Newsletter October 2021

Newsletter October 2021

7 Oct 2021

It was lovely to see many of you, in person, at the September lecture.  

Simon Seligman’s brilliantly informative lecture about John Ruskin in the spacious new hall at The Bat & Ball Centre,  with its large screen, provided the perfect setting for the start of our Autumn lecture programme. 

If you were unable to be there last month do come and join us on 

Thursday October 21, at 13.45

to hear our lecturer, IAN COCKBURN present

The History And Material Culture Of Al-Andalus

This lecture tells the story of the Moorish invasion of Andalucía and the Christian reconquest, through an introduction to the surviving architecture and other areas of the material culture, such as silk textiles, carved ivory caskets, bronze sculptures and refined ceramics.

I have just returned from a relaxing holiday in Andalucia and am really looking forward to hearing some more about the history and culture of this fascinating area of Spain. 


  • It is  recommended that you wear a mask when attending the meetings. 
  • Please remember to sanitise your hands on arrival, maintain a safe distance from others and do not attend if you know you have been in recent close contact with someone who has the Covid virus. 
  • We will NOT be serving any refreshments at the next few meetings and suggest that you bring your own water if you would like something to drink.  
  • The doors will be opening at the new time of 13.15 and lectures will start as usual at 13.45.  


THE ARTS SOCIETY KNOLE, AGM  papers have been sent out to all members in mid -September either by email or by post.  We remind you ALL, please, to respond to the proposals either by email or post by Monday 11 October.

The results of the AGM will be announced at the start of the October lecture meeting.  

Exhibition & visit reports:  A new feature of our newsletter

The sculpture of Trajano a Caballo, (The Roman Emperor Trajan on a horse) by Salvador Dali in Avenida del Mar, Marbella. 

There  are five large bronze Dali Sculptures  located on the marble walkway between the Mediteranean Sea and the Old Town of Marbella on the Costa del Sol, Andalucia. It is a busy walkway well used by locals and visitors alike. Some stop to admire the sculptures or take photographs while other just rush through without stopping or even seeing them.  The thoroughfare is open 24 hours, all year round and is situated on top of a large well used underground carpark.  Apparently, Salvador Dali has no direct connection to Marbella, other than holiday visits.  I love to wander through it, stop to admire the bronzes or sit in the shade of the trees and watch people’s reactions to the sculptures.  ROZ MORRIS


RA Summer Exhibition.  

Held in the Autumn but never mind. Good that it was held at all. The usual mixture of weird & wonderful – mainly the former sadly ! Always good to see what people are producing these days though. We like to buy the list of exhibits to see the ridiculous prices being asked for most of the pieces. Cannot say I would have wanted to buy any of them, even if I could afford it. I think the most memorable picture was called Last Orders & was the Last Supper but with all dead stars, including Elvis, Freddie Mercury, George Michael etc. Very clever. Done by someone called Leigh Banks. Also one of George Floyd (Black Lives Matter) done in beads stays in my mind.

There was a strange video that lasted 18 minutes , called Peripeteia, which we thought was frightfully meaningful but we could not decipher what the meaning was. We did watch it all. If anyone goes & can tell me, please do.    HELEN TURNER 


Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser - at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Lewis Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland in 1863 and the novel has had a profound influence on everything from theatre and cinema to maths and physics. Spanning art, film, performance, fashion, and photography, the exhibition is nothing if not ambitious.
Through over 300 objects the V&A is the first museum to fully explore the cultural impact of Alice and her ongoing inspiration for leading creatives, from Salvador Dalí and The Beatles to Little Simz and Thom Browne. Highlights include Lewis Carroll’s original handwritten manuscript, illustrations by John Tenniel, Ralph Steadman and Disney, stage costumes, fashion from Iris van Herpen and photography from Tim Walker and Annie Leibovitz.
Featuring theatrical sets, large-scale digital projections and immersive environments, Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser will take children and adults on a journey through the enchanting and extraordinary world of Wonderland, through Alice’s eyes. Designed by award-winning designer Tom Piper – best known for his stage designs for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal Opera House as well as his Tower of London poppies installation – the exhibition will reward ‘curiouser and curiouser’ visitors with secret
doors and interactive displays. Finishes 31 December.  KATHERINE BARDEN


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