Our Lectures take place at the Ashford Road Community Centre on the 3rd Wednesday of each month (except August and December) at 11am.  The programme is listed below.

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEE  SINGLE £26; DOUBLE £45

Members – £3 payable at the door
Guests  –    £4 payable at the door

Guests should be booked in with the guest secretary, Mrs Antoinette Groom 01227 760609, no later than 2 days before the meeting.  

All our speakers are professionals selected from the NADFAS Directory of accredited lecturers

2017

AGM 10:30     Wednesday 15th February 2017
HIGH TECH ARCHITECTURE: The Famous Five British Architects who built our 21st Century world
Speaker:  Colin Davies

Wednesday 15th March 2017  11am
CAPABILITY BROWN AND THE ENGLISH LANDSCAPE
Speaker:  James Bolton

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Wednesday 19th April 2017  11am
BLONDES ARE MORE FUN;
the colourful world of David Hockney
Speaker:  Frank Woodgate

To celebrate Hockney’s 80th birthday Tate Britain is holding a major retrospective and the Society has organised a trip to view it on the 4th May. Click here for details.

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Wednesday 17th May 2017  11am
FOREIGNERS IN LONDON 1520-1677; the artists who changed the course of British Art
Speaker: Leslie Primo

Why were foreign painters preferred by the aristocracy in London to native-born English painters? Why did foreigners come in the first place? What was their motivation? What was the impact of foreigners in London on English art?

Wednesday 21st June 2017  11am
‘NOT BLOODY LIKELY’ 
the marketing of Covent Garden
Speaker:  Daniel Snowman

Over the centuries, Covent Garden has embodied all that is most characteristic of British cultural and artistic life: a state of grace which, as Bernard Shaw’s Eliza Doolittle might have put it, must at times have seemed “not bloody likely!”

Wednesday 19th July 2017  11am
ART BEAT – Crime in Art
Speaker:  Malcolm Kenwood

Bill, a likeable rogue, turned his back on a career as a prolific handler of stolen antiques to become a chef. But what was really on his menu………………??

Wednesday September 20th 2017  11am
THINKING BIG – THE COLISEUM: London’s largest theatre
Speaker: Sarah Lenton

Now the home of English National Opera everything about the London Coliseum is enormous – the stage, the auditorium, the number of its ghosts . . . . . and the size of its problems.

Wednesday 18th October 2017  11am
THE NIGHT BEFORE THE MORNING AFTER: hard drink and harlots in art
Speaker: John Iddon

In 2015 exhibitions in Paris and London featured how ladies of the night and alcohol had been depicted in art by many great artists.

Wednesday 15th November 2017  11am
GETTING UNDER THEIR SKINSfinding character and story in Renaissance art
Speaker: Sarah Dunant

The decoding of old paintings helped to penetrate hidden worlds inside the Renaissance, finding wonder and drama in ordinary lives, most especially those of women, and exploring the complexities of politics and religion along with emotion, the senses, and the heady appetites of body and soul.

2018

Wednesday January 17th 2018  11am
SPANISH STILL LIFElooking at the overlooked 1600-1900
Speaker: Jacqueline Cockburn

Spanish Still Life painting can give insights into the world and society in which artists lived, to such detail as a fly on a grape or a fish bone strewn across the table.

AGM   10:30am   Wednesday 21st February 2018 
THE ART OF THE PREHISTORIC POTTER
Speaker: Julian Richards

6000 years ago the first decorated pots were made in Britain: hand formed and fired in bonfires.  In cooking vessels and urns, over the next 4000 years, our ancient ancestors produced pots of great beauty and power, capable of inspiring potters today.