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March 2018

Mary Watts: Pioneering Suffragist

March 6 - November 3
Watts Gallery, Down Lane
Compton, Surrey GU3 1DQ United Kingdom
£11.50

The eightieth anniversary of Mary Watts's death in 2018 marks one hundred years since the Representation of the People Act in 1918, which enabled all men and some women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time, and ninety years since the Equal Franchise Act in 1928, which finally gave women the right to vote at age twenty-one on the same terms as men. To coincide with this significant anniversary we will present a display titled 'Mary…

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August 2018

Flood

August 11 @ 11:00 am - October 27 @ 5:00 pm
Free

This exhibition showcases images and memories of devastating floods that have swept Guildford and Surrey including the waves of water that washed the area in 1968.

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October 2018

William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”

October 18 - October 25
Guildford Institute, Ward Street
Guildford, GU1 4LH United Kingdom
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The Tempest’ is the story of Prospero’s betrayal, revenge and ultimate forgiveness in the face of repentance. Set on a magical island inhabited by mythical creatures, the story plays out under the magician’s guidance. In a supportive atmosphere, we will read the play together, 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. 18 & 25 October (2 Thursdays). Guildford Institute £38.70 01483…

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Punk Rock Yoga

October 23 - December 11

Available at The Boileroom Yoga style: Each class strongly focuses on synchronizing movement and breath. Jo is trained in both Dru Yoga and the basics of Kundalini Yoga, so classes are influenced by both yoga styles and can include sequences, asana (poses), dance, mantra and pranayama (controlled breathing). They always begin with a warm-up and end with either a meditation and/ or relaxation. Yoga with a punk rock twist: The playlists are carefully chosen to suit each class and the…

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BAD JUJU YOGA: KICK ASS KUNDALINI

October 23 - December 18
Boileroom, 13 Stoke Fields
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4LS United Kingdom
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Available at the Boileroom: An alternative Kundalini Yoga class suitable for all abilities. Movement along to music to free the body and mind through set Kriya’s, mantra, meditation, pranayama and naad. Classes are often energetic and will be different from what you’ve ever experienced before. Jo welcomes absolute newbies and shares yoga in a way that is suitable for beginners and intermediate. Modifications are available. Dates: Tuesdays at 19.35pm 23 October 30 October 6 November 27 November 4 December 11…

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Ben Law – The Craft of a Woodsman

October 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cranleigh Arts Centre, 1 High Street
Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 8AS, United Kingdom
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£7

Join woodsman and author Ben Law as he takes you on a journey to ‘Prickly Nut Wood’, his home and place of work for the past 27 years. This illustrated talk takes you through the seasonal cycle of working wood and the range of traditional and modern crafts that Ben creates, along with the benefits this brings to biodiversity in the woodland. From the humble wooden spoon to Kevin McCloud’s favourite Grand Design, the diversity of produce and way of life…

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Capturing the Natural World

October 25 - November 15
Guildford Institute, Ward Street
Guildford, GU1 4LH United Kingdom
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Students will create art works from the mundane that is around them. A simple seed-head or a barren tree will be turned into beautiful art. Claire Harrison will share her passion for the natural world and her experience of professionally painting the subject for 17 years. Students can choose the materials in which they work. This course is for all abilities. 25 October – 15 November (4 Thursdays). £51.60 Guildford Institute 01483 562142 www.guildfordinstitute.org.uk

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November 2018

Peter Shaffer’s ‘The Royal Hunt of the Sun’

November 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Guildford Institute, Ward Street
Guildford, GU1 4LH United Kingdom
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£12.90

Peter Shaffer explored farce and epic tragedy in his writing. One of the foremost dramatists of our time, he repeatedly wrestled with his ordered puritanical side and his anarchic tendencies. His plays reflect these two elements of his personality. We will look at some of his texts and read extracts from The Royal Hunt of the Sun, which stunned audiences in its first performances. Shaffer wished he could be more like some of his characters and ‘live in the moment…

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Art and the Great War

November 13 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Guildford Institute, Ward Street
Guildford, GU1 4LH United Kingdom
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£19.35

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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Here Lies Our Sovereign King

November 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Onslow Village Hall, The Square, Wilderness Raod
Guildford, Surrery GU2 7QX United Kingdom
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"Here Lies Our Sovereign King" Clive Barham Carter 14 November 2018   The recent discovery of Richard Ill has rekindled the interest to find out where and how our kings are buried.   Clive Barham Carter goes on a quest - a monarch hunt, concentrating on splendid architecture, astonishing sculpture and beautiful paintings and a bit of history on his monarch hunt.

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Renaissance Portraits

November 16 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Guildford Institute, Ward Street
Guildford, GU1 4LH United Kingdom
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£19.35

Were Renaissance portraits commissioned to show other people what the patron looked like, or for status? To establish the patron’s sense of self, when mirrors weren’t widely available? Or commissioned to take pleasure in the fine art of portrayal? Were they idealised? Can we ever be sure of a realistic portrait? This course will run at the same time as the Lorenzo Lotto Portraits exhibition at the National Gallery, from 05 November 2018 – 10 February 2019.

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Festive Floral Roadshow – The Beanstalk Tale in the Mill Studio at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

November 22
The Mill Studio, Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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Multiple award-winning floral designer Mig Kimpton brings a fun, fresh approach to festive floral design and creates a unique evening of entertainment with his new Festive Floral Roadshow – The Beanstalk Tale (Thursday 22 November).  Watch him create from scratch, using fresh flowers and unusual materials, some amazing festive designs for the home and thrill at the opportunity of the chance to take one home. All tickets £15 (Price includes a 50p Restoration Levy and 50p Booking Fee) Box Office:…

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Keeping a Sketchbook

November 22 - December 13
Guildford Institute, Ward Street
Guildford, GU1 4LH United Kingdom
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Claire Harrison will share her enthusiasm for keeping a sketchbook. As a professional artist she has used one for many years. She will explain how a sketchbook can be used to generate ideas, as well as a tool to discover more about your creativity. Students will be able to choose the theme and the materials in which they work. This course is for all abilities. 22 November – 13 December (4 Thursdays). £51.60 Guildford Institute

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Pastels for Everyone

November 23 - November 30
Guildford Institute, Ward Street
Guildford, GU1 4LH United Kingdom
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Learn how to use pastels and explore different techniques, such as blending, creating textures, feathering and layering. The tutor will demonstrate techniques which students will use to produce cloud scenes or a still life, using the techniques they have practised. The course is suitable for anyone who has some experience with pastels. 23 & 30 November (2 Fridays). £25.80 Guildford Institute 01483 562142 www.guildfordinstitute.org.uk

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Frankenstein: Mary Shelley’s ‘Monstrous’ Creation

November 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Guildford Institute, Ward Street
Guildford, GU1 4LH United Kingdom
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£16.10

It’s 200 years since the 18-year-old Mary Shelley ‘dreamt’ up her novel Frankenstein. Considered by some as the first science fiction novel, Frankenstein has inspired numerous films and was a stand-out production at the National Theatre in 2011. We will explore the themes and ideas embedded in this ever- popular novel. Ideally you should have read the novel before the course, and please bring along a copy.

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December 2018

Giotto : The Legend and the Reality

December 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Onslow Village Hall, The Square, Wilderness Raod
Guildford, Surrery GU2 7QX United Kingdom
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Giotto : "The Legend and the Reality" Janet Robson 12 December 2018 Giotto di Bondone was probably the first Italian artist  to  be celebrated  in  his own lifetime. Sought after by kings, popes  and  merchant  bankers, establishing the truth about Giotto is surprisingly difficult. This  lecture separates the legend from the reality.  

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January 2019

Mad Men & the Artists

09/01/2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Onslow Village Hall, The Square, Wilderness Raod
Guildford, Surrery GU2 7QX United Kingdom
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Mad Men & the Artists Tony Rawlins 9 January 2019   Fine art has provided the advertising world with a great deal of creative imagery in their campaigns.        This lecture reveals some of the processes by which advertisements are created and why the works of Michelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci have been a rich source of inspiration.

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February 2019

When Britain Clicked

13/02/2019 @ 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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March 2019

Caravaggio Murderer or Genius?

13/03/2019 @ 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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April 2019

Sunflowers and Lumiere – The Art of Van Gogh

10/04/2019 @ 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

08/05/2019 @ 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

12/06/2019 @ 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

11/09/2019 @ 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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