Programme for 2021-22

Programme Secretary  Liz Trickett
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Visits Secretary
Gwen Wright

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All arrangements subject to change - please check regularly for updates

March 24th - 2pm

Zoom lecture - The Subtle Science and Art of Colour in English Garden Design

We discovered why gardening can rank as fine art.  A former director of Oxford University’s Botanic Garden, our speaker says ‘Gardens are places where science and art meet on equal terms’.

Timothy Walker in the garden

April 14th (Wednesday)

Outing:  The Tulip Festival at Arundel Castle

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April 28th - 2pm ONLY

Zoom lecture - Great Railway Stations

A welcome return of our speaker to describe a journey round glorious stations in the UK and abroad, some immortalised in art.

Non-members are welcome to join this and future lectures.
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Cranleigh Railway Station 1906

May 26th - 2pm

Zoom lecture - The Genius of Beethoven

To celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.  We will learn more about the subtlety of his music from our celebrated speaker.

portrait of Beethoven

May 27th (Thursday)

Outing:  Leonardslee Gardens, Horsham

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June 7th (Monday)

Outing:  A return visit to Champs Hill Coldwaltham

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Sculpture in garden

June 23rd - 2pm

Zoom lecture - Modern British Sculpture

Anna shows us why British Sculptors during the 20th Century pioneered sculpture throughout the world.

Reclining figure

June 25th (Friday) to 30th (Wednesday)

Group Holiday:  Northumbrian Highlights

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Lindisfarne Castle

July 15th (Thursday)

Outing:  SeaCity Museum and the Tudor House, Southampton

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RMS Titanic

July 28th - 2pm

Zoom lecture - "New Dawn" in the Houses of Parliament

Mary is a local artist and she will show us how she worked on a National Project, to create the first piece of conceptual art to be installed in Palace of Westminster.

New Dawn installation

September 22nd (Wednesday) to 28th (Tuesday)

Group Holiday:  The Italian Lakes & Milan

Further details
Lake Maggiore

Please note: timings for subsequent talks are provisional and depend on meetings being allowed to return to the Arts Centre
If this is not possible talks will continue on Zoom starting at 2pm only

September 22nd - 2pm & 7.30pm

Canal History and Heritage

The network of British canals and the lives and traditions associated with them.

boats on canal

October 27th - 2pm & 7.30pm

A Brief History of Wine

There is rich evidence going back 7,000 years of wine being around as witnessed in art, vessels, buildings and literature.

grapes stirred in barrel

November 13th (Saturday)

Special Interest Morning:  Leokadiya Kashperova and Stravinsky

The story played on The Art Centre’s beautiful piano, of our speaker’s research into this relatively unknown hugely talented female Russian composer.

piano interior

November 24th - 2pm & 7.30pm

The Housekeeper’s Tale

The woman who really ran the country house.  We will hear about the housekeeper who for 50 years propped up the Bloomsbury set both in London and Sussex.

drawing of housekeeper 1908


Christmas Festivities

- To be arranged

Dickensian Christmas


January 26th - 2pm & 7.30pm

Treasures of the Fan Museum

This museum in Greenwich is the only one dedicated to fans.  They start early in 11thC.  There are rarities both from UK and abroad.  Fans have a language and significance.

opened fan

February 23rd - 2pm & 7.30pm

Gustav Klimt - Imperial Muralist turned Radical Painter

We look at the many changes in Klimt’s life, his rejection of public pomp and the impact on his style and works.

The AGM will precede the evening talk at 7.15pm

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I