Cranleigh Arts Centre
West Surrey Area
Museums & Art Galleries
of Events for 2010-11|
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.
February 24thLecture Report
of the desert
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.
March 9thReport and Photos
Outing: The Real Van Gogh:
The Artist and his Letters. Exhibition at the Royal Academy, London.
The Black Death and its Aftermath
Imogen Corrigan BA
The story of how the Black Death affected the survivors.
It is possible to see a shift in artistic tastes following the plague years
which began in the mid C14th.
April 28thLecture Report
The Master: Noel Coward
as Writer, Actor and Painter
As a leisure activity, Noel Coward painted first in
watercolour, then in oils and later gouache. He wrote over 50 plays, many short
stories, some novels, hundreds of songs, and was an excellent, witty, and
sometimes moving minor poet. He acted on the professional stage from the age of
ten. Covering Coward's stage and film career and looking at his paintings.
May 18thReport and Photos
(Kipling's home) and Bodiam Castle.
May 26thLecture Report
Travels in Rajasthan with
Merry MA BA (Hons)
temples, monuments and forts in the Land of Kings.
June 12thReport and Photos
Outing: Dover Castle
highlighting the recently refurbished chambers of the Great Tower of Henry II.
Skin Deep: the Beastly
Art of Beauty; Reality and Ridicule
Amanda Herries MA
Beautiful in the society portraits, haggard in the
merciless lampoon. The artifice pursued by 18th and 19th century 'fashion
victims' was, quite literally, hair-raising and often fatal. The dream, the
joke, the reality it is all explored, with portraits, prints and some
extraordinary surviving objects.
July 8thReport and Photos
Outing: Uppark House and
The Cult of the South
Pacific: from Cook to Gauguin
Romanticised depictions of the island of Tahiti and its
people by many artists, from the time of James Cook's first encounter in 1767 to
the art of Gauguin.
August 20th-22nd Report and Photos
Weekend Visit to
In search of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
September 22ndLecture Report
Banks, Burgundy and
Piracy: the 15C Artists of Bruges
The Rt Rev Christopher Herbert
Exploring the political, cultural,
economic and religious context in which great works of art were created.
September 27thReport and Photos
Outing: In and
around St Pancras with Andrew Davies.
October 19thReport and Photos
Outing: The newly
transformed Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
October 27thLecture Report
The Decanter: an
No vessel better reflects the history of glassmaking and the
decorative arts than this often mighty, and sometimes humble, glass object.
BA (Hons) MA
The French monarchy after
King Francis I (1494-1547) lived through a turbulent period of contrasts
passion, violence, religious unrest and uprisings set against the
elegance and beauty of the chateaux of the Loire. Catherine de Medici tried to
hold the House of Valois together, while Louis XIII had the support of his
Christmas Party at
Sunflowers and Old
Blue: Oscar Wilde and the House Beautiful -
Dr Anne Anderson
BA PhD FSA
She considers the House
Beautiful in the 1870s and 1880s from the cult of Japan to Gilbert &
Sullivan's Patience which sent up Oscar Wilde and his posing.
Babylon: the Artists of Montmartre
No name is more evocative of
Bohemian life, of high spirits, decadence and poverty, and of revolutionary art
in Paris, than Montmartre.