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.
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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)
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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.

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