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STUDY DAYS 2023-24

Members are welcome to invite guests for an additional charge.  Where demand exceeds places, however, Members will continue to have priority.

Our study days offer a more in depth examination of a particular topic.

Full days begin at 10:00am for a 10:30am start and finish at 3.30pm.  Half day sessions run for approximately two and a half hours morning or afternoon.

Refreshments will be provided.

An extra fee is charged to cover the cost of the Study Day.



with Sarah Burles

Thursday 1st February 2024

Half Day - 10 am - 12.30 pm

Throughout the history of art particular places at particular times have inspired intense periods of creativity.  From the late 19th century, Cornwall became a focus for a number of artists who challenged conventions, beginning with the artists colony at Newlyn and then around the coast at Lamorna.  In the 20th century, St Ives was home to British modernists such as Bernard Leach, Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson who in turn inspired and were challenged by a younger generation of avant-garde artists that included Peter Lanyon, Roger Hilton, Patrick Heron and Wilhelmina Barns - and others who lived and worked in Cornwall from the 1880s to the 1970s and explore their artistic influences, relationships and legacy.

Lecture 1 - Newlyn and Lamorna
Lecture 2 - St Ives and Modernism



The Extraordinary Life and Times of Oscar Wilde

with Simon Whitehouse

That took place on Friday 24th November 2023

Study Day - 10 am - 3.15 pm

The day is broken down into three lectures:

Oscar Wilde: Famous For Being Famous 

In this introductory lecture, we look at Oscar's early years, including his artistic circle & his rising celebrity.

A Handbaaag! The Importance of Being Oscar (and Earnest!)

In this lecture we look at Oscar at the height of his success including the publication of his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, as well as his theatrical successes (with a special focus on his final and most brilliant play, the Importance of Being Earnest).

The Trials of Oscar Wilde: Famous for Being Infamous

In the final lecture, we discover how, at the peak of his success, disaster struck, leading to the criminal trial of the century, prison & exile.  We conclude the day with an appreciation of  Oscar's enduring legacy and how he continues to inspire and entertain us today.

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