19th March – Stanley Spencer – “Heaven in a Hell of War”, at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
We are to be given an exclusive introductory insight into this wonderful exhibition of Sir Stanley Spencer over coffee and biscuits in Pallant House Gallery, Room 11, before going on to view the exhibition in the main gallery, Rooms 12 – 17.
Sir Stanley Spencer (1891‐1959) is one of the most important English painters of the 20th century. Best‐known for his paintings which elevate ordinary village life to epic, sometimes Biblical grandeur, his most famous large‐scale work is the cycle of murals at Sandham Memorial Chapel in the village of Burghclere, Hampshire, based on his experiences during the First World War, which has drawn such praise as ‘Britain's answer to the Sistine Chapel'.
Painted entirely from memory the canvas panels, which took six years to create, chronicle the everyday life faced by millions of soldiers during the First World War ‐ from washing laundry to kit inspection and bed‐making. As such, they offer a unique insight into the domestic and personal, rather than the combative and traumatic, experiences of the battlefield, and are considered by many to be the artist's finest achievement.
The temporary relocation of the paintings to Pallant House Gallery while the chapel undergoes major conservation work, offers a unique opportunity to see the murals at eye level in a gallery setting for the first time. Timed to mark the centenary of the First World War, the exhibition features the complete cycle of predella and lunette paintings along with related studies and drawings.
19th March, 2014 - 10:30am to 12 midday, starting in Room 11.
£23, to include coffee & biscuits.
Apply to: Annie Flitcroft - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org - Tel: 02392 734564
2nd April – Tour of West Dean Tapestry Studio, nr Chichester by Philip Sanderson, Creative Director
We will meet Philip at 1.30 at West Dean College over tea and coffee before touring the studio.
If you fancy getting there ahead of time, maybe for lunch, I can recommend the West Dean Gardens cafe/restaurant as value for money. (Note separate entrance to the college). There is also a nice little shop there which stocks all manner of treats, including candles which smell lovely!
If you really want to make a day of it and the weather is not hideous, the gardens at West Dean are lovely.
Note: entrance cost to the gardens only on 2nd April will be £8.50.
Parking – for the Tapestry Tour is in the college car park. You will need to move your car between car parks if you visit the gardens.
End March/early April TBA – Medieval art at St Botolph’s, Hardham, near Pulborough.
An introduction to the Lewes Group of the medieval wall paintings at St Botolph's church, Hardham.
Amazingly these paintings are more than 900 years old! They are thought to have been painted by a group of artists known as the Lewes Group shortly after 1100. Today their rich colours have faded, but the extent of the paintings, covering almost every part of the church, means that they are among the most important wall paintings in the country.
The paintings include the Annunciation, scenes from the Nativity and the apostles. There is also an interesting depiction of St George. Most notable, however, are the group of paintings in the chancel depicting scenes from the story of Adam and Eve.
"The first time you encounter the medieval frescoes of one of the five Lewes Group of Churches, you cannot fail to be moved by the clarity and beauty of these late 11th/early 12th century wall paintings." So says our guide, Rupert Toovey.
Rupert is founder and chief auctioneer of Toovey's, Fine Arts Auctioneers and Valuers (Washington, West Sussex) and regularly lectures at Chichester University's Otter Gallery. He is also a priest in the Church of England Diocese of Chichester.
We shall meet at 11am and the tour will last just over one hour. There is a nice pub for lunch about 5 mins drive away.
NOTE: We are unable to confirm the precise date yet. However, we expect that this tour will be very popular so please ask to be put on our waiting list to be informed as soon as the details are confirmed. Bookings will be accepted on a strictly 'first come, first served' basis.
Contact Miles Robinson by email Miles@ArtFundSussexEvents.org.uk, or Tel: 01273 251 701
14th April 2014 -Tour of the Drapers’ Hall, Throgmorton Avenue, London EC2N 2DQ, 11.00 am for 2 hours
Originating from the 13th century, the present hall, bought from Henry V111 in 1543, was Cromwell's house until he was executed and was then reclaimed by Henry.
Destroyed by the Great Fire it was rebuilt in 1667 and has been altered several times since.
It houses some special collections of art – particularly a collection of royal portraits, which are displayed in between 28 marble columns in the magnificent Livery Hall – silver and artefacts created and developed over centuries.
£25, to include Tea, coffee and biscuits on arrival at 11am.
Contact Maggie Robinson by email at Mags.email@example.com – 01435 883338
8th May – Curator's tour of "ARTIST TEXTILES – Picasso to Warhol" exhibition at FTM, Bermondsey, London
This exhibition traces the history of 20th century art in textiles including work by Braque, Chagall, Dufy, Hepworth amongst others. It features examples of key European and American art movements – Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Abstraction, Surrealism and Pop Art – as well as the work of leading fashion designers and manufacturers and reflects the domestic and personal use of textiles by ordinary people. Many of the works on display have not been shown in public before.
We are extremely fortunate to have as our guide Dennis Nothdruft, FTM Curator.
The Fashion and Textile Museum (FTM) is a cutting edge centre for contemporary fashion, textiles and jewellery in London. Founded by iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes, the centre showcases a programme of changing exhibitions exploring elements of fashion, textile and jewellery as well as the Academy which runs courses for creative students and businesses.
Situated in the heart of fashionable Bermondsey Village, in a fantastic building designed by Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta, the FTM aims not just to display and collect items relating to fashion, jewellery and textile design, but to offer inspiration to a new generation of creatives. Now redeveloped and operated by Newham College, the museum is a hub of learning, ideas and networking for the fashion and jewellery industry.
FTM, 83 Bermondsey Street SE1 3XF (nearest station: London Bridge).
Thursday 8th May, 2pm to 4pm approx. to include tour, refreshments and possible free time
£20, to include coffee and biscuits
Contact: Jill Holloway - Email: Jillholloway500@yahoo.co.uk - Tel: 01243 774751
19 May 2014 - Museum visit to Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft and guided village walk - 11am – 3:30pm
The Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft was opened by the Tate's Nicholas Serota last September after a £2.3m revamp, which resulted rave reviews, viz: "… the project will prove a huge success, and win every award in the museum book." – Rupert Christiansen, Daily Telegraph; "… one of the loveliest small museums I have visited." – Andrew Lambirth, The Spectator.
Ditchling became a centre for visual arts and crafts in the early years of the 20th century. The Museum holds a nationally important collection of work by the artists and craftsmen who were drawn to the village including Eric Gill and Joseph Cribbe. See an extraordinary body of work in the same village that it was created in. After lunch take the opportunity to stroll around the village on a guided walk passing some of the houses and workshops associated with the craftspeople and looking at lettering and sculpture by them in the churchyard.
19 May 2014, 11am – 3:30pm Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling, East Sussex BN6 8SP
£26, to include coffee and biscuits on arrival, cup of tea following the walk.
There is an opportunity to find your own lunch in either of the two pubs in the village or in one of the pretty village tea rooms.
Contact: Dina Thorpe by email to Dina.Thorpe@yahoo.co.uk, or telephone 01273 472370
Early June (TBA) – Guided tour of modern art at Chichester Cathedral
Chichester Cathedral is famous for its modern art which was commissioned mainly during the late 20th century to invigorate and beautify the cathedral.
23rd July, 2014 – David Shepherd in conversation, at Danny House, Hurstpierpoint
Internationally recognized as the world's best wildlife artist, David has at all times felt that he had a duty in the form of conservation towards the world and the animals that inhabit our planet.
In his lifetime, David Shepherd, CBE, FRSA, FRGS, OBE, has painted and drawn many pictures and travelled to many parts of the world to do so. We are delighted that he has agreed to share some of his extraordinary tales and experiences with us and will also bring along some paintings from his private collection for us to view. He is a most approachable down-to-earth chap who enjoys sharing his pleasure of art and his concern over the diminishing wildlife throughout the world.
This relaxed and informal chat with David will be followed by tea and homemade cakes made by the cook at historic Danny House, which is worth seeing in its own right.
23rd July, 2014 - 2pm to 4pm.
£25, to include tea & homemade cakes!
Apply to: Annie Flitcroft - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org – Tel: 02392 734564