The Celebration of our Society’s 50th Anniversary 

Our Chair – Diana Heatley welcomed us all to this very special day.

Our president 0Penelope Chitty spoke to us all about the Society and cut the cake









We thanked our past Chair Sue Balfour as her term of office had closed during Covid lockdown.


Our Chair then spoke about our pride in the success of The Arts Society New Foest over the past 50 years and showed the exhibition put together to celebrate the year.

Our speaker for the lecture was then introduced

The banner was made by young pupils from local primary schools as part of our Young Arts projects to celebrate the golden Anniversary of the Society


The display showed the work of The Arts Society New Forest



And finally the committee who have worked hard to make all this happen

TASNF Graduated Return to Brockenhurst Village Hall on 11th of October 2021

Dear Members,
I am happy to report that the practice session in the Hall on September 13th (projecting the Zoomed lecture onto the screen), was successful.

Alexandra Epps has asked to Zoom her lecture ‘Inspiration-Artists and their Muses’, into people’s homes, she will not be at the Hall.

The Committee is delighted to be able to invite Members to watch the PROJECTED Zoomed lecture in Brockenhurst Village Hall.

If you would like to attend, please either email  or notify the Membership Secretary, no later than September 30th, so that we have an idea of numbers. No visitors to this lecture, please.

Arrival time:
Members are invited to arrive at 10.15am.

There will be no refreshments, this time, but do feel free to bring your own.

Masks and Registration:
Please wear a mask when entering the Hall and register at one of the two desks, manned by four committee members. The Hall will be operating a ‘Test and Trace’ system.  Then go directly to your seat. The Hall are happy for you to remove your mask, once you are sitting downbut please use your mask when moving around and visiting the toilets.

When you sit down, feel free to choose where you sit, who you sit with, or whether you wish to maintain social distancing by leaving an empty chair between you and your neighbour. (We would ask you to respect other Members’ choices).

The doors and windows will be open.  Wrap up warmly.

The November lecture is ‘Caravaggio: The Master of Light and Sound’ by Shirley Smith.  She will be using Zoom.

If you have any questions, please do contact anyone on the committee.

Best wishes on behalf of the Committee,
Diana Heatly, Chairman

19th October to 23rd December 2021

Pepe Martinez is a London Blue Badge* Tourist Guide. He and several of his Blue Badge colleagues are offering a new season of twenty ‘Virtual Tours’ on Zoom, starting on Tuesday 19th October.  The tours will take place on Tuesdays at 10.30am and on Thursdays at 2pm. They will last a little over an hour, with time for questions afterwards. The sessions last a maximum of 90 minutes. As usual, recordings will be available. The guides film what they see as they walk and also use photographs. (Bear in mind that, as tourist guides, they are used to talking to groups which include people who may not know England well.)
NOTE: Links to the tours will be sent each Thursday afternoon for the following week, together with the links to recordings of the current week’s live tours. The recordings will remain available until the end of January 2022.

*The Blue Badge is the highest qualification attainable for tourist guiding in Britain. Students have a two-year training which includes four written and seven practical exams. All the guides have completed a Virtual Tours training which has been approved by the Institute of Tourist Guiding.

19th October: Putting on the Ritz – London’s Luxury Hotels
21st October: More Lost Palaces of London
26th October:  Love and Lovers of the Ancient World
28th October:  Bohemians in Bloomsbury
2nd November: Guy Fawkes – Son of York
4th November: Remember Remember the 5th of November
9th November:  The Queen’s Diamonds
11th November:  The Final Journey of the Unknown Warrior
16th November:  The Wonders of The Wallace Collection
18th November:  Shakespeare’s Stratford    
23rd November: London and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
25th November: (to be confirmed)
30th November:  Elizabethan Artists in the City
2nd December:  Hampstead Garden Suburb
7th December:  The Wonderful City of Bath
9th December:  Thackeray and Trollope in London
14th December:  The History of Broadcasting in London
16th Dec ember: Breaking the Coade – The Story of the Coade Stone
21st December: By Royal Appointment – The Story of the Royal Warrant
23rd December: Banksy – Fraud or Genius

Existing Members:
One Viewer – £40
Two Viewers – £55 (same household)
One Viewer – £50
Two Viewers – £65 (same household)

Control + click on the link below and use red button “Buy Membership of Season Three here” (choice will be given for both Non-Members and Existing Members). NB Also note “Click HERE for frequently asked questions” and at bottom of the page “Contact the event organizer”.


News from the Art World

FROM THE ARTS WORLD April to May 2021


Virtual Tour of the Mauritshuis, The Hague (1:00:00) (10.30 am Wed 21st April)
NOTE: Tickets £5. Organized by The Arts Society South Downs. 
For further information email or telephone 01798 815824 or  click on  and click on ‘MAURITSHUIS TOUR’ for Booking Form.
The Mauritshuis in The Hague is home to a world-renowned collection of the very best of Dutch painting of the 17th century, including works by Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer and Hans Holbein the Younger. The ‘tour’ guide will be Jane Choy-Thurlow, an Arts Society-accredited lecturer who lives in The Hague. In 2018, she was given the honour of the Knight of the Order of Oranje Nassau by the Dutch King Willem Alexander of Orange for her knowledge and work in the field of the arts.

A Virtual Walk in Khiva in Uzbekistan (10.30 am Fri 30th April)
NOTE: Tickets £5. Organized by the Arts Society Thames. Tickets: Email
The old Khiva oasis in Uzbekistan, between the Red Sands and the Black Sands. was the last resting-place of caravans before crossing the desert to Iran. Its inner walled city, Ichan Kala, was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990. It is a well-preserved example of the Muslim architecture of Central Asia. A local guide called Jalaladdin will give a tour round his home city, with a commentary by Arts Society lecturer Christopher Aslan Alexander, who lived with Jalaladdin’s family for seven years and subsequently wrote ‘A Carpet Ride to Khiva: Seven Years on the Silk Road’.

A Stroll around Tate Britain: Absolute Monarch to Civil War 1540-1650 (11 am Tues 20th April)
NOTE: Please would you make a donation of £5 either by bank transfer to sort code 40-38-18, account 31024191 (using the reference ‘Shaf’) or by cheque payable to The Arts Society Richmond at 238 St Margaret’s Road, Twickenham TW1 1NL.
Zoom link:
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Dr Laurence Shafe has a doctorate in nineteenth-century British art from the University of Bristol, a master’s degree from the Courtauld Institute and a degree in art and architecture from Birkbeck College. He will talk about paintings in Tate Britain, starting with Henry VIII and the Reformation and ending with Charles I and his art collecting.


Painters in their Places, Scotland: The Glasgow Boys and the Scottish Colourists (2 pm Thurs 22nd / 2 pm Thurs 29th April)
NOTE: £14. Click on link to find Ashmolean online events and scroll down page. Choose number of tickets and scroll down again to blue box ADD TO BASKET. (NB The links for both events will be sent on the day of the first lecture.)
Two-part course. The art historian Alice Foster will study the works of the ‘Glasgow Boys’, James Guthrie and his friends, who began a new, modern era in Scottish painting and the ‘Scottish Colourists’, John Peploe and his fellow painters, who were bold pioneers in the fields of rich colour and strong light.

‘Noli me Tangere‘ (7 pm Thurs 22nd April)
NOTE: £5 Click on link for more details and then click on ‘Buy Tickets’:
Noli me Tangere by Graham Sutherland l 60 year anniversary
The Chancellor of Chichester Cathedral, The Reverend Canon Daniel Inman and Director of Pallant House Gallery, Simon Martin, will explore the painting’s significance. 2021 marks the 60th anniversary of the work by Graham Sutherland, commissioned by Walter Hussey when he was Dean of Chichester Cathedral. It portrays the moment when Mary Magdalene discovers the tomb of Christ lying empty and on encountering Christ resurrected, mistakes him for a gardener. (The talk will also be recorded and the link made available a few days after the event.)

The 10th Century Umayyad of Cordoba: The Ornament of the World (1:30:00) (10 am Fri 23rd April / Fri 7th May)
NOTE: £20. Organized by The Arts Society North Kent. Payable by cheque or bank transfer. Book a place by email or by telephone 020 8460 4368. For more details click on link below:
Two-part course: two one-and-a-half hour lectures given by Ian Cockburn. (NB the second lecture will be in two weeks’ time on Friday 7th May at 10 am.) Ian is a specialist in the nearly 800 years of Moorish occupation and Christian reconquest of medieval Iberia. Under the Umayyad Caliphate, Cordoba was widely recognized as the wealthiest and most culturally advanced city in Western Europe at the time. The course will explore the extraordinary city through its material culture – its architecture, ivories and silk textiles in particular (NB There will be a short break half way through each lecture.)

William Hogarth: Harlots, Rakes and Crashing China – Hogarth’s Pots (8 pm Tues 4th May)
NOTE: Tickets £5. Please would you make a donation either by a bank transfer to Sort Code: 40-38-18, Account No. 31024191  (using the reference ‘Lars’) or by cheque payable to The Arts Society Richmond at 238 St Margaret’s Road, Twickenham TW1 1NL.
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Danish-born British historian, broadcaster and lecturer, Lars Tharp discusses the pots, crocks and chinaware which tumble through the domestic dramas of William Hogarth. His detailed paintings and prints are wittily infiltrated with recognizable ceramics – earthenware, stoneware and china – in an age drunk on luxury.


PALLANT HOUSE, Chichester (opening on Tuesday 18th May 2021 subject to Covid-19 restrictions)
NOTE: Booking opens 5th May, Friends 1st May. (Scroll down the page to see key works in the exhibition.)
Degas to Picasso – International Modern Masters (Tues 18th May until Sun 13th June)
In the late 19th and 20th century, European artists challenged all aspects of the creative process, reflecting the tumultuous times in which they were living. The exhibition features stunning prints by Pablo Picasso, Paul Cézanne, Georges Braque and Henri Matisse; abstract works by Paul Klee, Hans Hartung and Pierre Soulages; and portraits by Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Georges Roualt, Käthe Kollwitz and Marie Laurencin. It will also be the first chance to see Édouard Vuillard’s  ‘Modèle assise dans un fauteuil, se coiffant’ (c. 1903) after its recent careful conservation.

Arts Activities Live and On line


The committee has been discussing the best time to end the weekly arts-related emails and it has been decided that the appropriate time to do so would be this month. The vaccination programme is well under way, restrictions will soon begin to be lifted on socializing and on shops, the days are lengthening.  Museums should hopefully be opening on Monday 17th  May and theatres should be opening with full capacity on Monday 21st June, when all legal limits on social contact will also be removed. Therefore this email will be the last. I hope some of the members have enjoyed the emails as much as I have enjoyed preparing them. 

For details of the Government roadmap towards lifting restrictions, click on the link below:

 My best wishes for Easter to you all. 

Rose Tainsh

WEEK COMMENCING 22nd March 2021

Suggestions for arts-related viewing available on the I/Net, on YouTube and via Zoom, as well as on BBC 4, Sky Arts Freeview Channel 11 and BBC iPlayer. (NB: Sky Arts Freeview has only been available on Channel 11 since late last year. It may be necessary to ‘retune’ televisions in order to receive it.)

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

GRESHAM COLLEGE, Holburn, London EC1
Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi: Scholarship, Science and Skulduggery
Leonardo’s ‘Salvator Mundi’: Scholarship, Science and Skulduggery (00:46:08)
Professor Martin Kemp, Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at the University of Oxford, who gave this lecture in May 2019, is considered one of the world’s leading experts on Leonardo da Vinci. He begins by trying to put the record straight about what has been said in some of the press. He then relates the remarkable story of the work: its purchase in 2005 at an auction in Louisiana, New Orleans by two New York art dealers, as what they thought was a “decent early copy”, its subsequent scientific examination and conservation, the research into its provenance, its sale by Christie’s in 2017 for $450 million and the mystery surrounding its current ownership. In the second half of his talk, Professor Kemp explains how he became convinced of the authenticity of the painting.
NOTE: Gresham College was founded in 1571 under the will of Sir Thomas Gresham and has been providing free lectures to the public for over 400 years on a range of subjects. The college does not enroll students or award degrees.

A Fabergé Easter Egg ‘Surprise’ (00:05:19)
Caroline de Guitot, Deputy Surveyor of the Queen’s Works of Art, examines a miniature jewelled ivory clockwork elephant purchased by King George V and Queen Mary in the 1930s.  Recent research has connected it to one of Carl Fabergé’s celebrated Imperial Easter eggs, all of which contained a ‘surprise’ when opened.

A Centennial Celebration of the Architect I M PEI (00:56:26)
The Chinese-American architect I M Pei (1917-2019) designed the East Building of the National Gallery of Art, which opened in 1978. This documentary was made in 2017 to honour I M Pei on his 100th birthday. The new building had to fit on a trapezoidal  site, which the architect saw not as an obstacle but as an opportunity. The elegant composition, with its famous 19 degree knife edge, was hailed as one of his finest achievements, contrasting sleekly with the surrounding neo-classic style architecture. (Another iconic design by I M Pei is the Louvre Pyramid which serves as the main entrance to the Louvre Museum in Paris.)

national museum of american history quilt collection youtube – Bing video
The National Quilt Collection: An Overview (00:11:02)
Doris Bowman, Associate Curator, explains that the collection originated with a gift in the 1890s of three quilts dating from the 18th to the very early 19th century. The collection has since grown to cover three centuries, providing a textile narrative to American history. It illustrates the boundaries of thrift and extravagance and the infinite variety of styles and materials of the American quilt. (One purchase of cloth was made in 1736 “in the Isle of White, England”.) The museum is part of the Smithsonian Institution.

PAMUKKALE, Denizli Province, Turkey
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Hierapolis – Virtual tour (00:25:59)
A virtual tour with commentary by a local guide of the Hierapolis thermal spa, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the River Menderes Valley. Deriving from springs in a high cliff overlooking the plain, calcite-laden waters have created at Pamukkale (meaning ‘cotton palace’ in Turkish) an unreal white landscape, made up of petrified waterfalls and a series of terraced basins. The ruins of the nearby Roman town Hierapolis include baths, temples, monuments and a magnificent theatre. The thermal spa is usually said to have been established by Eumates II of Pergamon in the late 2nd century BC. Hierapolis became one of the most prominent cities in the Roman Empire in the fields of the arts, philosophy and trade.

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Paris Opera Ballet – La Bayadère  (2:13:16)
The premiere of the lavish production, choreographed and staged by the late Rudolf Nureyev, which took place in 1992. Music by Ludwig Minkus, orchestrated by John Lanchbery.  Based on the original version by Marius Petipa. With principal dancers Isabelle Guerin and Laurent Hilaire, two of the ballet company’s greatest stars at that time. Set in Ancient India, it is the story of a temple dancer (bayadere) and her doomed love for a noble warrior (Solor). Act III of the ballet, The Kingdom of the Shades, is particularly celebrated.  Nureyev worked on the staging and attended rehearsals until the opening night.  He died the following year.
The New York Times described the production at the time as ‘opulent’ and ‘not to be missed’.

NOTE: £5 to be paid by bank transfer to Lloyds Bank Account Number 42557060, Account Name: TASTV, Sort Code: 30-90-09 OR by cheque payable to TASTV and sent to Mr T Stevens, 6 Sycamore Walk, Andover SP10 3PQ.
For more details about the lecture click on link below.
Study Morning: Picturing the Pacific – the Fine Art of Exploration 1768-1836 (10.30 am – 1 pm with a half-hour break: Wednesday 24th March)
Dr James Taylor FRSA is an expert on maritime art and former curator of pictures at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich and a Victorian paintings specialist with Phillips Fine Arts Auctioneers.  Between the 1760s and the early 1800s the pioneers who sailed from Europe to explore the Pacific brought back glimpses of this new world in the form of oil paintings, water colours and drawings.
NB There will be two one-hour talks with a half-hour break in between.

PALLANT HOUSE, Chichester (*)
NOTE: £5. Click on link for details and then on Buy Tickets.
The Shakers behind the Makers | Online Talk
The Shakers behind the Makers (7 pm Thurs 25th March)
Through works in the Pallant House Gallery Collection, Director Simon Martin explores the stories of  some of the influential individuals behind the great artists of the last century. Their vision, faith and sometimes sheer business acumen were crucial. Sixties art dealer Robert ‘Groovy Bob’ Fraser was one of them.  He helped launch many new artists including Peter Blake, Bridget Riley and Eduardo Paolozzi.

NOTE: £12. Click on link for more details and then on BUY TICKETS
Buy tickets for A Virtual Tour of St Peter’s Basilica on Zoom, Sun 28 Mar 2021
Virtual Tour (1:30:00) (6.30 pm Sun 28th March)
Professional Rome Tourist Guide Stuart Harvey explores 2,000 years of Christianity: the Emperors Nero and Constantine, the many Popes and artists like Michelangelo and Bernini.


NOTE: £5 but FREE for those who paid for the Tokyo walk in February, which had technical issues. Payment either by bank transfer to sort code 40-38-18, account 31024191 or by cheque payable to: The Arts Society Richmond and send to 238, St Margaret’s Road, Twickenham TW1 1NL. For payment by bank transfer, put the word Kyoto in the reference box. 
Zoom link:    YouTube link: Kyoto walk on Tuesday 30th March 2021 at 9am UK time               
Live Walk in Kyoto (1:30:00) (9 am Tues 30th March)                                 The guide will be Richard Farmer, who is a tour leader for InsideJapan. The one-and-a-half hour walk will include the traditional Gion and Higashiyama districts with their tea houses, traditional Machiya townhouses, shrines and gardens.  It is hoped that Japan’s glorious cherry blossom will be in bloom.  There will be time for questions & answers afterwards.

National Treasures: The Art of Collecting (1:00:00) (12 noon Mon 22nd March)
A look at six watches from a vast collection spanning 300 years, including a timepiece made in London before the Great Fire of 1666.

Brunelleschi’s Impossible Dome: Part 2 (1:00:00) (7 pm Mon 22nd March)
Conclusion. British installation artist Luke Jerram’s contemporary dome the ‘Palm Temple’ was commissioned by Sky Arts Italy for presentation in Lewis Cubitt Square in London in January 2020 to celebrate the cathedral dome’s 600th anniversary. It is now on display on the campus of the University of Bristol.

Fake or Fortune? (1:00:00) (8 pm Mon 22nd March)
Philip Mould and Fiona Bruce try to establish whether a strikingly abstract plaster head sculpture is a missing work by Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966). (First shown on BBC 1)

The Art of Architecture – Southern Cross Station, Melbourne, Australia (1:00:00) (7 pm Tues 23rd March)
The documentary looks at the refurbishment of Southern Cross railway station, designed by English architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw. It won the RIBA Lubetkin Prize in 2007. The design focus is the dune-like roof covering an entire city block. The architect is noted for his several modernist buildings, including the Eden Project in Cornwall and London’s Waterloo International railway station. Sir Nicholas was President of the Royal Academy of Arts from 2004 to 2011.

Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present (2:00:00)  (9 pm Tues 23rd March)
The documentary follows the Serbian performance artist as she prepares for ‘The Artist is Present’, a retrospective of her work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2010.

Bute: The Scot Who Spent a Welsh Fortune (1:00:00)
The fabulously rich Scottish aristocrat John Patrick Crichton Stuart, 3rd Marquis of Bute, was one of the most unconventional mavericks of the Victorian Age. When he was young, he met the outrageous and eccentric English architect and designer William Burges, who transformed Bute’s medieval Cardiff Castle into a Welsh Camelot. When the ancestral seat Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute was destroyed by fire, Bute embarked on the construction of a huge new Gothic palace
(Available until the end of the week.)

Imagine: 2021:  We’ll be back (1:00:00)
Alan Yentob explores the huge on-going impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the UK’s world-renowned performing arts industry.  He talks to the artistic directors of some of the major institutions including those of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Old Vic Theatre, English National Ballet and the English National Opera, as well to those of smaller venues.The Arts Council figures show that the industry contributed £10.8 billion to the UK economy in 2019. 70% of the performing arts industry is made up of freelance talent.
(First shown 9th Feb 2021 and available for ten months)

GOOGLE: ‘Nightly Met Opera Stream Metropolitan Opera’;  scroll down to UPCOMING SCHEDULE WEEK 54 (and WEEK 55), click on the name of the 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 now a FOUR-HOUR time difference with the UK but on 28th March it will return to FIVE HOURS  (clocks go forward in the US two weeks before in the UK).

WEEK 54: Myths and Legends
Monday 22nd March – Gluck’s Orfeo ed Eurodice (2009)
Tuesday 23rd March – Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust (2008)
Wednesday 24th March – Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride (2011)
Thursday 25th March – Strauss’s Elektra (2016)
Friday 26th March – Mozart’s Idomeneo (1982)
Saturday 27th March – Mozart’s Don Giovanni (2000)
Sunday 28th March – Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer (2020)
WEEK 55: Love Triangles
Monday 29th March – Bellini’s Norma (2017)
Tuesday 30th March – Strauss’s Capriccio (2011)
Wednesday 31st March – Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux (2016)
Thursday 1st April – Verdi’s Il Trovatore (1988)
Friday 2nd April – Massenet’s Werther (2013)
Saturday 3rd April – Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore (2012)
Sunday 4th April – Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde (2016)

WEEK COMMENCING 15th March 2021

Suggestions for arts-related viewing available on the I/Net, on YouTube and via Zoom, as well as on BBC 2, BBC 4, Sky Arts Freeview Channel 11 and BBC iPlayer. (NB: Sky Arts Freeview has only been available on Channel 11 since late last year. It may be necessary to ‘retune’ televisions in order to receive it.)

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

HATFIELD HOUSE, Hertfordshire
Tour of Hatfield House (00:44:27)
As an introduction to the Virtual Chamber Music Festival given last year, Lord Salisbury and Dr Emily Burns, art historian, looked at some of the art works and other treasures in the house in order to provide the context to the concerts. They include two portraits of Elizabeth I and a 1609 de Haan organ (which will be played in the concert listed below).  The present Jacobean House was built in 1611 by Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury and Chief Minister to King James 1. The Cecil family have lived there ever since. The Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival takes place every year in September.

HATFIELD HOUSE, Hertfordshire
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2020 Virtual Chamber Music Festival (00:47:34)
British classical counter tenor Iestyn Davies MBE, Elizabeth Kenny, lute: John Dowland; Richard Gowers, organist: G F Handel, William Byrd and Thomas Tallis. Iestyn Davies remarked that it was incredible to be performing pieces in rooms in which they would have been heard five hundred years ago.

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A Woman’s Touch (00:27:24)
The museum opened in 1987 and is devoted entirely to women artists. The Founder explains that many of the works are by artists who were highly regarded in their own lifetime and yet have sunk into obscurity.  From the 16th century up to today, the artists include: Lavinia Fontana; Sofonisba Anguissola; Maria Sibylla Merian, who recorded botanical and zoological specimens two hundred years before John James Audubon; Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Lebrun and  Adélaide Labille-Guiard  who were both received as members of the Académie Royale;  Angelica Kauffman, a founding member of the Royal Academy of Art; Suzanne Valadon, the first woman painter to be admitted to the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Camille Claudel; Mary Cassatt; Lilla Cabot Perry;  Alice Bailly and Georgia O’Keeffe.

The Architect Who Designed the Opera House (00:27:13)
In 1858, Emperor Napoleon III wished to have a new opera house built. A competition was held to find the designer for the largest and most prestigious public building of the Second Empire. Amongst the 170 architects who submitted plans, the winner was 34-year old Charles Garnier. The former student of the Ecole des Beaux Arts was unknown. The diamond-shaped plot was imposed on Garnier by Prefect Haussmann. Construction began in 1860 and the building, with its excesses, profusion and splendour, was finally inaugurated in 1875. The Emperor had by then gone into exile in England. He died in 1873.

NOTE: FREE but need to REGISTER.  Scroll down to Please click here to register for Zoom and Please click here to view this talk via our YouTube channel.
The Magic of Venetian Glass (1:00:00) (1 pm Thurs 18th March)
Speaker Suzanne Higgott, Curator of Glass, Limoges Painted Enamels, Earthenwares and Early Furniture at the Wallace Collection. The period from the late 15th to the mid 17th century is often described as the ‘Golden Age’ of Venetian glass. Such was the awe in which it was held, it was reputed to have magical qualities.

NOTE: Without commentary
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Kamakura Walk: The ‘Hydrangea Temple’ (00:17:23)
A peaceful ‘virtual walk’ without commentary through the lush, wooded valley in which the temple is situated. The valley is filled with thousands of blue hydrangeas, which only bloom in abundance in June. Steps and wooden bridges provide vantage points. The temple of the Rinzai Zen was founded in 1160. It later became part of a larger temple complex but only the Meigetsuin Temple, also known as the Hydrangea Temple, remains today.
(NOTE: The sound of the aeroplane at the beginning of the walk disappears very quickly!)

NOTE: Ticket prices from £4.50 to £8.50. Scroll down to the green button ‘Tickets’.
Capture the Castle – The Birth of the Picturesque (1:00:00 to 1:30:00) (7 pm Tues 16th March)
Alastair Eales has an MA in European Fine Art and is a Gallery Lecturer at Southampton City Art Gallery. He ‘captures’ the aesthetic ideal of the picturesque, part of the Romantic sensibility of the 18th century. The talk will last 60 to 90 minutes.

NOTE: £5. Click on button ‘BOOK NOW’. (NB: TIcket holders will have access to a recording after the event)
V&A · Online Talk: Stealing from the Saracens
Stealing from the Saracens (1:00:00) (4 pm Mon 15th March)
Diana Darke, author, broadcaster and Middle Eastern specialist, explores the influence of Islamic architecture on some of Europe’s most well-known and culturally significant buildings, from Notre-Dame Cathedral to the Houses of Parliament. The lecture is to be given in conjunction with her latest publication ‘Stealing from the Saracens: How Islamic Architecture Shaped Europe’.

NOTE: £10. Book online at:
Payment preferably by bank transfer to: The Arts Society Grayshott, Account No 07208070,Sort Code 30-93-94.  For more details contact Ros Balfour via email: or telephone: 01428 604462. If necessary, arrangements can be made to pay by cheque.
Masters of the Sea – Special Interest Morning (10.30 am to 1 pm on Tues 16th March)
10.30 am to 11.30 am: Highlights of Maritime Art from the 16th century to the present day
11.30 am to 12 noon: Break for refreshment
12 noon to 1 pm: Dazzle Disguise and Disruption in War and Art
Dr James Taylor MA FRSA is a British author, expert on maritime art and former curator of pictures at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.  He will give two one-hour talks with a half-hour break in between.

National Treasures – The Art of Collecting (1:00:00) (12 noon Mon 15th March)
Frank Cohen is a British businessman and art collector who is often referred to as ‘the Saatchi of the North’. He gives a tour of his warehouse, which contains works by Georg Baselitz, Frank Auerbach, L S Lowry, Edward Burra and Patrick Heron.

Fake or Fortune? (1:00:00) (8 pm Mon 15th March)
Philip Mould and Fiona Bruce examine two works potentially by Paul Gaugin: possibly the first pencil sketch of the masterpiece ‘When Will You Marry?’ which sold for $200 million in 2015 and a still life of a bowl of fruit.

Episode 6: Mystery of the Lost Paintings (1:00:00) (8 pm Mon 15th March)
Factum Arte attempts to recreate the Austrian artist Gustav Klimt’s ‘Medicine’ that was destroyed in 1945 by the retreating German army.

3/3 The Story of Welsh Art (1:00:0) (9 pm Mon 15th March)
The whistle stop tour through Wales’s overlooked art history concludes as it reaches the 20th century, with the rise of abstraction. Huw Stephens visits the National Museum Wales in Cardiff, Bardsey Island off the Llyn Peninsula, Colwyn Bay and Swansea. He learns about artists including Gwen John and Christopher Williams.
(NOTE: The series will be available on BBC iPlayer for eleven months.)

Ireland’s Treasures Uncovered (1:00:00) (9 pm Tues 16th March)
The story of the famous artefacts that helped shape and create modern Ireland such as the Broighter Hoard, the Tara Brooch, the Waterford Charter Roll and others. There is also a look at recent finds. (First shown on BBC 1)

My Rembrandt (2:00:00) (9 pm Tues 16th March)
The documentary offers a glimpse into the world of collectors, all of whom have a passion for Rembrandt’s paintings.

Brunelleschi’s Impossible Dome (1:00:00) (3 pm Wed 17th March)
As the Dome of Florence Cathedral turns 600 years old, architects and art historians discuss the pioneering solutions and devices invented by its designer Filippo Brunelleschi, considered to be a founding father of Renaissance architecture.

GOOGLE: ‘Nightly Met Opera Stream Metropolitan Opera’;  scroll down to UPCOMING SCHEDULE WEEK 53, click on the name of the 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 53 – Viewers’ Choice
Monday 15th March – Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann (2009)
Tuesday 16th March – Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West (2018)
Wednesday 17th March – Donizetti’s Anna Bolena (2011)
Thursday 18th March – Philip Glass’s Akhnaten (2019)
Friday 19th March – Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia (2007)
Saturday 20th March – Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (2007)
Sunday 21st March – Handel’s Agrippina (2020)

WEEK COMMENCING 8th March 2021

Suggestions for arts-related viewing available on the I/Net, on YouTube and via Zoom, as well as on BBC 2, BBC 4, Sky Arts Freeview Channel 11 and BBC iPlayer. (NB: Sky Arts Freeview has only been available on Channel 11 since late last year. It may be necessary to ‘retune’ televisions in order to receive it.)
NOTE: Any suggestion which is not free is marked (*).

HILLWOOD Museum, Washington DC                                       Royal Diamonds (1:11:16)

Caroline de Guitot, Senior Curator of Decorative Arts of the Royal Collection Trust discusses some of the most important diamonds in royal ownership. Diamonds have served as symbols of magnificence, power, longevity and dynastic rule for hundreds of years. The word diamond derives from the Ancient Greek word ‘adamas’ meaning invincible.

NOTE: Hillwood Museum sits on the 25-acre estate of cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post  (1887-1973) who used  much of her fortune to collect art, much of which is on display in the Museum.

NOTE: FREE but need to REGISTER. Scroll down to Please click here to register for Zoom and  Please click here to view this talk via our YouTube channel.
Lady Wallace  (1:00:00) (1 pm Mon 8th March)
Speaker Suzanne Higgott, Curator of Glass, Limoges Painted Enamels, Earthenware and Early Furniture at the Wallace Collection will discuss the life and legacy of Lady Wallace, the shy, enigmatic French woman who bequeathed the Wallace Collection to the Nation.

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Revealing Marie-Antoinette (1:00:00) (6 pm Wed 10th March)
Dr Helen Jacobsen, Curator of French 18th-century Decorative Arts at the Wallace Collection and Professor Catriona Seth, Marshal Foch Professor of French Literature, University of Oxford will discuss the life and patronage of the ill-fated French Queen. Together they explore the many pieces of fine and decorative art linked to Marie-Antoinette in the Wallace Collection.

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GOOGLE: ‘Paul Mellon lecture Sicily Crossroads of History YouTube’
Sicily an Island at the Crossroads of History (00:52:18)
The lecture was given in February 2016 by the historian and broadcaster John Julius Cooper, 2nd Viscount Norwich, known as John Julius Norwich (1929-2018). He uses the material from his book ‘Sicily:  A Short History from the Ancient Greeks to Cosa Nostra’ published in 2014. Images include the Doric temple at Segesta, the theatre of Taormina, the Cathedral at Syracuse, the Roman floor mosaics from the Villa Casale, the Cathedral of Cefalù , the  Palatine chapel in the Royal Palace of Palermo, the Greek church of the Martorana and the Cathedral and cloisters of Monreale.
NOTE: John Julius Norwich published his first book about Sicily in 1967 ‘The Normans in the South 1016-1130′.

CORDOBA, Andalusia
Visit of Cordoba (00:13:16)
In the 11th century, the city of Cordoba was one of Europe’s most important capitals, where people from diverse cultures and religions lived peacefully together. The 8th century Great Mosque or La Mezquita was converted into a Christian place of worship in 1236 at the time of the Spanish Reconquista, although it was only in the 16th century that the cathedral nave and transept were inserted inside the mosque. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. The tour also includes some of the historic quarter and the palace fortress Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos with its magnificent gardens.

THE WATTS GALLERY, Guildford (*)
NOTE: Tickets £12. See second link below for contact details.
For further information:  Phone 01483 840235 or email Nerissa Taysom at     
The Arts and Crafts House (1:15:00)  (11 am Mondays 8th – 29th March)
A series of lectures organised by the Watts Gallery. In 1891, G F and Mary Watts moved to Limnerslease, which was designed by Sir Ernest George and built at the start of the Arts & Crafts movement. Celebrating Limnerslease in 2021, the course introduces the British Arts & Crafts movement through key buildings, designers, collectors and inhabitants.

NOTE: Tickets:  £25.  To book your place or for further information, send an email to Nancy Bettelley: or telephone her on 020 8852 5432
For details:  See https://www.the arts society
East Meets West: Indochina and France: Cultural Exchange and Artistic Fusion (2 pm on Saturday 13th March)
Part 1:Vietnam and Laos (00:45:00)
Part 2: Cambodia (00:45:00)
Special Interest/Study Afternoon: two lectures with a ten-minute break in between. The speaker is  Arts Society lecturer Denise Heywood, who is an art historian, author, lecturer, photographer and journalist. She worked in Cambodia for three years in the 1990s and has been a scholar of Southeast Asian art ever since.


Series 1 Episode 3: National Treasures – The Art of Collecting  (1:00:00) (12 noon Mon 8th March)

Art collector David Lewis talks about his collection of Old Masters, concentrating on those he has hanging on his walls at home. The Lewis family own the private Schorr Collection, numbering more than 400 paintings including one of the largest collections of Old Masters amassed in England since World War II. Many adorn, on long-term loans, the walls of museums, galleries and historic houses across the UK and abroad.

Series 6 – Fake or Fortune (1:00:00) (8 pm Mon 8th March)
An Australian couple believe they own a work by Tom Roberts (1856-1931), key member of the Heidelberg School, also known as Australian impressionism and one of Australia’s greatest artists. They have been told it is a fake. Philip Mould and Fiona Bruce try to uncover the truth.

Hepworth (1:00:00) (8 pm Mon 8th March)
The life and work of sculptor Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975), a pivotal figure in the British art world, with insight from experts and artists whom her work has influenced.

2/3 The Story of Welsh Art (1:00:00) (9 pm 8th March)
Huw Stephens explores how from the 18th century, the dramatic landscape of Wales captivated artists like Richard Wilson (1713-1782), one of the founder members of the Royal Academy and J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851), and how their work changed the course of art history.

The Art of Architecture (1:00:00) (7 pm Tues 9th March)
Series 2 Episode 6: Island Rest, Hampshire
A look at the work of RIBA award-winning Swedish architect Magnus Ström. ‘Island Rest’ is situated on a creek on the Isle of Wight with direct access to the water and views of the Solent beyond. The studio of Ström Architects is located in Lymington.

GOOGLE: ‘Nightly Met Opera Stream Metropolitan Opera’;  scroll down to UPCOMING SCHEDULE WEEK 52, 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 52 Verismo Passions
Monday 8th – Puccini’s Manon Lescaut (1980)
Tuesday 9th – Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci (2015)
Wednesday 10th – Cilia’s Adriana Lecouvreur (2019)
Thursday 11th – Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini (2013)
Friday 12th – Giordano’s Fedora (1997)
Saturday 13th – Giordano’s Andrea Chénier (1996)
Sunday 14th – Puccini’s Tosca (2018)



WEEK COMMENCING 1st March 2021

Suggestions for arts-related viewing available on the I/Net, on YouTube and via Zoom, as well as on BBC 2, BBC 4, Sky Arts Freeview Channel 11 and BBC iPlayer. (NB: Sky Arts Freeview has only been available on Channel 11 since late last year. It may be necessary to ‘retune’ televisions in order to receive it.)

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

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Introduction to Gaugin Portraits (00:48:20)
Dr Cornelia Homburg, art historian and curator, is a specialist in late 19th and 20th century art and co-curated this 2019 exhibition.  Dr Homburg refers to the complex and challenging personality of Paul Gaugin (1848-1903) and explains that in his portraits the artist would often go beyond observation and fuse reality with emotions, associations, dreams and his own aspirations.
The Telegraph *****:  “exquisite”; Evening Standard ****, “wonderful, revelatory show”
BRITISH MUSEUM, London                                                                                Curator’s tour of Tantra: enlightenment to revolution exhibition at the British Museum                                                                                                            Tantra – Enlightenment to Revolution (00:19:13)                                         Virtual tour of the 2020 exhibition which aims to demystify Tantra, with Imma Ramos, Curator of the Medieval to Modern South Asia Collections.  A philosophy that emerged in India in the sixth century AD, Tantra is a style of spiritual practice that has been linked to successive waves of revolutionary thought from its early transformation of Hinduism and Buddhism to the Indian fight for independence and the rise of 1960s counter culture.                              The Telegraph **** :  “replaces clichés with revolutionaries, female empowerment and proper historical context”; The Spectator: “spectacular and mind expanding”.
MUSEE D’ORSAY, Paris                                                                                     youtube musee d%27orsay james tissot – 国内版 Bing video                         James Tissot Exhibition – The Modern Ambiguity  (00:27:39)                         The 2020 exhibition was the first retrospective of the artist in Paris for 35 years. Jacques Joseph Tissot, Anglicized as James Tissot (1836-1902), made a career on both sides of the Channel. After beginning his career painting historical themes, he became a fashionable painter of Paris society, shown in various scenes of everyday life. He moved to London in 1871. After the death of his muse Kathleen Newton in 1882, he returned to France.

NOTE: without commentary. The visit starts with the arrival at the museum; entry into the exhibition begins five minutes into the film.  
Queen Victoria’s Erard piano (00:07:57)
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Jonathan Marsden, Director of the Royal Collection Trust and David Winston, Piano Restorer and Conservator, are in the White Drawing Room in Buckingham Palace. They discuss this exquisitely decorated grand piano, commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1856 from the London firm Erard, and how the revolutionary design of the repetition lever would change the course of piano making. For Queen Victoria and Prince Albert the piano would have been the centre of their music-making at home.
NOTE:  In the next suggestion, the piano (on loan for the first time), is being played at the 2019 BBC Proms.

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Chopin’s Nocturne in E flat major (00:04:07)
The 2019 BBC Proms were a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the births of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Queen Victoria’s Erard piano had been loaned for the event from the Royal Collection by Her Majesty the Queen.  It was the first time the piano had been heard outside Buckingham Palace. The pianist was Stephen Hough.

NOTE: Cost £4.50, £5.50 and £8.50.
Fauvism – a Whistle Stop Tour (1:00:00 to 1:30:00) (7 pm Tues 2nd March)
Online Gallery Talk: discover Les Fauves with Alastair Eales, educator and doctoral researcher. Named in French as ‘Wild Beasts’, this group of early 20th century artists’ work emphasized strong colour and ‘painterliness’ – the qualities of colour, stroke and texture over line.

NOTE: Cost £5. See listing below for payment details and type Blue in the reference box if paying by bank transfer.                                                       Zoom link:
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The Colour Blue in Western Art (8 pm Tues 2nd March)
With Arts Society lecturer Dr Caroline Levisse, an art historian based in London. (There is an article by Dr Levisse in the latest Arts Society Magazine.) Nowadays in the West the colour blue is immensely popular but it has not always been the case. The lecture retraces the story of blue in Western Art from Antiquity and looks at the changing meanings given to this colour as well as at the different materials used to create blue pigments.

NOTE: Cost £10. Pay by bank transfer to sort code 40-38-18, account 31024191 or by sending a cheque payable to The Arts Society Richmond at 238 St Margaret’s Road, Twickenham TW1 1NL. If you pay by bank transfer type in the first letters of Donatello in the reference box. (No need to put your name. It’s an honesty system.) 
Zoom link:
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Donatello and the Sculpture of the Italian Renaissance – Study Afternoon (two x 45 minutes) (4 pm Fri 5th March)
With Arts Society lecturer and historian Jo Walton. There will be a short break between the two lectures. Donatello (1386-1466) was one of the pioneers of the Renaissance. The study afternoon looks at the huge range of his sculpture from delicate idealism to startling realism to the astonishing emotional force of his later works.

NOTE: Cost £12. Click on link then on red button BUY TICKETS
Buy tickets for A Virtual Tour of the Vatican Museums and The Sistine Chapel on Zoom, Sun 7 Mar 2021
Virtual Tour: Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums (1:30:00) (6.30 pm Sun 7th March)
Join Stuart Harvey, qualified tourist guide, for a virtual highlights tour including ancient Roman sculptures and mosaics, Renaissance tapestries, the Raphael Rooms and Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. (The tour is organized by Blue Badge Premium Virtual Tours.)

NOTE: Cost £10 payable to the Arts Society Pewsey Vale.To make booking: Email (No cheques!) Make payment to:  Account No 43922561, Sort code 20-05-06. (Use surname plus V in the reference box.)
Venice: Virtual Walking Tour through Santa Croce and San Polo: on Zoom (1:00:00) (11 am Tues 9th March) 
Outdoor-led live tour with Luisella Romeo, a registered tour guide in Venice since 2000: Campo San Giacomo dal’Orrio, Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista, the Church of the “Frari” otherwise called Santa Maria Gloriosa and the Scuola Grande San Roco. NB. There will be fifteen minutes for questions after the one-hour tour. 
(Some members will have watched Luisella Romeo give a Zoom virtual walking tour of the Dorsoduro district of Venice in October 2020.)
NOTE!  If it is raining on the day, this walking tour will not take place.

Mackintosh  – Glasgow’s Neglected Genius (1:00:00) (until midnight Tues 2nd March)
Glasgow artist Lachlan Goudie examines the life, work and legacy of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) Scotland’s most celebrated Scottish architect and designer: his most iconic buildings (including the Glasgow School of Art), his design and his watercolours. (First shown June 2018)

Episode 2: National Treasures: the Art of Collecting (12 noon Mon 1st March)
Francesco Carraro’s remarkable collection of Venetian Murano  glass includes works by the Italian architect Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978), who translated his interest in the techniques of the artist and craftsman into ingenious glass design.
Mystery of the Lost Paintings: The Lost Lempicka (1:00:00) (8 pm Mon 1st March)
The series continues. Factum Arte recreates de Lempicka’s Myrto, priceless painting that was stolen by the Nazis during World War II and never recovered. The Polish painter Tamara de Lempicka (1898-1980) is best known for her Art Deco portraits of aristocrats and the wealthy.

1/3 New Series – The Story of Welsh Art (1:00:00) (9 pm Mon 1st March)
Huw Stephens explores the visual arts of Wales: a Neolithic burial chamber, a Bronze Age gold cape, now one of the prize exhibits at the British Museum, towering Celtic crosses and a rare surviving example of Welsh medieval stained glass.
The Art of Architecture (1:00:00) (7 pm Tues 2nd March)
Swiss-British architect Christina Seilern reflects on her commission to create a world-class concert hall, for which she won a RIBA award, in the village of Andermatt in the Swiss Alps.

The Man Who Shot New York (1:00:00) (12 noon Wed 3rd March)
A look at the life and work of American photographer Harold Feinstein (1931-2015).  At his death the New York Times declared him to be “one of the most accomplished recorders of the American experience”.BBC TWO                                                                                                 Raiders of the Lost Past with Janina Ramirez                                             3/3 Series 2 World’s First City (1:00:00) (9 pm Fri 5th March)                          Historian Janina Ramirez explores the story of the archaeologist James Mellaart (1925-2012) who in 1961 discovered at Catalhöyük in Turkey the world’s oldest city, dating back 9,000 years.

GOOGLE: ‘Nightly Met Opera Stream Metropolitan Opera’;  scroll down to UPCOMING SCHEDULE WEEK 51, 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 51 – Women’s History Week
Monday 1st – Donizetti’s Don Pasquale (1979)
Tuesday 2nd – Verdi’s Falstaff (1992)
Wednesday 3rd – Wagner’s Die Walküre (1989) 
Thursday 4th – Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (2017)
Friday 5th – Britten’s Peter Grimes (2008)
Saturday 6th – Dvorak’s Rusalka (2014)
Sunday 7th – Verdi’s La Forza del Destino (1984)

WEEK COMMENCING 22nd February 2021

Suggestions for arts-related viewing available on the I/Net, on YouTube and via Zoom, as well as on BBC 4, BBC 2, Sky Arts Freeview Channel 11 and BBC iPlayer. (NB: Sky Arts Freeview has only been available on Channel 11 since late last year. It may be necessary to ‘retune’ televisions in order to receive it.)

CORRECTION! Last week: the name of Pablo Picasso’s friend should have been Carlos CASAGEMAS

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

NOTE: Although free, need to ‘REGISTER’, very easy to do. Scroll down page and click on Please click here to register for Zoom.  Option to watch on YouTube: scroll down further to ‘Please click here to watch this talk on our YouTube channel’.
The Stuart Court (1:30:00) (5.30 pm Mon 22nd Feb)
Description of collections and their display at the Stuart Court in 1669. Dr Sara Ayres from the  University of Copenhagen discusses the fascinating manuscript account of  the Grand Tour of Prince George of Denmark (1653-1708).  At the age of sixteen, Prince George left to spend two years travelling in Europe. On their return, his tutor, who was in the party, wrote an account of their visits to the great cities, cathedrals, courts and collections of France,  England and Italy. As Danish is not a language widely spoken outside the Nordic regions, this manuscript has been locked up for three centuries.

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West Meets East (00:56:42)
The  Museum owns the most comprehensive collection of Chinese masterpieces outside of Asia, reaching back over 5,000 years: bronzes, jade, metal, clay, ivory, porcelain, silk and paper.  Contributions by Museum Director Philippe de Montebello (“there is something about the Chinese mind, their sense of culture that makes it an integral part of daily life”), Curator of Chinese Painting Mike Hearn, Curator of Chinese Decorative Arts Denise Leidy, Chairman of the Asian Art Department James Watt and Associate Curator of the Asian Art Department Jason Sun.

Series 2 Episode 6:  Love in Paint – Gerald Leslie Brockhurst (00:07:08)
Art dealer Philip Mould began this series in 2020 and returned to it in January of this year. Filmed at home by his son during lockdown, he discusses his personal collection of artworks. He examines a work by Gerald Leslie Brockhurst (1890-1978) Daphnis and Chloe, painted in 1914 . The medium used is egg tempera, which gives the painting an eggshell finish. Mould suspects the style of the artist’s composition could have been influenced by Ravel’s ballet of the same name, which was being performed in Paris at that time.  He also considers the lifelong influence of the artist’s travels in Italy as a young man.

Spotlight on the V&A Furniture Collections (00:11:15)
The Museum collection consists of 14,000 pieces of furniture made in the West, from medieval to contemporary: chairs, tables, cabinets, beds and bookcases as well as musical instruments, caskets, clocks and mirrors. Includes a look behind the scenes: the treatment of degraded lacquer surfaces and the use of a new technique – dry ice – to clean the gilt bronze on a mid-18th century writing cabinet made for King Augustus III of Poland.

NB Richmond Arts Society have apologized for the technical difficulties, particularly with the sound, during last Tuesday’s (live) Tokyo Walk and wish to  point out that the sound quality improves after 20 minutes. (The recording is now available “for a long time – there are no plans to take the link down.”)
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 Tokyo in the reference box. 
YOUTUBE link is below. (The PASSWORD  is: InsideJapan NB the two words are joined up)
Tokyo Walk with Inside Japan Tours (1:00:00)

NOTE: £6 . Click on link to purchase:
Pioneering Women Artists in the Collection: Gillian Ayres (1:00:00) (7 pm Wed 24th Feb)
Discover and explore the work of English artist Gillian Ayres OBE (1930-2018), best known for her abstract painting and printmaking using vibrant colours.
See Tate website for 15 images of her works: Click on link and scroll down to ARTWORKS

NOTE: £15. Click on link and scroll down to Spring Study Day Booking Form. Information will be sent on how to join via Zoom.
The Romanovs –  Tyrants and Martyrs of Imperial Russia (10.30 am to 3.30 pm on Friday 26th February, with the usual breaks for coffee and lunch)
Douglas Skeggs discusses the dynasty which ruled Russia for over three hundred years: Peter The Great, the Founder of St Petersburg, Catherine The Great, the most powerful of all the Empresses of Russia and the tragic Nicholas II, the last tsar.
Session 1: The Blaspheming Bear – The life of Peter the Great
Session 2: The New Byzantium – Russia at the time of Catherine the Great
Session 3: The Last Romanovs – The Life and death of Nicholas and Alexandra
NOTE: Douglas Skeggs read Fine Art at Magdalene College Cambridge and has been a lecturer since 1980. He has taken numerous tours around Europe.

National Treasures: The Art of Collecting (1:00:00) (12 noon Mon 22nd Feb)
A documentary about Professor Nasser David Khalili’s journey as a collector. The film will highlight multiple objects from The Eight Khalili Collections, which have been assembled over five decades. Professor Khalili was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2020.  On the website there are beautiful images of many items from the collections including: enamels of the world, Spanish Damascene metalwork, Islamic art, Japanese art of the Meiji period and Swedish textiles.

1/3 Series 6  – Constable (1:00:00) 8 pm Mon 22nd Feb)
Philip Mould and Fiona Bruce investigate a landscape that may be a lost painting by John Constable (1776-1837). The work seems to bear all the hallmarks of the artist’s early sketches but was dismissed as another artist’s work thirty years ago. As Mould is one of the previous owners, it is of particularly personal interest to him.  (Repeat)

Mystery of the Lost Paintings: Vermeer’s The Concert (1:00:00) (8 pm Mon 22nd Feb)
The series continues, telling the story of paintings that have been tragically lost, stolen or destroyed. A team of ingenious art experts recreate The Concert by Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675). The painting was stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in  Boston in 1990 in the biggest art heist in modern times. In 2015 it was valued at US$250 million. It remains missing.

Van Gogh – an Exclusive View from Tate Britian (1:00:00) (12 noon Tues 23rd Feb)
The 2019 exhibition Van Gogh in Britain at Tate Britain featured forty-five works telling the story of the artist’s time in England.

512 Hours with Marina Abramovic (2:00:0) (9 pm Tues 23rd Feb)
In 2014, seven years after her acclaimed MoMA retrospective in New York, the Serbian-born art star decided to test her emotional limit and that of her audience at the Serpentine Gallery in London. (The Week wrote at the time: “critics were mesmerized by Abramovic’s strange, interactive performance.”)

Wyeth (1:00:00) (12 noon Wed 24th Feb)
A portrait of Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), one of the most loved but lambasted painters in American history. Though popular with the public, the realist artist’s works greatly divided the art world.

Fresco Secrets (1:00:00) (12 noon Thurs 25th Feb)
Painting on stone, the first artistic gesture of a human being to have survived the ages: from the fragile traces of Lascaux to the elegant visions of ancient Rome to the dazzling visions of Michelangelo.

Raiders of the Lost Past with Janina Ramirez
2/3 Series 2 The Viking Ship (1:00:00) (9 pm Fri 26th Feb)
Janina Ramirez investigates the 1,000 year-old Oseberg ship and its treasures. It is the oldest and best preserved Viking ship in the world and was rediscovered in 1903 in Norway, transforming the reputation of the Vikings, the warriors previously known as savages.

NOTE: FREE (but donations would be appreciated clicking on gold button DONATE). Live streamed in HD video and then available for 30 to 90 days. Click on ‘Watch our Live Stream’. See website for full details:
Spring 2021 Wigmore Series (7.30 pm Mon to Fri)
The Spring Series has just been announced, culminating in Easter Week. Concerts from 22nd February every (week) night at 7.30 pm (and some lunchtimes at 1 pm).. This week’s evening concerts:
Monday 22nd – Doric String Quartet:  Beethoven and Mozart
Tuesday 23rd – Dunedin Consort:  J.S. Bach
Wednesday 24th – Benjamin Baker and Daniel Lebhart:  Brahms, Copland and Janácek
Thursday 25th – Fretwork:  Cranford, Gibbons, Holborne and more
Friday 26th – Tim Horton: Chopin, Mozart and Szyamanowski

GOOGLE: ‘Nightly Met Opera Streams Metropolitan Opera’; scroll down to UPCOMING SCHEDULE ‘WEEK 50’, 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 50 – Dmitri Hvorostovksy* (see footnote below)
Monday 22nd  – Verdi’s Il Trovatore (2011)
Tuesday 23rd  – Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades (1999)
Wednesday 24th – Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (2007)
Thursday 25th  – Verdi’s Hernani (2012)
Friday 26th – Verdi’s La Traviata (2012)
Saturday 27th  – Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera (2012)
Sunday 28th – Verdi’s Il Trovatore (2015) (NB on Monday the performance is in 2011)

*NOTE: Dmitri Hvorostovsky won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the Year Award in 1989, beating Bryn Terfel, who won  the Lieder prize that year. (Hvorostovsky died tragically of a brain tumour at the age of 55 in 2017. His last performance was ‘Il Trovatore’ at The Met in 2015.)The BBC wrote this in 2019: “When people were asked for their strongest memories of the competition in the last thirty years, by far the most were of 1989, that extraordinary Battle between the Baritones. The competition brought world-class recognition to them both for the first time.  
To watch Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s winning performance in 1989 – arias from Un Ballo in Maschera, Queen of Spades and Don Carlos (00:21:24): 
Click on: dmitri hvorostovsky BBC cardiff singer competition youtube – Bing video


























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,