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2012/2013

SPECIAL INTEREST DAY

Tuesday 23rd October 2012
Three Italian Cities: The Art of Ravenna, Assisi and Urbino
Rt Revd Dr Christopher Herbert

Many British people know the great cities of Italy such as Rome and Florence. Fewer of them know delights of Ravenna and its 5th century mosaics, Urbino and its magnificent renaissance Ducal palace and gallery containing works by Piero della Francesca, or Assisi and the frescoes in the basilica by Giotto, Cimabue and Simone Martini. This Special Interest Day will take us on a sweeping tour of these three Italian cities studying art ranging across one thousand years of history.

Art historian and former Bishop of St Albans, Christopher was very popular when he lectured to NDFAS in 2011 on the art in 15th century Bruges. He has a national and international reputation as an authority on Christian art and its relationship with cultural, political and ecclesiastical history.

Three Italian Cities: The Art of Ravenna, Assisi and Urbino           

Fresco by Giotto in the basilica
of San Francesco of Assisi
18th October 2012
'Dickens and the Artists' at the Watts Gallery, nr Guildford

This exhibition includes painting from Dickens' own collection as well as works that illustrate the Dickensian world. Mark Bills, the curator of the Gallery, lectured our Society in September and this visit follows that. The Gallery also includes a permanent display of works by GF Watts and the Watts Chapel designed by Mary Watts is a short walk away.

Harlow Heritage Sculpture and the Gibberd House and Garden
6th September 2012
Harlow Heritage Sculpture and the Gibberd House and Garden

We have arranged a conducted tour of the Harlow sculpture trail including works by Barbara Hepworth, Elizabeth Frink, Lynn Chadwick, Henry Moore and many others.

We will also visit the house created by Sir Frederick Gibberd, architect of Master Planner of Harlow New Town, and the well-known Gibberd garden with many interesting plantings and features.

Harlow Heritage Sculpture and the Gibberd House and Garden

Summer Garden Party

Thursday, 12th July 2012 at 2.30pm
East Carleton Manor NR14 8JY
by kind permission of Mrs Hazel Chapman

This year’s garden party will be held at East Carleton Manor. It has a superb 3-acre garden to wander around, with a sunken garden, water features, walled garden and walks through trees and shrubs. The usual excellent tea will be provided.

Summer Garden Party
Tuesday 26th June 2012
“The English Prize: The Capture of the Westmorland, an Episode of the Grand Tour” at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

This special exhibition collects together art that was being sent home to England by rich English travellers on the Grand Tour. The inventories aboard the ship have enabled researchers to identify these treasures, and they form the basis of this exhibition; it will later travel to the Yale Center for British Art in the United States.

For an interesting press article about this go to
http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2011/nov/20/grand-tour-loot-presa-inglesa

“The English Prize: The Capture of the Westmorland, an Episode of the Grand Tour” at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Thursday 3rd May 2012
Sulgrave Manor, Stoke Bruerne Pavilions and the Aviator Hotel

This day trip to Northants will take in the 16th century manor house which belonged to the ancestors of George Washington, the Stoke Burerne Palladian Pavilions, and a refreshment stop at the Art Deco Aviator Hotel at Sywell Aerodrome before returning home.

Sulgrave Manor, Stoke Bruerne Pavilions and the Aviator Hotel
Tuesday 28th February 2012
Royal Academy, ‘David Hockney: A Bigger Picture’
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Tate Britain, ‘Picasso and Modern British Art’

At the Royal Academy there is large exhibition of David Hockney’s landscapes, some of which have been created especially for the galleries at the RA.

At the Tate Britain about 70 Picassos will be hung next to works by seven modern British artists whose work has been influenced by the most important painter of the 20th century.

This visit is now full.

‘Picasso and Modern British Art’