What's on - February 2018

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    • 9 February 2018 - 23 February 2018Literature/Talks/Walks

      Deciphering a Painting using Iconography Biblical Stories & Mythology


      Images used to be made to be instantly decipherable by the viewer. People used to know which person was being represented, which story told, and which meaning send out by the work of art. We no longer have this ability to know what we are looking at when in front of a classical work of art.

      This series will not focus on the maker, the material or the period in which it was made, but rather help you recognize the subject of the work of art. 

      We will look at symbolism and Iconography, bible stories and mythology to decipher the work of art. There will be plenty of opportunity to transfer this knowledge to a number of different works of art from different periods and different countries.


      9/2/18 objects, shapes and colours

      16/2/18 Mythological Iconography

      23/2/18 Christian Iconography

      Mariska Beekenkamp-Wladimiroff event

    • 10 February 2018 - 7 April 2018Literature/Talks/Walks

      Monthly Tours: Black Presences in National Collections

      This term Michael will be at 3 different London museums running his tours on the Black Presences in Art. You can join him once a month for these tours, which take place on weekends at midday.

      There is a black presence in many of the works in the nation’s collection. That presence takes many different forms; blacks are depicted as musicians, as kings, as slaves, as servants, as saints and sometime just as people and as artists in their own right. The Black Presence in most cases is explicit though not immediately and sometimes the presence has to teased out, Michael seeks to make that presence better known. He will point out things you never spotted, highlight people worth noticing, and tell you the untold stories of the works of art in the collection!

      Note that pre-booking on these tours is essential, so that we can keep track of the group size!


      Sat 10 Feb: National Gallery, 11:30 to 13:30

      Sat 3 Mar: Tate Britain, 11:30 to 13:30

      Sat 7 Apr: Wallace Collection, 11:30 to 13:30


      Please specify which date you would like to join

      Mariska Beekenkamp-Wladimiroff event

    • 15 February 2018 - 28 June 2018Literature/Talks/Walks

      Pall Mall Art Tour

      Take an intimate art tour of London’s diverse galleries, examining art and antiques up close with input from gallery staff, and hear the history of public art on Pall Mall.

      Over a cup of tea or coffee at St. James's Caffè, you can hear the story of how the London public first gained access to the masterworks of Europe and learned to love their own painters.  Images of Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds, playboy miniaturist Richard Cosway and the Boydell Shakespeare Gallery compete with those of the cartoonist James Gillray and Emma Hamilton in the Temple of Hymen.  It all happened in London’s elegant St. James’s, where the nouveau riche sought to join the ranks of the aristocracy in the new auction house of James Christie, hoping to acquire the possessions of the dead, bankrupt and sometimes disgraced. 

      This introduction will be followed by a stroll around King, Duke, Bury and Ryder streets, where we will visit a variety of art and antiques galleries which house everything from medieval paintings, Renaissance armour, 16th-century Turkish tiles, 17th-century Italian paintings, 18th-century British porcelain and maps, 19th-century French bronze sculpture and Impressionist paintings to contemporary paintings, 20th-and-21st-century political cartoons, prints and children’s book illustrations.  The gallery staff will be expecting us and, if possible, will take a few minutes to explain some of the art or antiques on display.  Time permitting, we could stop in at Christie’s along the way or go to Mason’s Yard to consider the Indica gallery’s past and what’s on at Jay Jopling’s White Cube.  


      The Pall Mall Art Tour is available most Thursdays at 2:30 pm, and lasts just over 2 ½ hours

      Limited group size, so prebooking is essential!


      Please email us to check if there is a tour on your preferred Thursday.


      Please no rucksacks.

      Mariska Beekenkamp-Wladimiroff event

    • 20 February 2018 - 27 March 2018Literature/Talks/Walks

      Art History Lectures: Masterpiece A Week (Block 2)

      To tie in with the exhibition 'Water Water Everywhere', we have a six-part lecture series featuring masterpieces, all focusing on the theme of water.


      20 February - Van de Velde's Seascapes

      27 February - Turner's water colours

      06 March - The Great Wave of Kanagawa

      13 March - Monet's Lillie Ponds

      20 March - Singer Sargent's water Colours

      27 March - Antony Gormley's water sculptures

      1 - 2.30pm in the Coach House.

      Price: £72 for series / £15 for drop in (10% discount for Richmond Card holders).

      Richmond Arts Service and Orleans House Gallery event

    • 21 February 2018 - 7 April 2018Literature/Talks/Walks

      Walking tour: The History of Savile Row

      This tour will last just over two hours, and stay largely on Savile Row.   We might not be covering that much ground, but Cindy will have plenty to talk about -- introducing you to the history of British tailoring in the Golden Square Mile of menswear, and to the people who work there.

      The tour will explain both how bespoke suits are made and how British tailors, royals, military heroes and celebrities have together set many of the prevailing fashions for Western men for hundreds of years, going back to the seventeenth century. Several individual tailors and merchants are visited, and, if possible, staff members and craftsmen will take the time to explain the beauty of what they make and sell.   

      Groups are limited to 6 people, as some of the spaces in tailoring houses are small and we must not get in the way of customers.

      Please could I also ask you to please not bring rugsacks.

      NB This tour is running most Wednesdays. Please email us to check if your preferred date is available.

      Mariska Beekenkamp-Wladimiroff event

    • 22 February 2018Literature/Talks/Walks

      Lecture on Victorian Leisure and Pleasure

      Lecture on Victorian Leisure and Pleasure by Ian Bevan.

      At the Vestry Hall, 21 Paradise Road, Richmond. Doors open at 2 pm for 2.30 pm start.

      Members' tickets cost £3.50 and guests' £4.50.

      For further details please contact the Programme Manager on tel. 0208 979 3089, email: b.weisblatt@btinternet.com.

      Richmond Association for the National Trust event

    • 24 February 2018Literature/Talks/Walks

      The History of Normansfield's Buildings

      Saturday, 24 February 2018 from 11am to 12midday

      ADMISSION:  FREE - No need to pre-book

      A talk about the development of the buildings at Normansfield from 1868 until 2016 using maps, architectural drawings and photographs.

      The museum is open until 5pm (entry is FREE - donations are requested)

      (Normansfield was the home and institution developed by the famous Victorian physician Dr John Langdon Down and his family where a revolutionary and enlightened approach was developed for the care, education and training of people with learning disabilities).

      Langdon Down Centre event

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