STUDY DAYS 2022 - 23

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.

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FROM MONOCHROME TO POLYCHROME - HOW COLOUR TRANSFORMED THE ART OF GARDEN DESIGN.

Thursday 23rd June 2022
Study Morning: 10.00 am - 12.30 pm

Timothy Walker is a well-known and highly thought of figure in the gardening world. He currently teaches Biology at Somerville College in Oxford and was formerly Director at the Oxford Botanical Gardens and Harcourt Arboretum. He is an excellent presenter and we are looking forward to a very interesting Study Day.
Botanic gardens are often described as living museums. Garden curators lecture about them in the same way as museum curators talk about their collections. Gardens are often thought of as a place where science and art meet on equal terms. Timothy will investigate this relationship.
The lens through which the study day is focused will be the 400-year-old Oxford Botanic Gardens as well as gardens created by Timothy and his wife. Included in his talk will be examples of gardens from around Britain and other parts of the world.

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BUDDHISM AND BUDDHIST ART

Tuesday 22nd November 2022

The study day focuses on how to appreciate the Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhist art of the Himalayas and Tibet. The lecture will be an introduction to Buddhism and the transmission of Buddhist art and architecture into the Himalayas. It will also focus on the rich symbolism of Tibetan art and explain how to interpret the common images, themes and motifs. The final part of the day will explore the vibrant culture of this fascinating part of the world.

Zara Fleming is an independent art consultant, lecturer, tour guide and exhibition curator with specialist knowledge of Buddhist art; focusing on the art and culture of Tibet and the Himalayas. 

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PASSIONS, PERSONALITIES AND PATRONAGE - CHATSWORTH AND THE STORY OF THE DEVONSHIRE FAMILY COLLECTION

Tuesday 7th February 2023

Study Day - 10.00 am - 3.15 pm

The lecture is a chronological history of the Devonshire collections through the interests of the family through the generations. Each generation left their mark on the collections which led to one of the finest collections in Europe. Artists include Rembrandt, Reynolds, Canova and Freud and items include drawings, fine books, silver, jewels, portraits and modern sculpture.

Simon Seligman studied art and architecture at the University of Warwick and worked at Chatsworth from 1991 to 2010 including being Director of Communications. He has lectured throughout the United Kingdom and the United States on the Devonshire Collections and gave presentations and interviews with Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire. Simon works for the Guild of St George (John Ruskin’s Charity) and is a trustee of three arts festivals and a life coach in private practice.

 

STUDY DAYS 2021

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THE LIFE AND WORKS OF CLARICE CLIFF

Tuesday 5th October 2021 - 1.30pm-4pm

Booking will open in Summer 2021

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THE GENIUS OF MOZART

Monday 15th March 2021 10:30am-12:45pm 

Tuesday 16th March 2021 2.30pm-3.30pm

Via Zoom @ £20 per Zoom Link 

The study morning looks at the twin ends of  Mozart's life to reveal how the promise of his early years was fulfilled a thousand-fold at the end of his comparatively short life. Music will be played throughout the morning.  This will be followed the next day by a concert in the afternoon celebrating the music of Mozart and his contemporaries.