John Finn

June 2022 – News from the Chair

The Arts Society York

THE ARTS SOCIETY YORK

Supporting Decorative & Fine Arts
President: Mr George Smith, MBE
Vice-Presidents:
Mrs P N Crookenden
Mrs P Mackenzie-Smith
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

June 2022

Dear Member,

Next meeting Tuesday 28th June 2022
We are looking forward to our next meeting which is “The Textiles of Bhutan” presented by Zara Fleming. Zara is an art historian with a specialist knowledge of Buddhist art, focusing on the art and culture of Tibet, Mongolia and the Himalayas.

Meeting 26th July 2022
We are very lucky that our lecturer Hanne Sutcliffe is a member of our Society. Her lecture “The Unique Terracotta Army” is one to really look forward to. Hanne has led lecture tours to many parts of the world
including sixteen to China so I am sure we will have a real insight into the mysteries of the Terracotta Army.

Visit to Manchester 18th-20th September 2022
Joanna Finlay has planned this very interesting short visit to Manchester of which you will already have had details. We hope that a shorter visit will enable more members to participate. Joanna has worked hard to keep costs down so that we have an enjoyable few days away in good company and explore a city, which we may not know in detail. If this proves to be popular we plan to organise more short breaks.

Our 50th Anniversary
2023 is the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the NADFAS Society in York, now known as “The Arts Society York”
We are planning to celebrate this milestone in a similar format to our 40th anniversary and are in the initial stages of planning. Some venues are being considered but if any members have suggestions as to suitable places to hold the event, it would be helpful.

E-mail addresses
It is very helpful if you can inform Jane Ashby, our membership secretary, if your e-mail address changes. It is good to keep in touch and Jane regularly up-dates contact details.

All good wishes,
Helen Gregory

 

 

Charity Number 510912
www.theartsocietyyork.org.uk

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July 2022 – News from the Chair

The Arts Society York

THE ARTS SOCIETY YORK

Supporting Decorative & Fine Arts
President: Mr George Smith, MBE
Vice-Presidents:
Mrs P N Crookenden
Mrs P Mackenzie-Smith
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

July 2022

 

Dear Member,

 

Our next meeting is Tuesday 26th July, The Unique Terracotta Army, by Hanne Sutcliffe.

We are particularly delighted to welcome Hanne who we are lucky to have as a member of our Society. She is an accredited Arts Society lecturer and has given presentations in many countries.

Hanne has visited China frequently and has guided and lectured on sixteen tours. We shall learn how the Terracotta soldiers were first excavated and how amazing their discovery was found to be.

 

Visits - There is still the opportunity for you to join us on our 2022 Visits:

The Piece Hall and Shibden Hall Halifax-Wednesday 27th July

Cost £28.  Bookings must be accompanied by payment
(payment by Cash/Card at lecture or BACS transfer to a/c 00016815 Sort Code 40-52-40 please quote your name/Halifax as reference)

For more details or to book please contact Susan Elliott
e-mail: susan.elliott1942@btinternet.com Phone: 079611 98564

 

Manchester – Sunday 18th-20th September

This is a short three day visit to Manchester organised by Joanna Finlay

Details include a guided tour of Salford Quays, new home of the BBC, exploration of the new city on the old canal, free time at the Lowry Museum and coach travel to the RHS Bridgewater Garden, which covers 156 acres and was only opened last year.

The contact details are on the website but as time is limited, please contact

Joanna on 01904 641865 or e-mail visits@theartsocietyyork.org.uk or see her at the next meeting.

 

The Library - It’s disappeared! This is because we felt the current shelving is unsatisfactory and some of the books are showing signs of wear and tear. Therefore May Townsend has volunteered to take on the mammoth task of sorting it out. As May is responsible for Young and Community Arts, we have asked Danesgate School if it is able to make a new shelving unit for the books as a craft project which we shall fund as part of our charity giving.

As we had so many restrictions during Covid it was impossible for borrowed books to be returned.

Therefore if you still have some, would you be so kind as to return them to allow May to do a full inventory.

 

 

50th Anniversary Celebrations 2023

Yes the Arts Society York celebrates 50 years since its foundation as NADFAS in 2023. The Committee is currently exploring ways in which we can celebrate. We shall keep you informed of the date once it is agreed so you can put it in your diary.

 

The Ebor Suite

We are in discussions with the Racecourse about the problems with the temperature of the Ebor Suite and hopefully the next meeting will be warmer (probably have a heatwave anyway!)

Unfortunately we were spoilt when two suites were available for us at a reduced price but the actual hire charge for these is now way beyond our means. The Gimcrack Room is no longer used and nowhere else has the facilities, parking or regular availability which we need and at a price we can afford. So please bear with us. The Racecourse is being very helpful and we shall do our best to ensure your comfort at our lectures.

 

Sad News - Many members will know Mike Hope who has led visits for us, given lectures to many societies and always been very informative, friendly and had a fantastic sense of humour.

Sadly he died a few days ago after a short illness. Joanna Finlay knew him really well having arranged visits with Mike. She is going to write on our behalf to his family to express our condolences. He will be sadly missed.

 

September Meeting

We do not have a meeting in August therefore the meeting after July will be on Tuesday 27th September.  Andrew Prince, who you may remember gave a fascinating lecture on the making of the television series Downton Abbey. He brought some of the jewellery he made and showed photos of the actors wearing them. In September he is going to speak to us on “Splendid Journeys: The Art of Opulent Travel” mentioning of course the Orient Express.

 

I hope you have a lovely summer,

All good wishes,

Helen Gregory

 

Charity Number 510912
www.theartsocietyyork.org.uk

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Study Day – July 2022

Memories of 

PIECE CENTRE and SHIBDEN HALL Halifax

Wednesday 27th July 2022



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The Art of Opulent Travel

Opulent Travel

The Art of Opulent Travel

Tuesday September 27th 2022

Lecturer: Andrew Prince

This lecture relates how an aristocrat would travel in the past.

Lavish modes of transport would involve taking not only clothes, but food, furniture, cooking facilities, tents, horses, and the like, not just for himself but for his travelling household too. Lavish modes of transport were used for travel between different estates.

Andrew illustrates how diplomatic meetings between rival kings were turned into a contest to see who could outshine each other in displays of the finest silks, silver, jewellery and accommodation

 

Andrew Prince gave our society fascinating lecture on the jewellery he had made for the television series "downton". You may remember he showed us several items of jewellery which he had made for the series.

 

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BRUEGEL, THE SEASONS AND THE WORLD

BRUEGEL, THE SEASONS AND THE WORLD

Tuesday October 25th 2022

Lecturer: Gavin Plumley

In 1565, Pieter Bruegel the Elder was commissioned to create a series of paintings for a dining room in Antwerp. The images, charting the course of the year, changed the way we view the world through art.

Landscape had previously been a decorative backdrop to dramas both sacred and profane. In Bruegel’s hands the landscape became the focus. This lecture explores how Bruegel introduced a new way of thinking about the environment and our individual places within a shifting cosmos.

 

Gavin Plumley is a writer and broadcaster, appearing on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and contributing to newspapers, magazines, opera and concert programmes worldwide. He lectures widely about the culture of Central Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries.

 

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FROM TCHAIKOVSKY TO TIN PAN ALLEY

From Tchaikovsky to Tin Pan Alley
– uplifting music for Christmas –

Tuesday,  November 22nd 2022

Lecturer: Sandy Burnett

To start our seasonal celebrations, musician and broadcaster Sandy Burnett is on hand to share his selection of much-loved Christmas tunes. Expect an hour of the finest festive music from across the globe – his selections include sparking moments from Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker, a heart-warming ballad from Mel Tormé, something from Soweto, a heavenly chorus from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Leipzig, an illustration of the English carol tradition at its finest  and something more cynical from Eartha Kitt…

Sandy is one of the UK’s most versatile music commentators, enjoying a career that combines broadcasting, performing and lecturing. After studying at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and working as music director for the RSC, National Theatre and in London’s West End, he is a highly sought after double bassist on the London jazz scene, and was appointed the Academy of Ancient Music’s Hogwood Fellow for the 2018-19 season.

 

 

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The Architecture of the British Raj is Remarkable. – Let’s Celebrate

24 January 2023 

The Architecture of the British Raj is Remarkable. - Lets Celebrate

Lecturer : Anthony Peers

This lecture starts with an examination of evolving attitudes in India (as well as in the UK) towards the British Empire, and towards the buildings which survive as testament to its achievements. A whistle stop tour is then made of the very best colonial buildings in Chennai (Madras), Kolkata (Calcutta), Mumbai (Bombay), Delhi and elsewhere. The  focus is on Bombay, reflecting on Anthony’s experience of having masterminded a British Government backed project to restore that city’s magnificent George Gilbert Scott designed university buildings. The telling of this mid-Victorian building’s story - its design (in England), construction, history and, of course, its restoration – provide useful start-points from which to consider the broader historical, cultural and architectural context. Bombay’s economic boom of the 1860s coincided with the high point of the Gothic Revival.

 

Anthony Peers is a freelance historic buildings' consultant, educated as an Architectural Historian at Manchester University and trained in building conservation at the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies, York. After two years with SAVE Britain's Heritage, where he wrote Deserted Bastions, he worked with the English Heritage Listing Division on the review of military buildings and in the mid 1990s was employed by the DTI in Bombay, India, setting up and running an innovative project to repair George Gilbert Scott's university buildings and training local architects and craftsmen in conservation techniques and philosophy. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and Deputy Chairman of the Ancient Monuments Society.

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The Magic of Pattern

The Magic of Pattern

28 February 2023

The Magic of Pattern

Lecturer : David Phillips

From the Alhambra to William Morris, patterns can be gorgeous, yet pattern has often been dismissed as “mere ornament” in comparison with painting. We will discover that is a mistaken view as we look at the ideas that inspired some of the great pattern inventors and traditions from around the world.  Whilst some glorious effects depend on very simple patterning procedures, others can be wonderfully clever as we watch patterns evolving across the screen in beautiful animations.

David Phillips studied History at Oxford, and from 1968-82 worked for Nottingham Castle Museum. From 1982-98, Lecturer in Museum Studies and Art History at University of Manchester. Published a book about museum practice with Manchester University Press, Exhibiting Authenticity (1997).

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Vaux le Vicomte, fit for a King – The inspiration behind Versailles Palace

28 March 2023

Vaux le Vicomte, fit for a King
The inspiration behind Versailles Palace

Lecturer :  Carole Petipher

French 17th century chateau design owes much to one man; the ambitious visionary Nicolas Fouquet who is still somewhat of an enigma today. He seemed invincible but made one grave error of judgement which was to lead to his downfall. He employed the country’s best talent to commission a spectacular chateau for himself. In doing so he completely outshone the Sun King; Vaux le Vicomte presented a radical new look for the century whilst Versailles was nothing more than a humble hunting lodge at the time. The story that ensues is legendary. This lecture explores innovative garden design and architecture together with lavish interiors to tell the shocking story.

Carole Petipher is an experienced guide and lecturer on combined history and art tours in France with 20 years experience. Having lived and worked on a number of bespoke river vessels and converted barges, there she has used them as a platform from which to research her lectures.  She employs art in all its guises to explore the characters who shaped France and likes to delve behind the scenes to discover hidden truths.

 

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Agatha Christie: Queen of Crime

  25th April 2023

 

Agatha Christie: Queen of Crime

 

Lecturer :  Jane Tapley

Agatha Christie is undoubtedly the world’s greatest crime writer, her books sell over four million copies worldwide every year and there is a continual demand for new adaptations to be made of her work. She led a sheltered and privileged life in her native Torquay which was not dissimilar to the characters she invented. She was brought up in the comfort of upper middle class society and she too had mystery in her life. To find out more about this remarkable author who created Poirot and Miss Marple books, this biographical talk will surprise and enlighten you about how she developed her talent for writing but never attended a proper school.

Jane Tapley is currently Special Events Organiser, Theatre Royal Bath. She interviews visiting actors, writers and directors. lectures regularly to theatre going societies, NT and history and fine arts groups. West Country Tourist Board Registered Blue Badge Guide and Lecturer. Author and researcher of theatre programme notes on Hamlet, Sheridan's The Rivals and Jane Austen's Emma. Theatrical landlady! Home Economist. Consultant to various TV productions of Jane Austen adaptations on food in the 18th and 19th centuries. Hosts and cooks period meals in her Regency house in Bath for the Jane Austen Festival and other literary groups.

 

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Taking The Ocean to Chelsea

23rd May 2023

                                  

Taking The Ocean to Chelsea

 

Lecturer :  Tracy Foster

This lecture shows how Tracy Foster designed the Welcome to Yorkshire garden at Chelsea in 2017.

It was a massive project which entailed Flamborough Primary School children helping to collect two tonnes of pebbles from the beach which were “borrowed” and then returned to the same beach after the show. Tracy included a folly to represent Whitby Abbey and explains the process of creating waves in the water in Chelsea. We shall also hear about the logistics involved in staging gardens at Chelsea.

Tracy is based in Leeds and has won four RHS gold medals, two People’s Choice awards as well as many others. She designed a Hedgehog Street at Harlow Carr, a hospital courtyard garden and many other projects in private and public places.

 

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The Unique Terracotta Army: The Emperors Soldiers for the Afterlife

Textile of Bhutan

The Unique Terracotta Army

Tuesday 26 July 2022

Lecturer: Hanne Sutcliffe

The awesome discovery of over 7,000 life-size terracotta soldiers, guarding the tomb of the first emperor of China is the most momentous archaeological find this century. First discovered in 1974, the excavations have revealed row upon row of soldiers, horses, even officers and a general – an army so large that it needed 700,000 labourers to construct it. Each soldier has different head features and most are over 6 feet tall. The Qin Emperor was a despotic but remarkably intelligent man. He ordered the Great Wall to be built, built a road network covering all of China, canals and over a hundred palaces. The Qin emperor wanted his empire to last for a thousand years and it did. The lecture includes the layout of the famous four pits, the weapons of the time and how the Emperor won his fantastic Empire

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