of new committee members since the AGM. You will remember that Kathy Goodfellow took over as Secretary from Caroline at the AGM. Since then Jackie Bearman has taken over from Julia as Programme Secretary and Linda Dixon has taken on Young Arts replacing Heather on the committee, although Heather will continue to work with Linda. My thanks to  the outgoing ...
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Pots & Frocks – The World of Grayson Perry

Pots & Frocks - The World of Grayson Perry
At this month’s meeting Ian Swankie gave us an informative, thought provoking and, at times, entertaining insight into the character inside the flamboyant frocks. He examined Grayson Perry’s works in ceramics, prints, textiles and tapestries as well as his exciting exhibitions. Ian began by revealing how Perry lived in a fantasy world of his own during a troubled childhood. The encouragement of his art teacher ...
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Mad Men and Artists – How the Advertising Industry Exploited Fine Art

Mad Men and Artists – How the Advertising Industry Exploited Fine Art
In the middle ages, when many people could not read, advertising was graphic, ie. the ‘medium is the message’.  Metal signs hung outside shops to promote their wares such as scissors for a tailor and a cauldron and pestle to indicate an apothecary.  When Caxton introduced printing the first ever advertising leaflet promoted his work on ‘The Pyles of Salisbury’ (pyles referred then to clerical ...
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H&IoW Area – Special Interest Days in Winchester

H&IoW Area - Special Interest Days in Winchester
Special Interest Days in Winchester Our area - Hampshire & IoW - organises special interest days which are open to all members of the society. For 2020 these are on the theme of "London: Silk, Steel and Splendour". The days cost £40 including lunch and coffee and run from 10:30-15:00 in Winchester ...
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Visit to Rochester Thursday 19 September 2019

Visit to Rochester Thursday 19 September 2019
It was a beautiful sunny day to discover Rochester and its historic old High Street as we strolled along to the Cathedral for our first tour.  The first Saxon Cathedral was established here in 604 close to the River Medway and the site of the Roman bridge crossing.  Neither of these now survive above ground but the existing Cathedral building was started from 1080 by ...
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Caravaggio – Murderer or Genius?

Caravaggio - Murderer or Genius?
At our first meeting after the summer break, Julia Musgrave explored the life and work of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio and asked whether the dramatic lighting and intense naturalism of his work was inspired by his violent spirit or the violence of his times. Before his birth in 1571, the Reformation and Counter Reformation had torn Europe apart. This was reflected in the changing way ...
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Visit to Parham House and the ‘2nd Sistine Chapel -12 June 2019

Visit to Parham House and the '2nd Sistine Chapel -12 June 2019
Parham House, south of Pulborough in West Sussex, dates from Elizabethan times and lies in an estate of nearly 900 acres, with extensive gardens and parkland. Even on a cloudy, and latterly wet, day, the house and grounds  afforded the most lovely outlook towards the South Downs. This magnificent house has only been owned by three families - the Palmers, who commissioned its construction in ...
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The Age of Jazz

The Age of Jazz
This month’s lecture by Radio 3 presenter Sandy Burnett had been especially anticipated because last year we enjoyed a visit to the Age of Jazz Exhibition, at 2 Temple Place. Well known in his own right as a musician, he traced the roots of jazz and its impact on Britain’s music scene since 1918. He began with Black Bottom Stompand Jelly Roll Morton who claimed ...
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