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Coronavirus Update – 4th April 2020

Coronavirus Update - 4th April 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has sadly meant that we have now had to cancel all our events for April, May and June. However, we’re pleased to say that we have been able to reschedule most of them for 2021, or in one case 2022, with the very kind support of the lecturers and others involved. Specifically: The Forensic Eye: Find you Inner Connoisser by Chantal Brotherton ...
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Arts on the Internet

Arts on the Internet
While it may be some time before we can all meet as usual, there are lots of things we can do on the internet to alleviate art withdrawal symptoms and ward off boredom! On-line Discussion Groups We have set up a private Facebook group for TAS Grayshott. This is a social space for members to exchange information and views or just chat. Login to Facebook, ...
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Coronavirus Update – Event Cancellations

Coronavirus Update - Event Cancellations
You will all be aware of the worsening coronavirus situation and many of you will have seen the recent e-mail message from The Arts Society Headquarters telling us that they are cancelling National and Area meetings and events for the period from 16 March to 30 April. After reviewing the situation and especially bearing in mind that many of our members are at higher risk, ...
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The Healing Power of Plants

The Healing Power of Plants
The Healing Power of Plants –  March 5th 2020 Since 1986 Timothy Walker has given 1,500 public lectures, primarily as part of his work as director of the Oxford University Botanic Garden, a post he held from 1988 to 2014. Since 2014 he has been a college lecturer and tutor at Somerville College Oxford. The Botanic Gardens Oxford 1675 This may sound somewhat dry and ...
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Archaeological Adventures in Albania

Archaeological Adventures in Albania
Louise Schofield, a Professor of Archaeology from the American University in Rome, returned to The Arts Society Grayshott in early February to speak to us about her travels and archaeological finds in Albania. Albania was home to the Illyrians, Greeks, Romans and Venetians so is rich in archaeological treasures which are now only recently being excavated by teams of Albanian archaeologists. Louise, despite her mother’s ...
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Visit to William Blake Exhibition, Tate Britain on 14 January 2020

Visit to William Blake Exhibition, Tate Britain on 14 January 2020
William Blake – poet, painter and printmaker of the late 18thC – was the subject of the exhibition at Tate Britain that we visited, with an informative introductory lecture from one of Tate's experts.  Born in 1757, the son of a shopkeeper in Soho, Blake wanted to be an artist from an early age and spent 7 years from 1772 training as an apprentice engraver.  ...
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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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Artemisia Exhibition at the National Gallery

Artemisia Exhibition at the National Gallery
Artemisia Exhibition at the National Gallery In June we have a lecture on three women painters - Artemisia, Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun and Laura Knight. You may be interested that the National Gallery is holding an exhibition of Artemisia's work - see their website ...
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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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