Events in 2019/2020
Close All Events
|Wednesday 16th Oct 2019||John Ruskin: A Flawed Genius|
by Julian Halsby
John Ruskin (8 February 1819 – 20 January 1900) was one of the great visionaries of the 19th century but he was also controversial and contradictory. An artist, author and critic, his interests covered geology, architecture, myth, ornithology, literature, education, botany and political economy. He was a passionate believer in improving working conditions and warned of the pollution created by the Industrial Revolution. He believed the beauty of nature was a form of art available to everyone. Towards the end of his life he had given away his large inheritance to support philanthropic works.
Julian Halsby studied History of Art at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and went on to become the Senior Lecturer and Head of the Postgraduate Conservation Department at Croyden College of Art. Himself an artist in oils, he enjoys painting in Venice, France and the South and West country. He is a Member of the Royal Society of British Artists, the International Association of Art Critics, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Critics Circle. He says: “For me it’s the people who make art history as fascinating as their work”. He and his wife, Miranda, run the Newland Gallery near their house in Sherborne.
|Wednesday 20th Nov 2019||Dust Bowl Blues: Texas and Oklahoma Photography, Art and Music|
by John Francis
In this neglected era (1930’s), set against a back drop of the Wall Street crash and a questioning of the success of the American dream the WPA (Works Progress Administration) and the New Deal were created. The Roosevelt government initiative meant employment for over eight million largely unskilled Americans and importantly 5,300 artists. Murals, painting, photography, graphic design all flourished. In this lecture we will explore some of the key artists at this time. The abstract painters Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning will be evaluated along with the social realism of Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans and Ben Shahn. The soundtrack of the era was provided by Woody Guthrie and Jimmie Rogers.
John Francis has a relaxed, distinctive lecturing style that successfully employs humour and innovation to encourage learning. He is an experienced University Lecturer, consultant, researcher and visual artist. After growing up in Merseyside, he won a scholarship to the Brooklyn Museum in New York, and then spent some time in Nantucket on Cape Cod and in Texas. He is a former lecturer at Art Institute Bournemouth and Exeter University, educating students on film and animation
“For me the Arts are not just about looking, they're about the backstory. In my lectures we consider the social, political and cultural context. Some of the best art such as Turner, Picasso, even Miles Davis, all combine experiment with popularity. Their work takes the audience from somewhere familiar to somewhere new. In my lectures, this is what we do.”
|Wednesday 18th Dec 2019||The Art of Partying|
by Alice Foster
The depiction of parties has always been popular in the history of Western Art. Everyone loves a party. To illustrate this Alice Foster takes her references from a wide variety of historical sources: weddings in the Bible, 2nd century Greek mosaics, Renaissance allegories of refinement and excess, 16th century peasant parties, 18th century harlequins and the celebratory styles of 20th century painters. The focus is on the variety of merrymaking, banqueting, dances and music in a feast of colour.
Alice Foster has lectured for Oxford University Department of Continuing Education since 1998. She lectures regularly at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and at the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock. Her busy freelance career includes organising History of Art study days with colleagues, and regular weekly classes in Oxfordshire and Worcestershire. In 2004 Alice joined The Arts Society and has lectured in Britain and in Europe. Since 2003 Alice has been a tutor on study holidays. In 2010 she was elected President of Banbury Fine Arts Society.
|Wednesday 15th Jan 2020||Hidden Canvases: Street Art and the City|
by Doug Gillen
Most of us are familiar with Banksy, but do we notice street art or understand how significant its message can be? Do we glance past colour, writing and images on a building without wondering why it is there? Doug Gillan will help us to re-assess their value, how to look at them, learn to grasp their meaning, and open our eyes to an important art form of modern times.
"Art is a voice for those who demand to be heard, and what better gallery to exhibit in than the streets in which we live?"
Doug has a degree in Cinematography and Film/Video Production from Queen Margaret University. He has directed many projects, from charities to Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and worked alongside the team involved with the Olympic Developments Committee. He documents the street art scene in London and abroad through his Fifth Wall TV and contributes his weekly news round up on the Breakfast Show on London Live once a week, with topics ranging from arts and culture through to worldwide news and events.
A keen volunteer, he helped to clear up, support families and build a community centre after the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka, as well as working at an elephant orphanage there and a turtle sanctuary in Costa Rica.
|Wednesday 19th Feb 2020||Peggy Guggenheim|
by Alexandra Epps
The 'poor little rich girl' who changed the face of twentieth century art and was the woman who helped define it. She discovered a new generation of artists producing a new kind of art, recognising their importance ahead of her time. Through collecting not only art but the artists themselves, her life was as radical as her collection.
After years in London, Paris and New York, she spent the last 30 years of her life at the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, her home on the Grand Canal in Venice, now a gallery displaying some of her fine and varied collection of modern art.
Alexandra Epps has a BA from Saint Martins School of Art and an MA from the London College of Printing and practised as a graphic designer running her own design consultancy for many years.
Alexandra is an Official Guide and Lecturer at Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Guildhall Art Galleries, a member of the City of London Guide Lecturers Association and is a Freeman of the City of London. She offers lectures and walks about many aspects of the arts for societies, corporations and private individuals. She is co-author of the book Lord Mayor’s Portraits 1983-2014.
|Wednesday 18th Mar 2020||Cleopatra: The Most Womanly of Women and the Most Queenly of Queens|
by Lucy Hughes-Hallett
Cleopatra was the last of a series of rulers called the Ptolemies who ruled Egypt for nearly 300 years; her reign lasted from 69 to 30 BC. She was also the last true pharaoh of Egypt, ruling an empire that included Egypt, Cyprus, part of modern-day Libya and other territories in the Middle East. Modern-day depictions of her tend to depict a woman of great physical beauty and seductive skills and her romantic involvements with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony have been immortalized in art, music and literature for centuries. However, a number of ancient records, as well as recent historical research, also tell of an intelligent, multilingual ruler, while images of her range from Roman to Renaissance and to 20th century films.
Lucy Hughes-Hallett is a British cultural historian, biographer and novelist.
Her biography “Cleopatra: Histories, Dreams and Distortions” was published in 1990. She has written book reviews for all of the British broadsheet newspapers including The Sunday Times and The Guardian and was television critic of the London Evening Standard for five years. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Historical Association and teaches Creative Writing at Arcadia University and at Arvon.
|Wednesday 15th Apr 2020||The Queen of Instruments: The Lute with Old Masters’ paintings|
by Adam Busiakiewicz
No detail yet...
Adam gave a marvellous lecture on Armour from the Leeds Armoury last year ...
|Wednesday 20th May 2020||Picasso’s Guernica|
by Paul Chapman
No detail yet
No detail yet
|Wednesday 17th Jun 2020||A Garden Like No Other: Edward James and Las Pozas.|
by James Russell
No details yet...
|Wednesday 15th Jul 2020||Carmen in Seville|
by Simon Rees
No details yet ...
|Tuesday 21st Apr 2020||Chawton House, Hampshire|
This is the home of Jane Austen's brother, Edward
|Tuesday 7th Jul 2020||Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire|
No detail yet
|Monday 2nd Mar 2020||Monochrome to Polychrome : The History of Garden Design in England|
by Timothy Walker
[Note this event will take place in the Conservative Club, Long Street]
The History of Garden Design in England
Wessex Area Study Days
|Wednesday 15th Apr 2020||The Art and Culture of the Aztecs, Maya and Incas.|
Two days exploring the ancient and modern splendours of Mexico and Peru.
The Aztecs, Maya and Incas, as well as the modern artists such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.
Day 1: Ancient Mexico, Modern Mexico, Peru: The Incas and their Predecessors.
Day 2: Maya Dynasties and City States, Arts of the Ancient Maya, The Maya Heritage, Past and Present.
Dates: Wednesday 15th April and Thursday 16th April,
(and possibly a second date of Wednesday 29th April and Thursday 30th April if there is sufficient demand.)
Each day starts at 10:15 for 10:25 and ends at about 15:00
Location: Market Lavington Community Hall.
See the Wessex Area website for more details and the application form.
Chloe Sayer is a freelance specialist in the art and culture of Latin America. She has lectured around the world and has worked on television documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4. In 2016 Chloe was awarded the prestigious Ohtli medal by the Mexican Government for her long-standing commitment to Mexican culture.
|Wednesday 20th Nov 2019||New Members Reception|
At 12.15 pm following the lecture by John Francis
|Tuesday 10th Dec 2019||Christmas Party|
Our Christmas Party will take place on Tuesday 10th of December at 12pm in our usual meeting room. Liz Lipscombe will entertain us with her violin before and during our three course meal and drinks. After which we shall be joined by Tim Charity and members of The Devizes Good Afternoon Choir, to sing Christmas Carols. There will be a bar to purchase of additional drinks. At £30 per head and places for only 100 members, you’ll need to book soon. Closing date is 23rd (the end of the third week) November.
|Wednesday 19th Feb 2020||ARTFEST Devizes|
Although the Wessex Area is not involved in this, we have decided to have our own at the February meeting next year. All art can be included, as per last year. Multiple entries are allowed. Please put this in your diaries if you are interested in having your work shown. Further details to come later.