Meetings

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 and occasional films.

Topics are wide-ranging; recent talks have included Caravaggio, Gothic Art and Architecture, Johnny Cash in San Quentin and the History of Travel Photography…

Entry is £3 for members and £5 for non-members.

Forthcoming Meetings

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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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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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