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June 2017

Shakespeare: the Life and the Myth

4th June 2017 at 7:30 pm
Upper Room, Wallington Hall, Church Street
Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN United Kingdom
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£3 – £4

We are delighted to welcome back popular local lecturer Allan Phillipson, whose description of his talk is both tantalising and intriguing.............. There are some amazing theories about William Shakespeare. What did he really look like? Did he actually know a dark lady? Who wrote the plays—a “Stratford poacher” or an earl in disguise? Find out the facts about Shakespeare’s life, and explore some of the remarkable myths that have attached themselves to his story. This talk aims to uncover the…

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September 2017

Film – The Art of Barbara Hepworth

3rd September 2017 at 7:30 pm
Upper Room, Wallington Hall, Church Street
Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN United Kingdom
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£3 – £4

Barbara Hepworth was undoubtedly a sculptress who richly deserves her world wide reputation. This film, narrated in Hepworth's own words, examines the two forms which had a special meaning to her – the standing form and the closed form such as an oval sphere or pierced object.

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October 2017

History without Words: the Wonders of Archaeology – John Salvat

1st October 2017 at 7:30 pm
Upper Room, Wallington Hall, Church Street
Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN United Kingdom
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£3 – £4
Stone pillars at Göbekli Tepe, Turkey

Mankind had always been interested in the past. Once writing developed some insight was obtained, but mainly from financial and royal records. Archaeology can very often fill in details of the lives of ordinary people. Archaeology could once be seen as chiefly concerned with treasure hunting and museum filling; now it is very much a science, giving us a fascinating insight into our heritage. In this fully illustrated talk, some of the world's greatest sights will be visited – several…

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November 2017

Inside Story: Johnny Cash In San Quentin – Michael Darlow

5th November 2017 at 7:30 pm
Upper Room, Wallington Hall, Church Street
Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN United Kingdom
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£3 – £4
Johnny Cash playing guitar and singing

On 24th February 1969 the American country singer and songwriter, Johnny Cash, gave a concert for 1,000 prisoners inside one of America's toughest jails, San Quentin. The album recording of that concert quickly became a Number 1 hit around the world and continues to feature in the charts today. Michael Darlow's film of that concert, which also includes shots of life in the prison and interviews with convicted murderers, gangsters, thieves and the prison's head guard and executioner, continues to…

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January 2018

Gothic Revival in Art and Architecture — Dr Amy Frost

7th January 2018 at 7:30 pm
Upper Room, Wallington Hall, Church Street
Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN United Kingdom
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£3 – £4
Beckford's Tower

Dr Amy Frost is the Architectural Curator of the Bath Preservation Trust based at the Museum of Bath Architecture and specialises in British architecture of the eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Alongside her work on the built heritage of Bath she is also an expert on the life and aesthetics of the British collector and writer William Beckford (1760-1844) and since 2002 has been the Curator of Beckford's Tower & Museum in Bath.  She is a part-time Teaching Fellow at…

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February 2018

The History of Travel Photography — Debbie Ireland

4th February 2018 at 7:30 pm
Upper Room, Wallington Hall, Church Street
Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN United Kingdom
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£3 – £4
Portrait of Edmund Hillary at Camp IV on Mount Everest, taken by George Lowe in 1953 (courtesy of The Royal Geographical Society)

Portrait of Edmund Hillary at Camp IV on Mount Everest, taken by George Lowe in 1953 (courtesy of The Royal Geographical Society) A history of travel photography is also a history of exploration. From Antarctica to Everest this talk will cover the development of the photograph to record and capture the experiences of travellers and explorers. From Speke to Shackleton, they all had team members who travelled with a camera. Later in 1953 Edmund Hilary carried his own, and because…

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March 2018

Paul Chapman – Velasquez (with a particular focus on Las Meninas)

4th March 2018 at 7:30 pm
Upper Room, Wallington Hall, Church Street
Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN United Kingdom
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£3 – £4

Diego Velasquez was the leading artist of the Spanish Golden Age and his painting Las Meninas (c.1656) is regarded as the culmination of his career. It shows the artist himself at his easel, with various members of the royal family and their attendants, but is full of ambiguities and contradictions. It has been described as "big and paradoxical", "almost impossible to define", a "complex and enigmatic composition". Who better, then, to elucidate it for us than art historian and lecturer…

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April 2018

Bob Williams – Roger McGough and the Liverpool Poets

8th April 2018 at 7:30 pm
Upper Room, Wallington Hall, Church Street
Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN United Kingdom
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£3 – £4
Roger McGough Collected Poems – book cover

Bob will be known to a number of you as an active member of the Arts Association, having served on the Committee as the ‘member without a portfolio’ (curating the Jeanne Walpole Memorial Retrospective Exhibition, in the town, in 2012) and he has for some years been a member of the busy Outings Committee, offering a wide variety of coach based visits to venues of cultural interest. Bob was a former Deputy Headmaster and Head of Art Department, but with…

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May 2018

Film – Alex Clifton-Taylor’s English Towns: Devizes and Bradford on Avon

6th May 2018 at 7:30 pm
Upper Room, Wallington Hall, Church Street
Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN United Kingdom
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£3 – £4

In the late 1970s Alex Clifton-Taylor, architectural historian, produced three books, each covering six English towns and looking in depth at their history and architecture. A successful television series followed. We will be showing the programmes on Devizes, where the castle determined its street plans, and Bradford on Avon, confined by its topography. Each town is rich in high class building of brick and stone. Together these films provide a delightful snapshot of both towns, and will no doubt revive…

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Barrington Court (National Trust) and Dillington House

17th May 2018 at 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Upper Room, Wallington Hall, Church Street
Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN United Kingdom
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£18 – £30
Barrington Court

Book by: Monday 30 April (Bookings open for non-members Monday 12 March) A morning visit to Barrington Court, a 16th century house rescued by Colonel Lyle of Tate and Lyle family. Splendid walled garden and independently run Artisan workshops. Café, restaurant and picnic area. Nearby Dillington House in the afternoon where we shall have a talk about the history of the Elizabethan house, learn about the facilities and enjoy tea and cake. Free time to wander round the grounds and…

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June 2018

Sarah Latham Phillips – Matisse & Picasso, the Early Years; Artists in Paris & Montmartre 1900–1914

3rd June 2018 at 7:30 pm
Upper Room, Wallington Hall, Church Street
Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN United Kingdom
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£3 – £4
Picasso's The Old Guitarist (1903–1904)

This lecture will consider the early years of the two great twentieth century masters, Matisse and Picasso, describing their struggles, determination and development in Paris. It will also include the vivid, innovative and revolutionary movements of Fauvism and Cubism. Sarah Phillips, whose earlier career was spent at the Courtauld Institute of Art, is well-known locally as a WEA tutor and lecturer.

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September 2018

James Slater & Maud Saint-Sardos – The Wiltshire Music Centre, 20 years on

2nd September 2018 at 7:30 pm
Upper Room, Wallington Hall, Church Street
Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN United Kingdom
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£3 – £5
Wiltshire Music Centre Live

Two decades ago in December 1997, WMC opened its doors for the first time. Director James Slater shares his perspective on the past and plans for the future.

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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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January 2019

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

6th January 2019 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 

3rd February 2019 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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March 2019

John Salvat – The History of Walled Gardens

3rd March 2019 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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April 2019

The Arundells of Wardour: Six Centuries of a Wiltshire Family — Barry Williamson

7th April 2019 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

5th May 2019 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

2nd June 2019 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

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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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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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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