Cranleigh Decorative
& Fine Arts Society


Home Page




Young Arts



Contact Us

Local Links


Cranleigh Arts Centre

West Surrey Area

National Links


Museums & Art Galleries

Programme of Events for 2016-17

March 16th (Wednesday)
Outing:  Tangmere Military Aviation Museum

Report and Photos

March 23rd - 2pm & 7.30pm
The Founders and Treasures of the Wallace Collection
Stephen Duffy

From one of the gallery’s curators the lecture tells the story of the collection's formation and presents many of its finest treasures

Lecture Report

April 14th (Thursday)
Outing:  The Wallace Collection

Report and Photos

April 27th - 2pm & 7.30pm
The Secret Art in the Passport
Martin Lloyd

Prepare to be surprised at the amount of art and design involved when creating a passport, in order to confound the forger

Lecture Report

May 8th (Sunday) to 12th (Thursday)
Tour:  The Art, Historic Houses & Heritage of Yorkshire

Report and Photos

May 20th (Friday)
Outing:  The Spike Heritage Centre, Guildford

Report and Photos

May 25th - 2pm & 7.30pm
Betty Joel -
Glamour and innovation in 1930’s design

Clive Stewart Lockhart

The life and work of this leading interior designer of the 1930s, from a member of her family

Lecture Report

June 22nd - 2pm & 7.30pm
The Art of Light -
Stained Glass in the City of London

Alexandra Epps

The magical qualities of stained glass and its symbolism exemplified in the historic churches of the City

Lecture Report

July 6th (Wednesday)
Outing:  The Globe Theatre

Report and Photos

July 9th (Saturday)
Special Interest Morning:  Georgia O'Keeffe

A unique opportunity to learn about this amazing artist at the beginning of a major exhibition at Tate Modern

The morning was led by Richard Cupidi, a highly regarded arts lecturer with a particular interest in O'Keeffe and her work

Lecture Report

July 27th - 2pm & 7.30pm
Undressing Antiques
Mark Hill

A persuasive introduction to buying antiques and integrating them into today’s homes

Lecture Report

September 7th (Wednesday) to 14th (Wednesday)
Tour:  Bilbao, Santiago de Compostela
& the Way of St James

Report and Photos

September 28th - 2pm & 7.30pm
To please the palate & charm the eye:
400 years of ephemeral art

Dr Annie Gray

A focus on food and dining from the past by this well-known food historian.  She aims to bring the art of eating to life.

Lecture Report

October 26th - 2pm & 7.30pm
Birmingham Town Hall
– the first truly civic building

Anthony Peers

Birmingham’s history told via a study of its best loved building ‘an ornament to England’

Lecture Report

November 12th (Saturday)
Special Interest Day:  The Fine Art of Crime
– protecting your cultural property

led by Malcolm Kenwood


November 23rd - 2pm & 7.30pm
Absolutely Classic
Naomi Motley

A focus on the rise of neo-classicism in Regency England with examples of the decorative arts and buildings

Lecture Report

December 5th (Monday)
Outing:  Christmas Lunch
at Waverley Abbey House

Report and Photos

December 18th (Sunday)
Outing:  Jingle Bell Christmas
at The Royal Albert Hall


January 25th - 2pm & 7.30pm
England’s Golden Age of Cabinet Making
Janusz Karczewski-Slowikowski

Discover the great craftsmen of the 18th Century who brought a new quality standard for furniture design in Britain

Lecture Report

February 22nd - 2pm & 7.30pm
Riviera Paradise
Mary Alexander

Transport yourself into the fusion of art, design and pleasure on the Cote d’Azure in the 1920s and 30s

Lecture Review