Programme for 2019‑20
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March 27th - 2pm & 7.30pm
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
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)
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)
Outing: Champs Hill Coldwaltham
May 22nd - 2pm & 7.30pm
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)
Outing: City of London guided walk with Tony Tucker
June 26th - 2pm & 7.30pm
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)
Outing: The Ancient City of Rochester
July 16th (Tuesday)
Outing: Chatham Historic Dockyard
July 24th - 2pm & 7.30pm
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
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
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)
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
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 Lunch at Waverley Abbey House
A perfect opportunity to celebrate our 25th Anniversary (originally Cranleigh DFAS and now The Arts Society Cranleigh).
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)
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
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