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January 2019

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

Contemporary Millinery Workshop- Pillbox Heart Hat.

February 23 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
House, Weyside, Guildford, 31 Weyside Road
Guildford, GU1 1HZ United Kingdom
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£130

  Learn traditional couture millinery techniques to make your very own luxury velvet heart shape pillbox hat. A perfect accent to complete your outfit for your romantic dinner or the perfect experience gift for your other half. In this 5 hour workshop you will learn how to work with flat patterns to create a 3D shape. Virna will show you how to wire and cover a buckram base in luxury velvet, and demonstrate how to trim with petersham ribbons, veiling…

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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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Audio Described Tour of Cyril Mann: Painter of Light and Shadow

March 7 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
The Lightbox Gallery and Museum, The Lighbox Gallery & Museum
Woking, Surrey GU214AA United Kingdom
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£4

Visually impaired visitors are invited to join us for an audio described touch tour, followed by a hands-on creative workshop inspired by the exhibition Cyril Mann: Painter of Light and Shadow.

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In Conversation: On the Royal Road with Jayne Fincher

March 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Lightbox Gallery and Museum, The Lighbox Gallery & Museum
Woking, Surrey GU214AA United Kingdom
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£20

On International Women’s Day join award winning photographer Jayne Fincher as she discusses her career as a pioneering female photographer in the male-dominated world of Fleet Street photojournalism.

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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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Classically French concert – Woking Symphony Orchestra

March 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
HG Wells Conference & Events Centre, Church Street East
Woking, Surrey GU21 6HJ United Kingdom
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£14

Classically French Concert Woking Symphony Orchestra on 23 March. Music by Debussy, Saint-Saëns and Franck. Roy Stratford conductor. Will Bracken piano.

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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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When is a Life Complete?

April 25
The Mill Studio, Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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Dr. Michael Irwin has been twice elected as Chairman of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society (now known as Dignity in Dying) and President of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies.  When is a Life Complete? (Thursday 25 April) is a frank and illuminating talk considering the various factors which can result in someone, usually elderly, reaching the stage of a ‘completed life’.

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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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