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The Arts Society Woking Talk Programme 2018

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.

For the 2019 Talk Programme, please click here  
January 10th 2018

Talk:Rebel on the Run – Caravaggio’s Final Years

Sian Walters MA (Cantab)
Speaker at the National Gallery and Surrey University. Siân was awarded a 1st at Cambridge for her dissertation on the paintings of Arnold Schoenberg.
Lecture in Woking: Rebel on the Run – Caravaggio’s Final Years 
Left: “Medusa” by Caravaggio (1571 – 1610) | Right: Caravaggio by Ottavio Leoni (1578 – 1630)
Caravaggio was the definitive bad boy of art history – determined and ambitious yet irascible and highly volatile. In 1606 his life was to change forever following a particularly violent and bloody brawl in which Caravaggio, himself badly injured, ended up killing Ranuccio Tommasoni with his sword. This talk will explore in particular the remarkable stylistic transformations that took place during the last four years of Caravaggio’s life, a period of restlessness and yet extraordinary creative activity when the artist was forced to leave Rome, realising that his own life was now on the line.

February 14th 2018

Talk: “Bestriding the World like a Colossus”- the Life and Work of Sir Joseph Paxton (1803-1865)

Speaker: James Bolton BA (Hons) MBA Dip ISD
James is a Garden Designer who trained with the Direction des Parcs et Jardins in Paris.
Woking DFAS Lecture: Bestriding the World like a Colossus”- the Life and Work of Sir Joseph Paxton
Visitors came from afar to see THE GREAT EXHIBITION (1851) in Hyde Park.
The exhibits were displayed in the CRYSTAL PALACE which was designed by SIR JOSEPH PAXTON
Joseph Paxton was the ultimate Victorian example of rags to riches; he was the child of a Bedfordshire farm labourer and through a combination of good fortune, immense natural talent and sheer hard work, he rocketed through nineteenth century English society to become MP for Coventry, director of several railway companies, creator of The Crystal Palace, knight and, most significantly, a boon companion of the Duke of Devonshire.

March 14th 2018

Talk: A Thousand Miles up the Nile with Amelia B. Edwards

Writer, artist, musician, collector, Amelia Edwards in 1873 travelled the length of Egypt and drew, and recorded, her impressions of all she saw; publishing 'A Thousand Miles up the Nile' to great acclaim. Clive will follow her on her remarkable journey.
Speaker Clive Barham Carter
Clive studied Egyptology in Cambridge 30 years ago and Stage Managed the University Theatre. He became a housemaster and later Deputy Head then Acting Head of Charterhouse.
Clive Barham Carter Lecture

April 11th 2018

Talk: The Founders and Treasures of the Wallace Collection

Speaker: Stephen Duffy
Stephen read History and History of Art at New College, Oxford and, after working in marketing, he joined the Wallace Collection where he has been a curator and then Senior Curator for twenty years from which he retired in 2014.
Founders and Treasures of the Wallace Collection 
Left: “The Laughing Cavalier” by Frands Hal (1582 – 1666)   |   Right: “A lady At Her Mirror” by Jean Raoux (1677 – 1734)
The Wallace Collection, a national museum containing an outstanding array of paintings, furniture, porcelain, arms and armour, and other works of art, was brought together by five generations of one family between about 1780 and 1880. This talk tells the fascinating story of the Wallace Collection’s formation, and also presents many of its finest treasures.

May 9th 2018

Talk:  A Voyage of Discovery - The Paintings of George Raper,
Midshipman on the First Fleet to Australia in 1788-1792

Speaker: Clive Stewart-Lockhart
Clive studied on the Sotheby's Works of Art course and has now been working in the fine art world for 40 years. He is Managing Director of Woolley and Wallis, the UK's leading regional auctioneers, in Salisbury, and has been a specialist on the BBC Antiques Roadshow for over 20 years.
LECTURE: A Voyage of Discovery 
The pictures above depict George Raper’s arrival with the First Fleet in Botany Bay, Australia and also two of his naturalist painting
George Raper set sail on HMS Sirius with convicts and crew to a largely unknown world where he painted exquisite watercolours mostly of exotic birds and flowers .

June 13th 2018

Talk: Brilliant British Humour in the forgotten art of the picture postcard 1840-1950.

Artist drawn postcards were the most popular art-form from the Edwardian era to the outbreak of World War II.
They were for entertainment but also to bolster morale, inspire, instruct, motivate and persuade.
Brilliant British Humour in the forgotten art of the picture postcard
Speaker: Dr James Taylor
James is a former curator at the National Maritime Museum
James is a former curator at the National Maritime Museum

July 2018

No Talk (Summer break)

August  2018

No Talk (Summer break)

September 12th 2018

Talk: Meet me at the Waldorf: the extraordinary story of two iconic hotels built on Astor feuds, fortunes and art patronage.

This talk recreates the stunning interiors of both hotels and the personalities who created them and of those who enjoyed them. It was at the Waldorf where Marilyn Munro first met President John Kennedy.
Speaker: Mary Alexander MA
Mary trained as an art historian and graduated with a B.A. Hons in History and History of Art, and an M.A. in History of Art with Distinction from University College London.
LECTURE: Meet me at the Waldorf
This photo, taken by Cecil Beaton, is ranked as one of the best images of the iconic Marilyn.  

October 10th 2018

Talk:  “The Road to the Crown”- Great Britain & the Hanoverian Dynasty

This talk explains how the ruler of a relatively small German state came to be crowned King of Great Britain in 1714 and examines the union between the two countries which lasted until 1837 as well as the cross-cultural transfer in art, music, literature and horticulture.
Speaker: Barbara Askew BA (Hons) Dip Ed MITG
Barbara is an acknowledged expert on Windsor Castle and the surrounding area. She is the Site Liaison Representative at Windsor Castle for The Guild of Registered Tourist Guides. This is her second visit to Woking, the first being when she gave us a much enjoyed talk on The Great Fire of London.
“The Road to the Crown
The Hanoverian coat of arms and King George 1V

November 14th 2018

Talk: Pots & Frocks-the world of Grayson Perry CBE

Known for his feminine alter ego, Claire, Perry’s works of ceramics, textiles, tapestries and prints are highly sought after. Perry won the Turner prize in 2003 and was voted as being in the top 100 most powerful people in British culture. Grayson gave the 2013 BBC Reith talks to great acclaim as one critic put it “I defy anyone to listen to Grayson Perry's first talk in a series entitled "Playing to the Gallery" and not to be entertained, or entranced, or illuminated, or provoked.
Speaker: Ian Swankie
Ian is a guide at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Guildhall Art Gallery and St. Paul’s Cathedral
 Pots & Frocks
This photo is of Grayson Perry with one of his trademark vase art pieces.

December 12th 2018

Talk: The Journey of the Magi: 1,700 years of the Three Kings

This talk tells and shows us how artists across the centuries have represented the Magi.
Speaker: The Rt. Revd. Christopher Herbert MPhil PhD
Christopher, formerly Bishop of St. Albans, talks at galleries, universities, churches and cathedrals around England. Now in retirement he serves as an honorary assistant Bishop in the dioceses of Guildford, Salisbury and Winchester.
Journey of the Magi 
This picture of “The journey of the Magi” is from “The Catalan Atlas” 1375

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