Study Days and Courses

Study Days and Courses

Plan ahead and discover new things on an Arts Society special interest day or course


VIRTUAL Events

Due to the current crisis, many Study Days and Courses organised by The Arts Society centrally are being held online


Budapest, Riga and Turin:
Art and Design in the Art Nouveau City

Monday 11th, 18th and 25th January 2021, 10:30am - 1:00pm (2 sessions with a 15 minute break on each day)
Lecturer: Dr. Anne Anderson

At the turn of the 20th century artists strove to break down the barriers between the fine and decorative arts to include architecture, literature and music. Budapest, Riga and Turin responded to this new art and this short course presents an overview bringing all the arts together.

Price: £10 per lecture or £25 for the 3
Contact: Susan Branfield - susanbranfield@waitrose.com


ThE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE - AN INSIDE VIEW

Tuesday 19th January 2021, 10.30am - 13.00pm (two lectures with interval)
Lecturer: Nigal Bates

The morning will comprise of two lectures on the Royal Opera House's artistic heritage, the Royal Ballet, orchestra and Royal Opera. Nigel Bates has worked at Covent Garden in various guises for 40 years and will offer a very personal and revealing insight in this great institution, it's history, development and component parts.

Price: £20
Contact: Alison Watson - alison@watsonw4.com


LONDON BLUE BADGE GUIDE VIRTUAL TOURS

Join members and guests of The Arts Society as they join a London Blue Badge guide on a virtual tour.

Friday 22 January 2021, 2pm - The East End of London

Friday 26 February 2021, 2pm - The River Thames

For more information email maggiewatts136@gmail.com


THE NEWLYN SCHOOL

17th and 18th February 2021, 10.30am to 15.00pm with breaks
Lecturer: Catherine Wallace

The artists, such as Stanhope Forbes, Walter Langley and Percy Craft were instrumental in the creation of the Newlyn School and their work reflected their interest in the local sailing and fishing communities. The fame of the school spread and became a magnet for many artists, who came from as far afield as New Zealand. Lamorna became popular with a number of the Newlyn School of artists, particularly under Samuel J. ‘Lamorna’ Birch.

The course will be repeated in March.

Price: £15 per day per household device
Contact: Julie Price on j_m_price@btinternet.com or 01380 816510. See www.theartssociety-wessex.org for all information.


THE SILK ROAD AND THE SEA

Thursday 18th February 2021, 10.30am - 13.00pm (two lectures with interval)
Lecturer: Anne Haworth

The story of the Silk Road is a 2000-year history of trade and cultural links between China and the Eastern Mediterranean. Luxury commodities, silk, jewels and aromatics were exchanged along long and arduous routes by land and sea. We see this from the perspective of China, the home of silk, tea and porcelain.

Price: £20
Contact: Tricia Savours - psavours@gmail.com


COVENTRY CATHEDRAL - A VIRTUAL TOUR

22 February 2021, 11am
Lecturer: Alexandra Epps

In these times when group outings are impossible Ms Epps will guide us arond Coventry Cathedral, describing it's history, rebuilding after the 2nd World War and describing the architects and artists who conributed to the iconic structure.

Price: Free but donations requested
Contact: acechilternhills@theartssociety.org


Durer's Journeys: Travels of a Renaissance Artist

Wednesday 10th, 17th & 24th March 2021, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm on each of the 3 days
Lecturer: Clare Ford-Wille

In July 1520 Dürer embarked on his last journey to the Netherlands. The National Gallery is planning an exhibition (March – June 2021) exploring this and Durer's other journeys. The study day will be an opportunity to illuminate Durer's journeys, the places visited and the patrons and artists he met.

Price: £10 per lecture or £25 for all three
Contact: Susan Branfield - susanbranfield@waitrose.com


MODERN ART AND THE OLD MASTERS -
TRADITION AND INNOVATION

Thursday 18th March 2021, 10.00am - 13.00pm (two lectures with an interval)
Lecturer: Valerie Woodgate

To a large extent, all art is about other art. In this study day we will compare Old Master paintings with modern treatment of the same subjects, and examine the extent to which modern art is inspired by the example of earlier eras.

Price £20
Contact: Shahida Osman - shahida0504@outlook.com


Castles – Ancient & Modern Creating Windsor Castle – A Step-By-Step Guide

7th May 2021, 10:30am
Tutor: Dr. Jonathan Foyle

Architectural historian Dr. Jonathan Foyle will explore the shifting associations in castle design and purpose over the last 1000 years and how they became palatial residences during the 16th and 17th century. He will also break down the evolution of Windsor Castle into seminal moments from William the Conqueror’s mound to the 19th century transformation as a picturesque composition under George IV.

Price to be advised.
Contact: Jo Edna Corbyn - E: ciao2005@hotmail.co.uk T: 07758 097003, or visit the website theartssocietyeastsurreyarea.org.uk 


IN-PERSON EVENTS

Please note that due to the current crisis these events are subject to change


EAST SURREY

We have lined up Special Interest Mornings for 2021 - subject to confirmation closer to the date. For more information, please go to: theartssocietyeastsurreyarea.org.uk 


Essex 

Beethoven at 250 - and a half!

5th July 2021, 10.00am - 2.30pm
Lecturer: Sandy Burnett

Sandy will guide us through the life andnd work of this brilliant, cantankerous, visionary composer who tore up the rule book of classical music. Visual illustrations include a selection of contemporary portraits, while the musical examples will include piano sonatas, quartets and symphonies and from the opera Fidelio. Beethoven was a true Romantic artist who described himself a "poet in sound."

Venue: Little Baddow Memorial Hall, Little Baddow, Chelmsford CM3 4TA
Price: £38 to include morning coffee at registration and a light lunch with soft drinks.

Contact: Megan Bashir - meganbashir@gmail.com Tel: 01277 374 314


Hampshire and Isle of Wight

"FAR HORIZONS AND GLITTERING EMPIRES" STUDY COURSE COMPRISING THE FOLLOWING 3 DAYS:

The Romanovs – Tyrants and Martyrs of Imperial Russia

26 February 2021, 10.30am - 3pm
Lecturer: Douglas Skeggs

This day follows the course of this hard, determined, often brutal dynasty who ruled Russia for over 300 years, from Peter the Great, the Founder of St Petersburg, through his eccentric daughter Elizabeth to Catherine the Great, the most powerful of all the Empresses of Russia who had no real claim to the throne. Finally onto the tragic figure of Nicholas II, the last Tsar and one of the most poignant figures in history whose death in a cellar in Ekaterinburg ended the reign of this turbulent and ill-fated family.

Venue: The Discovery Centre, Jewry St, Winchester (limited numbers) and also online via Zoom
Price: £30 for attendees in the venue (pre-booked lunch available at additional cost); £15 for online attendees

Contact: Vivienne Jarvis - E: hiowsd2@gmail.com T: 01264 358065 or visit https://theartssocietyhantsiowarea.org.uk/Special/SID.aspx


From Samarkand to the Taj Mahal: Central Asia and the Great Mughals

19 March 2021, 10.30am - 3pm
Lecturer: Sue Rollin

Under the great conqueror Tamerlaine and his successors Central Asia experienced a Golden Age. Samarkand and other cities were endowed with splendid monuments, art, literature and science flourished. Babur, the last of the Timurids, expelled from his homeland, went on to conquer India and found the Mughal empire. There the Mughal emperors presided over magnificent royal courts and sponsored creative building which reached its apogee in the Taj Mahal.

Venue: The Discovery Centre, Jewry St, Winchester (limited numbers) and also online via Zoom
Price: £30 for attendees in the venue (pre-booked lunch available at additional cost); £15 for online attendees

Contact: Vivienne Jarvis - E: hiowsd2@gmail.com T: 01264 358065 or visit https://theartssocietyhantsiowarea.org.uk/Special/SID.aspx


The Phoenix at the Fall of Empire

16 Apr 2021, 10.30am - 3pm
Lecturer: Anne Haworth

In Ancient China, the phoenix, a bird of myth and legend, symbolised the Empress, consort to the Dragon Emperor. This study day focuses on three Empresses who lived in the Forbidden City from the 18th century to the end of empire in 1911. Empress Xiaoxian was consort to the Qianlong Emperor, one of China’s greatest art collectors. The formidable Dowager Empress Cixi ruled the Empire ‘from behind the curtain’ during the 19th century. Empress Wanrong, known as Elizabeth, married Puyi, the last Emperor of China.

Venue: The Discovery Centre, Jewry St, Winchester (limited numbers) and also online via Zoom
Price: £30 for attendees in the venue (pre-booked lunch available at additional cost); £15 for online attendees

Contact: Vivienne Jarvis - E: hiowsd2@gmail.com T: 01264 358065 or visit https://theartssocietyhantsiowarea.org.uk/Special/SID.aspx


SOUTH WEST 

From Holbein to Hockney: A History of British Portrait Painting

Friday 23 April 2021, 10.00am – 3.30pm
Lecturer: Valerie Woodgate

Historically, portrait painting has been more prolific here in Britain than anywhere else in Europe. This study day will explore the reasons for this, and consider how the artist reveals information about their sitters and, frequently, about the social and political circumstances in which they were painted. At the same time the immense artistic changes in portraiture over several centuries will be explored. 

Venue: Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre, Buckfastleigh, Devon TQ11 0EG
Cost: £39 (including coffee & buffet lunch)

Contact: Sarah Merchant – sarah.swstudydays@gmail.com T: 01398 341973. For more details visit www.theartssocietysw.org.uk
 

DECODING ART - A GUIDE TO ART HISTORY

30 April, 7, 14, 21, 28 May 2021, 10.30am – 3.30pm
Lecturers: Geri Parlby & Jeni Fraser

The birth and flowering of the Renaissance Period from Duccio in early C14th Sienna through to the Elizabethan period in the C16th covering France, Germany and England. Also lectures on Fifty Shades of Blue and Mass & Form - sculpture from Rodin to the present day.

Venue: Exeter Library, Castle Street, Exeter EX4 3PQ
Price: £130 (full course)

Contact: Carol Cathcart - ridge.farm@btconnect.com. For more details visit www.theartssocietysw.org.uk


FROM HOLBEIN TO HOCKNEY: A HISTORY OF BRITISH PORTRAIT PAINTING

30 June 2021, 10.00am–3.30pm
Lecturer: Valerie Woodgate

Portrait painting has been more prolific in Britain than anywhere else in Europe. Explore the reasons for this and consider how the artist reveals information about their sitters and the social and political circumstances in which they were painted. Artistic changes in portraiture over several centuries will also be explored.

Venue: Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre, Buckfastleigh, Devon TQ11 0EG
Cost: £39 (including coffee & buffet lunch)

Contact: Sarah Merchant – sarah.swstudydays@gmail.com T: 01398 341973. For more details visit www.theartssocietysw.org.uk


Sussex 

Music and Art 1450-1800 What Does That Painting Sound Like?

Monday 1 March 2021, 10am to 3pm
Lecturer: Adam Busiakiewicz

An exploration of the many connections between music and art, illustrated with live music and providing a feast for ears and eyes.

Venue: The Ark, Mount Lane, Turners Hill, West Sussex. RH10 4RA
Price: £35 including coffee on arrival and lunch with wine and coffee. £20 including coffee on arrival.

Contact: Richard Beale on sussexarea@theartssociety.org or 01903 742610


The Sublime To The Ridiculous: Hogarth, Reynolds and Gillray

Monday 29 March 2021, 10am to 3pm
Lecturer: Linda Smith

A Study of three artists, their lives, their works and their perceptions of Georgian society and politics.

Venue: The Ark, Mount Lane, Turners Hill, West Sussex. RH10 4RA
Price: £35 including coffee on arrival and lunch with wine and coffee. £20 including coffee on arrival.

Contact: Richard Beale on sussexarea@theartssociety.org or 01903 742610


From Magic Lanterns To Metro Goldwyn Mayer: The Birth of the Silver Screen and the Artists it Inspired.

Tuesday 4 May 2021, 10am to 3pm
Lecturer: Geri Parlby

The development of the Motion Picture Industry, how it changed the face of entertainment and inspired the greatest artists the early 20th century.

Venue: The Ark, Mount Lane, Turners Hill, West Sussex. RH10 4RA
Price: £35 including coffee on arrival and lunch with wine and coffee. £20 including coffee on arrival.

Contact: Richard Beale on sussexarea@theartssociety.org or 01903 742610


West Surrey 

A Little Paradise - Laos: From Historic Buddhist Temples to Modern Silk

20 March 2021, 10.30am - 1.30pm
Lecturer: Denise Heywood

Rescheduled owing to Covid-19. Two lectures on the sacred architecture, ornate gilded and frescoed shrines, UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Exploring the French legacy and the unique fusion of East and West.

Venue: The Clockhouse, Chapel Lane, Milford, Surrey, GU8 5EZ
Price: £20 including refreshments

Contact: Geraldine Corbitt - 01344 455679, wsasid1@gmail.com
 

The Age of Jazz

8th May 2021, 4pm
Lecturer: Sandy Burnett

This event has been rescheduled because of Covid -19. One lecture on the history of the early days of Jazz. This event is in collaboration with Guildford Jazz Fest 21 and includes a cream tea.

Venue: The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ
Price: £15 including cream tea

Contact: Geraldine Corbitt - 01344 455679, wsasid1@gmail.com