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2010 Archive | THE ARTS SOCIETY WEYBRIDGE (formerly Weybridge Decorative & Fine Arts Society)

Programme of Lectures
2010
These talks take place at Whiteley Village Hall at 10.30am

13th January 2010
SILVER & LOCAL CUSTOM: an essential look at the context in which any piece was made and used
Due to severe weather conditions this lecture had to be cancelled.
Ian Pickford
Ian Pickford entered the antiques silver trade on leaving school. Six years later, he became lecturer for the University of London and the University of Surrey, for NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies) and for the National Trust. Further to his very popular appearances on BBC's "The Antiques Roadshow" his writings include the now standard reference book on Silver Flatware, and he is the Editor of Jackson's Silver and Gold Marks.
Ian Pickford gave the inaugural lecture when WADFAS was founded in January 2000.

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10th February 2010
THE BAYEUX TAPESTRY: The World's Oldest Comic Strip; the historical aspects of this unique Masterpiece
Eveline Eaton
Eveline Eaton was born in Berlin, Germany where she did her Abitur (A-levels) and studied economics. As a copywriter for advertising agencies, she worked in Germany and the USA. Since the 1980s, she is a free-lance lecturer for Surrey University, the Art Fund and for NADFAS. She has lectured all over the UK, Europe, USA and Australia. She frequently guides art-trips to Berlin/Dresden, Munich and Bavaria, the Cote d’Azur, Normandy and New York.
 
This lecture was followed by drinks and canapes to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the founding of the Weybridge branch of NADFAS.
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10th March 2010
FROM GOTHIC REVIVAL TO INTERNATIONAL RAIL TERMINUS: the story of St. Pancras
Launce Gribbin
Launce Gribbin had early success as a professional painter. After studying Art History at the Courtauld institute he worked at the V&A and the London College of Printing and then as tutor to Sotheby’s Educational Studies. He lectures on a variety of topics
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14th April 2010
HOUSES & GARDENS OF NORMANDY: From 15th century to the present day
Helen McCabe
Helen McCabe read French at university and studied history of art and architecture at the École du Louvre in Paris. She has always particularly loved those parts of France with close historic links with England, - namely Normandy and the Bordeaux region (Aquitaine).
She grew up in Cornwall and has now returned to live in her childhood home. She was commissioned to write a book on the house and Gardens of Cornwall.
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12th May 2010
TATE ANCIENT: the earliest Art
Dr Ben Roberts
Ben Roberts is responsible for the European Bronze Age collections at the British Museum. His research interests include approaches to archaeological cultures and cultural transmission; the appearance and early development of metal in Europe and the Middle East; the roles of jewellery in prehistoric societies; and the production, circulation and deposition of metal objects in prehistoric Europe. Before joining the department of Prehistory and Europe, Ben studied at the universities of Sheffield and Cambridge and worked for nearly two and a half years on numerous archaeological field projects throughout Britain, Europe and Central America
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9th June 2010
THE SCOTTISH COLOURISTS: Style and Sophistication from the Jazz Age
Vivien Heffernan
Norwich Branch of NADFAS states:"Anyone not at Vivien Heffernan’s talk “The Scottish Colourists: Style and Sophistication from the Jazz Age” on the 16th November missed an outstanding evening.  Vivien was an art teacher and university lecturer in art history, and is a practising artist herself.  Her love and appreciation of her subject, and her enthusiastic and interactive style made this a lecture, probably the best attended of the year, an evening of pleasure and enjoyment."
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11th August 2010
THE SILK ROAD THEN & NOW: Past and present culture
Suzanne Perrin
Suzanne Perrin is Visiting lecturer at the University of Brighton Art & Design School, Huron University USA in London and University of Cape Town, S. Africa.  She lectures for British Museum Asian Arts course, universities, schools and NADFAS.    Her work includes promoting cultural and educations exchange between Japan and the UK.    
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8th September 2010
THE ART OF THE PANORAMA & CYCLORAMA: 19th century Circlevision. The 360 degree Panorama painting
Professor Ian Beckett
The 360-degree panorama painting was an immensely popular art form in the 19th century in Britain, Europe, and the USA. Over 300 were produced in the last quarter of the century alone; just 16 remain displayed in rotundas around the world although others survive in store.
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13th October 2010
CAPTAIN JAMES COOK and the Art of Exploration. The artists who travelled with Cook
James Taylor
James Taylor was formerly Curator of paints, drawings and prints at the National Maritime Museum.
The three Pacific voyages of discovery Cook made between 1768 and 1779 set new standards in navigation, surveying and shipboard health; and due to the interest and influence of the Royal Society, a group of scientists and artists accompanied each expedition to record the people and places that they encountered. Their paintings and drawings not only advanced the botanical and natural sciences, but left us with a vivid visual reminder of those voyages.

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10th November 2010
DRESDEN: Phoenix from the Ashes: Art, Architecture and Music
Denis Moriarty
Denis Moriarty, MA (Oxon), is a lecturer and Study Course director who spent most of his earlier working life as a BBC television producer. He lectures widely for NADFAS; he also addresses meetings of the National Trust, English summer festivals, civic and literary societies, and. he is a tutor at Cambridge University's Extramural Department at Madingley Hall.
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8th December 2010
PRELUDE TO CHRISTMAS: A celebration of Advent & Christmas, 13th to 20th Centuries
Jeanne Dolmetsch
Trained by her father, the renowned Carl Dolmetsch, Jeanne Dolmetsch studied violin and piano at the Royal Academy of Music. She is a specialist in the performance of 16th to 18th Century music and tours widely as a soloist and chamber musician. She is Director of Haslemere Festival founded in 1925 by her grandfather Arnold.
This talk will be followed by wine/soft drinks and mince pies. The cost of these is included in the annual subscription.
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Visits
Wednesday 28th April 2010

Knebworth House & Indian Raj Exhibition

The Lytton family have lived at Knebworth (near Stevenage, Herts) for 500 years. Queen Elizabeth I stayed here, Charles Dickens acted in private theatricals in the House and Winston Churchill's painting of the Banqueting Hall hangs in the room where he painted it.
Robert Lytton, Viceroy of India, proclaimed Queen Victoria Empress of India in 1877. Constance Lytton, militant suffragette, fought for votes for women in the early 1900s.Originally a red-brick Tudor manor house, it was transformed in 1843 into the Gothic fantasy we see today, with turrets, griffins and gargoyles.
On the first floor is the Raj Display commemorating Lord Lytton's Viceroyalty in India and the great Delhi Durbar of 1877.
Bookings taken at lecture meetings on 10th February and 10th March 2010
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Wednesday 30th June 2010

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace, near Woodstock, Oxfordshire, home to the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, offers a memorable day out.
Set in 2100 acres of beautiful parkland landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown, the exquisite Baroque Palace is surrounded by sweeping lawns, formal gardens and the magnificent Lake.
Bookings taken at lecture meetings on 14th April and 12th May 2010
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Extended Visit
13th - 17th September 2010
Northumberland and Durham
Includes visits to Alnwick Castle and Garden, Cragside, Lindisfarne, Durham, Bowes Museum and Raby Castle.
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Special Interest Days
Wednesday 3rd March 2010
Impressionism in England: Were there ever any British Impressionists?
Nicholas Bagshawe
Nicholas Bagshawe has over 15 years experience as a lecturer. He has lectured for Southampton University, Southampton Solent University, Tate Britain, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Sotheby’s Institute and numerous affiliated groups of the National Association of Fine and Decorative Art Societies (NADFAS). His lectures cover subjects in the Fine Arts from the 18th century to the early 20th century.

Booking dates: 13th January and 10th February 2010
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Wednesday 6th October 2010
Musical and cultural life in Shakespeare's England
Jeremy Barlow
Copiously illustrated with slides and musical examples, the Special Interest Day portrays not only the high art of court masques, music-making and dancing among the gentry and nobility, and the Shakespearian stage, but also the broadside ballads, country dances and theatrical jigs of popular culture; demonstrated too is the way Shakespeare and other dramatists drew on both strands for material in their plays.

After studying at Trinity College Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music, Jeremy Barlow worked at first chiefly in the theatre as a musical director, flautist and composer, and at the BBC as a radio producer and broadcaster. He then focused increasingly on early music as a performer, playing baroque flute, recorder and harpsichord, directing first the Barlow Baroque Players, and then from 1979 the Broadside Band.
From 1986-1999 he was Music Director at London Contemporary Dance School, and he has also been involved in many projects, seminars and conferences on the links between historical dance and music. He has a special interest in English popular and dance music from the 16th to 18th centuries (see other pages of the website), and has worked closely with historical dancers on several of his Broadside Band albums.
His audiovisual presentations and lectures are much in demand from organisations such as the National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies and U3A; he has toured widely in Britain, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Writing on musical topics ranges from the scholarly (including his recently published book 
The Enraged Musician: Hogarth's Musical Imagery for Ashgate (www.ashgate.com) to the humorous (The Cat & the Fiddle: Images of musical humour from the Middle Ages to modern times, just published by the Bodleian Library, Oxford).

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Committee

2009-10

Chairman: Hugh Walker

Vice Chairman: Clare Mitchelmore / Marjorie Tarring

Treasurer: Brian McKenna

Secretary: Stephen Hayes

Heritage Volunteers: Carla Bounds

Membership: Liz Moore

Meeting Arrangements: Joanna Collinson-Jones

Programme Secretary: Marjorie Tarring

Special Interest Days: Peter Gorty

Visits & Extended Visits: Clare Mitchelmore

Young Arts: Carla Bounds