Special Interest Days

The format of our Special Interest Days changed slightly last year. Instead of there being three lectures in all (two in the morning and one in the afternoon), now there are two lectures in the morning (with coffee in the break between them) and the event ends with lunch. Our Special Interest Days are held at the Riverhouse Barn, Manor Road, Walton-on-Thames KT12 2PF. Click the following link to find the location of Riverhouse Barn: https://riverhousebarn.co.uk/contact-us/
There are 2 or 3 SIDs each year.

Tickets are first available from the SIDs organiser's booking desk near the back of the hall two lecture meetings before the event; they are not available before then. The cost of the SID will be given when the tickets are first available for sale. Members may apply for up to two tickets each (for members only unless otherwise advised). Payment may be made:

a) by cheque made payable to The Arts Society Weybridge for the full amount of the SID or

b) by online payment direct to The Arts Society Weybridge bank account. This is the same bank account to which annual TASW membership payments can be made. Please ask the SIDs organiser for our bank details. Our Treasurer will recognise what the payment is for from the amount being paid and the date of payment. When buying the ticket, please tell the SIDs organiser that you will be paying by online payment.

If the SID is oversubscribed, members' names will be put on a standby list, in order of application. If the SID is undersubscribed, places on the SID may be offered to persons on our waiting list, or to spouses/partners of members, or members of other TAS Societies.

If you have to cancel your booking, please let the organiser know immediately so that if possible a replacement can be found from those on the standby list. Please do not arrange your own replacement. If your place is filled, a refund will be made, less a £5 cancellation fee, after the event has taken place. If your place cannot be filled, no refund will be made.

Wed 18th March 2020

From "Garbo to Garland" - The Magical Art of Hollywood

Geri Parlby

Booking dates 8th January and 12th February 2020
Lights, Camera, Action! – inside stories of the art and artifice of the early decades of Hollywood. This lecture covers the work of stills photographers, costumiers, publicists, actors and actresses and the movie moguls who made it all happen.
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Geri is a former Fleet Street journalist and film PR. She has a first-class honours degree in History and Theology, a Masters in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute and a Theology doctorate from Roehampton University in London. She has been lecturing for the past 14 years both in the UK and internationally. She is also principal lecturer on the Arts Society South West Area’s History of Art course and is an Honorary Research Fellow at Roehampton University.

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Wed 21st October 2020

The Silk Road and the Sea: China's Windows on the World

Anne Haworth

Booking dates 12th August and 9th September 2020
Chinese Emperors and philosophers traditionally regarded their country as ‘The Middle Kingdom’, situated at the centre of the world. As they cultivated their minds and spirits, they faced inwards. In contrast, merchants in China’s border regions faced outwards. On the western frontier the ancient Silk Road witnessed an exchange of luxury goods: silk, perfumes, exotica and Persian glass carried by camel caravans over vast distances. On China’s eastern frontier stretched the sea on which ivory, jewels and porcelain were traded along with tea, lacquer and painted wallpaper. Merchants, dancers and acrobats from central Asia thronged China’s capital Xi’an. Arab merchants settled in China’s port cities to be followed by ‘red-haired foreign devils’ from Europe, who brought Indian opium, gunboats and the new architectural styles of the Treaty Ports.
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Lecturer at the V&A. Guide for private tours of the State Rooms and The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace. Lecturer in British Painting for American students resident in London. In Autumn 2002, catalogued collection of Chinese porcelain at Kensington Palace. From 2002 2005, a committee member of the French Porcelain Society. From 1995 2002, was resident in Shanghai, China, visited ancient kiln sites and lectured to expatriate groups. From 1981 to 1995, trained and became a senior ceramics specialist at Christie's and Bonhams head offices.

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Bookings can be made at the two lecture meetings prior to a Special Interest Day. Bookings together with payment cheque made payable to The Arts Society Weybridge are accepted on a first come first served basis. Bookings are open to members and their guests. If an event is oversubscribed, names will be entered, in order of application, on a standby list if the member so wishes.

Enquiries about Special Interest Days can be emailed to our Special Interest Days committee member, Anne Gregory-Jones at

The Arts Society Weybridge cannot be held responsible for any personal accident, loss, damage or theft of members’ personal property. Members are covered against proven liability to third parties.