Programme for 2018‑19
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March 24th (Saturday)
Special Interest Morning: The Shakers of the US
We welcomed back Richard Cupidi to explore the history, traditions and community life of this intriguing Christian sect
March 28th - 2pm & 7.30pm
Foreigners in London; 1520-1677: artists who changed the course of British art
How the art from different cultures in the 16th & 17th Centuries added to the future richness of British art.
April 18th (Wednesday)
Outing: The People's Post
April 25th - 2pm & 7.30pm
The Art & Culture of Fin-de-Siècle Vienna
At the turn of the 19th Century Vienna was the capital of a vast empire and the centre for some of the most exciting artists, musicians and scientists. Among these luminaries were Klimt, Schiele, Gustav Mahler and Sigmund Freud.
May 6th (Sunday) to 8th (Tuesday)
Tour: Suffolk Coast & Countryside
May 23rd - 2pm & 7.30pm
Mille Miglia: cars and culture
This lecture was about the Italian race, the Mille Miglia and the route taken, having appeal for members with interest in cars, speed and Italy.
May 24th (Thursday)
Outing: The Blue Idol & Warminghurst Church
June 14th (Thursday)
Outing: Mottisfont Abbey
June 27th - 2pm & 7.30pm
Arts of Zen: Aesthetics of Simplicity
In this talk we discovered the links in Japanese art with one of their main religions.
July 25th - 2pm & 7.30pm
Art in the Shadow of St Pauls
Ian took us to the immediate environs of St Pauls and surprised us by the rich vein of street art from the early 1700s to the present day. We discovered monuments, unusual structures, hidden gardens, modern art & the little know ‘coffin entrance’ by Sir Christopher Wren.
September 18th (Tuesday) to 25th (Tuesday)
Tour: Discover Malta
September 26th - 2pm & 7.30pm
Paint Brushes at Dawn: Great Artworld Feuds, Disputes and Rows
Periods of art have usually had disputes between artists and these and the reasons for them are always a popular topic.
October 3rd (Wednesday)
Outing: Women’s Suffrage 1918-2018
October 20th (Saturday)
Outing: Choral Tour of Westminster Abbey
October 24th - 2pm & 7.30pm
The architect, Thomas Heatherwick, is famous for the London Olympic ‘flames’ and much more. Terence Conran called Heatherwick ‘The Leonardo da Vinci of our Times’.
November 24th (Saturday)
Special Interest Day: Inspired by Stonehenge
Known by some as ‘Mr Stonehenge’, Julian Richards is an authority on this national treasure.
November 28th - 2pm & 7.30pm
Votes for Women: Art and the Suffragettes
A welcome return by Caroline, this time in the centenary year of ‘Votes for Women’. This was a talk for all, to celebrate the lives of the Suffragettes, brave and forward thinking women.
November 30th (Friday)
Outing: Waddesdon Manor at Christmas
December 8th (Saturday)
Special Guest Event: Magic for Christmas
Friends were invited to be amazed and entertained by that delightful Gold Star member of the Inner Magic Circle
January 23rd - 2pm & 7.30pm
The Music and Life of JS Bach
This was a talk on the amazing JS Bach illustrated by art, singing and recitals.
February 27th - 2pm & 7.30pm
The Magnificent Maya – Fact & Fantasy
This ancient civilisation created exquisite art, ancient pyramids, a complex writing form, an intricate calendar and most importantly chocolate.
The AGM preceded the afternoon talk