ARTS Buzz May 2022

ARTS Buzz May 2022

10 May 2022

Volume 15 Issue 5: May 22

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Dear Members,
We've had a lovely time recently making TASWC visits within the locale.
We particularly enjoyed a perfect West Penwith day for a visit to Carn Euny with Vice Chair, Michelle Brown, where we had our village tour, a picnic lunch, a visit to the holy well, finishing with finding the source of the Lamorna stream where we were blessed by a Barnacle goose squawking over us, a Celtic blessing indeed!

The third TASWC member's visit to the Penzance Jewish Cemetery also received a commendation for the guiding by Keith Pearce, Custodian who honours this sacred space by sharing his knowledge and the history of the Jewish Community in Penzance.

Our National Chair, Liz Woods, along with myself, Paul, Jane, Amanda, Joy and Octavia went on a jolly day trip to St.Ives using the new Arts Society branch line trail we launched in January. We scanned the QR code whilst waiting on the platform at St. Erth before jumping on the train for the 8 minute journey. Looking out of the window, following the guide, we discovered the special points of interest giving us a new way of seeing our West Penwith. On arriving at St. Ives station we

finished the trail into town by foot before enjoying a rather fun lunch at the Porthemor Beach Cafe. If you haven't tried this trail out yet, do put it on your list, perhaps with your visitors. This makes, the best day out! (QR code Link)

On Thursday, 9 June, we have our Annual General Meeting, our first in person AGM for quite some time and we are sincerely looking forward to thanking the members for their loyal support
and thanking my committee for all their hard work in these unsettling times. We do have a change of lecturer, Mark Cottle will be giving us his talk on Ernest Shackleton’s third Antarctic expedition in 1914 and not the literary tourism talk we were programmed to be exploring.

Next week we shall be discovering the psychodynamic Faustian bargain with the Devil, with surprising connections to our world today.

Also, don't forget to use your guest Golden Ticket before they expire after June.
We look forward to welcoming you on Thursday and do drop into the Morrab Library Spring Fair on Saturday, 7 May it would be lovely to see you there.

Best Wishes
Samme & TASWC Committee Samme Charlesworth, Chair


(full details see below)

7 May - Morrab Library Spring Fair 10am-2pm (find us in the Treffry Room)
9 June - 7pm AGM + Lecture
11 June - Penwith College Pop-up Art Fair in association with TASWC 11-3pm on Penzance Battery

18 June - Morrab Library Summer Fair 10am-2pm (find us in the Treffry Room)
20 June - The Great Magicians of Spanish, Buckfast Abbey, SW Area event
14 July - Kings and Queens - TASWC Summer Party, Roswarne House - ticketed event & guests welcome


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.

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)

2022 Lecture Programme buy a guest ticket

Raffle Prize £1 per ticket

Doctor Faustus: A Two-Text Edition (A-Text, 1604; B-Text, 1616) Contexts And Sources Criticism (Norton Critical Editions)

Renaissance England's great tragedy of intellectual overreaching is as relevant and unsettling today as it was when first performed. This edition provides newly edited texts of both the 1604 (A-Text) and 1616 (B-Text) versions of the play, with detailed explanatory annotations. Included are a selection from Marlowe's main source, The Damnable Life and Deserved Death of Dr John Faustus, along with contemporary writings on magic and religion. Twenty-five interpretations allow the reader to enrich their critical understanding of the play. A chronology and selected bibliography are also included.

Programme Change

9 June
AGM & Lecture 7pm

Mark Cottle Photographic Odyssey; Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition Captured on Camera

On Ernest Shackleton’s third Antarctic expedition in 1914, his ship, the Endurance, was trapped and eventually crushed in the pack ice. After camping for five months on the ice, Shackleton’s men rowed to the remote Elephant Island. From there, Shackleton sailed for help to South Georgia over 800 miles away. Over three months later he returned to rescue the crew of the Endurance. Frank Hurley, one of the great photographers of the 20th century, was the expedition’s official photographer. His photographs are a visual narrative of an epic journey which capture with great artistry new and amazing landscapes within which a remarkable human drama is played out. The aim of the lecture is to capture Hurley’s achievements as a photographer of the Antarctic in the first flush of human contact when it was still essentially terra incognita.


TASWC Member Bronwen Taylor offers this month's book suggestion. Do let us know what you think of the book or if you are interested in suggesting a title for this feature please do send us an email: -

This is a powerful book that cannot fail to leave you moved. It is the story of a Mexican mother and son who have to flee to the United States to escape the revenge of the head of a drug cartel in their area. Her journalist husband and all her family were all murdered at a family gathering and the author vividly describes their subsequent escape, each chapter drawing you in to their every day terror and courage. It shows the love of a mother for her son, the kindness of strangers and by that gives a greater understanding of the very real need for sanctuary at whatever cost. The first chapter is quite graphic but is essential reading to set the scene.

We send out our thanks to David Falcon for stepping into the role as photographer for The Arts Society West Cornwall covering our events, trips and lectures. His photo's will

help us to keep a memory of our activities and to share them today and in the future. If you want to see more of our photos - follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

"The members of the group very much appreciated Keith Pearce's time and very thorough presentation and response to questions." Photo: David Falcon

Carn Euny Village:- "On a bright, clear spring morning, 23 of us visited the ancient village of Carn Euny near Sancreed. We were very privileged to be led by our vice-chair Professor Michelle Brown, an expert on such historical artefacts. Before taking us on a conducted tour of the village, Michelle advised us that not all the information posted on the site boards was completely reliable.We were then treated to a fascinating walk around the village with Michelle explaining just what we were looking at. We were so fortunate to have enjoyed a tour conducted by an expert. After the walk around the village, we were able to enjoy a picnic lunch in the sunshine before wending our way home.

I am sure that I speak for all of us when I express our thanks to Michelle, whose expertise made the trip so memorable." Photo & words: John Griffiths

Taking the train from St.Erth to St. Ives, seven TASWC members enjoyed being on the new TAS Trail of Discovery, acting like tourists, learning and laughing along the way! Photo: Samme Charlesworth

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(under 21 free)

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The Arts Society on a local level: -

Admission to top quality and diverse monthly lectures by Accredited Lecturers, specialists in their field
Invitations to exclusive member events, trips, workshops and study days A monthly newsletter ‘Arts Buzz’ keeping you up to date by email on forthcoming lectures, activities and the local arts scene

Opportunity to volunteer on arts volunteering projects Follow and share on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

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The Great Magicians of Spanish Art - Velazquez, Goya and Picasso on Monday 20th June at Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre.
book here

In addition to all these benefits, you will have from the National Arts Society based in London: -

Arts Society glossy magazine subscription
Regular newsletters and updates emailed to your inbox
Special offers on purchases, tickets and travel
Opportunities to take part in specially tailored tours within the UK and overseas
Access to hands-on and in-depth study days
Linked access to The Arts Society ‘Connected’ – specialist on-line lectures and Instant Expert articles featuring our Accredited Lecturers.

Do visit the website to find out more
New members are welcome, use your free guest voucher!

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