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Bradford on Avon Arts Association aims to encourage the enjoyment of all things artistic, especially fine and applied arts, sculpture, architecture and literature.

The Association also supports other local organisations.

Meetings are at 7.30pm in the Wallington Hall on the first Sunday of the month, from September to June, with talks from professional speakers. Entry is £3 for members and £5 for non-members.
Regular coach visits are organized to galleries, exhibitions and other places of interest.
A quarterly newsletter keeps members in touch with forthcoming events.

Forthcoming Events

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March 2019

Oxford

March 27 at 9:15 am - 6:45 pm
£15 – £17
Bridge of Sighs, Oxford

Oxford is such a compact city, with so much to offer visitors, that it’s not surprising it is always a very popular visit for the Arts Association. Our arrival and departure point is the famous Ashmolean museum and art gallery which is ideally situated for the city centre and in easy walking distance of numerous places of interest.

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April 2019

The Arundells of Wardour: Six Centuries of a Wiltshire Family — Barry Williamson

April 7 at 7:30 pm
Upper Room, Wallington Hall, Church Street
Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN United Kingdom
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£3 – £5

Barry Williamson, a history teacher who grew up in a village on the edge of the Wardour estate, will tell us of the turbulent history of this family. Tudor opulence and military catastrophe in the Civil War were followed by the building of a huge Georgian mansion next to the old castle and a spectacular bankruptcy. The last Lord Arundell died in 1944 on his return from German prison camps. Barry has subtitled his talk "Chasing Red Herrings". The process…

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May 2019

The Methodist Modern Art Collection: its History and Purpose

May 5 at 7:30 pm
Upper Room, Wallington Hall, Church Street
Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN United Kingdom
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£3 – £5
he Crucifixion (William Roberts 1895-1980) being hung for the ‘Fully Alive’ Exhibition of the Collection in Bath Abbey, September, 2016

The Crucifixion (William Roberts 1895-1980) being hung for the ‘Fully Alive’ Exhibition of the Collection in Bath Abbey, September, 2016 Well known to us as a member of the Arts Association, Bob will deliver a fully illustrated talk on the history and evolution of this unique art collection. Bob was for ten years on the Board of Management Trustees of the Collection as Secretary to the Friends Group, and is still, currently, the Editor of the Friends Newsletter. Do come…

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Exbury

May 8 at 9:00 am - 7:30 pm
£28 – £30
A flower bed in bloom

Book by date: 9 April (Booking opens for non-members of Arts Association 17 December) Exbury's beautiful woodland garden covers 200 acres and is a jewel in the heart of the New Forest National Park. Created by Lionel de Rothschild in 1919, it is a spectacular garden offering natural beauty and horticultural variety on the edge of the Beaulieu River. This amazing garden offers a delight of rhododendrons, azaleas, bluebells and wisteria especially in the months of Spring. The popular Exbury…

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June 2019

‘Oil Paint and Grease Paint’; the life and work of Dame Laura Knight RA — Megan Jones

June 2 at 7:30 pm
Upper Room, Wallington Hall, Church Street
Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN United Kingdom
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£3 – £5
Painting by Laura Knight of a ballet dancer getting into costume

Laura Knight (1877-1970) was one of the leading painters of her generation, a figurative artist who embraced English impressionism. Many of her most popular paintings reflect the backstage world of performance – circus, ballet and theatre – capturing performers in fleeting, intimate moments. During the Second World War she was the only female war artist, painting the Nuremberg trial in 1946. Laura Knight was the first woman elected to full membership of the Royal Academy, and her success in the…

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July 2019

Fresh Air at Quenington and Stow on the Wold

July 2 at 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
£18 – £24
Swingbridge at Quenington

Photograph: “Swingbridge” at Quenington Old Rectory, © Oliver Dixon Quenington Fresh Air is a biennial festival showing sculpture and other works of art by contemporary artists in the beautiful Old Rectory Garden of David and Lucy Abel-Smith in the Cotswold village of Quenington, near Fairford. This is a prestigious event and offers a wonderful chance to appreciate the skills of living artist craftsmen and women. You can look up details on Google. There is an opportunity for 25 people to…

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Screening and discussion of ‘The Fishing Party’ and ‘The Home’ – Paul Watson

July 7 at 7:00 pm
Upper Room, Wallington Hall, Church Street
Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN United Kingdom
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£3 – £5

Paul Watson studied at the Royal College of Art as a painter and has two paintings in the National collection. He then joined the RCA film making department and is credited with changing the course of observational filmmaking on British television. His series The Family focused for the first time on a 'working class' household. It ran for 12 weeks and caused many viewers, newspaper critics and politicians to take against its approach to an intimate and, it is said,…

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September 2019

Film – The Art of Eric Gill

September 1 at 7:30 pm
Upper Room, Wallington Hall, Church Street
Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN United Kingdom
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£3 – £5
Carrying of the Cross. Eric Gill

Carrying of the Cross. Wood Engraving. 1926. Eric Gill This is the final film in the Illuminations series "The Art of…….." on sculpture, all of which are distinctive in having the soundtrack drawn entirely from the subject's own words. These films have proved very popular with our members. Controversial as his life was, Gill was one of the most gifted sculptors and letter carvers this country has ever produced. He was passionate about his craft, and many of the figures…

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Buscot and Cirencester

September 5 at 9:15 am - 7:00 pm
£18 – £30
Buscot Park gardens

Buscot Park Gardens Buscot Park is a National Trust property and the home of Lord Faringdon and his family.  Built in the 18th century, the house was greatly enlarged by Lord Faringdon who commissioned Harold Peto to design the famous Italianate water garden, as well as laying the foundations of the stunning Faringdon Collection.  Among the purchases were Rembrandt's portrait of Pieter Six, and Rossetti's portrait of Pandora. Most amazing of all is the collection of Burne-Jones panels; surrounding  the walls…

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October 2019

John Chambers, with reader Jill Ross – The Poetry of Sylvia Plath

October 6 at 7:30 pm
Upper Room, Wallington Hall, Church Street
Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN United Kingdom
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£3 – £5
stack of books by Sylvia Plath

photo: John Chambers Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) published only one volume of poetry (The Colossus) in her lifetime, with three more published posthumously. Her Collected Poems won the Pulitzer Prize in 1982 and her Ariel was restored in 2004. John's talk, with readings by Jill Ross, will approach Plath's work chronologically, focusing on a selection of her poems from the main phases of her life from 1956 when she met Ted Hughes until her death in London in 1963 after their…

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