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Woking DFAS Talk Programme 2019

All Speakers are carefully chosen based on their reputation for attractive and well-presented talks with good pictures. Talks take place on the second Wednesday of each month except July and August.
Talks commence promptly at 10.30am at The Lord Roberts Centre, Bisley Camp, Brookwood, Woking GU24 0NP  
 This website includes an Interactive map.
Coffee and biscuits are served from 9.45am.
Members may bring a visitor, but the same person may not be a guest more than twice a year. While we do not charge a Visitors fee, Visitors may want to make a donation to the Society of (say) £5.

January 9th 2019

Talk:The Age Of Jazz

The talk will cover the early years of jazz from its beginnings through to the start of the Second World War. The illustrations range from early pre-impressions by Maurice Ravel to the very earliest jazz recordings through to classics by Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five, the Duke Ellington Orchestra and the dawn of the Swing Era. 
Jazz Lecture Woking Arts Society 
Louis Armstrong
Speaker: Sandy Burnett 
After studying music at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and working as music director for the RSC, National Theatre and in London’s West End, Sandy spent a decade as one of the core team of music presenters on BBC Radio 3.
He enjoys a varied career that embraces broadcasting, conducting, playing double bass and communicating his passion for music. He regularly leads cultural talk holidays, is the author of the Idler Guide to Classical Music, and was appointed the Academy of Ancient Music’s Hogwood Fellow for the 2018-19 season.  

February 13th 2019

Talk: Captain James Cook and the Enlightenment

The talk explores the impact of James Cook’s three extraordinary voyages of discovery on European thought, art and science. These voyages of exploration, begun 250 years ago, had a profound effect on enlightenment thinking.
Cook is widely renowned as an explorer, pioneering navigator and preventer of scurvy. His voyages provided unprecedented information about the Pacific Ocean and those who lived on its islands and shores. The talk is lavishly illustrated with the exquisite drawings and watercolours of Sydney Parkinson, the glorious paintings of William Hodges and George Stubbs, the botanising of Sir Joseph Banks and the remarkable cartography of James Cook himself.  
Captain James Cook - Woking Arts Society Lecture 
Speaker: Peter Warwick
Peter is an author and historian who specialises in naval and polar history. He chaired the Thames Alive which in 2012 arranged the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant and the Thames Olympic Torch Relay. Peter talks at the Defence Academy, the National Maritime Museum, in schools and universities and on cruise ships.

March 13th 2019

Talk: The Paintings and Wit of Winston Churchill and Noel Coward

For over forty years Winston Churchill discussed painting with Noel Coward. He persuaded him to stop using water colour and to convert to oils. Both men were peerless in their fields especially in respect of their unique creation and use of humour. The linking of these great men to compare their painting and humour is an inspired subject for a talk. 
Noel Coward Winston Churchill Lecture - Arts Society Woking Surrey 
Paintings by Noel Coward (Left) and Winston Churchill (Above)
Speaker Nicholas Reed 
Nicholas is both an archaeologist and an art historian. He took his first degree at Oxford, and then acquired research degrees on ancient history from Manchester and St Andrews Universities. He has taken part in some thirty excavations, and has fifteen articles published in learned journals on subjects in ancient history, especially Roman history. He has also written on art history, and has produced five books on 19th century art 

April 10th 2019

Talk: Who Done It? .... Hitchcock, The Master Of Suspense

The French new wave critics of Cahiers du Cinema argued that Hitchcock’s films should be regarded as artistic masterworks. He remains by far the most studied film director of all time. Using innovative and experimental techniques with sound and editing, Hitchcock thrilled, scared and manipulated anxiety that made him into a cinematic genius of his time. Perhaps one of the best remembered film clips of all time is the PSYCO shower scene that having watched it made it imperative for you to lock your bathroom door before taking a shower,  
Woking DFAs Lecture - Film Suspense 
Speaker: John Francis
John is an inspirational speaker who has delivered speakers, workshops in the US (Texas, California, Massachusetts), Beijing, Malaysia and the UK. Initially trained as a painter, John was awarded the Max Beckmann Memorial Scholarship in painting in Brooklyn, New York and went on to be artist in resident for the state of Texas.

Later in his career John produced and directed several short films and animations. He has taught film, art and pedagogy at the University of Exeter, Arts University Bournemouth, University Sains Malaysia, Southwestern College, California, Brunel University, London and recently Kingston University. 

May 8th 2019

Talk:  The Spirit Of The Industrial Revolution - Joseph Wright Of Derby

In contact with scientists, intellectuals and manufacturers of his day, Wright became one of the most original and wide-ranging British artists. His subject matter embraced candlelight pictures, eruptions of Vesuvius, landscapes, portraits, literary subjects, blacksmiths’ shops, forges and factories. He has rightly been called “the first professional painter directly to express the spirit of the Industrial Revolution”. 
May lecture at the Arts Society Woking
"The Alchemist, in Search of the Philosopher's Stone" by Joseph Wright of Derby, 1771
Speaker: Val Woodgate
Val is a Speaker and Guide in Tate Britain and Tate Modern and also at other London galleries. She is a former member of the teaching team at Dulwich Picture Gallery and now talks and runs courses at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.
She is fondly remembered by Woking for coming from Dulwich to Bisley with two hours notice to take the place of a speaker who was taken ill. 

June 12th 2019

Talk: The Astonishing Master Mozart Comes To London

This entertaining and informative presentation tells of the Mozart family’s residence in London (1764-5) when the 8-year old genius, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, befriended George III and became the subject of medical research. Dr Griffiths will illustrate his talk at the piano with explanations and performances of Mozart’s witty and precocious miniatures. 
June Lecture at the Arts Society Woking Surrey
Leopold, Wolfgang and Nannerl Watercolour by Louis Carmontelle, c. 1763-64
Speaker: Dr Graham Griffiths 
Dr Graham Griffiths is Honorary Research Fellow and Post-graduate Internal Examiner at City University London and is the author of Stravinsky’s Piano: Genesis of a Musical Language (Cambridge University Press, 2013). He studied musicology at Edinburgh University and music education at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, obtaining his doctorate - DPhil (Musicology) - at Christ Church, Oxford in 2008. 

July 2019

No Talk (Summer break)

August  2019

No Talk (Summer break)

September 11th 2019

Talk: Between The Sheets (The Bedroom in Art History)

It's the most intimate space there is. The room in which we lay bare our souls. It's where we share our deepest secrets, and where we hide them. For this reason, the bedroom has a long tradition in art history. This talk explores the diverse ways in which artists have approached the subject looking at works from the medieval period, through the Renaissance and right up until the present day. Do you feel strongly about Tracey Emin's infamous bed? This talk is for you! 
September Lecture Between The Sheets 
"In Bed, the Kiss" - by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 1892   
Speaker: Stella Grace Lyons   
Stella studied the history of art at the University of Bristol and is now a freelance speaker in this subject. She spent a year studying renaissance art in Italy at the British institute of Florence and attended drawing classes at the prestigious Charles H. Cecil Studios.   

October 9th 2019

Talk:  Food & Art Through The Ages: From Rennaissance Sugar Sculpting To 3D Printing

You will be taken on a whistle-stop tour of the history of food as an artistic medium; starting with 16th century sugar sculpture and venturing all the way up to 3D dessert printing and beyond. Tasha Marks feels the subject of food and art through the ages is most exciting and in particular in the realms of the dessert. Topics covered include; the origins of dessert, the crossover between sugar and art, architecture and dessert (including Renaissance banqueting houses), sugar and spectacle, food as artistic medium, and the future of food. 
October Arts Society Woking Lecture
As part of the Alexander McQueen Friday Late at the V&A, Marks wanted to channel
 the darkness of McQueen’s designs and created edible black bubbles.
Speaker: Tasha Marks 
Tasha Marks is an award-winning food historian and artist, who explores the relationship between food, art and history. Her practice, AVM Curiosities, champions the use of food as an artistic medium, with projects ranging from museum-style exhibitions and sculptural installations, to interactive talks and limited-edition confectionery. Recent academic achievements include publication in the Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets, where Marks authored the entry on Mrs Beeton, one of the Victorian era’s most influential cooks. 

November 13th 2019

Talk: Mad Men and Artists: How The Advertising Industry Exploited Fine Art

Fine art has provided advertisers with a great source to use in their creative campaigns. Sandy will show examples of the original works and the creative process involved to enhance Brand imagery projecting admiration, humour, satire and irony.
Arts Society Woking Lecture - Advertising   “Bubbles” by John Everett Millais
Speaker: Tony Rawlins  
Tony Rawlins started his career in advertising in 1965 as a mail boy in J. Walter Thompson. He worked as account director in a number of agencies before setting up on his own in 1985, primarily to handle Guinness accounts in Africa and the Caribbean, where he produced many commercials and ads for them over a period of 15 years. He remains active in the industry, but now concentrates on more philanthropic projects, such as a sanitation project in Haiti after Haiti was devastated by Hurricane Matthew in 2016. 

December 11th 2019

Talk: Peasant Pastimes? The Art of Pieter Bruegel the Elder (d. 1569)

2019 will be the 450th anniversary of the death of Pieter Bruegel the Elder. This Flemish painter is probably best known for his colourful depictions of peasants making merry or toiling in the fields – works that lent him the epithet ‘Peasant Bruegel’. He also painted religious scenes often set in the Flemish countryside, but his work is more than just charmingly naive. He travelled to Italy and developed a good eye for landscape, a genre in which he became highly influential. This talk will show that there is much more to Bruegel than just peasant scenes.
December 2019 Lecture 
 Hunters in the snow 1565 by Pieter Bruegel the elder
Speaker: Dr Sophie Oosterwijk 
Sophie was born in Gouda (Netherlands). She has an MA in Medieval Studies from York University, a PhD in Art History from Leicester University, and an MA and a PhD in English literature from Leiden University. She has taught art history at the universities of Manchester, Leicester and St Andrews, and is an active member of the Church Monuments Society. She now lives in the Netherlands again but still works as a freelancer for the University of Cambridge, the Royal Academy in London, the Arts Society, Martin Randall Travel and other organisations. She is an internationally recognised researcher and has published widely.

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