Programme Membership year 2021/22 I am pleased to be able to let you know that we have have secured a speaker to come to the Sue Townsend theatre to give a face to face lecture on 26 January. Given that the government is expected to announce the abandonment of Covid restrictions imminently, this lecture should mark the recommencement of face to face lectures. The lecture will begin at the usual time of 7.45 pm. Our lecturer, Caroline Bendix, will speak on the Conservation of National Trust libraries. Caroline is a library conservator, accredited through the Institute of Conservation. She has worked on many collections both in the UK and abroad, including St Catherine's Monastery in Sinai. Since 1992 she has been the National Trust's Adviser on Libraries Conservation and the adviser and trainer for the Arts Society's Heritage Volunteers projects. She also sits on the Archbishop of Canterbury's advisory panel for Lambeth Palace Library. Although the government is expected to announce the relaxation of all covid restrictions. it may be that we shall still be required to wear a face mask and observe social distancing measures. Please come prepared for this. 23rd February 2022 at Sue Townsend Theatre for 7.45 Karin Fernald The Shakespeare of Dogs' Sir Edwin Henry Landseer (1802-1873) In his heyday, the animal artist Edwin Landseer was hugely celebrated and loved for his dogs and Highland stags; later, for his lions in Trafalgar Square. He was a child prodigy; aged 5 years old he made a detailed study of a foxhound which astounded everybody; later he became known for his vivid and varied textures of animal skin, hair and fur, which he achieved with special brushes, keeping their design a secret. He was a party man, with party tricks; with his left hand he could draw a horse’s head and with his right a stag’s head complete with horns – at the same time! Most widely appreciated for his dogs, he could paint comic dogs, tragic dogs and in-between dogs, and he became known - with some justification - as the Shakespeare of Dogs. He was socially much in demand with the aristocracy and with Royalty, teaching the Queen and Prince to etch. But after awhile it all gets too exhausting; the celebrated artist feels happier up in the Highlands of Scotland. He ends up stressed, drunk and mad, comparing himself to one of his own hunted stags. Nobody can get him to behave except his neighbour Mrs Pritchard, an elderly widow said to look like “a very small monkey, with bright blinking eyes and a merry mouth.” When Sir Edwin died they named a pub after him; they buried him in St Paul’s Cathedral, and someone put black wreaths around the necks of those lions in Trafalgar Square. Laying Down the Law (or Trial by Jury) Landseer 1840 Click here to find more about Landseer 23rd March To be confirmed 27th April 2022 Cindy Polemis Surrealist Women Overshadowed by the likes of Salvador Dali,René Magritte and Max Ernst, there was a host of intriguing Surrealist female artists including Frida Kahlo, Meret Oppenheim and Leonora Carrington, who embraced surrealist ideas and created extraordinary and haunting works with a unique and distinguished conceptual energy. Click here for more information on Meret Oppenheim 25th May 2022 Rosalynd Whyte Antony Gormley - a Body of Work Antony Gormley’s career spans nearly 40 years, during which time he has made sculpture that explores the relationship of the human body to space, often using his own body as his starting point. His work has been shown throughout the world, in galleries including the Tate in London and the Hermitage in St Petersburg, but is also often on open display, as public art, such as Another Place at Crosby Beach, near Liverpool. As well as works that he is well known for, like the iconic Angel of the North, this lecture will look at some of his earlier and less well-known works, to give an overall view of the development of his work across his whole career, up to the present time. Danclarke1981 Creative Commons Click here for more on Antony Gormley 22nd June 2022 Gavin Plumley Bruegel - The Seasons and the World In 1565, Pieter Bruegel the Elder was commissioned to create a series of paintings for a dining room in Antwerp. The images, charting the course of a year, changed the way we view the world through art. Landscape had previously been a decorative backdrop to dramas both sacred and profane. But in Bruegel's hands the landscape and our interaction with it became the focus. Looking at paintings such as The Return of the Herd, Hunters in the Snow and The Gloomy Day, this lecture explores how Bruegel pioneered a whole new way of thinking about the environment and our individual places within a shifting cosmos. Pieter Bruegel the Elder - Hunters in the Snow (Winter) 1565 27th July 2022 (Social) Lars Tharp An Evening with… Further details later A separate booking form and fee for this event. 28th September 2022 More information later. 26th October 2022 23rd November 2022 ooo000ooo Please keep checking back with the web site for the latest information.
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Programme      Membership year 2020/21  I am pleased to be able to let you know that we have have secured a speaker to come to the Sue Townsend theatre to give a face to face lecture on 26 January. Given that the government is expected to announce the abandonment of Covid restrictions imminently, this lecture should mark the recommencement of face to face lectures.  The lecture will begin at the usual time of 7.45 pm.  Our lecturer, Caroline Bendix, will speak on the Conservation of National Trust libraries. Caroline is a library conservator, accredited through the Institute of Conservation. She has worked on many collections both in the UK and abroad, including St Catherine's Monastery in Sinai. Since 1992 she has been the National Trust's Adviser on Libraries Conservation and the adviser and trainer for the Arts Society's Heritage Volunteers projects. She also sits on the Archbishop of Canterbury's advisory panel for Lambeth Palace Library.   Although the government is expected to announce the relaxation of all covid restrictions. it may be that we shall still be required to wear a face mask and observe social distancing measures. Please come prepared for this.    23rd February 2022 at Sue Townsend Theatre for 7.45 Karin Fernald  The Shakespeare of Dogs' Sir Edwin Henry Landseer (1802-1873)  In his heyday, the animal artist Edwin Landseer was hugely celebrated and loved for his dogs and Highland stags; later, for his lions in Trafalgar Square. He was a child prodigy; aged 5 years old he made a detailed study of a foxhound which astounded everybody; later he became known for his vivid and varied textures of animal skin, hair and fur, which he achieved with special brushes, keeping their design a secret. He was a party man, with party tricks; with his left hand he could draw a horse’s head and with his right a stag’s head complete with horns – at the same time!  Most widely appreciated for his dogs, he could paint comic dogs, tragic dogs and in-between dogs, and he became known - with some justification - as the Shakespeare of Dogs.  He was socially much in demand with the aristocracy and with Royalty, teaching the Queen and Prince to etch. But after awhile it all gets too exhausting; the celebrated artist feels happier up in the Highlands of Scotland. He ends up stressed, drunk and mad, comparing himself to one of his own hunted stags. Nobody can get him to behave except his neighbour Mrs Pritchard, an elderly widow said to look like “a very small monkey, with bright blinking eyes and a merry mouth.”   When Sir Edwin died they named a pub after him; they buried him in St Paul’s Cathedral, and someone put black wreaths around the necks of those lions in Trafalgar Square.  Laying Down the Law (or Trial by Jury) Landseer 1840  Click here to find more about Landseer   23rd March 	To be confirmed  	 27th April 2022	 Cindy Polemis  Surrealist Women  Overshadowed by the likes of Salvador Dali,René Magritte and Max Ernst, there was a host of intriguing Surrealist female artists including Frida Kahlo, Meret Oppenheim and Leonora Carrington, who embraced surrealist ideas and created extraordinary and haunting works with a unique and distinguished conceptual energy.  Click here for more information on Meret Oppenheim   25th May 2022	 Rosalynd Whyte  Antony Gormley - a Body of Work  Antony Gormley’s career spans nearly 40 years, during which time he has made sculpture that explores the relationship of the human body to space, often using his own body as his starting point.    His work has been shown throughout the world, in galleries including the Tate in London and the Hermitage in St Petersburg, but is also often on open display, as public art, such as Another Place at Crosby Beach, near Liverpool.   As well as works that he is well known for, like the iconic Angel of the North, this lecture will look at some of his earlier and less well-known works, to give an overall view of the development of his work across his whole career, up to the present time. Danclarke1981 Creative Commons Click here for more on Antony Gormley   22nd June 2022 Gavin Plumley  Bruegel - The Seasons and the World  In 1565, Pieter Bruegel the Elder was commissioned to create a series of paintings for a dining room in Antwerp. The images, charting the course of a year, changed the way we view the world through art. Landscape had previously been a decorative backdrop to dramas both sacred and profane. But in Bruegel's hands the landscape and our interaction with it became the focus.   Looking at paintings such as The Return of the Herd, Hunters in the Snow and The Gloomy Day, this lecture explores how Bruegel pioneered a whole new way of thinking about the environment and our individual places within a shifting cosmos.  Pieter Bruegel the Elder - Hunters in the Snow (Winter) 1565   27th July 2022 (Social) Lars Tharp	 An Evening with…  Further details later  A separate booking form and fee for this event.   28th September 	2022	More information later.  26th October 2022 		 23rd November	2022	  ooo000ooo  Please keep checking back with the web site for the latest information.
Web site and mobile phone pages designed, created and maintained by Janet Groome, Handshake Computer Training