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July 2019

Fresh Air at Quenington and Stow on the Wold

2nd July 2019 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

7th July 2019 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

1st September 2019 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

5th September 2019 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

6th October 2019 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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November 2019

Sarah Latham Phillips – The Slade School of Art up to the eve of the First World War

3rd November 2019 at 7:30 pm
Upper Room, Wallington Hall, Church Street
Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN United Kingdom
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£3 – £5
Mark Gertler, self-portrait

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.

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London

19th November 2019 at 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
£16.5 – £18.50

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…

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December 2019

“The Mediterranean my oyster!” Indulging Twin Passions

1st December 2019 at 7:30 pm
Upper Room, Wallington Hall, Church Street
Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN United Kingdom
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£3 – £5
SS Uganda in Helsinki Harbour, 1980s

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…

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January 2020

Barry Williamson – An Episode of The Grand Tour, or Losing Your Shopping

5th January 2020 at 7:30 pm
Upper Room, Wallington Hall, Church Street
Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN United Kingdom
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£3 – £5

In 1779 the Westmorland set sail from Livorno for London, laden with the crates of works of art bought by English aristocrats and gentry on the Grand Tour. It never reached England. The ship was captured by French warships off the coast of southern Spain and escorted to the port of Malaga. The Spanish King declared the cargo a "spoil of war" and all the items were absorbed into Spanish collections. But there was a secret box on board. It…

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February 2020

Stephen Girling – The Modern Portrait as Icon

2nd February 2020 at 7:30 pm
Upper Room, Wallington Hall, Church Street
Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN United Kingdom
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£3 – £5

Revd Stephen Girling, Missioner at Bath Abbey, will be drawing on his Masters research to talk about the aspiration of Vincent Van Gogh to paint portraits which are able to penetrate through to a person's soul and into another eternal dimension.  Stephen will pose the question to what extent Van Gogh’s portraits, and more specifically, this image of La Berceuse, equate to the powerful effect that religious icons had on the early Christians. In van Gogh’s own words - ‘I would like…

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