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.

Leader Barbara Wright  01252 656347

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.  Participation in visits needs to be booked in advance.

Our programme for 2016-17 included a film on the building of the Shard and talks by members on subjects as diverse as Australian Impressionism, 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.

Last term, we tried something different.   After starting the year with a film ‘Looking for Lowry’, we spent the following three meetings looking at the Art Nouveau movement.   For the first half of 2018, we will have a more varied programme reflecting members’ interests.

PROGRAMME : January – July 2018

2 January         Film: Degas: Dancing into Art

6 February       Visit to The Lightbox, Woking for tour of ‘Turner in Surrey’  (Meet opposite Victoria Hall, 1.30pm)

6 March           Talk:  Work & Play in Art.

3 April             Talk:  Architect & Painter: Karl Friedrich Schinkel.

1 May             Talk:   The Art of Fairyland.

5 June              Film:  Charles Rennie Mackintosh – a modern man

3 July               Visit: tba