Programme for 2019-20

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March 27th - 2pm & 7.30pm

Discovering MacDonald Gill 1884 – 1947: architect, artist & mapmaker

Caroline Walker

Caroline’s great uncle MacDonald ‘Max’ Gill is best known for his decorative maps.  Well known in his time, he was all but forgotten after his death, unlike his brother Eric Gill the controversial sculptor.

decorated world map

April 24th - 2pm & 7.30pm

The Magic of Vermeer 1632 – 1675

Eveline Eaton

Vermeer’s serene, mysterious and exquisite paintings, with their luminous colours and unpretentious subjects.  Admired by art lovers everywhere.

Vermeer landscape

April 27th (Saturday)

Special Interest Morning: Edward Hopper 1882 – 1967

We welcome back Richard Cupidi to explore this American realist artist and printmaker.  Best known for his oil paintings, Edward Hopper was equally proficient as a watercolourist.  His sparse finely calculated renderings reflected his vision of American modern life.

New York Interior

May 10th (Friday)

Outing:  Champs Hill Coldwaltham

Report and Photos
A fish sale by Forbes

May 22nd - 2pm & 7.30pm

Prague – The City of the Winter Queen

Douglas Skeggs

A truly enchanting city to visit whatever the time of the year.  Discover her history, beauty and priceless treasures.

Prague evening

June 5th (Wednesday)

Outing:  City of London guided walk with Tony Tucker

Report and Photos
Tower of London

June 26th - 2pm & 7.30pm

A concise history of our Great British Parks

Paul Rabbitts

We have all enjoyed them at some time in our lives, but what do we really know about them?  Discover ‘parkitecture’ and what makes a great park.

pastoral scene

June 28th (Friday)

Outing:  The Ancient City of Rochester

Report and Photos
Rochester Cathedral

July 16th (Tuesday)

Outing:  Chatham Historic Dockyard

Report and Photos
Submarine in dry dock

July 24th - 2pm & 7.30pm

Mad Men and Artists

Tony Rawlins

How advertising agencies exploited art, including classical works, sometimes quite bizarrely.  For over fifteen years our speaker produced many commercial and print ads for Guinness.

Fine Art of Advertising poster

September 25th - 2pm & 7.30pm

Silk Road – a Textile Journey

Chris Alexander

The carpets, embroideries, robes and veils of the Silk Road stratified wealth, displayed religious and political beliefs and changed the fortunes of this part of the world.  A meeting place between Mohammed and Marx.

Merchants on Silk Road

October 23rd - 2pm & 7.30pm

Decorative Art – The History of Wallpaper 16th – 20th c

Joanna Banham

The most ephemeral and least precious of the decorations produced for the home.  Explore the history and development from earliest times up to the present day.

Chinese wallpaper

November 16th (Saturday)

Special Interest Day: The Gate of Heroes

We were delighted to welcome Lars Tharp, one of the longest running experts on the Antiques Road Show.  As well as his passion for china and ceramics, he is a noted Hogarth enthusiast.  A day not to be missed.

Chinese porcelain

November 27th - 2pm & 7.30pm

The Magic of Pantomime

Ian Gledhill

From its origins in 16thC Italian Commedia dell arte, through the influence of 19thC music hall, hear the stories and traditions kept alive today.

Pantomime poster

December 11th (Wednesday)

Christmas Lunch at Waverley Abbey House

A perfect opportunity to celebrate our 25th Anniversary (originally Cranleigh DFAS and now The Arts Society Cranleigh).

Report and Photos
Christmas tree


January 22nd - 2pm & 7.30pm

Franz Schubert – the Piano and the Power of Friends

Dr Graham Griffiths

Surrounded by a brilliant circle of artists, poets and musicians whose talents and kindness fed his creativity, Schubert composed many masterpieces, some of which were performed by our speaker.


February 24th (Monday)

Outing:  Brangwyn Tour at Christ's Hospital

A guided tour of the celebrated murals by Sir Frank Brangwyn in the school chapel and the exhibition of associated cartoon drawings in the museum.

Sir Frank Brangwyn

February 26th - 2pm & 7.30pm

The Great Exhibition

Dr Prasannajit de Silva

Victorian technological prowess and self-confidence.  What were the real aims behind the exhibition, why was it such a huge success and has stood the test of time?


The AGM preceded the evening talk

The Great Exhibition