Art History Mornings at The Beecroft Gallery (September 2019): The Futurists

Art History Mornings at The Beecroft Gallery
Saturday 28th September 10.30am-12.30pm
with Dr ML Banting

The Futurists

Our explorations of Post-Impressionist art continue as we enter the whirl of Futurism led by the poet Marinetti and extending from Milan to Paris, London to Moscow. Its dramatic visual effect was challenging, but it inspired a wave of radical experimentation across Europe on the eve of the Great War.


Gino Severini: The Boulevard (1910; The Estorick Collecton;

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 or via twitter @TheCommonViewer

These monthly Saturday morning art history talks are educational yet informal and open to anyone with an interest in art.

Words and Pictures(August 2019): “Mrs Whistler” by Matthew Plampin


Words & Pictures

Book Club

Monday 12th August 2019

2-4pm The Gleneagles

Join us for this month’s book club when we’ll be discussing Matthew Plampin’s “Mrs Whistler” – a novel based on the life of James Abbott McNeill Whistler at around the time of his painting The Peacock Room and his court appearance after Ruskin’s criticism of Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket. The ups and downs of this period in the artist’s life, Whistler himself and the nefarious characters around him, are seen through the eyes of his lover Maud Franklin, offering a unique perspective.

“Arrangement in White and Black (Maud Franklin)” by Whistler [1876; Freer Gallery, Washington]; Matthew Plampin’s “Mrs Whistler” published by The Borough Press

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