History of Art and Architecture

This friendly group meets each month for a presentation on topics which range widely across the subject. Occasionally we have a guest speaker, but most talks are researched and prepared by members, although there is no requirement to do so; you will be made very welcome if you simply wish to look at beautiful pictures, listen to the talks and perhaps ask the occasional question.

Co-Ordinator Gail Wagstaff 01252 645368

Day & Time Unless otherwise stated, monthly meetings take place on the 1st Tuesday of the month, 2.00 – 3.30pm,
Venue Ash Centre (small hall), Ash Hill Road.

Our programme for 2015-16 included films on Raphael and the nature of beauty. There were talks on Josiah Wedgwood’s pottery and explanations of some artistic ‘-isms’. Painting subjects included a historical look at Chinese art, work by Georgia O’Keefe and Swedish artists, Anders Zorn and Carl Larsson. An Assistant Curator from Watts Gallery gave a talk on Pre-Raphaelite artist, Marie Spartali Stillman and, at a later date, led a tour of the Stillman exhibition. We finished the year with a visit to Polesden Lacey.

Our programme for 2016-17 included a film on the building of the Shard and talks by members on subjects as diverse as Australian Impression, English Palladianism and Florentine Sculpture.   We also had fascinating Gallery visits to the de Morgan Collection at The Watts in Compton and the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham.   On both occasions, we heard talks from Gallery staff.

This term, we are trying something different.   After starting the year with a film ‘Looking for Lowry’, we will be spending the following three meetings looking at the Art Nouveau movement.


PROGRAMME : September– December 2017

5th  September                 Film:  Looking for Lowry by Mary Kinmonth

3rd October                        Talk:  Introduction to Art Nouveau by Helga Burgess

7th November                  Art Nouveau across individual disciplines, Part I.   Short talks by members of the group

5th December                   Art Nouveau across individual disciplines, Part II.   Short talks by members of the group