Art Fund Sussex Events 2015 Programme

Wed 25th Mar – Talk on Rembrandt by Rebecca Drew at Danny House, Hurstpierpoint

Rebecca is an art historian and senior guide at the National Gallery in London whose wonderful exhibition has drawn great crowds.

downloadWe are delighted to have been able to persuade her to come and talk to us about Rembrandt in the wonderful setting of Danny House in Hurstpierpoint where we will also be able to partake in the ever wonderful cook’s tea and cakes.

For full details & booking please CLICK HERE.

Thu, 23rd Apr – Tour of Standen house & garden, East Grinstead

James & Margaret Beale chose an idyllic location with views across the Sussex countryside for their rural retreat. Designed by Philip Webb, the house is one of the finest examples of Arts and Crafts workmanship, with Morris & Co. interiors creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The house is dressed for a weekend stay in 1925.

William Morris and Philip Webb co-founded the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.

The tour of the house will last for 1 hour, followed coffee/tea & biscuits. Our tour of the hillside garden (12 acres) will commence at 11:30 am where you will enjoy breath-taking views over the High Weald and Weir Wood Reservoir.  Depending on the weather there may also be a stunning display of tulips.

For full details & booking please CLICK HERE.

Wed 13th May – The WWI Balcombe murals & the Lytton family: guided introduction.

When featured in Channel 4’s ‘Not Forgotten’ series, Ian Hyslop drew attention to the magnificence of the little known frescoes in Balcombe’s Victory Hall. (See here for a clip).

This exclusive private visit will be introduced by a local expert who will give us a short talk on the history of the murals. Then, Crawley Museum Curator, Helen Poole will tell us about the life and times of the Lytton family.

For full details & booking please CLICK HERE.

28th May – Talk by David Boyd Haycock at Danny House, Hurstpierpoint

Author of A Crisis of Brilliance and Curator of the exhibition of the same name at the Dulwich Picture Gallery David’s talk will examine the evolution of this influential group of artists, which included Stanley Spencer, Paul Nash, Mark Gertler, Richard Nevinson and Dora Carrington.

For full details & booking please CLICK HERE.

Thu 11th JunSir Ernest Shackleton – Illustrated talk by Michael Smith, at Danny House, Hurstpierpoint

Shackleton was among the greatest explorers who made four voyages of discovery to the Antarctic a century ago and his remarkable leadership inspires people to this day. He marched to within 100 miles of the South Pole in 1909 and the led the dramatic battle to survive when his ship, Endurance, was crushed by the ice in 1914-16.  Shackleton was a charismatic figure who lived life “like a mighty rushing wind” but was happiest in the icy wilderness where he could leave behind a complex private life.

 Michael Smith is an authority on Polar exploration who has written nine books, appeared in TV and radio documentaries and lectured at many prestigious venues, including The Queen’s Gallery Buckingham Palace, Royal Geographical Society, National Museum of Ireland and Scott Polar Research Institute Cambridge.

His biography, Shackleton – By Endurance We Conquer is the first major biography of Shackleton in 30 years. The Observer listed the book as among the best biographies of 2014.

For full details & booking please CLICK HERE.

20th JulyExclusive private guided tour of Wiston House, Steyning

The same family have owned the Wiston Estate and house since the mid-eighteenth century. Our visit we will be accompanied by the archivist for the family who will guide us through the collection of portraits and art works held there. But in addition Wiston House also holds some key works from the Government Art Collection and we will have the opportunity to view these, including portraits of Kings and Prime Ministers as well as English and Scottish landscapes.

The visit will end with a cream tea on the lawn terrace, overlooking the parkland and South Downs.

Wiston House is not routinely open to the public other than through attending an arranged event. We will be the only group visiting on the 20th July so this is an ideal opportunity to see the house and gardens in relative peace.

For full details & booking please CLICK HERE.

Thu, 17th Sep – Guided tour of Lord’s Cricket Ground, the home of cricket

This tour will take us through the 400 year history of cricket as seen through the eyes of its fabled
headquarters – LORD’S CRICKET GROUND in Marylebone London.

We will begin in the MCC Museum where paintings, artefacts and photographs of those 400 years are housed. They reveal the game’s development from a rural pastime to a modern, international sport. Precious exhibits include the Wisden Trophy and of course the tiny, delicate ASHES URN.

We will be able to walk through the architecturally significant PAVILION, surmounted by the famous Father Time weathervane to the LONG ROOM. The LONG ROOM is a viewing area for LORD’S MEMBERS as well as a CRICKET ART GALLERY with portraits of cricketing greats from W G Grace onwards. Other highlights include the PLAYERS’ DRESSING ROOMS whose walls are covered by PLAYERS’ HONOURS BOARD recording performances going back into the mists of time.

We will then go down the PAVILION steps to walk across the hallowed playing area to the award-winning MOUND STAND and on to the more recent and futuristic JP MORGAN MEDIA CENTRE, which was acclaimed in 2001 as one of ‘The Fifty Best Buildings In Britain’. The tour ends at the LORD’S SHOP described as outstanding by The Times in its ‘GOOD GROUND GUIDE‘.

For full details & booking please CLICK HERE.

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Thu, 17th Sep – Guided tour of Lord’s Cricket Ground, the home of cricket

This tour will take us through the 400 year history of cricket as seen through the eyes of its fabled headquarters – Lord’s Cricket Ground in Marylebone London. We will begin in the MCC Museum where paintings, artefacts and photographs of those 400 years are housed. They reveal the game’s development from a rural pastime to …

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20th July – Exclusive private guided tour of Wiston House, Steyning

Let us hope for a nice sunny day on Monday 20th July as that is the day we will be visiting the delightful Wiston House and gardens located near Steyning. The house is not normally open to the public except through an arranged event. The Wiston estate was established at the time of the Norman …

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