Cranleigh Arts Centre
West Surrey Area
Museums & Art Galleries
of Events for 2009-10|
Puccini: Ses Femmes
Puccini hunted wild fowl, opera libretti and beautiful women
with equal enthusiasm - but the heroines of his operas were his truest loves.
Lecture with slides and taped music.
L.S. Lowry: A
MA Courtauld BA Hons
Our lecturer, himself a practising artist, will tell us
the story of Lowry and explain his wonderful idiosyncratic and entirely
individual style of painting.
March 2ndReport and Photos
Outing: A private guided
backstage tour of the Royal Albert Hall during a production of Carmen.
From Egg to Bacon: English Painting 1850-1950
Linda Smith BA
An account of developments in British painting from the
days of the Pre-Raphaelites to the aftermath of WWII. Victorian artists like
Augustus Egg, a friend of Charles Dickens, created popular works with a high
moral tone. The Pre-Raphaelites challenged the status quo with vivid colours and
complex decoration. They initiated a fertile era in English art, at the end of
which Francis Bacon erupted onto the scene. Linda Smith. is an art historian,
guide and lecturer at London's Tate Britain and Tate Modern.
April 22ndLecture Report
Are you sitting
MSc B.Ed Dip
The construction and style of the chair from ancient
times to the 19th century and its use as a symbol of power and authority.
Outing: A visit to the
Cabinet War Rooms and The Churchill Museum followed by a tour of Whitehall with
May 27thLecture Report
London's changing skyline
Anthea Streeter M.Ed
A review of the changes to the famous City of
London skyline from the arrival of the Romans to the new generation of 21st
June 24thLecture Report
Use and Beauty: The
gardens of Worlitz
Desmond MA FI Hort
The gardens at Wörlitz lie at the centre of the
Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz, created 1764 by Prince Franz of
Anhalt-Dessau and his circle. The garden is an expression of the Enlightenment
through the seamless blend of beauty with utility. Now a UNESCO World Heritage
Site, the grounds at Wörlitz are set in a landscape of woods and lakes, and
include many ornamental buildings and bridges in Arcadian scenery.
July 16thReport and Photos
Outing: A visit to
Waterperry Gardens, Oxford to see 'Art in Action'. Over 200 artists create the
largest Arts Festival of its kind in Europe.
July 22ndLecture Report
Who wrote Shakespeare?
The true story behind the name Shake-speare and an
insight of the court intrigue and treachery that led to the biggest cover-up in
Visit to the Royal
Naval Dockyard, Portsmouth.
Report and Photos
September 23rdLecture Report
Charles Darwin &
the voyage of HMS Beagle
Darwin's radical theories
developed from a remarkable global voyage in HMS 'Beagle' (1831-1836) via the
Galapagos Islands. This talk by James Taylor, former curator of Paintings,
Drawings and Prints at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, focuses on the
family and influences upon Darwin and Robert Fitzroy, the commander of the
Outing: A musical tour
of Westminster Abbey with the Purcell Club.
Report and Photos
Laos - from historic
Buddist temples to modern silkweaving
BA (Hons) FRGS)
Examining the French
legacy of elegant wooden houses with Lao motifs and the shimmering silkweaving,
once the preserve of the Lao monarchy.
Vivaldi lived in Venice when opera was all the rage and the
city boasted no fewer than 7 opera houses. Canaletto spent his career painting
delectations for the tourist.
Sleeping Beauties -
The Irish country house
The Georgian period is when many of the great Irish houses were
created. Filled with treasures brought back from the Grand Tour, fine furniture
and decorative arts, these houses played host to a now vanished world, often
with eccentric lifestyles.
Petra: City of the
BA Hons Anc Hist & Egyptology Dip Arch
Petra, from about 300 BC was the capital of the Nabatean
empire, controlling a vast network of trade routes that extended to the
Mediterranean, India and China. Carved in the multi-coloured rock of impregnable
mountains as the capital of a now-forgotten empire, this "Rose-Red City
half as old as time" is a wonder of the ancient world.