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Newsletter - March 2016


Reminder about our New Programme Year

The Extraordinary General Meeting at our March lecture agreed that the Programme year will be changed to start in September in future. This means that the year 2015/2016 will be extended to cover the months of May and June 2016. The lecture in May is on 24th May (please note date) and the title is The Musical and Cultural Life of Shakespeare’s England by Jeremy Barlow. June’s lecture will follow our AGM starting at 6.45 pm, and the subject is Twentieth Century Sculpture by Linda Smith. Further details of these are on our website under Lectures, then look for Future Lectures. As your current subscription this year does not cover May and June we will be asking members to donate £5 on the night (£6 for guests) for each lecture.

Dates for your diary – proposed Visits and Events 2016

Wednesday 8th June 2016

Grimsthorpe Castle, Bourne, Lincolnshire
Stately home and Capability Brown park
Booking forms will be available in April

Tuesday 12th July 2016

David Hockney RA: 79 Portraits and 2 Still Lives at the Royal Academy, London. Booking forms will be available in April

Thursday 21st July 2016

Garden Party at Sea Mere, Hingham

Wednesday 17th August 2016

State Rooms of Buckingham Palace

Thursday 22nd September

2016   Audley End House and Saffron Walden

Tuesday 8th November 2016

Walking tour – The Huguenots of Spitalfields and visit to Dennis Severs’ House with Sue Jackson(members arrange own travel to Liverpool Street)



RBA Annual Open Exhibition

Kate Gardner’s painting of a windmill
Kate Gardner’s painting of a windmill

Norwich DFAS have chosen and submitted a painting by Kate Gardner to the annual exhibition organised by the Royal Society of British Artists. Kate is a pupil at Wymondham High Academy and her painting is the third one we have had accepted at this prestigious exhibition in the Mall Galleries.

The past chosen paintings have also been selected from work at Wymondham High, which reflects the high standard that the Head of Art, Neil Moulton, has encouraged in his classes.

The exhibition opens on 17th March and runs until the 2nd April, and anyone in London, and in the area, is welcome to view the work of member artists and work from schools and colleges around the country selected by NADFAS societies.

Our Charitable Donation for Young People

Liz Pierce presents Marcus Patteson with our cheque
Photo Paul Venn

This year our chosen charity was Sistema in Norwich. Our donation of £1,000 will be used to pay for tutors and instruments and will support Sistema in Norwich’s work with children aged 11 to 16. Marcus Patteson, director of the charity, was presented with the cheque by Liz Pierce at the February lecture.

A quote from his letter of thanks gives some idea of the scope of the work Sistema in Norwich undertake “The last year has seen children from the programme visit and perform in Gothenburg and Toronto, as well as the successful trial of the ‘teen’ Sistema and a new school join. We have seen Sistema in Norwich grow to working with nearly 1,000 children, across four areas of the city … as well as now running three youth orchestras. Our aim is to continue to increase the number of children that are taking part and the amount of time they get each week.”

Colonel Unthank

Colonel Unthank’s Norwich
Colonel Unthank’s Norwich

A little while ago we mentioned a ‘blog’ created by one of our members on the subject of the decorative arts in Norwich. A blog (for the uninitiated) is derived from the words ‘web log’ and is a personal website that is updated on a regular basis. You can sign up to receive Clive Lloyd’s illustrated online articles at and read about such diverse subjects as why the lampshades in Pizza Express at The Forum are decorated with molecular models; the abnormal ears of angels in fifteenth century Norwich stained glass, and Norwich artists and designers. You are invited to register for regular email alerts – it’s free and your email address will not be passed to any other body.

Capability Brown and Textile Art

We are celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of Capability Brown this year with a lecture in April and a visit to Grimsthorpe Castle. Members may also be interested in a major series of exhibitions by the Embroiderers’ Guild celebrating the works of Capability Brown which will run throughout 2016. The Embroiderers’ Guild is one of the Capability Brown Festival 2016’s national partners.

A listing of the local events of interest to those who like textile art can be found below:
30 April – 29 May, Landscapes and Gardens, Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk
7 May – 30 October, Landscapes of Capability Brown, Ickworth, Suffolk
September, Spirit of Oxburgh, Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk

“Othello” at Stratford on Avon, August 2015
organized by Madeline Weston

Colonel Unthank’s Norwich
Lucian Msamati (Iago), Madeline, and
Hugh Quarshie (Othello) Photo Liz Pierce

This visit went off extremely well and the weather was excellent. A quote from one of the thank-you letters from a member who came with us will serve as a report of the time we spent there.

 “We thoroughly enjoyed the two days in Stratford and want to congratulate you on organising such an excellent trip.

The travel was comfortable, with a good driver and the hotel was ideal in location with helpful service. We were also really pleased to get to know Stratford and all the buildings associated with Shakespeare.

But the highlight was obviously our experience of Othello. The theatre was intriguing, the restaurant was first class and the performance was outstanding. We were impressed by the whole evening but then the opportunity for meeting with the lead actors was a real bonus. They gave us great insight into the issues involved in the play, they were extremely generous with their time and their thoughts, and your leadership of the discussion was really masterly. Thank you so much for organising such a stimulating visit.”