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Lectures 2020 | THE ARTS SOCIETY WEYBRIDGE

Programme of Lectures
2020
These talks take place at Whiteley Village Hall at 10.30am

Wed 8th January 2020

At the sign of the falcon: The life and works of Harry Murphy - goldsmith, silversmith and unique Englishman

John Benjamin

There will be Drinks for new members, past committee and helpers after this lecture
H G Murphy’s greatest misfortune was to die just before the start of the Second World War. The designs and inspirations of the pre-war era were simply seen as passé and totally out of keeping with the new spirit of modernism which quickly grew after the Festival of Britain in 1951. Harry Murphy served his apprenticeship under Henry Wilson, probably Britain’s greatest designer goldsmith of the Arts and Crafts era. Here he learnt a wide range of skills and techniques including enamelling, gem-setting and polishing, niello, engraving and hammering. From 1928 until his death in 1939 he worked from retail premises in Marylebone, London, known as the Falcon Studio where he designed and created a prodigious amount of silverware for the corporate, civic and private sectors as well as some truly startling gold, silver and enamel jewellery inspired by nature, architecture, the Ballet Russes and the vibrancy of the Jazz Age. 

John Benjamin has lectured to us several times before, getting stellar ratings from our committee each time.
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John Benjamin was with Phillips Auctioneers for 23 years, latterly as International Director of Jewellery. Since 1999 has been an independent jewellery consultant. Lectures, writes and broadcasts (including BBC Antiques Roadshow).


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Wed 12th February 2020

"The Italian Job": A contemporary figurative artist in Calabria

Richard Whincop
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This lecture tells the unusual story of a major figurative art commission that Richard painted for the city of Cosenza, Calabria, where he stayed for two months in 2015, painting five large pictures telling the story of the Normans in Southern Italy.

This lecture was highly recommended by the sister of one of our members, who heard it at the Arts Society where she is a member.
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Richard is a professional artist who graduated in English and Art History from York University in 1986. From 1988-1994 he lectured at the adult education departments of Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities, and then went on to become a full-time figurative artist, executing large-scale public commissions, and exhibiting widely throughout the UK. He now lives and works in Chichester, West Sussex. 
Wed 11th March 2020

As good as gold

Alexandra Epps
Experience the story of gold and its significance and symbolism within the history of art - as the colour of the sun; the colour of divinity; the colour of status and the colour of love. From creations ancient and contemporary, sacred and profane - all that glitters is certainly gold…

This lecture received a top rating from another Arts Society in our area.
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Alexandra Epps is an Official Guide and Lecturer at Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Guildhall Art Gallery. Pallant House Gallery Lecturer. Qualified Guide to the City of London, offering lectures and walks about many aspects of the arts for societies, corporations and private individuals. Member of the City of London Guide Lecturers Association. Co-author of the book Lord Mayor's Portraits 1983-2014 (2015). Alexandra’s background is in design having practised as a graphic designer running her own design consultancy for many years. BA Saint Martins School of Art, MA London College of Printing.

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Wed 8th April 2020

Arts & Crafts gardens in the south-east

Cherrill Sands
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The Arts & Crafts Movement was a reaction to mechanical mass production and encouraged a return to craftsmanship. The partnership of Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll combined geometric structure softened by profuse planting. Their use of pergolas, formal pools and yew hedge remain design favourites to this day.

Image: Garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll at Upton Grey, Hampshire


Cherrill Sands' lectures have been recommended by two of our members.

Cherrill Sands is a Garden Historian (with an MA on the Conservation of Landscapes, Parks and Gardens from the Architectural Association) and presents talks to a variety of groups, including Local History Societies, Horticultural Clubs, Probus, as well as for the Elmbridge Royston Pike lectures. She has worked at Painshill for over twenty years. She is on the RHS list of speakers, and feels very strongly that garden design/history is as much an art as a science.
Wed 13th May 2020

Pevsner in Surrey: Nikolaus Pevsner and the buildings of England

Susie Harries
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How did a German refugee from Hitler, an internee and a jobbing journalist, become the Grand Old Man of English art history? The answer lies in his extraordinary one-man survey of all the architecturally significant buildings in the country, county by county. This lecture explores what Pevsner said, rightly or wrongly, about the buildings in our area - churches, houses, shops, town halls, tower blocks, factories, cinemas - and sets his pronouncements in the context of The Buildings of England as a whole. The series has both detractors and passionate defenders, but no imitators. Pevsner himself said "There won't be another madman so soon".

Image: Pevsner with the Buildings of England

This lecture by Susie Harries was highly rated by another local Arts Society.
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Susie Harries is a writer, editor and lecturer, specialising in 20th century culture and the arts. Has published eight books on subjects including official war art, opera and the composer Elisabeth Lutyens. The most recent is the biography of Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, published in August 2011. Lectured to a range of audiences, from the Imperial War Museum and British Museum to the Twentieth Century Society and the RSA, most recently at the Cheltenham and Bridport Literary Festivals and the Victorian Society.

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Wed 10th June 2020

The Artists of Montmartre - "The pilgrims of Babylon"

Douglas Skeggs
There is no name more evocative of Bohemian life than Montmartre. The garden cafes, dancehalls, cabarets, and studios of Montmartre became the inspiration to some of France’s greatest artists. From the Moulin de la Galette where Renoir painted Parisians dancing, to Toulouse Lautrec’s vivid images of the Moulin Rouge, to the shabby garrets of the Bateau Lavoir where a group of artists headed by Picasso painted canvases that shook the foundations of Western art, this lecture charts the course of this extraordinary artistic life.



Douglas Skeggs has lectured at our Society several times previously, and each time we gave him a stellar rating.
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Douglas Skeggs: Cambridge Fine Arts. Writer, Artist, TV Presenter. Lecturer to many London art courses. Director of the New Academy of Arts. Author of 6 Novels.


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Wed 12th August 2020

Date reserved for a lecture either by a newly accredited lecturer presenting for the first time at Directory Day March 2020 in London, or by a lecturer highly praised by another Arts Society at our Area Programme Secretaries' Day March 2020.

If you are a new lecturer presenting for the first time in March 2020, Societies will have long ago finalised their 2020 lectures, so you will almost certainly have to wait until 2021 (between 9 and 21 months) before you give a lecture to an Arts Society. Hence the two gaps we left in our programme of lectures for 2020.


Wed 9th September 2020

The Two Gustavs: Mahler and Klimt

Gavin Plumley
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Gustav Klimt and his colleagues broke away from the imperially endorsed art institutions in Vienna in 1897 and founded the Secession. That was the same year that Gustav Mahler arrived to take charge of the Opera House in the city. Comparing these two totemic fin de siècle talents, this lecture places Klimt and Mahler in context, asking what fundamentally links and, indeed, divides them.

This lecture has received a top rating from another Arts Society in our area.
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A writer and broadcaster, appearing on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and contributing to newspapers, magazines and opera and concert programmes worldwide. Lectures widely about the culture of Central Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries. Recent talks include the Royal Opera House, the National Gallery, the National Trust, the National Theatre, the British Museum, the V&A, the Southbank Centre, the Tate and the Neue Galerie, New York, as well as for history of art societies and The Art Fund.
Wed 14th October 2020

Coffee 9.30 for 10.00am

Annual General Meeting
followed by

Emperor Qianlong (1736-1795) "The Ultimate renaissance ruler & fine art collector"


David Rosier
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The Emperor Qianlong was arguably the greatest of all Qing Emperors as he guided China through a period of unquestionable political, economic and cultural prosperity which rivalled any comparable period of high achievement in Chinese history. A wide range of items of the highest quality, produced by the Imperial Workshops, will illustrate this lecture. 

The lecturer lives in Scotland and from time to time travels south to deliver lectures to several societies over several days, the societies sharing travel costs. Another of David's lectures was given a top rating by a Society in our area.
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A Chartered Insurer by profession and a Fellow of the Assurance Medical Society, with extensive international experience as an author and lecturer in Medical Risk Assessment. He has in excess of 25 years of working and living in Asia. Whilst living in Hong Kong (1991-2004) he assembled a collection of approximately 700, predominantly Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Imperial and related textiles/costume accessories. Past Committee Member of the Hong Kong Textile Society and frequent speaker on Imperial Insignia and Badges of Rank.

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Wed 11th November 2020

Date reserved for a lecture either by a newly accredited lecturer presenting for the first time at Directory Day March 2020 in London, or by a lecturer highly praised by another Arts Society at our Area Programme Secretaries' Day March 2020.
Wed 9th December 2020

Les Parisiennes: How women lived, loved and died in Paris from 1939-49

Anne Sebba

There will be Christmas Drinks and Mince Pies after the lecture
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Les Parisiennes is a story about women’s lives during the dark years of Nazi occupation and beyond and
includes British and American women caught in Paris as well as native born resisters who were eventually sent to camps, couturiers and jewellers, some of whom flourished in wartime, as well as actors, singers, night club dancers and housewives.
The lecture opens with a magnificent circus ball held by Elsie de Wolfe at the magnificent Villa Trianon, a chateau in the grounds of the Palace of Versailles; many of the guests could not believe that war was imminent and ends with Christian Dior’s lavish new look in 1947 as well as a perfume, Miss Dior, named after his sister Catherine, a resister, who had only just survived a prison camp and never wanted to talk about her experiences.


This lecture received high praise from another Society in our area. The lecture does not have a Christmas theme; we were keen to book this lecturer and this was the only date for which she was available.
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Biographer, historian and author of eleven books who lectures to a variety of audiences in the US and UK, including the English Speaking Union, Royal Overseas League, National Trust, British Library and Imperial War Museum. A former Reuters foreign correspondent, Anne is now a broadcaster - she presented a BBC R3 documentary about the pianist Harriet Cohen and for Radio 4 the documentary Who was Joyce Hatto? she regularly appears on television talking about her books, mostly biographies including Jennie Churchill, William Bankes, Laura Ashley and Wallis Simpson. The latter, published as That Woman, was an international bestseller. Her latest book is a history of Paris between 1939-49 through women's eyes published in 2016 as Les Parisiennes How the women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s. Anne is a former chair of Britain's 9,000 strong Society of Authors.

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Enquiries about the Programme can be sent by email to our Programme Secretary, Stephen Hayes, at progsec@theartssocietyweybridge.org.uk. The lectures are for The Arts Society Weybridge members only.

Times:

Hall opens 10.00 am Coffee is served 10.00 – 10.20 am Lecture begins 10.30 am promptly

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.