ArTS Buzz April 2022

ArTS Buzz April 2022

10 May 2022

Volume 15 Issue 4: April 22

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Dear Members,

We are looking forward to welcoming you to this month's pre-Easter lecture on Thursday. Last week I attended the SW Area Spring Chairmans Forum at Sandy Park, a really vibrant get-together after a number of zoom meetings. I was delighted to be asked to make a short presentation on our use of social media and this was well received. We have a reputation in the SW for being an edgy, arty, plugged-in lot.
The launch of our Trail by Train, St. Ives to St. Erth has
been received with much acclaim. Your committee plan to try out the trail very soon. Have you used the free trail information yet? Do let us know what you think. The GWR have kindly agreed to display a large poster at the St Erth railway station that all passengers can scan, free of charge, before travelling on to St. Ives. Lastly, I shall be attending a TAS Town Hall meeting next week for the refresh and re- launch of the Arts Society/RBA Star Students competition run in association with the Royal Society of British Artists. We have had in the past a number of Penwith College student winners who were selected to show their work in London at the Mall Galleries. We hope there will be more winners in the future.
We shan't let the grass grow under our feet!

Best Wishes
Samme & TASWC Committee Samme Charlesworth, Chair

Sandy Park Rugby Union Stadium, Home of The Exeter Chiefs - Samme Charlesworth March 2022


(full details see below)

12 April - Jewish Cemetery visit (fully booked)
12 April - Ukraine Benefit Study Morning, TAS Richmond (online)
19 April - Carn Euny Iron Age Village and Fogu visit (limited places)
20 June - The Great Magicians of Spanish, Buckfast Abbey, SW Area event 14 July - Members Summer Evening Party - save the date

May 2022| Adam Busiakiewicz
The Queen of Instruments: The Lute within Old Masters Paintings

Adam Busiakiewicz

Adam Busiakiewicz is an Art Historian, Lecturer and Lutenist. After completing his Bachelor’s Degree in History at University College London in 2010 he held the position of Head of Historical Interpretation (curator) at Warwick Castle. He left the castle in 2013 after winning a full AHRC studentship to pursue a Master’s Degree in Fine and Decorative Art at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. He is currently finishing his doctorate in Art History at the University of Warwick for which he

received a full scholarship.

Adam is a Lecturer / Educator at the National Gallery and Guide Lecturer at the Wallace Collection, where he has organised several events and courses on Music & Art as well as other subjects. He has also given talks and performances at the Royal

Collection, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

Alongside his publications and scholarly articles, Adam is the co-editor of, one of the internet’s most popular art history blogs.

The Queen of Instruments:
The Lute within Old Masters Paintings 
Thursday 7th April 2022, Zennor Auditorium, Penwith College

Doors open 6:45 Lecture 7:30pm Refreshments

The lute holds a special place in the history of art: painters of the Italian Renaissance depicted golden-haired angels plucking its delicate strings, evoking celestial harmony; in the sixteenth century, during the rise of humanism, the lute was a becoming pastime of educated courtiers, as depicted by the likes of Holbein and Titian; throughout the seventeenth century, the instrument continued to play a key role in emphasising the intimate, debauched and transient pleasures of interior scenes by Jan Steen and portraits by Frans Hals. This lecture looks at the lute, and other musical instruments, as devices to express various aspects of the human character throughout the ages. As part of this lecture, there is for live music performance; faithfully reproduced solo lute music.

buy a guest ticket 2022 Lecture Programme

Raffle Prize £1 per ticket

Lutes are time-capsules - they are braced inside with odd scraps of cloth and printed paper. The author is building a lute full of daft stories, curious reminiscences and snippets of life in 21st-century Britain. This is a book of what's inside and what didn't quite make it.

Next Lecture

12 May 2022| Mary Sharp | Jumping the Life to Come:

The Story of Dr Faustus and how his Extraordinary Bargain has influenced Writers and Artists over the Years. From a Picture of Dorian Gray to Breaking Bad, the story of Dr Faustus – who exchanged his soul for 24 years of pleasure - has influenced writers and artists over the years


A new feature that came about after our delightful Coffee Get Together morning up at Brew Cafe, Trereife with members lapping up the sunshine, coffee and glorious spring gardens.
Our first guest author Bronwen Taylor, TASWC Member suggested a book that was pertinent to us. Do let us know what you think of the book. Do let us know if you have any suggestions too.

Homesick by Catrina Davies published in paperback 2020

This is the second book by Catrina Davies and is set within a small area of West Penwith. It highlights the true meaning of the word home, and the courage needed to hold on to what is yours.
Homesick tells of the author’s experiences in survival on her own and the satisfaction gained with every small victory and of being self sufficient. Wonderfully descriptive of the countryside around her and hugely positive, despite drawing attention to the (often hidden) social inequalities that exist in this most beautiful part of Cornwall. Her love of the area glows from every page.

Bronwen Taylor/ April 2022

Report of Directory Day 2022

Having 'our' Liz Woods chairing directory day, we knew that this year was going to feel that bit extra special. This was the first time since Covid that this event has happened. There was a terrific atmosphere - a buzz of recognition of familiar faces and happiness at the human interaction. It felt like an enormous happy reunion.

For those who are unsure, this is a day is where the Arts Society lecturers (220 this year) gather at Central Hall Westminster to set out their stall, quite literally. They also get the chance to speak for one minute on stage to Arts Society representatives from all over the country. We in the audience decide whether we are interested in a lecturer for future programme planning. As someone described it, a bit like speed dating for lecturer selection.

I also discovered West Cornwall’s reputation of being exceptionally warm and hospitable with a vibrant, interesting audience, precedes us. This became apparent when talking to a newly accredited lecturer who lit up when he discovered where Joy and I had come from.

The potential shortlist is extremely exciting – from the 60’s, to plants, to Marathons, we promise to make a varied and stimulating programme.

Tamsyn Bond, Programme Secretary


Do we have any photographers who would be willing to take photographs for our events and lectures? If so, please contact our Chair, Samme to talk about the role and benefits.It would be really helpful if someone was keen to step in as Simon Cook is longer able to take our photos.


The Jewish Cemetery on 12 April 2022 guided tour & book £5 Sold out

Carn Euny Iron Age Village and Fogu on 19 April 2022. Walk & Talk with Professor Michelle Brown £10 last few place book here

ONLINE - Ukraine Benefit Study Morning on Tuesday 12th April 2022 at 10.30am
The Great Magicians of Spanish Art - Velazquez, Goya and Picasso on Monday 20th June at Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre.


Douglas Skeggs will be presenting 3 lectures on The Great Magicians of Spanish Art - Velazquez, Goya and Picasso on Monday 20th June at Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre. We start at 10.00 for a 10.30 lecture and will close around 3.15 - 3.30. The cost of the day including the 3 lectures, coffee on arrival and a 2 course buffet lunch is £43.

Book here -The Great Magicians of Spanish Art

ONLINE - Ukraine Benefit Study Morning on Tuesday 12th April 2022 at 10.30am

An introduction to the 19th century artist Ilya Repin and the landscape paintings of Arkhip Kuindzhi, Ivan Shishkin and Isaac Levitan. All proceeds will be donated to the British Red Cross, Ukraine Crisis Appeal.

10.30-11.30am Lecture 1: Ilya Repin (1844-1930 born Chuhiv, Kharkiv province in modern day Ukraine). An introduction to this prolific and astounding realist painter, famous for his portraits and his genre and historical paintings.

10.30am-12pm Break

12-1pm Lecture 2: An introduction to the stunning, thought provoking and awe- inspiring landscapes of Arkhip Kuindzhi (1841-1910 born in Mariopol in modern day Ukraine), Ivan Shishkin (1832-1898 born in Yelabuga, Russia), and Isaac Levitan (1860-1900 born Kibarty in modern day Lithuania ).

Book here - Ukraine Benefit Study Morning

TOP: The Zaparozhye Cossacks Writing a Mocking Letter to the Turkish Sultan *oil on canvas *358 × 203 cm *signed b.c.: И.Репин 1880- 91 COPYRIGHT THE RUSSIAN MUSEUM. BELOW: Images above: Ilya Repin; and a painting of a Ukrainian

West Cornwall Members - don't forget to gift a Golden Guest Ticket to a like-minded friend to attend any lecture before the summer recess FOR FREE.
(voucher has no monetary value & one per household)

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