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April 2019

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

Van Gogh and British Art

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

An in-depth look at the Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. In just over a decade, he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, mostly in the last two years of his life. Of particular interest is the inspiration he drew from art he saw during his time living in London. This course coincides with the exhibition Van Gogh and Britain, 27 March to 11 August…

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Female Composers

May 2 @ 10:30 am - May 30 @ 12:30 pm
Guildford Institute, Ward Street
Guildford, GU1 4LH United Kingdom
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£66

Some of the most well-known names in musical composition are male, but this course aims to put equally talented female composers on the same footing. Join us and enjoy the music of Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Cécile Chaminade, Dame Ethel Smyth and Roxanna Panufnik, as well as many more. 02–30 May · 5 Thursdays · 10.30am–12.30pm £66 (£60 concs; £55 Members)

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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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A New Movement – Where did drawing take Barbara Hepworth?

May 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Lightbox Gallery and Museum, The Lighbox Gallery & Museum
Woking, Surrey GU214AA United Kingdom
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£8 – £10

For Barbara Hepworth, drawing was 'a particularly exciting adventure' – a practice intimately connected to her sculpture and to the way she understood the world around her. Michael Bird discusses the different dynamics of Hepworth's abstract and figure drawings, their roots in the ideals of twentieth century modernism, and their place in the new landscape of post-war Britain. Michael Bird is a writer, art historian and broadcaster.

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Contemplating Northanger Abbey

May 10 @ 3:00 pm - May 17 @ 5:00 pm
Guildford Institute, Ward Street
Guildford, GU1 4LH United Kingdom
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£26.50

Northanger Abbey is unique in the canon of Jane Austen’s novels as a satire of the popular Gothic genre. During this course, prepare to delve, discuss and explore the intricacies of this classic novel. Keen readers are welcome and this course assumes no former study of the novel. If you love reading Austen’s fiction and are now curious about what makes Northanger Abbey unique, this is the course for you. 10 & 17 May · 2 Fridays · 3pm–5pm £26.50…

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The Image of Surrey

May 14 @ 2:00 pm - June 18 @ 4:00 pm
Guildford Institute, Ward Street
Guildford, GU1 4LH United Kingdom
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£66

From the 17th century onwards, artists have depicted the beauty of the Surrey landscape and its buildings. This pastime was particularly popular in the Victorian period. In this course, learn about Helen Allingham, Birket Foster, George Vicat Cole, Richard Redgrave and many others. Even Constable and Turner painted here! This richly illustrated course will introduce you to a variety of works, including the above painting, which is housed in the Institute’s collection. 14 May – 18 June · 2pm–4pm · 5 Tuesdays…

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The Life and Works of Frida Kahlo

May 22 @ 10:00 am - May 29 @ 12:30 pm
Guildford Institute, Ward Street
Guildford, GU1 4LH United Kingdom
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£33

Following on from the stimulating 2018 exhibition Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, we shall consider the fascinating works by this iconic artist. Born in Mexico, Kahlo’s art reflects her native country’s popular culture. Her images contain autobiographical elements of a life often spent enduring physical pain and suffering. Kahlo once stated: ‘I was considered a Surrealist. That’s not right. I’ve never painted dreams. What I showed was my reality.’ This course aims…

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Are You Looking At Me? A Study of Self-Portraits

May 28 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Guildford Institute, Ward Street
Guildford, GU1 4LH United Kingdom
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£19.80

Self-portraits have featured in Western art since the Renaissance. They have been produced in many different ways and for a variety of reasons over the centuries. This talk looks at many celebrated self-portraitists, such as Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Schiele and how this very particular type of portrait is still developing in our own time. This is a repeat of the Institute's popular Spring 2019 course. Tuesday 28 May · 2pm–5pm £19.80 (£18 concs; £16.50 Members)

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Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls

May 30 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Guildford Institute, Ward Street
Guildford, GU1 4LH United Kingdom
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£19.80

Churchill’s plays are classed as ‘socialist’ and ‘feminist’, but this is a limited definition. She explores compelling subject matter, challenges convention and experiments with theatre form. Top Girls, set in the 1980s, explores the predicament of the modern woman, but despite all the political stuff, it is a jolly good read with room for discussion. Please bring a copy of the play with you. Thursday 30 May · 10am–1pm £19.80 (£18 concs; £16.50 Members)  

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The History of Jazz Guitar

May 30 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Guildford Institute, Ward Street
Guildford, GU1 4LH United Kingdom
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£13.20

World music guitarist and composer Nicolas Meier and jazz guitarist Pete Roth will be taking you on a journey through the history of the jazz guitar. Using famous guitar players and styles as an anchoring point, this lecture will be filled with live played examples. A great experience for the jazz guitar connoisseur and music lover at the same time. Thursday 30 May · 2pm–4pm £13.20 (£12 concs; £11 Members)

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Fast Forward: Her Stories in Photography

May 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Lightbox Gallery and Museum, The Lighbox Gallery & Museum
Woking, Surrey GU214AA United Kingdom
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Free

Join us for a tour Women in Photography and a panel discussion with Anna Fox and Karen Knorr, chaired by Jean Wainwright. The panel will discuss the significance of uncovering hidden histories and of revealing new role models for women photographers. Free event, pre-booking required.

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Annual Arts Lecture – The Art Of Glass

May 31 @ 6:30 pm - 8:15 pm
Guildford Institute, Ward Street
Guildford, GU1 4LH United Kingdom
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£12.00

The Guildford Institute and Guildford Arts are joining together to present local artist, Adam Aaronson. Adam’s passion for free-blown glass, an unpredictable and seductive artistic medium, remains undimmed after almost 40 years. Adam adds a modern twist to classic methods, from his studio in Surrey, where he also runs glassblowing courses for beginners. He has exhibited all over the world and has been commissioned to make work for the Royal Academy of Arts in London, Italy’s venerable Salviati Glass Studio,…

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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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