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Programme for 2019‑20

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March 27th - 2pm & 7.30pm

decorated world map

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

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.


April 24th - 2pm & 7.30pm

Vermeer landscape

The Magic of Vermeer 1632 – 1675

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


April 27th (Saturday)

New York Interior

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.


May 10th (Friday)

A fish sale by Forbes

Outing:  Champs Hill Coldwaltham

Report and Photos

May 22nd - 2pm & 7.30pm

Prague evening

Prague – The City of the Winter Queen

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


June 5th (Wednesday)

Tower of London

Outing:  City of London guided walk with Tony Tucker

Report and Photos

June 26th - 2pm & 7.30pm

pastoral scene

A concise history of our Great British Parks

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.


June 28th (Friday)

Rochester Cathedral

Outing:  The Ancient City of Rochester

Report and Photos

July 16th (Tuesday)

Submarine in dry dock

Outing:  Chatham Historic Dockyard

Report and Photos

July 24th - 2pm & 7.30pm

Fine Art of Advertising poster

Mad Men and Artists

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.


September 25th - 2pm & 7.30pm

Merchants on Silk Road

Silk Road – a Textile Journey

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.


October 23rd - 2pm & 7.30pm

Chinese wallpaper

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

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.


November 16th (Saturday)

Chinese porcelain

Special Interest Day:  The Gate of Heroes

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


November 27th - 2pm & 7.30pm

Pantomime poster

The Magic of Pantomime

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


December 11th (Wednesday)

Christmas tree

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


January 22nd - 2pm & 7.30pm


Franz Schubert – the Piano and the Power of Friends

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)

Sir Frank Brangwyn

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.

February 26th - 2pm & 7.30pm

The Great Exhibition

The Great Exhibition

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