Charnwood Venue: Quorn Church Rooms, Church Lane, Quorn LE12 8DP Lectures are held on the second Thursday of the month (excluding July and August). The Society arranges outings, specialist Study Days, has sponsored a Young Arts Exhibition and compiled and launched a Church Trail.  2018 Thursday 31st May 2018 (NOTE DAYTIME LECTURE at 11.30 am) Elizabeth Merry Sweet Swan of Avon In his tribute to Shakespeare on the publication of the First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays in 1623, Ben Jonson addresses him as ‘Sweet Swan of Avon’ , ‘Thou Star of Poets’ and ‘Not of an Age, but for all Time’. 400 years after Shakespeare’s death his words still have the power to thrill, to move, to uplift the soul. In fact, it’s said that a Shakespeare play is being performed somewhere in the world every minute of every day. In this lecture we explore what is known about his life in the turbulent and often dangerous world of Elizabethan and Jacobean England, and look at the development of English Renaissance theatre. We will also focus on some of the portraits purporting to be of Shakespeare and examine the theories behind them. Brice Stratford - An image showing direct comparisons between the Shakespeare of the Cobbe Portrait, the Chandos Portrait and the Droeshout Engraving. Thursday 14th June 2018 Adam Busiakiewicz Warwick Castle. A forgotten collection Warwick Castle remains one of Britain’s best preserved and most popular medieval castles. The imposing stone walls and towers were raised by the powerful Earls of Warwick, who took a leading role in the most important events of Medieval England. From 1604, the castle was transformed from a fortification and into a luxurious stately home. The treasures of the eighteenth and nineteenth century Earls filled the castle with arguably one of Britain’s most undiscovered collections of Old Master Painting, Furniture, Arms and Armour and objet d’art. The sale of Warwick Castle to an entertainments company in 1978, by Lord Brooke, meant that the castle’s history, collection and interiors remains one of the country’s best kept secrets. Warwick Castle web site Thursday 13th September 2018 Catherine Wallace Under the open sky. Newlyn and Lamorna Artists 1880-1940 This lecture looks at the relationship between art and the fishing industry in Cornwall in the  1880s - 1900.  In particular it analyses how the Newlyn School artists captured the lives of the families dependant on fishing, the hard work and the tragedies they suffered and the boats they used to fish in. Samuel John Birch is estimated to have painted over 20,000 works of art in his long artistic life which ended in 1955. He came from humble beginnings in Cheshire and made his name in Manchester before making the Lamorna Valley near Newlyn both his adopted home and name. His subject was landscape, and in particular the Cornish landscape. Background to the Newlyn Artists Thursday 11th October 2018 ( NOTE AGM at 7.15 ) Gavin Plumley The Gustavs – Mahler and Klimt 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. Max Reinhardt, Carl Moll, Mahler, Gustav Klimt, Anna Moll and Josef Hofmann are sitting in the garden of the Villa Carl Moll, Vienna, 1903 Left: Klimt        Right: Marler Background to the Secessionists. Thursday 8th November 2018 Simon Inglis Great Lengths-On the Art & Architecture of swimming pools & lidos Swimming is Britain’s second favourite form of physical recreation (after walking). Almost everyone has memories of visiting their local baths. But whilst not all these memories might be positive – drooping knitted cozzies anyone? – for many swimmers the baths themselves are cherished. Some, particular those built in the late Victorian and Edwardian years, are rich with decorative tilework, stained glass, polished wood and terracotta detailing. This sense of municipal pride continued into the 1920s and ’30s, when Art Deco and Modernist lidos became the urban beaches of their day. In this lecture, Simon highlights the treasures of aquatic art that survive, and considers how the pools of today compare. Thursday 13th December 2018 ( Includes Drinks & Mince Pies) Ian Keable George Cruikshank - The man who drew Oliver Twist George Cruikshank is now best known for his brilliant drawings for Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist.  But this is to do his prodigious skills and work output a disservice. Cruikshank moved effortlessly from biting satirical prints in the Georgian era through to producing engravings for numerous books and journals in Victorian times. Adapting his talents both to new printing technology and the new demands of the reading public, he is considered by many to be the greatest illustrator of the 19th century. His personal reputation hasn't survived quite so well, partly through his obsession with temperance in later life and the fact that when he died, aged 85, it was discovered he had fathered eleven illegitimate children with his mistress. Page designed, created and maintained by Janet Groome Handshake Computer Training
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