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Lectures are held at Winston Churchill Theatre, Pinn Way, Ruislip HA4 7QL.  Special Interest Days are held at Uxbridge Golf Club, The Drive, Uxbridge UB10 8AQ.  Non-members are welcome to come to Lectures for just £7 - free if you join on the day. For Special Interest Days non-members not attending a Lecture should telephone Sylvia Jones (01895 677041) or Pam Cook (01895 833725) for details.


8 January

HOW TO PICK A FAVOURITE CHURCH

Speaker Janet Gough

As a former Director of Churches and Cathedrals, Janet has chosen one church from each diocese to illustrate the incredible story of our churches bound up with the history of England over the last 1400 years.  

She shares with the audience how they may select their own favourites, together with the many joys and the challenges in maintaining England's extraordinary ecclesiastical heritage.

12 February

THE MAGNIFICENT MAYA – FACT AND FANTASY Speaker Dr Diane Davies

The Maya operated one of the most sophisticated civilizations in the ancient world.

Their achievements in the arts and sciences, along with their complex social, political and economic systems, make them one of the most remarkable culture groups in the Pre-Columbian Americas.

They had an intricate calendar system, complex hieroglyphic writing, some of the largest pyramids in the world, a ball game that was like no other, and chocolate!

STUDY DAY

20 February

SPELLBINDING BEAUTY FROM THE HOUSE OF DIOR  Speaker Ann Hayworth

On 12 February 1947, Christian Dior emerged from the long shadows cast by WWII to present his inaugural collection of haute couture. It was immediately acclaimed as 'The New Look' and caused a sensation.

It epitomised a longed-for femininity with elegant shoulders, full skirts and narrow waists. Christian Dior’s exquisite designs would go on to define a decade.

After Dior's death in 1957, a young Yves Saint Laurent became Head Designer at La Maison Dior, followed by Marc Bohan.



11 March

THE EMPEROR QIANLONG (1735 – 1796) 'ULTIMATE RENAISSANCE RULER AND FINE ART COLLECTOR.'  Speaker David Rosier.

The Emperor Qianlong was arguably the greatest of all Qing emperors as he guided China through a period of political, economic and cultural prosperity.

Qianlong was a noted scholar who wrote over 43.000 poems and, as a collector of fine art, amassed a treasure trove of hundreds of thousands of works of art including paintings, porcelain, jade, textiles, enamelling, ivory carvings and snuff boxes.

13 May

THE BREUGHELS

Speaker Chantal Brotherton – Ratcliffe

Peter Breughel, father of two sons, Peter and Jan, grandfather of further Peters and Jans, was the founder of a dynasty of painters in 16th and 17th century Antwerp.

The Peters present us with an often hilarious view of peasant life and lay out some of the absurdities of human behaviour, whilst Jan and his sons made a specialisation of examining the natural world in astounding detail.

10 June

ART DECO PAINTING – BRITAIN, EUROPE and BEYOND   Speaker Dr Scott Andersen

The inter-war period of the 1920s and '30s saw a revolution in the decorative arts and architecture, now known as the Art Deco Style.

This lecture focuses on the exciting styles of representational art, the revival of classical themes, portraiture and insights into everyday life and architecture through well known artists such as Tamara de Lempicka, Ernest Proctor, Jean Dupas and lesser known painters Vivian Stringfield and Ruth Miller.




LECTURE PROGRAMME 2020

Study Day Details

20 February, 10 am to 3.15 pm.

3 lectures, coffee break 11.00 am.

Cost £28 including coffee & lunch.

Payable to the Arts Society England.

Pay Mrs P Cook, 35 Woodhurst Drive,

Denham, Middlesex UB9 5LL.

Tel 01895 855725

or Sylvia on 07904 663996