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STUDY DAYS


NOTE RE BOOKINGS

Booking for Study Days usually takes place two months in advance at the monthly lectures on the third Tuesday of the month.
Members are asked to turn up to reserve their place and may book and pay for themselves and up to one other member.

Thursday 1st March: Full day, including lunch
ROSALIND WHYTE
COROT TO MONET: Developments in French Landscape Painting

Dardagny, Morning (detail) by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, 1853


The Impressionists were indebted to a longer tradition of sketching and painting outdoors than may be realised. The lecture will start with Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (July 16, 1796 – February 22, 1875), a pivotal figure in landscape painting, and his vast output which simultaneously referenced the Neo–Classical tradition and anticipated the plein-–air innovations of Impressionism. The Study Day will cover the developments in French landscape painting up to and including the work of Claude Monet (14 November 1840 – 5 December 1926), founder of French Impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement’s philosophy of expressing one’s perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein–air landscape painting.

 

Rosalind Whyte is an Art Historian who studied at Goldsmith’s College and Birkbeck College. As well as being a NADFAS-accredited lecturer, she is a guide/lecturer at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, the Royal Academy and Dulwich Picture Gallery and gives talks to independent art societies and on cruises.


Booking opens at January lecture
Ticket price: £30
Price includes morning coffee and lunch with wine
(Tickets are non refundable)

PROGRAMME
10.00 hrs: first lecture
11.00–11.30 hrs: coffee
11.30–12.30 hrs: second lecture
12.30–14.00 hrs: lunch
14.00–15.00 hrs: third lecture

Telephone contact no.: 01483 861439

Wednesday 2nd May: Morning, 2 lectures
JANE TAPLEY
1: BATH, A WORLD HERITAGE CITY
2: “RISEN FROM THE ASHES” THEATRE ROYAL, BATH


The Royal Crescent, Bath

A WORLD HERITAGE CITY: Bath with its Roman remains, beautiful Georgian architecture and literary associations with Jane Austen, is the only World Heritage City in England. From Roman times to the present day it has Britain's only natural HOT Spring . We cover its history from Roman baths through to the redevelopment of the healing Spa waters.

THEATRE ROYAL, BATH: One of six provincial Georgian theatres, Bath is the most successful. The first theatre outside London to receive the Royal Patent, it rose again after a disastrous fire in 1892. We explore the recent refurbishment, and how recent works have sympathetically brought it into the 21st Century.

Jane Tapley has been working at the Theatre Royal in Bath for over 25 years. In her role as Special Events Organiser she runs daytime events which are usually associated with book launches. Over the years her guests have included many politicians and numerous actors including Alec Guiness, Peter O'Toole and June Whitfield to name but a few. She has been a Blue Badge Guide for over thirty years and regularly accompanies groups of all kinds around Bath and the West Country. In addition she has worked as an adviser and guide for several TV companies filming period dramas in Bath and she hosts and cooks period meals for literary groups in her Regency house.

NOTE: There will be an outing to Bath on 11th October so, if you are interested in following up this study day with a visit to Bath, bookings open at the June lecture. For more info about the outing, click here.

Booking opens at March lecture
Ticket price: TBA

Price includes morning coffee, wine and refreshments after the lecture.
(Tickets are non refundable)


PROGRAMME
10.00 hrs: coffee and biscuits
10.30–11.30 hrs: first lecture
11.40–12.40 hrs: second lecture
12.40 hrs: wine and refreshments

Telephone contact no.: 01483 861439

Thursday 1st November: Morning, 2 lectures
PETER LE ROSSIGNOL
1: TREASURES OF FAR CATHAY – Decorative Arts in China
2: THE STONE OF HEAVEN (JADE 1500BC – 1800)

Elegant Gathering in the Apricot Garden,(detail), Handscroll, ink and color on silk, Ming dynasty ca. 1437


The exoticism of the East held the West enthralled for over two centuries. This talk features porcelain, jade, jewels, architecture, gardens and a few surprises. The Meridian line of the Forbidden City, its pure white marble path, double hip roofs and the importance of the number 9 are all discussed, together with Court ritual. The importance of the beautiful objects that surrounded the Emperors and some gifts that were given by ’the Barbarian’ Westerner in exchange for trade agreements feature to excite the eye and hopefully stimulate a passion for these wonderful wares.
The second lecture of the day covers the history of jade, its carving, uses and symbolistic significance to the ancient Chinese regime. The history traces the use of jade from archaic funerary offering through to objects of daily use in Ming and Qing dynasties. The technology of the mining of the stone combined with advances in carving techniques are discussed, highlighting the rivalry between workshops in Suzhou and Yangzhou, where carvers competed to produce the finest and most intricate designs.

Peter Le Rossignol has degrees in Decorative Arts & Historic Interiors and Fine Art Valuation; he also holds a DPhil in Art History. He has forty years’ lecturing experience, including to the Art Fund in Jersey and Guernsey, the Ringwood Antiques Club Hampshire, the Jersey College for Adult Education, and various after–dinner engagements. He has given talks on local radio, and held antique road shows for various organisations, and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

Booking opens at September lecture
Ticket price: TBA

Price includes morning coffee, wine and refreshments after the lecture.
(Tickets are non refundable)


PROGRAMME
10.00 hrs: coffee and biscuits
10.30–11.30 hrs: first lecture
11.40–12.40 hrs: second lecture
12.40 hrs: wine and refreshments

Telephone contact no.: 01483 861439


LAST STUDY DAY in 2017

WEDNESDAY 4th OCTOBER  Morning only – 2 lectures

SARAH SEARIGHT
1. A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO ISLAM and Early Islamic Art
2. THE ISLAMIC GARDEN and Later Islamic Art


Islamic art encompasses the visual arts produced from the 7th century onwards by culturally Islamic populations. It is thus a very difficult art to define because it covers many lands and various peoples over some 1400 years; it is not art specifically of a religion, or of a time, or of a place, or of a single medium like painting. It covers fields as varied as calligraphy, painting, glass, ceramics, and textiles, among others. Islamic art is not at all restricted to religious art, but includes all the art of the rich and varied cultures of Islamic societies as well. It frequently includes secular elements and elements that are frowned upon, if not forbidden, by some Islamic theologians. Apart from the ever–present calligraphic inscriptions, specifically religious art is actually less prominent in Islamic art than in Western medieval art, with the exception of Islamic architecture where mosques and their complexes of surrounding buildings are the most common remains. Figurative painting may cover religious scenes, but normally in essentially secular contexts such as the walls of palaces or illuminated books of poetry.

 

Sarah Searight is a graduate of Oxford University and the School of Oriental and African Studies at London. She now lectures on the modern history, art and architecture of the Islamic world. She is the author of the acclaimed books, ‘The British in the Middle East’ and ‘Yemen: Land and People’, as well as many other books and articles about the region. Her most recent book, published in 2010, is ‘Lapis Lazuli: in Pursuit of a Celestial Stone’ which examines how people have used this most significant of semi–precious stones through the ages.


Booking opened at June lecture.
Ticket price: £18.
Price includes morning coffee, wine and refreshments after the lecture.
(Tickets are non refundable)

PROGRAMME
10.00 hrs: coffee and biscuits
10.30–11.30 hrs: first lecture
11.40–12.40 hrs: second lecture
12.40 hrs: wine and refreshments