Days of special interest are held in Broadwell Village Hall GL56 0TL and start at 10 am. The price includes morning coffee and a cooked lunch, booking is essential

Pre-raphaelite painting

WEDNESDAY 31 OCTOBER 2018

Rosalind Whyte

Henry Tate – patron of the Pre-Raphaelites. Highlights of the Burne-Jones exhibition

In 1889 Henry Tate, an industrialist who had made his fortune as a sugar refiner, offered his collection of British nineteenth-century art to the nation and provided funding for the first Tate Gallery. When it first opened its doors to the public in 1897 it had just one site, displaying a small collection of British artworks. Tate’s original bequest of works, together with works from the National Gallery, formed the founding collection.
Today we have four major sites and at Tate Britain the National Collection of British art from 1500 to the present day, including British modern art. We will look at a general overview of the gallery and highlights of the collection.
Tate was a great patron of Pre-Raphaelite artists and his bequest of 65 paintings to the National Gallery included John Everett Millais’ Ophelia 1851–2 and J.W.Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott 1888.
The exhibition of the work of Edward Coley Burne-Jones opens at Tate Britain on 24 October 2018. The last of the Pre-Raphaelites, Burne-Jones is synonymous with a refined and spiritualised style of beauty. This will be London’s first major retrospective of his work for over 40 years, and will showcase 150 works which foreground Burne-Jones's belief in the redemptive power of art.

Cost (including coffee, lunch and tea): Members and waiting list: £32, Guests £35 Numbers are limited to 40 places

It is essential to book your place. Please send your cheques and the completed booking form by 17 October 2018 to Pamela Taylor
4 William Emes Gardens, Northwick Park, Blockley GL56 9RL
(01386 701956 dandptaylor@telecomplus.org.uk)
BACS payments to The Arts Society Blockley,
sort code 30-95-75, account number 00088105   
Please include your name as reference when paying by BACS

Rosalind Whyte has a BA and MA from Goldsmith’s College, and an MA (distinction) from Birkbeck College. She is an experienced guide at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, the Royal Academy and Greenwich. She also lectures at Tate, Dulwich Picture Gallery, to independent art societies and leads art appreciation holidays.

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Traditional dress in Mexico

THURSDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2019

Chloë Sayer

Mexican art and culture, past and present

Few countries in the world offer such a rich and varied cultural heritage as Mexico.
Ancient Mexico: Before the Spanish Conquest of 1519, numerous civilisations rose and fell. The Olmecs, the Maya, the Mixtecs, Zapotecs and the Aztecs flourished before they surrendered to invading Spanish forces. Military might was accompanied by exceptional developments in art and architecture.
The Golden Age of Mexican Painting: Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) and Diego Rivera (1886-1957) helped to shape the cultural identity of twentieth-century Mexico by fusing pre-Conquest and European traditions. As a muralist, Rivera produced some of the greatest public art of the last century. By contrast, Kahlo’s small-scale and highly personal paintings reflected her experiences, dreams, hopes and fears.
The Arts and Crafts of Modern Mexico: Contemporary craftsmen and women create splendid weavings, rich embroideries, shimmering beadwork, jewellery of silver and gold, ingenious toys, imaginative figures of papier mâché, pottery, and finely carved wooden dance-masks for religious festivals. Chloë Sayer will display museum-quality textiles and other items from her extensive collection.

Cost (including coffee, lunch and tea): Members and waiting list: £34, Guests £37
Numbers are limited to 40 places

It is essential to book your place. Please send your cheques and the completed booking form by 14 February 2019 to Pamela Taylor
4 William Emes Gardens, Northwick Park, Blockley GL56 9RL
(01386 701956 dandptaylor@telecomplus.org.uk)
BACS payments to The Arts Society Blockley,
sort code 30-95-75, account number 00088105   
Please include your name as reference when paying by BACS

Chloë Sayer is a freelance specialist in the art and culture of Latin America. She leads cultural tours to Mexico, and has lectured extensively. She has carried out fieldwork in Mexico and Belize for the British Museum and has curated several exhibitions of Mexican folk art, and has also worked on a number of television documentaries.

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