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Visit to Roche Court Sculpture Park and Wilton House

Visit to Roche Court Sculpture Park and Wilton House
It was a fine and warm day for our trip to Wiltshire – just as well as our coach was held up arriving at Grayshott, so we left late. But our driver still got us to Roche Court Sculpture Park near Salisbury on time.  We had a warm welcome from our two guides, Beth and Jenny, and filled up on coffee, tea and home-made cake ...
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Zaha Hadid – Architectural Superstar

Zaha Hadid - Architectural Superstar
In this month’s lecture, Professor Colin Davies, himself an architect, introduced us to one of the most influential architects of our time who, although working all over the world, chose to live in London throughout her adult life. Zaha Hadid was born into a wealthy family in Bagdad where she spent her childhood.  She grew up in a culturally liberal atmosphere and was in the ...
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Celebrating 50 years of NADFAS / The Arts Society

Celebrating 50 years of NADFAS / The Arts Society
Celebrating 50 years of NADFAS / The Arts Society At the May lecture we celebrated the 50th anniversary of NADFAS/The Arts Society with bubbly and cake. Nicky Wilson, President of The Arts Society Grayshott, and Derek Linney, Chairman, ceremoniously cut the cake to start proceedings. The Cake Those of you that enjoyed the cake might like to know that it was made by 'Cakes and ...
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As Good As Gold

As Good As Gold
Ideas of the sacred and divine, of power and status and of love and obsession are embedded in our appreciation of gold. However, as Alexandra Epps explained at this month’s lecture, its main attraction throughout history has been how light plays on it. The Ancient World thought their gods were made of gold. Gold in the icons of early Christianity suggested the divine. The sacred ...
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‘Something for Everyone’?

'Something for Everyone'?
At this month’s meeting Linda Smith gave us a fascinating insight into ‘20th Century Sculpture’. From unmade beds at one end of the spectrum to large lumps of marble at the other, she traced how development such as Cubism, Primitivism, Surrealism and Pop Art affected sculpture. Linda began by looking at Rodin’s monumental carved sculpture, ‘The Kiss’. Although completed in 1882, the lovers are not ...
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Visit to Highclere Castle and Sandham Memorial Chapel

Visit to Highclere Castle and Sandham Memorial Chapel
A day of low cloud and drizzle did not deter 53 members from enjoying our outing to Highclere Castle, near Newbury, and Sandham Memorial Chapel. More photos from the visit can be seen here though outside only as no interior photography is allowed at either venue. Well-known from the TV series Downton Abbey, but actually home to the Earl of Carnarvon, there was much to ...
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Visit to Two Temple Place and the Courtauld Gallery

Visit to Two Temple Place and the Courtauld Gallery
More than 40 of us were fortunate to have a sunny if cold day for our trip to London, with good journeys both ways and some lovely views over the Thames in central London. We spent the morning at Two Temple Place, a little known late Victorian mansion overlooking the Victoria Embankment. It was commissioned in the 1890s by William Waldorf Astor, then perhaps the ...
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Who was Tutankhamun?

Who was Tutankhamun?
In this month’s captivating lecture, Anthony Russell revealed so much of what has been discovered about Tutankhamun while exemplifying the problems faced when trying to interpret the past. By the time he became Pharaoh in 1333BC, Egypt had been a great power for more than a 1000 years. The River Nile gave fertile land and was easily navigable in both directions, facilitating trade, especially in ...
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Gustav Klimt – Lecture Report

Gustav Klimt - Lecture Report
Frequently our lectures give an invaluable background to forthcoming visits. This was certainly true for our first meeting of 2018 when Ann Clements gave us a brilliant exploration of the range of Klimt’s work and the evolution of his style. Born in July 1862 into a relatively poor family, at 14 he went to the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts where the emphasis was ...
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The Arts Society Grayshott Christmas Lunch – 12th December 2017 – Telegrams, Murder, and Literary Intrigue

The Arts Society Grayshott Christmas Lunch - 12th December 2017 - Telegrams, Murder, and Literary Intrigue
Following the success of last year’s Christmas lunch at Waverley Abbey House, The Arts Society Grayshott repeated the event this December. If the audible buzz of appreciation was anything to go by then this year’s lunch was even more enjoyable. For those of you who missed the occasion, Waverley Abbey House is a Georgian house boasting stunning architecture with natural light, views across  to the Waverley ...
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‘Oh Yes It Is’ – December 2017 – Lecture Report

'Oh Yes It Is' - December 2017 - Lecture Report
There were no prizes for guessing the focus of this month’s festive lecture! Jane Tapley revealed the fascinating story of how Pantomime developed out of its Greek origins to become the peculiarly British institution of today. She highlighted the crucial role pantomime plays in keeping local theatres open and asked to what other entertainment could you take both a 95 year old and a 5 ...
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Tour to Bologna : 9th-14th October 2017

Tour to Bologna : 9th-14th October 2017
Based in Bologna for five nights, we had a most enjoyable tour, taking in Bologna, Ferrara, Ravenna, Parma and Mantua.  Few of us had been to this region of Italy before and yet it is home to towns and cities with mediaeval hearts that are a delight to stroll round and which house some really marvellous works of art; all without being overrun by tourists, ...
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