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January 2019

Temples of the Muses: The Architecture of Art Galleries and Museums

January 15 @ 2:00 pm - February 12 @ 4:00 pm
Guildford Institute, Ward Street
Guildford, GU1 4LH United Kingdom
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£66.00

Explore the fascinating 200-year history of museum architecture, mainly in the UK, but with key examples from abroad. We study the dramatically changing conventions of museum and gallery display, as well as the plans which provide gallery space, offices, storage and increasingly, shops, cafés and education spaces. From temple to power station, museum façades symbolise their changing social role. 15 January – 12 February · 2pm–4pm (5 Tuesdays)

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Bertolt Brecht’s ‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle’

January 28 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Guildford Institute, Ward Street
Guildford, GU1 4LH United Kingdom
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£19.80

Bertolt Brecht’s compelling play tells Grusha Vachnadze’s story using a play within a play structure to make his political point – ‘What there is shall belong to those who are good for it.’ We will dip into and explore the text in a supportive atmosphere in relation to Brecht’s epic theatre techniques. Please bring a copy of the text with you.

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Englishness in Music

January 31 @ 10:30 am - March 28 @ 12:30 pm
Guildford Institute, Ward Street
Guildford, GU1 4LH United Kingdom
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£66.00

What is an ‘English’ sound? What are its origins and what has in influenced its growth? It is an intriguing journey which follows a diversity of paths. From roaming minstrels to Elgar and Jacob Collier, we follow the development of organised sound created by devoted English composers. 31 January – 28 February · 10.30am–12.30pm (5 Thursdays)

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February 2019

Motown Singing Workshop

February 9 @ 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square
Farnham, Surrey GU9 7QR United Kingdom
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If you love singing and love Motown, then come and learn Motown songs in harmony, led by professional Vocal Coach, Dan Cooper. This workshop is not to be missed! Light refreshments included. Saturday 9th February - 14:30-18:30, Barley Room, Farnham Maltings. Please book via Farnham Maltings' website

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Words Music Action

February 11
The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ United Kingdom
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At the Electric Theatre on Monday 11th February @ 9.30am arrival for 10am start. ' Words, Music, Action' practical sessions that offer activities and approaches through the day. Speakers include Surrey Arts, ACM Guildford and IMM- Music. Please email Jennie.surmeli@electric.theatre for more information £18 per person including lunch. £12 excluding lunch. Free for students.  

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When Britain Clicked

February 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Onslow Village Hall, The Square, Wilderness Raod
Guildford, Surrery GU2 7QX United Kingdom
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"When Britain Clicked" Brian Stater 13 February 2019  British photography enjoyed a golden age in the 1960's. Young, talented newcomers broke the studio conventions to revolutionise perceptions of fashion, portraiture and popular culture. This talk looks at the works of David Bailey, Jane Brown, Tony Ray Jones and Terence Donovan, amongst others.

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Northern Renaissance? Art in the Age of Van Eyck

February 26 @ 2:00 pm - March 26 @ 4:00 pm
Guildford Institute, Ward Street
Guildford, GU1 4LH United Kingdom
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£66.00

Explore fifteenth century Flemish art, rich in religious symbolism and domestic detail. Oil painting facilitated a revolutionary realism, comparable to developments in early Renaissance Italy, but with significant differences, which we shall examine. Key artists include Jan Van Eyck, Rogier Van der Weyden, Dirk Bouts, Hans Memling and Gerard David. 26 February – 26 March · 2pm–4pm (5 Tuesdays)

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March 2019

GSC Stages: Approaching Shakespeare with Richard Neale

March 2 @ 10:00 am - March 3 @ 5:00 pm
Guildford Shakespeare Company HQ, 14/15 Midleton Road
Guildford, GU2 8XW United Kingdom
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£120

Acting Masterclass: over one weekend at GSC HQ, you will work with Richard Neale, director of GSC’s Robin Hood and acting teacher at GSA. Under Richard's expert guidance, you will unlock Shakespeare’s verse and prose, demystify the complex language and discover clues in the text. This acting masterclass uses rehearsal room techniques and physical exploration to take you on the journey from page to stage. Topics over the weekend include: "Cus like you mean it"; Shakespeare’s Insults. "Rhythm and truth"; Practical use of…

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William Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

March 13 @ 10:00 am - March 20 @ 1:00 pm
Guildford Institute, Ward Street
Guildford, GU1 4LH United Kingdom
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£39.60

One of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' tells the story surrounding Theseus and Hippolita’s nuptials. Disturbing fairies, power struggles and jealousy with a bit of slapstick thrown in. Three parallel plots are brought together. We will read the play together in a supportive atmosphere, as Shakespeare was written to be heard. This will open up opportunities for discussion and sharing ideas. Please bring a copy of the text with you. 13 & 20 March · 10am–1pm (2 Wednesdays)

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Learn to Look at Paintings in Your Lunch Break

March 13 @ 12:30 pm - March 20 @ 1:30 pm
Guildford Institute, Ward Street
Guildford, GU1 4LH United Kingdom
£13.20

Do you spend your lunch breaks munching a sandwich whilst looking at a screen? These 45 minute lunch time workshops are for complete beginners – you may never have been to an art gallery or if you have, you may want to get more out of your visits. Together we will learn to use existing skills of observation, spend time looking at and seeing paintings, as well as forming and discussing our own views on them. In these two practical…

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Caravaggio Murderer or Genius?

March 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Onslow Village Hall, The Square, Wilderness Raod
Guildford, Surrery GU2 7QX United Kingdom
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"Caravaggio Murderer or Genius?" Julia Musgrave 13 March 2019   Caravaggio's paintings inspired many artists during his lifetime and went on to influence many more from Rubens to Rembrandt. Yet he is famed as much for his art as for his criminal record. This lecture follows the artist's life and looks at why and how his influence spread so far.

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Twentieth Century British Portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery

March 16 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Guildford Institute, Ward Street
Guildford, GU1 4LH United Kingdom
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£33.00

In this gallery visit, explore a range of modern British portraiture from the Edwardians to the vibrant portrait scene of the present day. Artists will include (dependant on displays) Sargent, Camden Town Group Artists, Duncan Grant and the Bloomsbury Group, Patrick Heron, Gerald Kelly and others. We will also examine the relationship between modern photography and painting in portraiture. Students are asked to make their own way to the National Portrait Gallery. Please meet Hilary in the main foyer by…

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Art and the Great War

March 19 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Guildford Institute, Ward Street
Guildford, GU1 4LH United Kingdom
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£19.80

The Great War radically changed the world; both society generally and the public perception of the globe were altered. The role art played within this upheaval is complex. Neither outright propaganda, nor criticism, make for the best art. The strongest statements are more nuanced and grow out of individual experience and vision. We will look at this range of responses, as well as how the war influenced art and how art influenced views of the war.

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April 2019

Keats’ Great Year of 1819: A Study of Keats’ Odes

April 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Guildford Institute, Ward Street
Guildford, GU1 4LH United Kingdom
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£16.50

In April 1819 John Keats became a full-time poet. In this year, in a flurry of creativity, he writes most of his major odes and proposes marriage of Fanny Brawne. We will study several of the odes Keats wrote in 1819 and try to understand the context in which they are written. The class will be lecture and discussion based. Ideally you should have read the following poems (copies will be provided): Ode to Psyche, Ode on a Grecian Urn,…

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Sunflowers and Lumiere – The Art of Van Gogh

April 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Onslow Village Hall, The Square, Wilderness Raod
Guildford, Surrery GU2 7QX United Kingdom
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"Sunflowers and Lumiere" The Art of Van Gogh Rt Rev Dr Christopher Herbert 10 April 2019   Under the grey skies of northern Europe, a genius artist longed for the sun. Out of his inner turmoil and with the unstinting help of his practical brother, Van Gogh explored colour and landscape in ways which have shifted everyone's perception. This lecture tells that story and opens our eyes to his world.

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May 2019

A Short History of Art Crime

May 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Onslow Village Hall, The Square, Wilderness Raod
Guildford, Surrery GU2 7QX United Kingdom
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"A Short History of Art Crime" Tom Flynn 8 May 2019   This talk focuses on the most significant art heists of the past hundred years. Why do thieves steal art works that have an almost zero chance of resale? Are they stolen by organised gangs or by opportunist amateurs? What happens to a masterpiece once stolen. We shine a light into the darker recesses on international crime syndicates.

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June 2019

Dame Zaha Hadid

June 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Onslow Village Hall, The Square, Wilderness Raod
Guildford, Surrery GU2 7QX United Kingdom
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"Dame Zaha Hadid" Anthea Streeter 12June2019   Before her untimely death in 2016 Dame Zaha Hadid was one of the world's most distinguished architects. From her early sharp-angled buildings she developed a fluid architecture, where floors, walls, ceiling and even furniture formed part of the overall design

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September 2019

The Magic of Prague

September 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Onslow Village Hall, The Square, Wilderness Raod
Guildford, Surrery GU2 7QX United Kingdom
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"The Magic of Prague" Czech Art and Culture Gavin Plumley 11 September 2019 As part of the Hapsburg Empire, Prague was beloved of kings and princes.   During the 19th century, however, the Czechs sought to reclaim the city for their own. They imagined a new future by means of architecture, literature, art and music.  This talk will show how Czechs created a capital that was fit for a new independent nation

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