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.
Regular coach visits are organized to galleries, exhibitions and other places of interest.
A quarterly newsletter keeps members in touch with forthcoming events.
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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,…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
This well-illustrated lecture will be the first of two, with the second (in 2020) dealing with art of WWI. They will identify some of Britain’s greatest 20th century artists.Find out more »
Enjoy another of our pre-Christmas outings to the Capital, maybe to shop or go in search of a spot of culture. Among exhibitions highlights on offer, will be - National Gallery Gauguin Portraits... First ever exhibition dedicated to his portraits Tate Britain William Blake – Painter, printmaker & poet Tate Modern Olafur Eliasson... More of his remarkable installations NPG Re-Raphaelite Sisters... First ever show to focus on the un-told story of the women of Pre-Raphaelite art Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace…Find out more »
Arts Association member, Bob Williams, will be giving us a fully illustrated talk which could well be sub-titled: ‘DASHING AROUND THE MARE NOSTRUM OF THE ROMANS AND THE MESOGEIOS OF THE GREEKS, VISITING TREASURED SITES OF ANTIQUITY, ARMED WITH A CAMERA!”. Educational Cruises, for our nation’s school children, were particularly popular in the 1970s and early 80s. Bob was a School Party Leader on the S.S. Uganda, for 3 Educational Cruises undertaken in the 1970s and ’80s, and enjoyed a…Find out more »