The Arts Society Limpsfield is an arts appreciation society and has announced its programme of lectures for 2018-19.
The ASL meets monthly for an illustrated talk on an arts topic, from paintings to ceramics, to architecture and garden design, to silver and furniture.
Members also visit historic houses, gardens, art galleries and museums and hold study days when we want to look at something in more depth.
The ASL meets at St Peter’s Hall, Limpsfield, at 2:30 and 8pm on the last Wednesday of the month. Membership is £40 per year whilst guests are charged at £5 per lecture.
Contact Membership Secretary: Wynne Gifford 01883 712105 Membership@Limps eldArts.org
Here are the lectures for 2018-19.
26 September Faber & Faber – 90 years of excellence in cover design. Toby Faber
The fascinating history of this important literary publishing house is traced through its illustrations, covers and designs by some of our most celebrated artists from Rex Whistler and Barnett Freedman to Peter Blake and Damien Hirst. Early innovations included the Ariel Poems – beautiful illustrations and sold in their own envelopes.
James Wright Ritual Protection Marks at Knole. The recent survey found a series of carved symbols under the floorboards apparently intended to protect the building from possession by witches, demons and evil spirits. Further research showed they related to James I, witch trials and the Gunpowder Plot.
28 November James Grant The Art of Medicine – Medical Gold. All aspects of gold in medicine are highlighted from earliest times for its magico-religious properties, its source of eternal youth, advances in medical science and its relationship to art and artists including instrument makers, goldsmiths and Gustav Klimt.
19 December (Wednesday)
Jane Tapley A Cornucopia of Christmas Customs. When did slapstick from theatrical performances become part of the Christmas tradition? Who invented mince pies and designed the first Christmas card? All will be revealed in this light- hearted and informative talk.
Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera – The Golden Age of Mexican Painting. A survey of the work of these two iconic artists reveals Rivera’s intricate visual narratives whilst Kahlo’s reflects her dreams and experiences. Mexico’s history after the 1910 Revolution are also chronicled.
Marc Allum Collecting & Collectors The story of collecting and great collectors throughout history including John Tradescant (whose collection founded the Ashmolean in Oxford), together with a fascinating insight into the alchemy, myth and folklore which inspired their curiosity.
27 March David Rosier The Dowager Empress Cixi (1835 – 1908) – ‘Ruling from behind the Yellow Silk Screen’. An exploration of the life and achievements of one of the most important women in Chinese Imperial history. From relative obscurity to full authority, she also set out to take China into the modern world prior to her enforced retirement.
24 April Leonardo da Vinci: The Science behind the Art. Guy Rooker
Leonardo was a painter and draughtsman whose works were influenced by scientific investigation, describing nature as his teacher, studying anatomy and physiology in order to create images of the human form.
29 May Nigel Arch Servant, Mistress, Scoundrel & Princess. The lesser known aspects of how a modest villa became Kensington Palace are explained through its past inhabitants including courtiers, kings, queens, princesses and others, the lives they lived and the contributions they made to the building and the collections it houses.
26 June Harry Fletcher Pots of Art from Grayson Perry. The wide range of interesting art forms are explored including his vases, drawings, sculptures and tapestries and his ‘House for Essex’, together with his life and various achievements.
Photos show Toby Faber, Chloe Sayer, Marc Allum, James Wright, David Rosier, James Grant, Jane Tapley and Grayson Perry at work