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October 2018

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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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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November 2018

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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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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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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