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Special Interest Days

There are two each year which are held at the Riverhouse Barn, Manor Road, Walton-on-Thames KT12 2PF and which normally start at 10.00am and finish at about 3.00pm, with coffee and lunch provided. Click the following link to find the location of Riverhouse Barn: http://www.riverhousebarn.com/home/find-us/

Booking for Special Interest Days are taken at the two meetings before the event, as shown below. Bookings, together with a payment cheque made payable to The Arts Society Weybridge, are accepted on a first come first served basis. Each member may book for him/herself and one other member only. If an event is oversubscribed, names will be entered (in order of application) on a standby list.

Wed 22nd March 2017

Nicholas and Alexandra - Tyrants and Martyrs of Imperial Russia

Douglas Skeggs
Writer, Lecturer and TV Presenter

Booking dates 11th January and 8th February 2017
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Synopsis to follow.


Image: of Nicholas and Alexandra - their official engagement photograph of 1894.

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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.
Wed 18th October 2017

Riviera Paradise - Art, Design and Pleasure in the 1920’s

Mary Alexander
Freelance Lecturer

Booking dates 9th August and 13th September 2017
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Since the 19th century English high society had 'wintered over' on the Côte d'Azur, but always left by April. In the early 1920's, however, an intoxicating mix of artists, writers, musicians and international visitors, inspired by a mythological seascape of luminous colours, created a new summer season. Sun tans and sportswear soon became 'de rigueur' in the chic new coastal resorts, villas and hotels. This liberating playground of ideas across the visual design arts was stimulated by impresarios Serge Diaghilev and Paul Poiret. Traditional boundaries were torn down. Matisse, Picasso, Dufy, Cocteau, and Chanel merged the worlds of fashion, theatre and interiors. Cole Porter, Scott Fitzgerald, and the intriguing Gerald and Sara Murphy, introduced an American perspective and attracted an influential new set of discerning atrons and collectors. We will 'time travel' to meet them.
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Mary Alexander has thirty years' experience as a lecturer, with a BA in History and History of Art and a MA with distinction in History of Art from University College London.

Bookings can be made at the two lecture meetings prior to a Special Interest Day. Bookings together with payment cheque made payable to WDFAS 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, Brenda Midwinter, at

WDFAS 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.