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An open mic evening where poets have an opportunity to read out their work. The compare is Bob Sheed, an established poet. People are welcome to just come and sit and listen.
The Adelaide pub is in Park Road, Teddington, and we use a room upstairs. It's £2 entry, and we urge people to buy a drink at the bar.
Adelaide, 57 Park Rd, Teddington TW11 0AU
Join us for an evening of shopping, sampling delicious foods, along with your friends, family and work colleagues.
Come and celebrate small businesses coming together in your local community at St Stephenâs church, East Twickenham at 7pm on 31st January.
All types of independent businesses will be there to showcase their products and services including:
Crossway Pregnancy Crisis Centre will host this event to raise money for the charity. The charity provides free and confidential support to women and men who are facing unplanned pregnancy and pregnancy loss.
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Speaker: Eveline Eaton
Based on the ideas of Impressionism, Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) pushed the style from appearance to experience and from an art of the eye to an art of the mind. In order to achieve his new Post-Impressionism, Gauguin left the over-refinement of Western civilization behind for the more 'primitive' environments of the South Seas where he evolved a non-naturalistic, enigmatic vision of the world with a strong emphasis on colour, a powerful impact on Matisse. Which aspect of his teacher's prediction is true then: "This boy will be either a genius or a madman"?
Wildenstein & Cogniat, 1972 Gauguin Thames and Hudson Exhibition Catalogues Gauguin 1988 and Gauguin/van Gogh 2002
BA Hons Courtauld Institute; Diploma:Study Centre for the History of Fine & Decorative Arts. Freelance lecturer in Fine Arts and tour guide to Berlin, Dresden and Munich. Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dresden Trust.
Speaker: Mark Hill
An overview of Britain's 'Big Four' postwar glass companies, comprising Whitefriars, King's Lynn (Wedgwood), Caithness and Dartington. As well as company and designer histories, special slides examine, compare and contrast 'Good, Better, Best' examples from each company. The emergence of these factories is put into context and major influences behind them are discussed. The current glut of Whitefriars fakes is covered, including tips on how to spot them!
Mark Hill studied History of Art & Architecture (BA Hons) and began his career as a porter and Junior Cataloguer at Bonhams, before moving to Sotheby's where he was a Specialist in the Collectors' Department. He became a director of an internet company forming and running a ground-breaking deal with eBay. Since 2002 he has been the co-author with Judith Miller of the internationally published Collectables Price Guide, initially with DK and now with Miller's. He founded his own publishing company in 2005 and has published over books on specialist subjects in 20th century design and decorative arts. He ahs been a Miscellaneous (!) expert on the Antiques Roadshow since 2007 and has co-presented three primetime factual TV series on antiques and collecting for BBC2. He has lectured across the world and has contributed to many newspapers, magazines, radio and TV programmes. He is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars.
Speaker: John Vigar
The peaceful setting of most of our medieval churches cannot cover up the fact that they contain images and references to less savoury aspects of life. Medieval murals and stained glass depict the martyrdom of saints from home and abroad, and the grisliest of dooms. Underneath misericords are images of whippings, wife beatings, and brawls whilst stone carvings depict sexual imagery rarely associated with religious buildings. Finally there are many monuments and memorials that show scenes of murder and mayhem in goodly measure including stagecoach crashes, bridge collapses, falling trees, falling bridges, falling chimneys, shootings, stabbings, mine collapses, shipwrecks and explosions. This lecture shows a selection of images of murder and mayhem from across the country and explains both the stories behind them and their relevance to particular periods of history.
Professional ecclesiastical historian, author and broadcaster for over 35 years, John has visited and recorded over 13,000 churches in England and Wales. He is a trustee of the oldest church preservation society in Britain - The Friends of Friendless Churches.
Speaker: Christopher Herbert
The mosaics of Ravenna were created during great political turmoil. In the fifth and sixth centuries, invaders played havoc with the western Roman Empire. In spite of this, artists and church leaders created churches of astonishing beauty. This lecture looks at Galla Placidia, San Vitale and the Orthodox Baptistry. It pays particular attention to Sant' Apollinare Nuovo, the Arian baptistery and Sant' Apollinare in Classe. The clash between Arian and Orthodox Christianity was reflected in the mosaics.
Christopher has lectured at the National Gallery, the Courtauld Institute, King's College, London, Westminster Abbey, and the University of Rikkyo in Japan, and at churches and cathedrals throughout England and in Italy. He was until recently Bishop of St Albans and a member of the House of Lords. He has an MPhil and PhD in Art History from the University of Leicester. He was created Visiting Professor in Christian Ethics in the School of Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey, and has also been awarded two honorary doctorates. He is an honorary citizen of Fano, Italy.
Speaker: Frances Hughes
It is 200 years since the death of Johann Zoffany, prolific painter of the theatre, conversation pieces, dramatic events of the French Revolution and a superb recorder of English society in Calcutta and Lucknow in the 1780s. Zoffany was born in Frankfurt and seventeen years later went to Rome to study with Masucci. He did not settle or succeed, however, until he arrived in Covent Garden in the mid 1760s, impecunious and working as a journeyman painter for Benjamin Wilson. In Wilson's studio he met David Garrick who became his patron. Later he had the patronage of Queen Charlotte and she commissioned him to go to Florence to paint The Tribuna of the Uffizi. From the Royal Court he went to Bengal to paint remarkable images of Anglo-Indian life. By the end of the 18C Zoffany returned to London where he bought a house at Strand-on-the Green, near Kew Palace. He painted altar pieces for the local churches. He is buried at Kew where his tomb can still be visited.
38 years in education, 18 as headteacher, Frances is now a freelance lecturer at the National Portrait Gallery and for the National Trust. She is Secretary of the Shakespeare Reading Society (founded 1875), Chairman of the Irving Society and Chairman of the Henry Irving Foundation.
Speaker: Janusz Karczewski-Slowikowski
An alternative title for this lecture could be 'Furniture of the Age of Elegance' because the term Georgian immediately conjures up images of elegant English Furniture. This lecture traces the development of elegance through style in relation to the design and construction of furniture during the 18th century. It commences with an appraisal of early 18th century walnut furniture and progresses through the Mahogany Rococo style of the 1740s to 1760s to the fancy-wood neo-classical styles of the last quarter of the century.
Janusz is a freelance lecturer and researcher in English furniture history and also antique dealer.
Speaker: Aliki Braine
From pictures of St Luke painting the Virgin to images of artists at work in their studios and self-portraits, this lecture investigates the shifting environment in which artists have depicted themselves. While earlier paintings emphasised craftsmanship and allow the viewer an insight into materials and techniques used, early modern paintings see a shift of context from a workshop to a space of learning and intellect.
Aliki Braine works as both an artist and lecturer. Having studied for her BFA in Fine Art at Ruskin School, Oxford University followed by an MA at The Slade School of Fine Art Aliki then went to the Courtauld Institute to do an MA in the History of Art. This grounding in both the practice and theory of art is combined in her work as she draws upon the recurrent theme of the painted landscape.
Speaker: Carole Petipher
A tiny section of the Seine to the West of Paris, which would have represented the perfect antidote to the claustrophobia of mid 19th Paris, has been termed the Cradle of Impressionism. It was near to five neighbouring riverside villages that the artists, who would later become known as the Impressionists, became frequent visitors. In some cases they even set up home for a while.
The lives and early works of Monet, Renoir, Pisarro, Sisley and Morisot will be explored in this lively and entertaining lecture. Their desperation to gain recognition and make their mark is apparent, and both the painting styles adopted and the subject matter depicted were to cause a revolution in the art world.
Carole is a guide and lecturer on art history tours in France, with over ten years' experience. Life on board river vessels on the Seine, Oise, Marne and Rhone offered the chance to explore and research riverside locations linked to art, which helped develop her in-depth knowledge. She also has experience of working with NADFAS groups through work as a private guide for a privately owned stately home in the UK.
Speaker: Rupert Willoughby
One of the most derided towns in England, renowned for its dullness, Basingstoke is distinguished only by its numerous roundabouts and absurd Modernist architecture.
Rupert explains that the post-war planners, who inflicted such features as 'the Great Wall of Basingstoke' on the town, were politically-motivated and bent on destroying all traces of its past.
He reveals the nobler Basingstoke that is buried beneath the concrete and the few historic gems that have survived the holocaust. Hilariously told, it is a story that neatly illustrates the ugliest episode in England's architectural history. As Betjeman wrote prophetically, "What goes for Basingstoke goes for most English towns".
Rupert is a prize-winning historian who specialises in the domestic and social life of the past. A graduate with First Class Honours in History from the University of London, he is the author of the best-selling Life in Medieval England for Pitkin, of guides to castles owned by English Heritage and Hampshire County Council, and of a series of popular histories of places, including Chawton: Jane Austen's Village and also Basingstoke and its Contribution to World Culture. He contributes regular obituaries to The Times and The Daily Telegraph, writes privately-commissioned histories of houses, and is an experienced lecturer - and occasional broadcaster - on a broad range of topics, with a particular interest in architecture, interior decoration and costume.
Speaker: Libby Horner
Brangwyn was not an official war artist but nevertheless he produced over 80 poster designs during The Great War. Clients included the Canadian War Memorial Fund, the Ministry of Information, the National War Savings Committee, various newspapers and many charitable concerns for whom he designed free of charge. His works range from landscapes to the destruction of towns and cities, violence to parody, serious documentation to caricature and bathos.
This lecture explains Brangwyn's background (he was born in Belgium in 1867 and he retained a deep love for the country), describes his involvement with war propaganda, details his inspirations (memories of the 1909 Messina earthquake, news agency photographs and loans of uniforms and guns from the Imperial War Museum) and discusses his eclectic style.
Libby is a freelance art historian, curator, film producer, lecturer and writer. She is the world's leading authority on the multi-talented artist Frank Brangwyn and is compiling the authoritive catalogue of all his work - both fine art and decorative art - estimated to be in excess of 12,000 items! Frank Brangwyn: Stained Glass was published in 2010 and Brangwyn at War! was published in 2014. The irrepressible Libby has recently written film scripts about Fay Godwin, Fiore de Henriques, Gordon Russell, John Piper and Patrick Reyntiens (Patrick Reyntiens: Catalogue of Stained Glass was published in 2013) and her lecture repertoire reflects her eclectic range of interests.
Speaker: David Phillips
Even in ancient Rome people made complaints about the mid-winter Saturnalia celebrations, remarkably like the complaints that we hear today about our commercialised Christmas. In a light-hearted historical review we discover some wonderful and some gloriously awful Christmas imagery, from Giotto's painting of the first Christmas crib until Dickens meets Coca Cola amongst the movers and shakers who sometimes seem to have turned Christmas into Kitschmas.
David studied history at Oxford. From 1968-82 he worked for Nottingham Castle Museum and from 1982-98 he was a lecturer in Museum Studies and Art History at the University of Manchester. In 1997 he published a book about museum practice with Manchester University Press, 'Exhibiting Authenticity'.
Speaker: Chloe Sayer
Chloe is a freelance specialist in the art and culture of Latin America. She has lectured in the UK, Canada, Ireland, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and on cruises. As a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute she has carried out fieldwork, curated several exhibitions and assisted on TV documentaries for BBC and Channel 4.
Her many publications include Mexican Textiles (British Museum Press, 1990), Arts and Crafts of Mexico (Thames & Hudson, 1990), The Incas - The Ancient World (Wayland, 1998) and Textiles from Mexico (British Museum Press, 2002). She is co-author of Skeleton at the Feast; Mexican Day of the Dead (British Museum Press, 1991), Traditional Mexican Architecture (Thames & Hudson, 1993) and Masks Arts of Mexico (Thames & Hudson, 1994). She has also published articles in newspapers, magazines and travel guides.
Speaker: Caroline Shenton
The Houses of Parliament is one of the most famous and staggering buildings in the world. It rises serenely from the Thames at Westminster on a site which has been the centre of power and government in England from the earliest times. It is a masterpiece of Victorian architecture and a spectacular feat of civil engineering, a landmark which is today the essence of Britishness. And it was nearly never built at all.
From the beginning, its design and construction were a battleground for its architect, Charles Barry. The practical challenges, even by the standards of Victorian invention, were immense. Following the disastrous fire of 1834, the new building was required to cover eight acres of unstable gravel beds. Its river frontage, a quarter of a mile long, was to be constructed in the treacherous currents of the Thames. Its towers were so gigantic they required feats of engineering and building technology never seen before, in order to construct them on the cramped site. And the interior design - stained glass, metalwork, encaustic tiling and wall coverings - needed ancient craft techniques not used since the middle ages to be revived. Battling the interference of MPs and royalty, coaxing and soothing the genius of his partner Pugin, fending off the mad schemes of a host of crackpot inventors and busybodies, and coming in three times over budget and twenty-four years behind schedule, this lecture will tell the story of how Charles Barry created the most famous building in Britain.
Caroline is an archivist, historian and author. She was Director of the Parliamentary Archives at Westminster and a senior archivist at The National Archives at Kew. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Royal Historical Society, has appeared on national television and radio, and reviews books for The Spectator. Her first popular history book, The Day Parliament Burned Down, won the Political Book of the Year Award in 2013.
Speaker: Maggie Campbell Pederson
Ivory has been carved for 40,000 years and its trade goes back thousands of years. Different cultures worldwide have revered it and it has been widely used for religious carvings. It has also been used for many more commonplace items, from piano keys to dentures. The talk will look at the lure of ivory through the ages, its many and varied uses, and how to recognise ivories from different species, for example elephant, walrus and whale -- and their fakes.
The presentation in no way condones the use of ivory today. Ivory is a very emotive subject; however it is part of our world history and culture and, as such, is worth studying. Mention will be made of the current trade bans covering ivories and of the current conservation and poaching situations.
Maggie is President of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain and an Associate of the British Institute of Professional Photography. Her work includes identification of organic gem materials, teaching, writing, and research. She gives lectures and seminars for specialist groups such as gemmologists, auctioneers, museum curators and conservators. She is author of Gem and Ornamental Materials of Organic Origin (2003, reprinted 2010) and Ivory (published 2014) and also the publisher of the online information archive, Organic Gems.
Speaker: Ray Warburton
At heart David Hockney is a figurative painter, painting people and places that he knows and have meaning for him. Yet as he was learning his trade, modern art was changing and new art movements from America were in the ascendency. After dabbling briefly with Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art, he embarked on a number of strategies that enabled him to continue painting people and places while at the same time being modern and cutting-edge. This lecture will focus on how these strategies played out in some of his most famous paintings including his great double portraits and swimming pool pictures.
Ray studied art history at the Open University and at the University of Buckingham. He is a Guide at Tate Britain and Tate Modern where he leads public tours of all the permanent displays and he also undertakes exhibition tours. He is an experienced public speaker who has given presentations and lectures on a range of themes to diverse audiences over many years.
Speaker: Simon Cottle
For a brief period glass paperweight-making truly blossomed. Influenced by developments in Venice in the 1840s, the French glass manufacturers of Baccarat, Clichy and St.Louis added a wide range of highly decorative and extremely ornate paperweights to their repertoire. The fashion lasted for seven years giving it the title of the 'classic period'. During that time, millefiori canes of all colours and sizes were used in a variety of patterns within clear glass domes. The glassmaker also produced floral paperweights following original botanical forms, each one hand-made. Together with fine paperweight examples, the methods of manufacture will be clearly demonstrated, set against the turbulent nature of society in mid 19th century France.
Simon is a leading international specialist, author and lecturer in British and European Glass. Currently Director of European Ceramics and Glass at Bonhams Auctioneers, London (since 2007). Formerly Head of European Ceramics and Glass at Sotheby's, where he was also a Director and auctioneer (1990 to 2007). He started his career as a curator of ceramics, glass and silver at museums in London, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Glasgow (1979-1990). He is President of the Glass Circle, Fellow of the Guild of Glass Engravers and a Fellow of the Corning Museum of Glass.
Speaker: Simon Ingris
According to historian Barbara Tuchman, the invention of the ball ranks as highly as the invention of the wheel. Simon Inglis agrees, especially after spending years delving into cubbyholes at pavilions and museums, in workshops and factories, finding out how these apparently simple objects came into being and how their design and manufacture has evolved.
He asks, why are marbles glass? Why did the discovery of gutta percha transform golf? Why were games such as lawn tennis and ping pong made possible only in the mid 19th century? Why did some billiard balls explode, and why are rugby balls such an odd shape?
In 1853 the ingredients of one manufacturer's cricket balls were listed as cork, worsted, hemp, brown oats, suet, lard, alum, stale ale and dragon's blood. Can this really be true or is it perhaps just a load of old balls?
Note: Simon will bring along examples of old balls for passing round
Born and brought up in Birmingham, writer and architectural historian Simon Inglis wrote his first words on football and football grounds at the age of six following a visit to Villa Park. He went on to study History and the History of Architecture at University College London, trained as a teacher in Leeds, taught history at a comprehensive school in Walthamstow and travelled in Central and South America for six months before becoming a freelance journalist in Manchester. He has lived in north west London since 1984.
Speaker: Nicholas Henderson
Fortitude & Fancy: A story of Henry VIII's two most important queens and the social, religious and political consequences of their struggles for ascendancy with us to our own time. Catherine of Aragon, Spanish princess and mother of the later 'bloody' Mary, and her success and later bitter struggle to avoid divorce. Anne Boleyn, former lady in waiting to Catherine and second queen to Henry. Mother of the future Elizabeth 1 and influential reformer in her own right.
Nicholas is a graduate of Selwyn College, Cambridge, Nicholas trained for the Anglican ministry at Ripon Hall, Oxford. Inspired by a period working on the staff of Coventry Cathedral he has gained a wide experience of international matters. He was formerly Bishop-elect for the Diocese of Lake Malawi in Central Africa (2005-2009) and undertook his doctorate on Lay Anglican Ecclesiology with the University of Wales, Lampeter. Nicholas has a particular interest in the period of the English Reformation and the associated cultural, architectural and social changes it has produced. He lectures regularly and currently works as a parish priest in West London.