Art History Mornings at The Beecroft: Saturday 25th January 2020

Into the 1920s:

Vanessa Bell, Nina Hamnett & Nancy Cunard

The Beecroft Gallery

Saturday 25th January

Our theme today is the transition from war to peace in British art.

The period 1910-1914 had been vital and experimental when it came to British art history: The Camden Town Group, Bloomsbury and the Vorticists all vied for attention. War, unsurprisingly, dulled much of that enthusiasm. Today, by following the lives of two artists – Vanessa Bell and Nina Hamnett – and that of the poet Nancy Cunard, we will explore the cultural contexts of the early 1920s.

Bell, Vanessa, 1879-1961; Clive Bell (1881-1964), and Family

Vanessa Bell: Clive Bell and Family

[1924; New Walk Gallery, Leicester; 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.

Art & Coffee Mornings at The Beaumont: Thursday 23rd January 2020

Join us for an hour of coffee and conversation as we explore paintings through the ages!

Nina Hamnett (1890-1956):

Queen of Bohemia

Thursday 23rd January 2020 (10.30am)

Hamnett, Nina, 1890-1956; The Student

The Student [1917; Ferens Art Gallery, c/o artuk.org]

Hamnett is now best remembered as the ‘Queen’ of bohemian London. During the 1930s and 1940s she was a well-known character in the pubs and bars of Fitzrovia, regaling fellow bohemians with stories and anecdotes in exchange for a drink. During the early twentieth century, however, Hamnett was a promising young artist, exhibiting her work with the Allied Artists’ Association, the New English Art Club and the London Group.(www.tate.org.uk)

The Art & Coffee Mornings at Barchester Care’s Southgate Beaumont are run by Dr ML Banting in collaboration with the activities team on site and open to anyone – residents and non-residents – with an interest in art history and visual culture.

Southgate Beaumont Care Home: 15, Cannon Hill, London N14 7DJ

For further information please email chasingtales@rocketmail.com or contact via twitter @TheCommonViewer

 

The “Words & Pictures” Book Club: 13th January 2020

Join us for the Words & Pictures book club to read and discuss novels in which visual art and artists are relevant to the narrative.

Our next meeting is on Monday 13th January (2-4pm) when the book under review will be Orhan Pamuk’s “My Name is Red”

Pamuk

The Sultan secretly commissions a great book: a celebration of his life and the Ottoman Empire, to be illuminated by the best artists of the day – in the European manner. In Istanbul at a time of violent fundamentalism, however, this is a dangerous proposition. Even the illustrious circle of artists are not allowed to know for whom they are working. But when one of the miniaturists is murdered, their Master has to seek outside help. Did the dead painter fall victim to professional rivalry, romantic jealousy or religious terror? With the Sultan demanding an answer within three days, perhaps the clue lies somewhere in the half-finished pictures . . .

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 at The Beecroft (14th Dec. 2019): The Art of Laura Knight

Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970) was one of the most extraordinary artists of the 20th century. She achieved huge fame and yet, whilst we might perhaps know her name, most of her paintings are now surprisingly unknown. So, today, we will raid books, articles, films and archives in order to tell her story: from the early years learning her craft in the coastal art colonies of Staithes and then Newlyn, to her behind-the-scenes pictures at the ballet and the circus; and then of course her war art. Along the way we’ll meet her husband Harold and friends such as Alfred Munnings and Dod Proctor; and we’ll find the artist Laura Knight blazing with vision year after year.

Knight, Laura, 1877-1970; The Cornish Coast

Laura Knight: The Cornish Coast

[1917; National Museum of Wales; artuk.org]

All welcome!

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.