2018/9 PROGRAMME OF TALKS

Our Talks are held in Fittleworth Village Hall on the first Tuesday of each month at 2.00pm, except where noted otherwise, and are followed by tea & coffee. Doors open at 1.40 pm.

Visitors are most welcome to attend at a nominal fee of £5 a time.

Image credits are at the foot of this page.


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5 FEBRUARY 2019

DAVID HOCKNEY
THE OLD MASTER OF MODERN ART

Hockney’s paintings show a charm and humour that sets them apart from others of his generation. This talk follows the career of an artist whose wit and imagination has never faltered.

Douglas Skeggs


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5 MARCH 2019

SPRING LUNCH AT 12:30PM

Tickets for lunch will need to be pre-booked for both members and guests.

LEONARDO, LUDOVICO AND THE FESTA DEL PARADISO AT 2:00PM

2019 will mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, which will be celebrated by a number of exhibitions and events worldwide. This talk explores the relationship between art and dance at the court of Milan, as well as the role of Leonardo more generally at the Sforza Court, with discussion of other masterpieces such as the Last Supper.

Siân Walters


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2 APRIL 2019

ERIC RAVILIOUS AND THE LURE OF THE EVERYDAY

Ravilious has been described as the greatest English watercolourist of the 20th century. This talk looks at his work and that of some of his contemporaries working on the Home Front in the Second World War.

Jo Walton


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7 MAY 2019

ROYAL COLLECTORS
QUEEN VICTORIA, PRINCE ALBERT AND THEIR ART

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert expressed their love for each other through art. This talk tells the story of these royal patrons and collectors who were every bit as passionate about art as they were about each other.

Dr Susan Owens


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4 JUNE 2019

THE BAYEUX TAPESTRY

There is far more to be discovered about the Bayeux Tapestry than could ever be covered in one talk, we will look at many of the scenes in detail and explore what might be learned from this depiction of a turning point in our history.

Imogen Corrigan


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2 JULY 2019

EXHIBITION OF MEMBERS’ ART AND CRAFT
AND SPECIAL 50TH ANNIVERSARY TALK

AS GOOD AS GOLD

Experience the story of gold and its significance and symbolism within the history of art - as the colour of the sun; the colour of divinity; the colour of status and the colour of love. From creations ancient and contemporary, sacred and profane - all that glitters is certainly gold...

Alexandra Epps

TEA AND CAKES TO FOLLOW THE TALK.


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3 SEPTEMBER 2019

MANET AND HIS MILIEU

The talk looks at his work in the contexts of his friendships, his rivalries, his environment and his family. It concludes with a review of his admirers and of his importance within the history of modern art.

Barry Venning


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1 OCTOBER 2019

THE ROARING TWENTIES
ART, DESIGN AND HIGH SOCIETY

The Roaring Twenties was a loud and boisterous decade, marked by novelty, modernity and huge social, technological, and economic change.
It was also a period of enormous vitality in art and design. This talk aims to conjure up the energy and originality of the decade and to explore the lives of its leading figures and examples of its most innovative art and design.

Jo Banham


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5 NOVEMBER 2019

AGM (MEMBERS ONLY) AT 1:30PM

THE ART OF PARTYING
A FEAST FOR THE EYES! AT 2:15PM

From Greek Mosaics in the second century, through weddings in the Bible, Renaissance allegories of refinement and excess, sixteenth century peasant parties out of doors, eighteenth century harlequins, to the celebratory styles of twentieth century painters, the depiction of parties has always been popular in the history of Western Art.

Alice Foster


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3 DECEMBER 2019

CHRISTMAS LUNCH AT 12:30PM

Tickets for lunch will need to be pre-booked for both members and guests.

THE HISTORY OF STAINED GLASS AS SEEN THROUGH THE CHRISTMAS STORY AT 2PM

The Christmas Story has been the subject of many Stained Glass windows, beginning with the early jewels of coloured glass at Chartres, from the late 12th century, through to the Victorians who created a wealth of windows, and the damage of the Second World War which gave artists like Chagall further opportunities.

Diana Lloyd

MINCE PIES AND MULLED WINE FOLLOWING THE TALK