John Finn

Outings and Trips

The following Outings and Trips are planned, please see below for more details:
Outings:
May 2024 – East Yorkshire,  June 2024 – Summer Lunch, July 2024, Bishop Auckland
Trips:
Spring 2024 – South West Wales.  Autumn 2024 – Dumfries House,  Spring 2025 – Sicily
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Special Interest Day – 23rd May 2024

A DAY OUT IN EAST YORKSHIRE   

BURTON CONSTABLE HALL  &  WASSAND HALL

Thursday 23rd MAY 2024

 

Coach leaves York 9.30am  Returns 4.00pm 

Cost £52 includes coach, entry to both houses and tea

A visit to two fine Historic Houses

 

This visit has been arranged by Carole Galpin and promises to be a really interesting outing, please contact Carole for further details and booking (cgalpin8@gmail.com)
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Summer 2024 Lunch

Tuesday 11th June 2024

We have booked a Summer Lunch at Middlethorpe Hall in June. This seems a much more attractive time of year to arrange a lunch. The gardens will be at their best and we shall have the Oak dining room exclusively for us. The meal will be reasonably  priced, and it will be an excellent opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones.

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Special Interest Day – July 3rd, 2024

DISCOVERING BISHOP AUCKLAND 

Coach leaves York 9.30am   Returns 5.30pm 

Cost £65 includes coach, entry to all venues and lunch

AUCKLAND CASTLE, THE SPANISH GALLERY and THE FAITH MUSEUM

Bishop Auckland has been transformed owing to the magnificent muti-million pound investment by the philanthropist Jonathan Ruffer, who was born in Stokesley

 

THE CASTLE

This is one of the best preserved palaces with splendid Gothic rooms and a private chapel.

The fine collection of Zuberon paintings saved by Jonathan Ruffer from being sold at auction are on display in the Castle.

THE SPANISH GALLERY

This is the only UK gallery devoted to the art, history and culture of Spain. It was officially opened by the Queen of Spain and Prince of Wales in 2022. Works by El Greco and Velasquez are among those on display.

THE FAITH MUSEUM

Opened in 2023, this unique museum looks at how faiths impacted on Britain over 6,000 years.

Please contact/see Carole Galpin for further details.

e-mail:  cgalpin8@gmail.com / Tel: 07876 491219

          

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April 14, 2024 – News from the Chair

The Arts Society York

THE ARTS SOCIETY YORK

Supporting Decorative & Fine Arts
President: Mr George Smith, MBE
Vice-Presidents:
Ms H S Byard
Mrs P N Crookenden
Mrs R F B Wivell
From: Chairman
Helen Gregory
The Old Orchard
18 Woodlands Grove
York YO31 1DL
01904 430844 / 07770 685701
chair@theartsocietyyork.org.uk

14 April 2024

Dear Member,

I am sorry if you feel you are getting more mailings from me than the postman! However, with the venue changes communication is important and the AGM is on 23rd April.  The reports for this have been sent and the Financial Report will be arriving soon.

Parking

There has been lots of information about this; it is really important to register your car number on arrival on the screen in our lecture room. You have 3 hours free parking. If a demand is wrongly received from the parking company, as one or two members did after the last meeting, all you have to do is send a copy of the letter to Imogen.Webster@deltahotels.com  and she will cancel it.

An extra 2 hours is £1.50 but you must pay for this at the reception desk before you leave.

Lunch

As you are aware we are able to use the room opposite our meeting room for booked lunches and have chance to sit with other members for sandwiches and coffee. This is a special arrangement for the meetings.

The sandwiches are £8.00 and tea/coffee £3.75 per person. This must be booked in advance
before April 17th with Joanna Finlay at joanna.finlay1@btinternet.com.
Please pay by BACS if possible to The Arts Society York - sort code 40-52-40 a/c 00016815 ref -LUNCH.

Joanna kindly offered to add this responsibility to her workload which we really appreciate.

 

If you wish to eat in the bar area, the food must be purchased there and you should speak to the staff if you have any allergies

Visits

DUMFRIES HOUSE SPECIAL INTEREST TOUR 13th-15th OCTOBER 2024

This tour has been arranged in response to requests for an opportunity to explore in greater depth the contents and gardens saved by King Charles for the nation.

We shall have experts in their field to guide us on a Chippendale Tour, Art Tour, Clocks and Mechanical Tour and also have the opportunity to visit the Elizabethan Walled Garden.

NORTH-WEST SICILY TUESDAY 29th APRIL - MONDAY 5th MAY 2025 

A visit to Sicily has been rearranged for 2025 and spring will be a perfect time to see the beautiful Island.
It will also be slightly cheaper for the single supplement than the one previously arranged for this Autumn.

The itinerary includes a tour of Mount Etna and then travel to Palermo which is a beautiful city.
Marsala will be tasted at a well known winery and the stunning mosaics at Monreale will astound us.
Delicious meals and tips are included as usual and a knowledgeable guide will accompany us throughout which makes this a very good value holiday.

Joanna Finlay has all the details of these visits and it is advisable to book early to ensure a place:  joanna.finlay1@btinternet.com

SPECIAL INTEREST DAYS

Carole Galpin organised our very successful visit to the M&S Archives and the Brotherton Gallery in Leeds and has planned two further Special Interest Days:

 

A DAY OUT IN EAST YORKSHIRE    Thursday 23rd MAY 2024

Coach leaves York (Memorial Gardens) 9.30am  Returns 4.00pm 

Cost £52 includes coach, entry to both houses and tea

A visit to two fine Historic Houses

BURTON CONSTABLE HALL

This is a most interesting house east of Beverley (not to be confused with Burton Agnes).

It has been home to the Constable family for over 700 years. There are many grand rooms, exquisite furniture and collection of country house paraphernalia including a display of some weird curiosities from around the world. The 300 acres of parkland are the best documented design of a landscape by Capability Brown.
A coach has been arranged and a light lunch will be available in the Stables cafe.

WASSAND HALL

This is a fine Regency house with gardens and parkland. We shall have a private tour of the house and tea will be served in the walled garden conservatory

 

DISCOVERING BISHOP AUCKLAND  Wednesday 3rd July 2024

Coach leaves York 9.30am   (Memorial Gardens) Returns 5.30pm 

Cost £65 includes coach, entry to all venues and lunch

AUCKLAND CASTLE, THE SPANISH GALLERY and THE FAITH MUSEUM

Bishop Auckland has been transformed owing to the magnificent muti-million pound investment by the philanthropist Jonathan Ruffer, who was born in Stokesley

 

THE CASTLE

This is one of the best preserved palaces with splendid Gothic rooms and a private chapel.
The fine collection of Zuberon paintings saved by Jonathan Ruffer from being sold at auction are on display in the Castle.

THE SPANISH GALLERY

This is the only UK gallery devoted to the art, history and culture of Spain. It was officially opened by the Queen of Spain and Prince of Wales in 2022. Works by El Greco and Velasquez are among those on display.

THE FAITH MUSEUM

Opened in 2023, this unique museum looks at how faiths impacted on Britain over 6,000 years.
Carole will have booking forms for both visits on Tuesday or you can contact her on

cgalpin8@gmail.com

 

AGM 23rd April

The AGM will start at 12.00 before the lecture and our President George Smith is planning to chair the meeting, for which we are very grateful.

SUBSCRIPTIONS

These are due on May 1st and as I mentioned in my report will stay at £60 per member which is the same as last year.
If you have a Direct Debit, can you please check that it is for the correct amount? BACS payments are also a help to Rose, our Treasurer "Reference -SUB".

Because of Charity regulations we are not allowed to take subscription payments on our Sum-Up credit card system, so if you don't use the other means of paying, then a cheque is fine but too many means we incur extra charges.

 

Next Meeting 23rd 1.15pm

The Chair – 2,000 Years of Sitting Down by Marc Allum whom many will recognise from the BBC Antiques Roadshow. This promises to be a very interesting lecture when thinking back how styles have changed over the years and many designs have become iconic collection pieces.

A recent exhibition at the V&A was very interesting and I am sure Marc will be happy to give an insight into the behind - the- scenes arrangements of the television show.

 

All good wishes,

Helen

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April 2024 – News from the Chair

The Arts Society York

THE ARTS SOCIETY YORK

Supporting Decorative & Fine Arts
President: Mr George Smith, MBE
Vice-Presidents:
Ms H S Byard
Mrs P N Crookenden
Mrs R F B Wivell
From: Chairman
Helen Gregory
The Old Orchard
18 Woodlands Grove
York YO31 1DL
01904 430844 / 07770 685701
chair@theartsocietyyork.org.uk

April 2024

Dear Member,

Our next meeting is on 23rd April and is also our AGM commencing 12pm. You should have already received the Agenda, my Chairman's report and the Minutes of the 2023 AGM. The Financial Report is expected from the Accountants this week and will be forwarded to you.

I hope you enjoyed our first meeting at the Marriott Hotel and I am sure we shall soon settle in to our new venue. It is a bit of a learning curve working out the logistics of the meeting and we are aware that there were a few teething problems. Unfortunately a very few people received parking notices but these were incorrect and the hotel immediately cancelled them. We just need to be made aware of any problems and are pleased to let you know how supportive the hotel staff are. They are an absolute delight to deal with and nothing is too much trouble for them. We are very lucky to be developing an excellent relationship with Imogen Webster who is responsible for events.

I am attaching the instructions we gave out last month for procedures at the hotel. The most important reminders are:

1) Register your car on arrival

2) Pre-order lunch with Joanna Finlay 10 days before the meeting and pay by BACS if possible.

This is then available at the reduced rate in the room we have booked.

3) If you wish to eat in the bar area, this is a different arrangement and you pay for that at the

bar. It is also where you should purchase food if you have any allergies so that the staff are

aware.

News of other Activities:

The Danesgate Exhibition at The Council Offices in York produced some outstanding work by the children. It really was a display of many skills including different types of craftwork using wood, ceramics and art materials. May Townsend worked with the staff of the Art Department and our Society has sponsored the prizes. These are vouchers given to the prizewinners to enable them to choose their own art materials.

The Heather Foster Prize was awarded to a thirteen year old boy who explained how his painting depicted the experience of overcoming a difficult period in his life. His ambition is to continue painting even when he has left school.

Visits - organised by Carole Galpin

A Day out in East Yorkshire Thursday 23rd May

This an opportunity to visit Burton Constable Hall and Wassand Hall, both very interesting fine country houses. Burton Constable, home to the Constable family for over 500 years, is special and displays curiosties from around the world. It is an Elizabethan house with over 30 rooms, 300 acres of grounds designed by Capability Brown and furniture by Thomas Chippendale. It has been described as one of Yorkshires most spectacular country houses.

Wassand Hall is a fine Regency house which is still a family home with very attractive gardens. We shall have a private tour of the house and tea in the walled garden conservatory.

Discovering Bishop Auckland Wednesday 3rd July

Bishop Auckland has been transformed with the restoration of Auckland Castle, the Spanish Gallery and the Faith Museum. There is so much to see and the area around the Castle is very attractive.

It is a place once visited I am sure you will want to return. The Spanish Gallery contains many well known Spanish paintings, including the Zuberans, but also keeps up to date with changing exhibitions. Lunch is included in this visit and the whole day is one not to be missed.

Carole Galpin has organised both visits and has all the details so please join us.

Summer Lunch Middlethorpe Hall Tuesday 11th June

There has been a good response for the lunch and it is possible that we shall use the Oak Room and the adjoining Dining Room so that we can take more numbers.

Functions such as this do give us the opportunity to catch up with friends and get to know each other. I also urge new members to come so that we can welcome you in a relaxed atmosphere. It is very important that you feel part of the Society and get to know us.

Please see me (Helen Gregory) for further details and a booking form

Special Visit to Dumfries House 13th-15th October

Following our previous visit last year which was so popular, Joanna Finlay has managed to arrange a special visit for us to learn more about the contents of the House. We shall hear expert talks about the Chippendale furniture, Works of Art, Clocks and Mechanical items. These are in much more detail than in a usual guided tour. We shall visit the House on both days so you really will get to know it well and also have chance to go to the walled garden with the Head of Gardens or her deputy.

Joanna Finlay has all the details of this visit but unfortunately there is now only availability for people willing to share a room as all single rooms are booked.

Lecture on 23rd April after the AGM

Our speaker is Marc Allum who many of you will recognise from the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow

His subject is The Chair 2000 Years of Sitting Down, probably something we have never given much thought to so I am sure there will be some big surprises with styles changing. There have certainly been some dramatic designs over the years and many have become collector’s pieces. You may have one!

Please do read the attached regarding arrangements at the Delta Marriott and soon I am sure we shall feel very much at home there.

All good wishes

Helen

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Western Sicily 2025

Western Sicily 29th April 2025 – 5th May 2025

Western Sicily 2025 Brochure

To book your place please print off the booking form and give/post it to:

Joanna Finlay
The Arts Society York
2 Clifton Dale
YORK
YO30 6LJ

For more information, please contact the Visits Secretary, Joanna Finlay

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Past Visit to Normandy Friday 30 June – Thursday 6 July 2023

Memories from Normandy

Chateau de Bosmolet : Le Jardin de Aganpanthe : Rouen

Chocolaterie Auzou : Rouen Cathedral : Eglise Saint-Eloi (dedicated to Joan of Arc)

Musee de Beaux-Arts : La Coronne (the oldest restuarant in France) : Bayeux Cathedral

British War Graves : Caen – Abbaye aux Hommes : Jardin de Pay d’Auge

Jardin Plume  :  Auberge de Papa

  Jardin d’Angelique  :  A taste of Cheese & Wine

 

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Past Visit – January 17th 2024

Visit to the M&S Archive and the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery

– Leeds University  Wednesday 17th January 2024 –

 

 

 

 

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April – The Chair – 2000 Years of Sitting Down!

23rd April 2024

The Chair - 2000 Years of Sitting Down!

This engaging talk looks at the history of the chair and ‘sitting solutions’, charting the humble to high design, from antiquity to the 21st century. Never again will you take your seat for granted!

 

Lecturer:  Marc Allum

Marc Allum is a freelance art and antiques journalist, writer and broadcaster based in Wiltshire. He is shortly to begin his 23rd year as a specialist on the BBC Antiques Roadshow and has appeared on numerous television and radio programmes. Marc regularly writes for mainstream magazines and is an author, antiques consultant and lecturer. He also runs a fine art valuation and consultancy service. Marc has his own unique style with interests ranging from pre-history to modern design and is a self-confessed collectaholic. He has a passion and reputation for divining the unusual through ‘a desire to connect with history through the interpretation and pursuit of objects and their origins’. Marc has lectured widely for many years to a number of different organisations in both the public and charity sector, including travel companies, The National Trust, The WI and many literary festivals including Cheltenham, Bath, Wells and Petworth. Marc is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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