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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
£28 – £40
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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