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Guildford, GU1 4LH United Kingdom

A social and educational community hub in the heart of Guildford

The Guildford Institute has a special place in the heart of the local community. It is a unique venue where people of all ages and backgrounds can get together to learn, explore, create and meet old and new friends.

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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Photography by DIGITALI at the Guildford Institute

January 28 @ 9:00 am - February 16 @ 2:00 pm
Guildford Institute, Ward Street
Guildford, GU1 4LH United Kingdom
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Free to all

This is the first exhibition by Digitali, a group of four enthusiastic photographers, all members of the Guildford Photographic Society. They each have their own areas of interest, providing diversity within the group, including portraiture, insects, street photography, creative flower photography, abstracts in the landscape, and travel.

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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

Tunsgate : A Century of Change at the Guildford Institute

February 18 @ 9:00 am - March 9 @ 2:00 pm
Guildford Institute, Ward Street
Guildford, GU1 4LH United Kingdom
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Free to all

Follow the story of this distinct part of Guildford town centre from 1918 to 2018. See how Tunsgate changed from a dark, narrow street of houses to the ‘place to be’ with a cinema and coffee bar. Find out about the small businesses that moved into the area, some of which are still there today, and the development of the shopping centres. This display has been produced by the Friends of Guildford Museum with support from Guildford Heritage Services as…

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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

Trees and Beyond at the Guildford Institute

March 11 @ 9:00 am - March 30 @ 2:00 pm
Guildford Institute, Ward Street
Guildford, GU1 4LH United Kingdom
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Free to all

Charles Twigg lives and works in and around Woking. He is passionate about mental health care, in which area he works as a communication artist with MIND and other organisations. Over the last few years Charles has been looking at trees and how they fit within the various environments. This exhibition is a small part of this large body of work. In particular he is studying the dense undergrowth which is such an important part of the ecology of our woodlands. The…

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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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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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