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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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October 2018

Hanne Dahl – Cloth and design in Trowbridge’s Weaving Mills

7th October 2018 at 7:30 pm
Upper Room, Wallington Hall, Church Street
Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN United Kingdom
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£3 – £5
Some example of clothing and cloth labels

Trowbridge has been known for producing high quality woven cloth from medieval times right up until the last weaving mill fell silent in 1982. In this talk Hanne will share some of her recent research, including how the mills worked with iconic fashion names like Mary Quant.

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November 2018

Dr Allan Phillipson – Mary Shelley: Frankenstein at 200

4th November 2018 at 7:30 pm
Upper Room, Wallington Hall, Church Street
Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN United Kingdom
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£3 – £5
Boris Karloff as 'the creature' (1931)

Boris Karloff as 'the creature' (1931) This year marks the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. This illustrated talk traces the book's progress from ghost story to cultural icon. Along the way, we will consider the revised manuscript, the input of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron, and the impact of the Romantic movement and the Gothic genre. The presentation will include excerpts from some of the 120 films that the book has inspired. Dr Phillipson lectures regularly on Shakespeare,…

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London

20th November 2018 at 7:30 pm
£16.50 – £18.50
Ashurbanipal (British Museum)

Book by date: 31 October (Booking opens for non-members of Arts Association on 14 September) Major London Exhibitions showing this November include... British Museum Ashurbanipal: King of the World, King of Assyria Tate Britain Turner Prize Show Edward Burne-Jones Dulwich Gallery Ribera – Art of Violence R.A. Klimt/ Schiele: Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna (Or maybe grab the opportunity to have a wander around the exciting new extension to the Academy... free) National Gallery Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet to…

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December 2018

Tyntesfield (National Trust)

11th December 2018
Tyntesfield

Book by 26 November (Booking opens for non members of Arts Association on 14 September) Christmas at Tyntesfield is something different. The Victorian Gothic building is decorated for the season and visitors are welcomed to join the festivities. No details as yet for this year but look on their website for last year's celebrations. Already it is getting booked up so a visit has been reserved as we do not want to miss out. Last year professional actors re-enacted a…

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January 2019

Michael Darlow – Battles Over the Box: a Veteran Programme Maker’s Account

January 6 at 7:30 pm
Upper Room, Wallington Hall, Church Street
Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN United Kingdom
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£3 – £5

Ever since the Selsdon Committee was set up in 1934 to ‘investigate the feasibility of launching a public television service’, television, and broadcasting in general, must have been the subject of more government reports, committees of inquiry, royal commissions, campaigns by pressure groups and attempts to interfere with it by self-appointed guardians of public morality than almost any other British institution.

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February 2019

Debbie Ireland – Hasselblad and the Moon Landing 

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

Even in today’s image saturated world, the photography from the Apollo 11 Mission still has huge impact as a record of man’s ultimate adventure. Over fifty years have passed since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the Moon and those square format pictures taken with the Hasselblad cameras are a beautiful and powerful reminder of their achievement. This talk tells the story of the Moon landing through the lens of the camera that recorded it.

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Heale House and Salisbury

February 16 at 9:15 am - 5:00 pm
£18 – £20
Close-up of Spring flower

In the morning we plan to visit Heale House to see the stunning snowdrops and have a coffee. Then on to Salisbury on market day in time for lunch. People are free to visit the Cathedral, see the special exhibition of works by Wiltshire artists in the Museum or whatever they want...

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March 2019

John Salvat – The History of Walled Gardens

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

Havens of sensuous pleasure, religious sanctuaries, estate supermarkets and a lure for Elizabeth I's favours. Walled gardens have been an interesting window into social change over hundreds of years. Our visual journey will include some stunning botanical illustrations.

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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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