Words & Pictures book club – May 2018


Words & Pictures

Book Club

“Tin Man”

by Sarah Winman

Monday 14th May 2018, 2-4pm

Gleneagles Tea Rooms

Join us for the very first Words & Pictures book club where we will be reading and discussing novels in which visual art and artists are relevant to the narrative.

At our April meeting we’ll discuss Sarah Winman’s “Tin Man”, an extraordinary story in which the art of Vincent Van Gogh symbolises hope, possibilities and life.

Sarah Winman’s “Tin Man” (2017) is published by Tinder Press.

“Sunflowers” by Vincent van Gogh (1888; The National Gallery, London; c/o artuk.org)

Words & Pictures meets monthly 2-4pm in the glorious surrounds of the Gleneagles Tea Rooms – where there is tea and cake a-plenty!

Gleneagles Tea Rooms

All welcome but please email me to reserve your place: chasingtales@rocketmail.com

Gleneagles Guesthouse
5-6 Clifftown Parade
Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 1DP


Art History Mornings – May 2018

Art History Mornings at The Beecroft Gallery
Saturday 26th May, 10.30am-12.30pm
with Dr ML Banting

Constable in France:
The Artists’ Village of Barbizon

When paintings by John Constable were exhibited in Paris in 1824, they sparked a significant discussion among French artists. Dissatisfied with the revolutionary grand-style of Jacques-Louis David and his followers at the French Academy, these young artists left Paris for the village of Barbizon, near the Forest of Fontainebleau, to paint everyday rural life in natural colours and soft brushstrokes. Today we’ll explore Constable’s influence on artists such as Delacroix and this radical new path taken by the artists of The Barbizon School such as Corot and Millet who would open the way to Impressionism.

Millet, Jean-Francois, 1814-1875; Going to Work

Jean-Francois Millet: Going to Work
(1850, Glasgow Museums c/o artuk.org)

Meetings are held 10.30am – 12.30pm in the Beecroft Gallery lecture theatre.
Each talk costs £10 and includes tea/coffee (biscuits!)
For further information please contact Mark Banting by email chasingtales@rocketmail.com or via twitter @TheCommonViewer
These monthly Saturday morning art history talks are educational yet informal and open to anyone with an interest in art.