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Virtual Tour – London’s New East End – From Bangladesh to Banksy, 19 January 2021

Virtual Tour - London's New East End - From Bangladesh to Banksy, 19 January 2021
Joining forces once again with our sister Societies at Alton and New Milton, we enjoyed another tour with our Blue Badge guide, Pepe Martinez, who took us from the Whitechapel Gallery via Brick Lane to the Old Street Roundabout.  The Whitechapel Gallery, designed by Charles Harrison Townsend, was opened in 1901 to much surprise at its location in a poorer part of London.  But it ...
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The Art of the Steal: Nazi Looting During WWII

The Art of the Steal: Nazi Looting During WWII
Shauna Isaac has been active in World War II art restitution for several years and has worked with families and government organisations to recover Nazi looted art. She also has a personal family interest in the subject. Her great aunt, Lea Bondi Jaray, had been pressured to hand over Egon Schiele’s ‘Portrait of Wally Neuzil’ to an art dealer during the war in exchange for being ...
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Christmas Quiz – 15 December 2020

Christmas Quiz - 15 December 2020
On December 15th we held a Christmas Quiz on Zoom as we were unable to hold our usual Christmas lunch owing to Covid restrictions. People were asked to wear something red and to bring their own glass of wine to the Zoom Quiz. There were to be no prizes; just an evening of Christmas fun. The event started with carols playing as people logged onto ...
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‘Dickens of a Christmas and ‘God Bless Us Everyone!’

‘Dickens of a Christmas and ‘God Bless Us Everyone!’
It is traditional for our December meeting to have a Christmas theme and this year's talk ‘Dickens of a Christmas and ‘God Bless Us Everyone!’ by the ever popular Bertie Pearce was no exception . With a BA (Honours) in Drama from Manchester University and having studied at the prestigious Ecole Internationale du Theatre Jaques Lecoq in Paris, Bertie has performed all over the world ...
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Virtual Tour – London’s Old East End – 17th November 2020

Virtual Tour – London's Old East End – 17th November 2020
For this tour using Zoom technology, we were joined by members from the Arts Societies at Alton and New Milton, so that there was a combined audience of around 200. Pepe Martinez, a leading London Blue Badge Guide, took us on a virtual walking tour of the Old East End.  We started at Liverpool Street Station, just over the border from the City of  London, ...
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Joaquin Sorolla: Painter of Light – Online lecture

Joaquin Sorolla: Painter of Light   - Online lecture
On what was a beautiful Autumn afternoon in Grayshott,  art historian and linguist Jacqueline Cockburn gave a much anticipated  talk  about Joaquin Sorolla,   from her home in Andalucia. Joaquin Sorolla appears barely known in this country, and yet was an extremely popular – and successful – painter in his day. Born in Valencia in 1863, he seems to have been influenced early in his ...
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The GPO Unit: The Birth of the Documentary – Youtube Lecture

The GPO Unit: The Birth of the Documentary - Youtube Lecture
During the first week of  October, Graphic designer Howard Smith gave an entertaining overview of the history of documentary making in his Youtube talk ‘The GPO Unit - Birth of The Documentary’. Members learned that the earliest english ‘documentaries’ were simply made by film makers setting up a camera and filming people going about their everyday lives. Footage was shown of workers coming out of ...
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‘The Queen of Instruments: The Lute Within The Old Masters’ – Online Lecture

'The Queen of Instruments: The Lute Within The Old Masters' - Online Lecture
Adam Busiakiewicz, Art Historian, lutenist and lecturer, currently pursuing his doctorate in Art History at Warwick University, regularly gives talks, tours and lectures at Warwick Castle, The National Gallery, The Wallace Collection and others. On 3rd September, nearly eighty members of The Art Society tuned in via Zoom to hear him give a very interesting and inspiring lecture on 'The Queen of Instruments: The Lute within Old ...
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Dreams of a Summer Night: The Golden Age of Norwegian Painting – Online Lecture July 16th 2020

Dreams of a Summer Night: The Golden Age of Norwegian Painting -  Online Lecture July 16th 2020
On 16th July, Art Historian Stella Lyons delivered her online lecture on Norwegian Art to an enthusiastic online audience of eighty people . “Dreams of a Summer Night: The Golden Age of Norwegian Painting’, explores how Norway’s artists led the way to the changing perception of their country’. Renaissance Europe thought that Norway was a freezing wilderness, a place of night stalked by trolls with ...
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Coronavirus update June 26

Coronavirus update June 26
On-Line Lectures While we have had to postpone all our events scheduled for April to July, we held our first and very successful on-line lecture in June, watched by 87 members. Sian Walters talked to us about The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and the Architecture of Frank Gehry. You can read a report in our news section here. We will be holding our second on-line lecture ...
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The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao and The Architecture of Frank Gehry – Online Lecture June 11th 2020

The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao and The Architecture of Frank Gehry - Online Lecture June 11th 2020
On June the 11th, The Arts Society Grayshott held its first online event via Zoom Webinar drawing in an audience of around eighty members. Well-known art historian and lecturer Sian Walters, who works with the Arts Society, The National Gallery, The Wallace Collection and others, gave a very interesting and inspiring lecture on The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao and the architecture of Frank Gehry’s amazing, unusual ...
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Coronavirus update 1 May 2020

Coronavirus update 1 May 2020
While we have had to postpone all our events scheduled for April to June, we are trying to give members as many opportunities as possible for arts-related activities at home and for keeping in touch. The Biq Arts Quiz Those of you that did the quiz we circulated with our monthly bulletin might like to see the answers. Well here they are hot off the ...
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