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Monday 19 April 2021
Richmond & Twickenham Photographic Society’s Virtual Exhibition
If the four walls of your home are starting to feel a little too familiar during these uncertain times, then why not escape on a virtual tour of Richmond & Twickenham Photographic Society’s annual exhibition which is running on-line from Thursday 1 April until Thursday 20 May 2021.
You’ll be able to immerse yourself in some stunning landscapes, beautiful wildlife and some thought provoking portraits and street scenes from a photographic society which is one of the largest and oldest in the country. Once again the work of GCSE and A level students at St. Catherine’s School for Girls in Twickenham will be going on display.
The show, which boasts over 300 images, is set in a 3D museum space, so visitors can explore the rooms independently or be guided around the exhibition. It’s free and can be accessed from a link on the society’s website: www.rtps.org.uk
The society has around 120 members from beginners to professionals and new members are warmly welcome. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details of how to join.Richmond & Twickenham PS’s annual and popular exhibition is normally held at the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington and hopes to return there in 2022. And while no digital encounter can fully emulate the physical experience of visiting an exhibition, the virtual platform which RTPS has embodied, comes very close.
Exhibition Navigation: The exhibition takes the form of a number of discrete rooms. this approach has been taken to facilitate the ease of navigation for the viewer. There are four rooms to visit in total. The Landmark, Charnock and St. Luke's rooms showcase the RTPS members' panels. Each panel has an introduction to provide the viewer with an insight into the author's thinking, it is then followed with a panel overview to show the viewer the images in the author's desired layout and then finally, there is the opportunity to see each individual image close up. The St. Catherine's room showcases the work of A level and GCSE students from St. Catherine's School for Girls in Twickenham.
It is highly recommended the viewer takes the guided tour which takes the viewer around the rooms in the order designed by the curators.
Other RTPS Talks during April
15 April - ‘London and Beyond’ with Matt Cooper, an award winning landscape and cityscape photographer who specialises in the photography of London.
22 April – ‘Festivals of Papua New Guinea’ with Marilyn Taylor.
The talks will run on-line via Zoom from 8 till 10 p.m. with a 15 minute break.
Prospective new members are warmly invited to log on to join us for one or two meetings before making a commitment to become a member. Just drop us an email at email@example.com
Calling early career artists, curators and collectives
We are now accepting proposals for exhibitions at Orleans House Gallery with Richmond Arts Service.
This year’s Stables Gallery programme (October 21 – April 22) speaks to those establishing a career, focussing on creatives within the first 10 years of their practice. Through this programme we want to understand how we as an Arts Service can support artists in sustaining themselves in the early stages of their work.
All propositions welcome, across visual and contemporary arts. Artists can exhibit works to sell or present a show of interactive ideas and works in progress for audience participation and feedback, the Stables Gallery can be a space for experimentation and building a conversation with audiences. Equally, artists may choose to propose a topical programme of workshops, curators may propose a collaborative, theme-based exhibition, or a wholly innovative arts-based project can be presented.
Please follow the link to find out more, including how to apply:
For any queries relating to the opportunity, please contact Chris Burton (Arts Officer) at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Virtual Festival 2021
A virtual Festival for young musicians - piano, instrumental and singing - age 18 and under - in conjunction with Play&Perform
Details www.richmondfestival.org.uk and follow the links to Play & Perform
In Flagrante Choir 2020
In Flagrante’s signature song has long been the uplifting Cat Stevens' song which starts “ If you want to sing out, sing out”, and this has kept us going during lockdown.
Over the past months, the number of choir singers has grown, our repertoire has grown and our hair has grown!
Nothing was going to stop us singing out, and we have kept going - either meeting face to face or on-line, under the direction of our amazing Musical Director,
Eamonn O’Dwyer (https://www.eamonnodwyer.com)
Rehearsals start with a warm-up, focusing on breathing techniques and unique tongue twisters to stimulate diction!
Eamonn works with a mixture of repertoire - short and sweet, old and new (often including his unique, glorious, musical arrangements) - revising each singing part and leading to a performance from the whole choir. Choir sessions resulting in on-line concerts have provided our weekly fix of fun. Singers are a very friendly bunch and new recruits - all ages, all voices - are most welcome.
If you can hum a tune, you can sing - a love of music is all you need …. does this sound like the start of a good song title?!
For the moment we will continue to meet on-line on a Tuesday night at 19.30 hrs.
If you are interested in having a go at singing please contact Cathy at email@example.com.
Or have a look at our website
We would LOVE to hear from you 🎵
In Flagrante Choir event
In Flagrante Choir 2020
In Flagrante choir normally rehearses on Tuesday evenings, 19.30 - 21.30 hrs. Venue : St. Anne's Church hall, Kew Green TW9 3AA. All have been welcome to come along to meet, and sing with, the choir.
Singers have a great time working on a wide range of songs - a love of music and ability to hold a tune is all that's required! No audition.
However, since the "lockdown" we have been having a fun weekly choir session singing with our Musical Director, Eamonn O'Dwyer, on Tuesday nights at 19.30 hrs. You are most welcome to join this as we will be continuing through the summer months of 2020.
For further details on how to link in on Tuesday evenings, contact Cathy Jago on firstname.lastname@example.org
or our website https://www.inflagrantechoir.com
In Flagrante Choir event
Whitton Adult Community Singing
WHITTON ADULT COMMUNITY SINGING
Singing Safely for Enjoyment, Wellbeing & Health
We are meeting regularly online, 11.00 – 12.30 using Zoom, until we can return to the large, well ventilated Function Hall at the Whitton Community Centre, TW2 6JL
Every Saturday from 27th February to
27th March, then hopefully back at the Community Centre, every Saturday 11.15 -12.15 from 17th April and will continue through to 17th July
If you have never sung, or only sung a little, or would like to improve, or you just love to sing! Come along for a free trial session, enjoy the music and the friendly company
We learn to sing great songs from all genres and styles
This is a Singing Class for all adults
Please contact Loulla Gorman for full details:
JMW Turner's Sandycombe Years
Talks will last 30 minutes followed by a Q&A. Tickets grant access to all 4 talks. Joining information will be sent on the morning of the event.
Ticket price £15.
April 6th - Turner’s House of Art: Turner at Petworth, by Andrew Loukes
From 1827, the year after he sold Sandycombe Lodge, Turner visited Petworth House in West Sussex on an annual basis for the next ten years. There remain twenty paintings by Turner at Petworth, which is the largest collection of his oils outside Tate Britain. This talk explores the artist’s relationship with one of his favourite places, described by Turner’s contemporary John Constable as “that house of art”.
Andrew Loukes has worked with public art collections for 30 years. He was the House and Collections Manager at Petworth House (the most important art collection in the care of the National Trust) for 11 years and previously was a curator at Manchester Art Gallery and Tate Britain. He has curated exhibitions on Blake, Constable and seven on Turner, including the recent exhibition ‘Turner and the Thames: Five Paintings’ at Turner’s House in 2020. Andrew is also a former trustee of the Turner’s House Trust. He is now Consultant Curator of the Egremont Collection at Petworth.
April 13th - From the Sublime to the Ridiculous - Turner’s sense of scale, by Franny Moyle
Moyle looks at Turner’s interest in scale, his ‘all seeing eye’, and how this relates to his world view. Taking a number of paintings executed during the ‘Sandycombe Years’ she will invite those joining the talk to look again at Turner’s work, to consider how he uses scale to express sublime beauty, what there is to discover in looking closely at the detail of his work, and how this may relate to his own spiritual beliefs.
Franny Moyle is a writer, lecturer and broadcaster whose biography of Turner, The Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of JMW Turner was published in 2016 to critical acclaim. She is a trustee of Turner’s House.
April 20th - Turner and the ‘Matchless Vale of Thames’ , by Catherine Parry-Wingfield
For the great landscape painter J.M.W. Turner, the river Thames provided him with a huge source of inspiration, from his childhood in the early 1780s to the end of his life in 1851. He was particularly enthralled by the Arcadian stretch of the river as it winds past Richmond and Twickenham, where he chose to build his retreat, Sandycombe Lodge. This talk takes its title from the 18th century Richmond poet, James Thomson, whose work was still much admired many decades after his death, and whose verses were in Turner’s mind as he walked and sketched his way along Richmond Hill to capture the moods of the river and the famous view.
Catherine Parry-Wingfield is an art historian with a long career in teaching and lecturing, specialising in the visual arts of 18th and early 19th century Britain and Europe. She was a trustee of Turner’s House Trust from its inception in 2005, and chair from 2013 to 2019, during which time she was actively engaged as a member of the conservation project team, particularly with the presentation of the interior. She has written two booklets, J.M.W. Turner, R.A. - the artist and his house at Twickenham and J.M.W. Turner and the ‘Matchless Vale of Thames’ (available from Turner’s House) and an article for The London Gardener, 2012, The Grounds of Sandycombe Lodge, J.M.W. Turner’s Country Retreat at Twickenham.
April 27th - Understanding the Fine Print: Turner's Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England , by Nicola Moorby
For almost his entire residency of Sandycombe Lodge, Turner would have been working on the print publication, Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England, his first major independent series of topographical views. This talk discussed the background and circumstances of the project, particularly focusing on the techniques and skill of Turner and his printmakers, as well as revealing the highs and lows of their professional collaborations.
Nicola Moorby is an independent art historian specialising in British art of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Formerly at Tate Britain, where she managed the Prints and Drawings Rooms, she was a significant contributor to Tate's updated online catalogue of the Turner Bequest and has worked as a curator on several exhibitions. She has contributed to numerous publications on Turner, including as co-editor and author of How to Paint Like Turner (Tate Publishing 2010). She has appeared as an expert on television and radio, including most recently, Great Paintings of the World with Andrew Marr.
Supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.
Turner's House Trust event