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The Arts Society Blackmore Vale

Thu 3rd Feb 2022

The Mystery of Holbein’s Ambassadors

Thu 3rd Feb 2022 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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Hans Holbein the Younger, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons   Hans Holbein brought with him from mainland Europe to England both sophistication and skill, with far reaching consequences for this island's artistic development. His Ambassadors is one of the National Gallery of London’s greatest treasures, dating from a tradition in the arts when no object was without meaning and symbolism, practically all of which has been lost to the modern observer. This lecture considers the tempestuous circumstances of its creation…

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Thu 3rd Mar 2022

The Manufactured Woman: The Story of Pandora and how she has inspired generations of artists to imagine how and why women came into the world

Thu 3rd Mar 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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In Greek legend, Pandora was created with the express purpose of causing trouble to men which, by opening her box, she achieved. This lecture looks at the original sources for the story, draws parallels with both Eve in Genesis and Galatea in Ovid before showing how ballets, operas and plays from Coppelia to My Fair Lady and The Winter’s Tale to Educating Rita have developed the theme of a creation that runs out of control. Lecturer: Mary Sharp Mary is…

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Thu 7th Apr 2022

Bloomsbury Group: The Art of Vanessa Bell

Thu 7th Apr 2022 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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Avant-garde painter, designer, decorator, inspired colourist, mother and muse, Vanessa Bell was the warm heart of the Bloomsbury Group, once described by Dorothy Parker as “living in squares and loving in triangles”. This has perhaps lessened the fame of her work: this lecture asks the question - was Vanessa Bell the painter as radical as her sister, the writer Virginia Woolf? Lecturer: Julia Musgrave Julia Musgrave got her first degree in Chemical Engineering and went on to become a Chartered…

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Thu 5th May 2022

Peggy Guggenheim

Thu 5th May 2022 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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The 'poor little rich girl' who changed the face of twentieth century art. Not only was Peggy Guggenheim ahead of her time but she was also the woman who helped define it. She discovered and nurtured a new generation of artists producing a new kind of art. Through collecting not only art but also the artists themselves, her life was as radical as her collection. Lecturer: Alexandra Epps BA MA Official Guide and Lecturer at Tate Modern, Tate Britain and…

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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF A CITY: THE HISTORY AND ARCHITECTURE OF ST. PETERSBURG

Mon 23rd May 2022 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Arthur Morison Memorial Hall, Rowls Lane
Cucklington, BA9 9PY United Kingdom
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Rosamund Bartlett completed her doctorate at Oxford and is an authority on the cultural history of Russia.  She will be talking to us about how Peter the Great started planning and building this sumptuous city in the 18th century and the remarkable transformations it went through between the 18th and 20th centuries under the various leaders including the Empress Elizabeth, Catherine the Great, Tsar Alexander I and the last Romanov Tsar.   We will be looking at the imposing buildings,…

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Thu 9th Jun 2022

Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico

Thu 9th Jun 2022 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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This colourful lecture explores the relationship between an extraordinary American painter and an equally remarkable place: the picturesque state of New Mexico. Having visited the mountain art colony of Taos for the first time in 1929, she moved permanently to New Mexico after World War II. Fascinated by the mountains and desert, adobe churches and sun-bleached bones, and above all by the brilliant light and vast skies of the state they call the Land of Enchantment, O’Keeffe painted constantly. She…

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Thu 7th Jul 2022

Most Popular Pictures in British Collections

Thu 7th Jul 2022 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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This lecture will present the most popular paintings to be found in British collections – in reverse order from No. 20 to No.1, compiled from different polls conducted since 2005 (society members who recall Alan Freeman’s Pick of the Pops will get the idea!). As the list is counted down, there will be detailed discussion of some of the individual artworks, as well as reflections on why some artworks rate so high or low and why some don’t feature at…

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