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Holly Lodge Centre : Annual Fundraising Quiz Night

Quizmaster Adrian Mills, Radio and TV presenter and a Patron of the Holly Lodge Centre will be in charge for what promises to be a competitive and fun evening. You are invited to join us to "pit your wits" against other Quiz teams in our popular 3rd annual quiz night.

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  • £18 per person with team table of 6 quizzers or make up a team on the night.
  • Tickets include supper plus one free beer or glass of wine per person
  • Alcoholic/soft drinks will be available throughout the evening.

Book early to avoid disappointment - book now

Please note - the event is at King's House School, not Holly Lodge

How to find Holly Lodge

The Centre is located within the Park at Holly Lodge, which is the administration centre of the Park. It is down a small lane approximately half way between the Richmond and Sheen Gates, and signposted as 'Holly Lodge'. When guests arrive at the Centre they must register at reception before entering the complex, and then wear the ID provided.

Reception is reached through the wooden gate into the garden of Holly Lodge (an 18th century farmhouse) to the left of the short-stay car park. No one may enter the yard behind until they have registered.

Venue

King's House School, 68 Kings Road, Richmond TW10 6ES

Event Sponsor

Holly Lodge Centre

October
Friday
20
7-10pm  
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Poetry at the Adelaide

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.

More Information

  • From 6 till 8 pm
  • Any enquiries, call 07906 813795

Venue

Adelaide, 57 Park Rd, Teddington TW11 0AU

Event Sponsor

November
Sunday
5
6pm  
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The Arts Society Richmond : Inspired by Stonehenge

Speaker: Julian Richards

Stonehenge is unique, a national treasure and a global icon. In this talk Julian Richards will examine its architecture, the production of stone tools, and the beliefs that may have driven its development. Perceptions and understanding of Stonehenge have changed, while it has constantly has inspired worshippers, writers and musicians. He will also take a light-hearted look at some of the stranger souvenirs it has inspired.

Profile

Julian Richards is an archaeologist , who has worked for English Heritage, the BBC and independently. He was involved in researching and presenting Meet the Ancestors and Blood of the Vikings. His own extensive collection of "Stonehengiana" is currently on display at the new Stonehenge Visitor Centre

More information

  • Our lectures are held at Duke Street Church, Duke Street, Richmond TW9 1DH.
  • We meet on the first Tuesday of every month except January for drinks at 7pm and a one-hour lecture 8pm.
  • Guests and new members are especially welcome to join us there.
  • Members: Free
  • Guests: £5 per person payable at the door.
  • NADFAS members: £4 payable at the door.
  • Students: Free, upon production of your student card.

Venue

Duke Street Church

Event Sponsor

The Arts Society Richmond

November
Tuesday
7
 

Normansfield Theatre : The Teddington Review

Normansfield Theatre is hosting The Teddington Review on 11th November, as part of the 800 year celebrations.

An amusing and specially commissioned play of scenes based on the key historical development periods of the town and hosted in the wonderful Grade II* listed theatre of the Langdon Down Centre.

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How to get there

  • By train: The nearest train station is Hampton Wick - 7 minutes walk away. It connects easily with Waterloo, Vauxhall, Clapham Junction, Wimbledon and Richmond. Turn right out the station and then follow directions below as if driving from Kingston. Langdon Park is off Kingston Road, opposite Wick Road. We are in the big building on the right once you have turned into Langdon Park.
  • By bus: The 281 stops outside the building, travelling from Tolworth and Kingston in one direction, and Teddington and Twickenham in the other. The 285, which links Kingston and Heathrow airport, also stops outside.
  • By car: If you're driving from Kingston, drive past Hampton Wick station on the right and then take the first right after Normansfield Avenue. This isn't named on the map but is called "Langdon Park". Turn immediately right again and park in one of the spaces marked "L.D.C. Reserved Parking". Walk down the gravel path (edged with red brick) and you will come to a big red door on the left, which is the main entrance into the building. If you are approaching from the Twickenham/Richmond direction then take your first left after Holmesdale Road into Langdon Park and then carry on as above.

Venue

Normansfield Theatre

Event Sponsor

Normansfield Theatre

Kids OK
November
Saturday
11
7:30pm  
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Claire G Jewellery : November Ladies' Pamper Evening

Join us for an evening of pampering and shopping, just for the ladies.

There will be a choice of massage and treatments available alongside fab goodies you can also treat yourself to, all from local people and local small businesses. With items such as jewellery, artwork, cards, toiletries, notebooks, candles, bath-bombs etc. Please view this events page nearer the event date to view confirmed practitioners/sellers.

More Information

  • Ticket cost: £5.00 per person - Entry fee includes a complimentary drink on arrival
  • There are 100 tickets available to buy online and there will be a small number of tickets to purchase on the night at the venue, although these will be limited to 40.
  • www.clairegjewellery.co.uk/store/product/november-pamper-evening

Venue

St Mary's Twickenham

Event Sponsor

Claire G Jewellery

November
Sunday
12
6pm-  
NOVEMBER PAMPER EVENING FLYER

Poetry at the Adelaide

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.

More Information

  • From 6 till 8 pm
  • Any enquiries, call 07906 813795

Venue

Adelaide, 57 Park Rd, Teddington TW11 0AU

Event Sponsor

December
Sunday
3
6pm  
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The Arts Society Richmond : Ghosts!

Speaker: Susan Owens

The idea that the dead can return to haunt the living is ingrained in English imagination and part of our national culture.

Telling the fascinating story of ghosts in English art and entertainment, this lecture draws on diverse and intriguing visual sources, including church wall-paintings, political caricatures, magic lantern slides and folk art. It explores what the changing appearance of ghosts reveals about them, and us.

Profile

Dr. Susan Owens was formerly Curator of Paintings at the V&A Museum where she specialised in British drawings and watercolours. Before that she worked for the Royal Collection as assistant curator of the Windsor Castle print room. She has curated numerous displays and exhibitions of drawings, and publishes and lectures widely on British art.

More information

  • Our lectures are held at Duke Street Church, Duke Street, Richmond TW9 1DH.
  • We meet on the first Tuesday of every month except January for drinks at 7pm and a one-hour lecture 8pm.
  • Guests and new members are especially welcome to join us there.
  • Members: Free
  • Guests: £5 per person payable at the door.
  • NADFAS members: £4 payable at the door.
  • Students: Free, upon production of your student card.

Venue

Duke Street Church

Event Sponsor

The Arts Society Richmond

December
Tuesday
5
 

Claire G Jewellery : December Ladies' Pamper Evening

Join us for an evening of pampering and shopping, just for the ladies.

There will be a choice of massage and treatments available alongside fab goodies you can also treat yourself to, all from local people and local small businesses. With items such as jewellery, artwork, cards, toiletries, notebooks, candles, bath-bombs etc. Please view this events page nearer the event date to view confirmed practitioners/sellers.

More Information

  • Ticket cost: £5.00 per person - Entry fee includes a complimentary drink on arrival
  • There are 100 tickets available to buy online and there will be a small number of tickets to purchase on the night at the venue, although these will be limited to 40.
  • www.clairegjewellery.co.uk/store/product/december-pamper-evening

Venue

St Mary's Twickenham

Event Sponsor

Claire G Jewellery

December
Saturday
16
6pm-  
DECEMBER PAMPER EVENING FLYER

Poetry at the Adelaide

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.

More Information

  • From 6 till 8 pm
  • Any enquiries, call 07906 813795

Venue

Adelaide, 57 Park Rd, Teddington TW11 0AU

Event Sponsor

January
Sunday
7
6pm  
Image - adelaide

The Arts Society Richmond : Paul Gaugin - Genius or Madman?

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"?

Reading

Wildenstein & Cogniat, 1972 Gauguin Thames and Hudson Exhibition Catalogues Gauguin 1988 and Gauguin/van Gogh 2002

Profile

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.

More information

  • Our lectures are held at Duke Street Church, Duke Street, Richmond TW9 1DH.
  • We meet on the first Tuesday of every month except January for drinks at 7pm and a one-hour lecture 8pm.
  • Guests and new members are especially welcome to join us there.
  • Members: Free
  • Guests: £5 per person payable at the door.
  • NADFAS members: £4 payable at the door.
  • Students: Free, upon production of your student card.

Venue

Duke Street Church

Event Sponsor

The Arts Society Richmond

February
Tuesday
6
 

The Arts Society Richmond : Cracking Glass

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!

Profile

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.

More information

  • Our lectures are held at Duke Street Church, Duke Street, Richmond TW9 1DH.
  • We meet on the first Tuesday of every month except January for drinks at 7pm and a one-hour lecture 8pm.
  • Guests and new members are especially welcome to join us there.
  • Members: Free
  • Guests: £5 per person payable at the door.
  • NADFAS members: £4 payable at the door.
  • Students: Free, upon production of your student card.

Venue

Duke Street Church

Event Sponsor

The Arts Society Richmond

March
Tuesday
6
 

The Arts Society Richmond : Murder, Sex and Mayhem in English Churches

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.

Profile

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.

More information

  • Our lectures are held at Duke Street Church, Duke Street, Richmond TW9 1DH.
  • We meet on the first Tuesday of every month except January for drinks at 7pm and a one-hour lecture 8pm.
  • Guests and new members are especially welcome to join us there.
  • Members: Free
  • Guests: £5 per person payable at the door.
  • NADFAS members: £4 payable at the door.
  • Students: Free, upon production of your student card.

Venue

Duke Street Church

Event Sponsor

The Arts Society Richmond

April
Tuesday
3
 

The Arts Society Richmond : Mosaics in Ravenna

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.

Profile

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.

More information

  • Our lectures are held at Duke Street Church, Duke Street, Richmond TW9 1DH.
  • We meet on the first Tuesday of every month except January for drinks at 7pm and a one-hour lecture 8pm.
  • Guests and new members are especially welcome to join us there.
  • Members: Free
  • Guests: £5 per person payable at the door.
  • NADFAS members: £4 payable at the door.
  • Students: Free, upon production of your student card.

Venue

Duke Street Church

Event Sponsor

The Arts Society Richmond

May
Tuesday
1
 

The Arts Society Richmond : At Rest in Kew - Johann Zoffany

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.

Profile

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.

More information

  • Our lectures are held at Duke Street Church, Duke Street, Richmond TW9 1DH.
  • We meet on the first Tuesday of every month except January for drinks at 7pm and a one-hour lecture 8pm.
  • Guests and new members are especially welcome to join us there.
  • Members: Free
  • Guests: £5 per person payable at the door.
  • NADFAS members: £4 payable at the door.
  • Students: Free, upon production of your student card.

Venue

Duke Street Church

Event Sponsor

The Arts Society Richmond

June
Tuesday
5
 

The Arts Society Richmond : AGM and Lecture: 18th Century Georgian Furniture

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.

Profile

Janusz is a freelance lecturer and researcher in English furniture history and also antique dealer.

More information

  • Our lectures are held at Duke Street Church, Duke Street, Richmond TW9 1DH.
  • We meet on the first Tuesday of every month except January for drinks at 7pm and a one-hour lecture 8pm.
  • Guests and new members are especially welcome to join us there.
  • Members: Free
  • Guests: £5 per person payable at the door.
  • NADFAS members: £4 payable at the door.
  • Students: Free, upon production of your student card.

Venue

Duke Street Church

Event Sponsor

The Arts Society Richmond

July
Tuesday
3
7:30pm  

The Arts Society Richmond : From the Workshop to the Studio: Images of the Artist at Work

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.

Profile

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.

More information

  • Our lectures are held at Duke Street Church, Duke Street, Richmond TW9 1DH.
  • We meet on the first Tuesday of every month except January for drinks at 7pm and a one-hour lecture 8pm.
  • Guests and new members are especially welcome to join us there.
  • Members: Free
  • Guests: £5 per person payable at the door.
  • NADFAS members: £4 payable at the door.
  • Students: Free, upon production of your student card.

Venue

Duke Street Church

Event Sponsor

The Arts Society Richmond

August
Tuesday
7
 

The Arts Society Richmond : Ups and Downs in the Lives of the Impressionists

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.

Profile

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.

More information

  • Our lectures are held at Duke Street Church, Duke Street, Richmond TW9 1DH.
  • We meet on the first Tuesday of every month except January for drinks at 7pm and a one-hour lecture 8pm.
  • Guests and new members are especially welcome to join us there.
  • Members: Free
  • Guests: £5 per person payable at the door.
  • NADFAS members: £4 payable at the door.
  • Students: Free, upon production of your student card.

Venue

Duke Street Church

Event Sponsor

The Arts Society Richmond

September
Tuesday
4
 

The Arts Society Richmond : Basingstoke and its Contribution to World Culture!

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".

Profile

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.

More information

  • Our lectures are held at Duke Street Church, Duke Street, Richmond TW9 1DH.
  • We meet on the first Tuesday of every month except January for drinks at 7pm and a one-hour lecture 8pm.
  • Guests and new members are especially welcome to join us there.
  • Members: Free
  • Guests: £5 per person payable at the door.
  • NADFAS members: £4 payable at the door.
  • Students: Free, upon production of your student card.

Venue

Duke Street Church

Event Sponsor

The Arts Society Richmond

October
Tuesday
2
 

The Arts Society Richmond : Frank Brangwyn and his World War I Posters

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.

Profile

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.

More information

  • Our lectures are held at Duke Street Church, Duke Street, Richmond TW9 1DH.
  • We meet on the first Tuesday of every month except January for drinks at 7pm and a one-hour lecture 8pm.
  • Guests and new members are especially welcome to join us there.
  • Members: Free
  • Guests: £5 per person payable at the door.
  • NADFAS members: £4 payable at the door.
  • Students: Free, upon production of your student card.

Venue

Duke Street Church

Event Sponsor

The Arts Society Richmond

November
Tuesday
6
 

The Arts Society Richmond : Is Christmas in Bad Taste?

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.

Profile

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'.

More information

  • Our lectures are held at Duke Street Church, Duke Street, Richmond TW9 1DH.
  • We meet on the first Tuesday of every month except January for drinks at 7pm and a one-hour lecture 8pm.
  • Guests and new members are especially welcome to join us there.
  • Members: Free
  • Guests: £5 per person payable at the door.
  • NADFAS members: £4 payable at the door.
  • Students: Free, upon production of your student card.

Venue

Duke Street Church

Event Sponsor

The Arts Society Richmond

December
Tuesday
4
 

The Arts Society Richmond : Postcards from Near and Far: Picturing the 20th Century

Speaker: Chloe Sayer

Profile

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.

More information

  • Our lectures are held at Duke Street Church, Duke Street, Richmond TW9 1DH.
  • We meet on the first Tuesday of every month except January for drinks at 7pm and a one-hour lecture 8pm.
  • Guests and new members are especially welcome to join us there.
  • Members: Free
  • Guests: £5 per person payable at the door.
  • NADFAS members: £4 payable at the door.
  • Students: Free, upon production of your student card.

Venue

Duke Street Church

Event Sponsor

The Arts Society Richmond

February
Tuesday
5
 

The Arts Society Richmond : Charles Barry's Great Work: Restoring the Houses of Parliament

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.

Profile

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.

More information

  • Our lectures are held at Duke Street Church, Duke Street, Richmond TW9 1DH.
  • We meet on the first Tuesday of every month except January for drinks at 7pm and a one-hour lecture 8pm.
  • Guests and new members are especially welcome to join us there.
  • Members: Free
  • Guests: £5 per person payable at the door.
  • NADFAS members: £4 payable at the door.
  • Students: Free, upon production of your student card.

Venue

Duke Street Church

Event Sponsor

The Arts Society Richmond

March
Tuesday
5
 

The Arts Society Richmond : The Lure of Ivory

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.

Profile

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.

More information

  • Our lectures are held at Duke Street Church, Duke Street, Richmond TW9 1DH.
  • We meet on the first Tuesday of every month except January for drinks at 7pm and a one-hour lecture 8pm.
  • Guests and new members are especially welcome to join us there.
  • Members: Free
  • Guests: £5 per person payable at the door.
  • NADFAS members: £4 payable at the door.
  • Students: Free, upon production of your student card.

Venue

Duke Street Church

Event Sponsor

The Arts Society Richmond

April
Tuesday
2
 

The Arts Society Richmond : David Hockney and his Struggles with Modernism

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.

Profile

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.

More information

  • Our lectures are held at Duke Street Church, Duke Street, Richmond TW9 1DH.
  • We meet on the first Tuesday of every month except January for drinks at 7pm and a one-hour lecture 8pm.
  • Guests and new members are especially welcome to join us there.
  • Members: Free
  • Guests: £5 per person payable at the door.
  • NADFAS members: £4 payable at the door.
  • Students: Free, upon production of your student card.

Venue

Duke Street Church

Event Sponsor

The Arts Society Richmond

May
Tuesday
7
 

The Arts Society Richmond : The Art of the Classic French Paperweight

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.

Profile

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.

More information

  • Our lectures are held at Duke Street Church, Duke Street, Richmond TW9 1DH.
  • We meet on the first Tuesday of every month except January for drinks at 7pm and a one-hour lecture 8pm.
  • Guests and new members are especially welcome to join us there.
  • Members: Free
  • Guests: £5 per person payable at the door.
  • NADFAS members: £4 payable at the door.
  • Students: Free, upon production of your student card.

Venue

Duke Street Church

Event Sponsor

The Arts Society Richmond

June
Tuesday
4
 

The Arts Society Richmond : AGM and Lecture: A Load of Old Balls

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

Profile

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.

More information

  • Our lectures are held at Duke Street Church, Duke Street, Richmond TW9 1DH.
  • We meet on the first Tuesday of every month except January for drinks at 7pm and a one-hour lecture 8pm.
  • Guests and new members are especially welcome to join us there.
  • Members: Free
  • Guests: £5 per person payable at the door.
  • NADFAS members: £4 payable at the door.
  • Students: Free, upon production of your student card.

Venue

Duke Street Church

Event Sponsor

The Arts Society Richmond

July
Tuesday
2
7:30pm  

The Arts Society Richmond : Fortitude and Fancy - Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn

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.

Profile

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.

More information

  • Our lectures are held at Duke Street Church, Duke Street, Richmond TW9 1DH.
  • We meet on the first Tuesday of every month except January for drinks at 7pm and a one-hour lecture 8pm.
  • Guests and new members are especially welcome to join us there.
  • Members: Free
  • Guests: £5 per person payable at the door.
  • NADFAS members: £4 payable at the door.
  • Students: Free, upon production of your student card.

Venue

Duke Street Church

Event Sponsor

The Arts Society Richmond

August
Tuesday
6
7:30pm