Arts Activities Live and On line

WEEK COMMENCING January 18th 2021

Suggestions for arts-related viewing available on the I/Net, on YouTube and via Zoom, as well as on BBC 4 and BBC iPlayer.

NOTE: Any suggestion which is not free is marked (*).

NOTE: Instructions are given in the link on on how to watch the talk on Zoom (you will need to register) OR  via a link to YouTube. 
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Copies, Fakes and Reproductions: a closer look at works in the Wallace Collection (1:00:00) (3 pm to 4 pm Thurs 21st Jan)
A talk by Dr Helen Jacobsen, Curator of 18th-century French Decorative Fine Arts at the Wallace Collection. Some of the pieces in the internationally renowned collection of French 18th-century furniture are not quite what they seem. A fascinating insight into how copies and reproductions have been viewed over the years.

Norman Rockwell Documentary (1:27:00)
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Norman Perceval Rockwell (1894 – 1978) was a 20th-century American illustrator, painter and author. His nostalgic reflection of American culture enjoys a broad popular appeal. Much of his work can be seen in the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, while some is in private collections. He is most famous for the cover illustrations of everyday life he created for The Saturday Evening Post magazine, though these have been criticized by some as sentimentalized portrayals of American life. He also was commissioned to illustrate more than forty books, as well as to paint the portraits of Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon. In his later years, Rockwell began receiving more attention as a painter when he chose more serious subjects, such as the series on racism for Look magazine, one example being ‘The Problem We All Live With’, which dealt with the issue of school racial integration.

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Meissen “Swan Service” – Cocktails with a Curator (00:25:53)
Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator Xavier F. Salomon examines two pieces of the legendary Meissen “Swan Service,” which was all but destroyed during World War II when Russian soldiers ransacked a palace in the Polish village of Brody. This opulent set of dishes was given by Augustus III, King of Poland, to the statesman Heinrich von Brühl, who helped engineer Augustus’s ascent to the throne in 1734. Originally comprising 2,200 intricately designed pieces, only about 100 pieces survive, two of which are in the Frick.

NOTE: £5 donation either by bank transfer to sort code 40-38-18, account 31024191 or by cheque payable to: The Arts Society Richmond and sent to 238, St Margaret’s Road, Twickenham TW1 1NL. For payment by bank transfer put the word Baroque in the reference box.
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British Baroque Art (1:06:47) (NOTE: recording is available until Wed 20th Jan)
The speaker is Sarah Ciacci, an art historian with a BA and MA from University College, London.  It is known that Charles I began adding Baroque art to the Royal Collection in the first half of the 17th century but here Sarah looks at the later Baroque period, in the latter part of the 1600s, when Baroque had become quite a strong thread running through British Art. She reminds us that initially the Baroque movement had been associated with Roman Catholic churches and had been considered too flamboyant and smacking of “popery'” in Protestant Britain, before being adopted by the British monarchy and aristocracy.

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“To See the Stars Again” – Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy
This virtual exhibition of seldom seen Divine Comedy sketches has been been available online to mark the year of the 700th anniversary of the death of the poet Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) and comprises eighty-eight rarely seen pen and ink drawings by the 16th-century Renaissance artist Federico Zuccari. Dante’s epic poem The Divine Comedy traces a pilgrim’s journey through hell, purgatory and heaven.  (Events commemorating the anniversary of Dante’s death are planned to take place throughout the year in Florence, Ravenna and seventy other towns and villages connected to the poet.)
NOTE: The Uffizi Gallery and the Cassa dei Risparmi di Forli Foundation are co-organizing the hugely ambitious exhibition “Dante: The Vision of Art ” due to be held in the San Domenico Museums complex 12th March-4th July, subject to Covid-19 restrictions.

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Letters of Love, Loss and Longing
Love letters offer glimpses into private worlds – from a queen’s treasonous love letter, to the generous wish of a naval hero and the forlorn poetry of a prime minister. Secret stories of heartbreak, passion and disappointment are contained in the 500 years of letters in this intimate exhibition.

Secrets of the Museu
2/6 Inside the Victoria & Albert Museum (1:00:00) (8 pm Mon 18th Jan)
Project Manager Alice and her team unframe and scan a set of seven full-scale 500-year-old Raphaël cartoons that were created for Pope Leo X as designs for tapestries to be hung in the Sistine Chapel. The cartoons were acquired by the future Charles I from an unknown source and have been on loan to the museum from the Royal Collection since 1865.
NOTE: The Raphaël Court (Room 48a) where the cartoons are displayed has been undergoing a major refurbishment since 2000 to mark the 500th anniversary of Raphaël’s death and was due to reopen in 2021.
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Ice Dream: Lapland’s Snow Show (00:29:00) (ends Sun 24th Jan)
On the edge of the Arctic Circle some of the biggest names in art and architecture – including Zaha Hadid and Anish Kapoor – gather to produce an extraordinary collection of artworks made of ice and snow. The ice is harvested by chainsaw. Charlie Luxton investigates. (First shown in March 2004.)

A Christmas Carol (1:12:00) (NB ends Tues 19th Jan)
Simon Callow’s acclaimed one-man adaptation of the Charles Dicken’s classic. (Shown in December 2020)

The Snow Queen (1:26:00) (NB ends Wed 20th Jan)
Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s much-loved tale. Choreographed by Christopher Hampson for Scottish Ballet. Designed by award-winning Lez Brotherson. (Filmed in 2019.)

Maria by Callas (1:53:00) (ends Sat 23rd Jan)
Documentary film that tells the story of the legendary Greek/American opera singer in her own
words. (First shown in December 2020)

GOOGLE: ‘Nightly Met Opera Streams Metropolitan Opera’; scroll down to UPCOMING SCHEDULE ‘WEEK 45; click on name of opera available for free that day.
NOTE: Performances are free online for TWENTY-THREE HOURS. They begin at 7.30 pm in New York and finish at 6.30 pm (NY) the next day. There is a FIVE-HOUR time difference with the UK. 
WEEK 45 – Leading Ladies: Opera’s Greatest Heroines.
Monday January 18th – Bizet’s Carmen (2014)
Tuesday January 19th – Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (2009)
Wednesday January 20th – Bellini’s Norma (2017)
Thursday January 21st – Verdi’s La Traviata (2012)
Friday January 22nd – Puccini’s Tosca (1985)
Saturday January 23rd – Massenet’s Manon (2019)
Sunday January 24th – Wagner’s Die Walküre (2011)

Residential Visit to Devon September 16th – 19th 2019

Members and partners from the Arts Society New Forest spent a thoroughly enjoyable 5 days exploring stately homes, gardens, churches and museums in South Devon.

The visits would have been most enjoyable anyway but were made so much better by our superb guide – Julia. Her vast knowledge was amazing and ranged from telling us about the countryside as we drove down to detailed information about the places we visited. She also ensured that we were all kept safe and comfortable. So a big thank you to Julia.

Our first stop was a very welcome  coffee and biscuits in Poundbury and then onto Cadhay House built in 1550 with a central courtyard and extensive grounds.

Our excellent guide took us through the family changes and showed us many of the delights of the house including this splendid fireplace… 
…with the detail in the corners……and the beautiful furniture built by the current owner-Rupert Thistlethwaite who is a nephew of the last of the William-Powletts.The last room we visited the beautiful beams had not been covered as in previous rooms

The gardens were also quite splendid

We then drove onto our hotel in Dartmouth with its beautiful views

The following morning we set off for Saltram House, the impressive Grade1 listed Georgian mansion House-the work of architect Robert Adam.Another excellent guide took us around, showing us the exquisitely designed rooms……with beautiful balanced and decorated interiors……and wonderful furniture……most of which was the work of Theresa  Robinson  –  the  wife  of  John  Parker  2nd.In the bedrooms we were surprised to see the oriental influence which was quite innovative at the time with the Chinese wallpaper so rare and valuable.

After a delicious lunch we set off for Antony. A National Trust house where the owners – Tremayne and his wife Charlie and young family, are still resident.

On the Wednesday we took the ferry to Greenway – the home of Agatha Christie. The beautiful sunshine made journey all the more enjoyable.








The house was as it was when Agathe Christie lived there, complete with soft toys and dolls.















And before we left it was good to relax in the garden and admire the view.

On our return to Dartmouth we had time to explore the town a little and found the church most  interesting.

On our final day we spent a glorious morning visiting the house and gardens at Kingswear – the home of the D’Oyley Carte family with  its  wonderful  art  deco  interior  and furniture.    The gardens were quite breathtaking with stunning views.


Penelope Chitty



                                                             An Introduction To Our New President 


 Penelope Chitty – Her Time with NADFAS  

1972.        New Forest Decorative and Fine Arts Society founded by Patricia Hallet

1974.        Penelope joined -New Forest DFAS

1975.        Penelope joined the committee

1976-7.     Penelope became Vice- Chairman and Church Recorder

1978-82.   Penelope became Chairman of New Forest DFAS

1980-82.   First Area Representative for the Wessex Area

1982.         Elected to the Executive Committee of NADFAS

1983.         Chairman of Areas sub-committee

1984-5.     Vice Chairman of NADFAS and became a guide in the private rooms of the  

                  Royal Academy            

1985.       Deputised for the National Chairman in May and June

1986-8.    Penelope became National Chairman of NADFAS

During her time as Chair of New Forest DFAS a small committee raised £7000 for the publication of a colour and black and white catalogue for Southampton Art Gallery. In 1981 it was decided to elect an area representative and Penelope was elected as the first Area representative for Wessex.

In 1987 Patricia Hallett launched her card game of the arts – consisting of 52 cards with 26 different paintings and the aim was to collect matching pairs. 

1977-2010.  Penelope was leader of New Forest Church Recorders

1989-1996.   She was Area rep. for Hampshire Church Recorders

Penelope’s Time as National Chairman

Although she did not officially take over the role until April 1986, Penelope had to deputise for Judy Waples in May and June 1985

May 8th.       Attended a NADFAS Tours Fundraiser at the Goldsmiths’ Hall -Fusing Forces

                     A fashion Show with Jean Muir

June 8th       West Wycombe’s 10th Anniversary Dinner at Phyllis Court, Henley 

June 9th.      Nottingham’s 10th Anniversary Supper at Newstead Abbey

June 14th     Patricia Fay Memorial Dinner at the House of Commons.

June 27th      Elizabethan Occasion at Lambeth Palace


Resume of Penelope’s  2 years as National Chairman

Penelope’s job was to chair the two Council meetings and the AGM, the Annual Directory of Lecturers meeting and  the lecturer selection sessions.

During her time as Chair there were 25 new societies set up and Penelope attended the inauguration of all of these. She also attended Area days and Special Days; one of these was at Biddulph Grange after the restoration of the amazing gardens ,where coincidentally her great grandfather had lived! She also attended the Painswick Rococco Gardens restoration.

Penelope also attended a variety of National Celebrations and NADFAS’s 20th anniversary at Christie’s with the Duchess of Gloucester. In fact Penelope attended 18 celebrations of 20th, 15th, 10th and 5th anniversaries with receptions, dinners and lectures.

She also attended several private views of exhibitions – the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy, the Clore Gallery at the Tate, showing the complete Turner collection and the Francis Hayman Exhibition at Kenwood House and at all of these she was asked to make a speech. 

A busy lady indeed.

Our Dazzle Event at St Barbe’s Museum

A Dazzle Do

Our society celebrated The Golden Jubilee with a party in the newly re-furbished St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery in Lymington on Monday 18th June 2018.

Members were invited to a private view of the current exhibition –

‘Dazzle – Disguise and Disruption in War and Art’

The lecture on June 11th on this theme was given to our society by Dr James Taylor, who curated the exhibition, and this evening provided a chance for members to see this unique event put on by the Gallery to commemorate the end of the first World War.

The Gallery was tastefully decorated in a variety of ‘Dazzle’ tapestries made by local people and music was provided by the FB Pocket Orchestra who played tunes appropriate to the era.

Members enjoyed a glass of wine during the evening and Chairman Sue Balfour presented a cheque for £500 to Don MacKenzie who gratefully accepted the donation on behalf of the Trustees of St Barbe,

The Arts Society New Forest visit to Madrid – April 2018

The Visit by The  Arts Society New Forest to Madrid Toledo and Segovia, Paintings and Palaces 22-27 April 2018
17 members went on this visit following a study day on Spanish Art given by Eveline Eaton. Our guide Mauricio was well versed in his subject and imparted a huge amount of information on the art of Spain , its history and culture. The tour was organised by our visits secretary Mike Witherick who unfortunately could not be with us, and Heritage Group Travel. The hotel and travel arrangements were excellent and even the weather was ideal for sightseeing. We visited the Prado, the Royal Palace, Toledo the home of El Greco, the church of San Antonio de la Florida renowned for its Goya frescoes, Segovia and its amazing 1st century Roman aqueduct, La Granja, and El Escorial. There was also free time to visit other places such as the Museo Sorolla and of course Guernica. 2 typical delicious Spanish dinners were included and we all had a fair amount of sherry and rioja to wash it all down.

The Visit to Winchester and Chawton House

Jane Austin Day 31st October 2017
A Day Visit.

We started the day in Winchester Cathedral, for a talk on Jane’s life, her family and her connections with Hampshire. Jane is buried in the Cathedral and there is a memorial to her adjacent to her grave. The new £5 note which bears her portrait was launched there earlier this year. During the visit we walked through the Close to the house where she spent her final days. There was time in Winchester for lunch, shopping and further exploration before leaving to visit her home in Chawton – now the Jane Austen House Museum. The rooms there are decorated and furnished as they would have been in Jane’s day and contain many items of memorabilia including the tiny table where she wrote many of her books and her turquoise and gold ring.

Jill Meakin Visits Organiser