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Welcome to The Arts Society Henley

 
                                                                     The Arts Society, Henley
The Chairman, Robert Gurney, Vice Chairman Monnik Vleugels, and Committee of The Arts Society, Henley, are committed to offer every one of our members an exciting selection of Lectures, Special Interest Days and Day Visits for all to enjoy.  For most of 2021, with the Pandemic raging, we brought them to you through the magic of Zoom, with wonderful virtual live Lectures and Special Interest Days, with live questions to follow. A variety of fascinating virtual Day Visits across Europe were hosted by the most outstanding guides, hand picked and recommended by other Societies. In September, October and November we were able to hold live lectures at Phyllis Court and these were much enjoyed by all, partly because of the excellent standard of lecture and partly because of the pleasure of seeing members in person once again. 
 
For 2022, we have an arrangement for live lectures to be accompanied in the morning by a simultaneous transmission to members' homes, through YouTube. The lectures throughout the day for Special Interest Days will be accompanied by simultaneous transmission as above. The day before the lecture an email link will be sent to all members.  All up-to-date information will be posted on the monthly newsletter and on this website.
 
In the meantime, to get a flavour of what we do, here is our April 2022 newsletter:
 

 
        The Arts Society Henley                                                                                                
         e-News 
April 2022

        President: Lady Camoys                                                                  
        Registered Charity No. 289323

 

    

                    Dear Members, 

 

Welcome to our newsletter for April. How lovely that spring is now upon us, with lighter evenings, some lovely sunshine over the last few days (even if there were some very chilly nights!) and a profusion of beautiful spring flowers and blossom everywhere. 

Important Stop Press! Please read: We have just received an email from the Richmond Arts Society (and forwarded from Kington Langley Arts Society) inviting us to join in a Study Morning next Tuesday, 12th April, with all proceeds, including the lecturer's fee and Tixoom (Zoom) charge, donated to The British Red Cross, Ukrainian Crisis Appeal.

The subject is an introduction to the 19th century Ukrainian artist Ilya Repin, and the landscape paintings of Ukrainian artist Arkhip Kuindzhi, Russian artist Ivan Shishkin and Lithuanian artist Isaac Levitan.  The cost is £25 for the two lectures, given by Dr Kathy McLaughlan. The first is from 10.30am to 11.30am, break from 11.30am to 12.00 noon, and the second from 12.00 noon to 1.00pm.

 

For all information on the lectures and to book, please click here. Please do it speedily as there are only a few days to go. There is no limit on numbers as it will be broadcast simultaneously on Tixoom (Zoom) and YouTube. Please join in the morning if you possibly can.  As we all know, this cause is of the utmost importance. It will, of course, be extremely interesting too.

Our next lecture on Thursday 21st April is entitled 'Identifying the Forgotten Gems of the Art World', given by Julia Korner. As with our previous lectures this year, the morning lecture will be hybrid. Julia has said that members may bring pictures to discuss with her, so please don't hesitate to do so if you would like to.

I am sure you are all familiar with our hybrid formula now, but to remind you just once more, this means that we shall have our live lectures at Phyllis Court at the usual times, 10.45am and repeated at 2.15pm, and in addition the morning talk will be simultaneously transmitted online for those who wish to watch at home.

We have permission from the lecturers to stream the morning session but we are not in a position to stream it a second time in the afternoon. So if you would prefer not to come to Phyllis Court but want to watch the lecture, please remember that this is only available in the morning at 10.45am. This will be a YouTube link which is very easy to use - just a click on the link. There will also be the option to ask questions which will be answered at the end. As we have always done, the link will be sent to you the day before.  Scroll down for more information on the lecture itself.

On Tuesday we had an excellent, most illuminating Special Interest Day, 'Discovering London through Detective Fiction: From Sherlock Holmes and his Contemporaries to Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers', delivered with gusto by Richard Burnip. We may not have had quite the creature comforts offered by Phyllis Court, but this was more than made up for by the thoughtful, helpful organisation of voluntary staff at Christ Church. Richard was a mine of information on this broad topic, and was bombarded with a diverse array of questions by his enthusiastic audience. Altogether it was a most successful day - and the sandwiches, cakes and fruit provided by 'Crumbs' for lunch were delicious too.

Our second Special Interest Day of the year takes place on Wednesday 8th June, 'The History of Jewellery from Elizabeth I to Elizabeth Taylor', given by a very familiar face, John Benjamin. Please note that this will be held at Badgemore Golf Club and the first lecture will start at 12.00 noon.

Booking will be at our forthcoming lecture on 21st April, in conjunction with an online form sent on the same morning for those not attending in person. For Session 3 there will be a workshop for members' own jewellery to be identified and valued. John Benjamin has asked for there to be a maximum attendance of 63 people.

Please scroll down for more information on the Special Interest Day itself.

 

A busy day on Thursday 21st April! We are also booking for our Day Visit to Sudeley Castle on Thursday 23rd June at both lectures. All information about our visit further down.

 

A reminder, for those who have booked, that we are visiting Henry Moore's Sculpture Garden, House and Studios on Thursday 5th May.

 

 

The coach leaves the Rugby Club car park, opposite Phyllis Court entrance (£3.20 to pay, no change given) promptly at 9.15am and arrives at 11.00am. Tea and coffee will be served, if you have requested it, with maps of the gardens.  Scroll down for more information.

We have more interesting Young Arts news.  Once again TASH  sponsored the art workshops offered to primary schools in and around Henley as part of Henley Youth Festival. The Festival ran from 5-13 March and included many other activities for children in and around Henley. Please scroll down for more information and some charming pictures.  

 

The delightful book compiled by the Chiltern Hills Area, Fifty Treasures of the Chiltern Hills Area, will be on sale once again at the April lectures, price £5.00, or £7.50 if posted.

 

It is particularly interesting to read - and makes a splendid present too! Do please have a look at it. Scroll down for more information.

Now read on for details of everything mentioned above.

Very best wishes

Ginnie Johnston
Editor

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Thursday 21st April 2022
Live Lecture at 10.45am repeated 2.15pm
Simultaneous online broadcast at 10.45am
Identifying the Forgotten Gems of the Art World:
A Conservator's Experience
given by Julia Korner
 
Thursday 5th May 2022
Day Visit
Henry Moore: Sculpture Garden, House and Studios
 
Thursday 19th May 2022
Live Lecture at 10.45am repeated 2.15pm
Simultaneous online broadcast at 10.45am
The Era of Anything: Decoding Contemporary Art
given by Jacky Klein
 
Wednesday 8th June 2022
Special Interest Day at
Badgemore Park Golf Club, Henley
(booking online and at the lecture
on Thursday 21st April)
starting at 12.00 noon
The History of Jewellery from Elizabeth I to
Elizabeth Taylor
given by John Benjamin
 
Thursday 16th June 2022
Live Lecture at 10.45am repeated 2.15pm
Simultaneous online broadcast at 10.45am
Betrayal: The Story of Samson and Delilah
in Art and Music
given by Lois Oliver
 
Thursday 23rd June 2022
Day Visit
(booking Thursday 21st April)
Sudeley Castle: Family Home, Church and Gardens
 
July and August
No events
 
Thursday 15th September 2022
Live Lecture at 10.45am repeated 2.15pm
Simultaneous online broadcast at 10.45am
An Artist's Best Friend: The Dog in Art
given by Alexandra Epps
 
Thursday 29th September 2022
(Booking 16th June 2022)
Andrew Davies' Walking Tour:
St Pancras and King's Cross, A New Discovery
 
An email will be sent to you the day before
each simultaneous online broadcast lecture
and Special Interest Day
with a link to it.
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Our Live Lecture on
Thursday 21st April 2022
10.45am and repeated at 2.15pm

Simultaneous online broadcast at 10.45am

Identifying the Forgotten Gems of the Art World:
A Conservator's Experience
given by Julia Korner

This lecture, on Identifying the Forgotten Gems of the Art World, takes into account three crucial points that Julia's conservation studio is passionate about:  Restoration, scientific analysis and research, and all three come together in her conservation studios.

Julia has said that members may bring pictures to discuss with her, so please don't hesitate to do so if you would like to.

Since 1997, when Julia left Christie’s Auctioneers after 20 years, she has been based beside the River Thames in Chiswick and has maintained full-time studios involved in the conservation of paintings, frames, and polychrome sculpture and the making of handmade frames & display cabinets.

For more information on the lecture by Julia Korner please click here.

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Our Live Visit to Henry Moore:
Sculpture Garden, House and Studios
and the Mosaics Workshop

on Thursday 5th May 2022

The coach leaves the Rugby Club car park, opposite Phyllis Court entrance (£3.20 to pay, no change given) promptly at 9.15am and arrives at 11.00am.

We will experience the iconic work of sculptor Henry Moore (1898-1986) against the backdrop of his stunning home and garden.  A prolific and innovative artist, he produced 7,500 drawings, etchings, carvings, tapestry designs and hundreds of plaster maquettes.

Tea and coffee will be served, if you have requested it, with maps of the gardens.    The tour of Hoglands - Henry Moore’s house - will be in groups of 8 in 20 minute intervals.   Guided tours, in the afternoon, of the Exhibition, Aisled Barn, the Studios and Gardens will be in groups of 15 taking about 1.5 hours.  In between the tours everyone is allowed to wander the gardens and fields as they wish.

For more information on the visit please click here.

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Our Live Special Interest Day
to be held at
Badgemore Park Golf Club, Henley
on
Wednesday 8th June 2022
starting at 12.00 noon

Simultaneous online broadcast for all the lectures

The History of Jewellery from Elizabeth I to Elizabeth Taylor
given by John Benjamin

This Special Interest Day examines four hundred years of international jewellery design, showing the changing styles from the pomp of High Renaissance enamelled gold work to the glamour of Harry Winston diamonds.

The presentation covers many of the key elements of manufacture, including the progress of diamond cutting, Neoclassicism and Romanticism, 19th century Archaeological and Renaissance Revivalism, the impact of diamond mining in South Africa, Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts and Art Deco, Post War Modernism and designs of the future.

12.00 noon - 1.00pm

Session 1 - Jewellery from Elizabeth 1 to Queen Victoria

1.00pm - 1.50pm

Lunch

1.50pm - 4.00pm

Session 2 - 20th Century Jewellery

Session 3 - Workshop for members’ own jewellery to be identified and valued.  

             

 

 John Benjamin worked with Phillips Auctioneers for 23 years, latterly as International Director of Jewellery. Since 1999 he has been an independent Jewellery Consultant. He lectures, writes and broadcasts, including on the BBC Antiques Roadshow. 

Booking will be at our forthcoming lecture on 21st April, in conjunction with an online form sent on the same morning for those not attending in person.

Please click here for more information on this Special Interest Day.

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Our Live Visit to Sudeley Castle:
Family Home, Church and Gardens

on Thursday 23rd June 2022

(Booking Thursday 21st April 2022)

Beautiful Sudeley Castle, surrounded by award winning gardens with magnificent views of the Cotswolds, has Royal connections dating back 1,000 years. The Rose Garden is named in honour of four queens who visited Sudeley Castle: two of Henry VIII's wives, Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth I. Katherine Parr lived and died in the castle and her tomb is in the pretty 15th century church.  There are nine other magnificent gardens to explore too.  Inside, the castle contains many amazing and rare works of art and treasures, including love letters from Katherine Parr to her lover, Thomas Seymour.

Here is the timetable for the day:

8.30am          Depart from Henley Rugby Club car park opposite Phyllis Court (£3.20 Pay and Display, no change given).                

10.30am         Coach arrives at Sudeley Castle.

                       Coffee/tea, already paid for, in the café by the castle.

10.35am         45 minute talk on the history of the castle, in the café.

11.20am          Free time to visit the Castle and Exhibition, Gardens and Church.

You will be given a map by the Sudeley staff.

Lunch in either the café near the castle or in the café at the entrance.  Alternatively, you could picnic in the grounds.

3.00pm             Depart for Henley.

5.00 pm            Arrival in Henley (approximately, depending on traffic).

 The cost is £ 42.00 each, including tea or coffee, with an Historic Talk on the Castle.   If anyone is a member of the Historic Houses Association the cost is £29.00.

For more information please click here. 
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Young Arts News, April 2022
 
Once again TASH sponsored the art workshops offered to primary schools in and around Henley as part of Henley Youth Festival. The Festival ran from 5-13 March and included many other activities for children in the area.
 
We now have a lovely collection of notes and pictures of last year's Young Arts projects created by the various primary schools, made possible by donations from our Society, as well as some from this year's Henley Youth Festival and one of Emma Leahy, winner of the TASH award 2021 for Graduate Ambition at Reading University. 
The skeleton the Piggott School bought as a drawing aid!
Click here to see all the pictures and notes.
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Online Lectures from
The Arts Society Head Office
 
As mentioned in previous newsletters, The Arts Society Head Office in London has compiled a series of fascinating online lectures for all its members across the world. Please click on the following links to see the latest. As always, they are charming, interesting and informative and a pleasure to read.
Contact Number and Email address for
Chairman and Vice Chairman
 
If you need to contact our Chairman,
Professor Robert Gurney,
his telephone number is 07828 505133
and his email address is
robert.gurney@ntlworld.com
 
If you need to contact our Vice Chairman,
Monnik Vleugels
her telephone number is 07505 778405
and her email address is
monnik.vleugels@gmail.com
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"THE ARTS SOCIETY IS A COMMUNITY THAT WANTS MORE PEOPLE TO ENGAGE, TO APPRECIATE AND ABOVE ALL TO ENJOY THE ARTS AND DISCOVER HOW THEY ENRICH OUR LIVES”     JULIE GOLDSMITH, NATIONAL CHAIRMAN OF THE ARTS SOCIETY.
 
Our Background
The Arts Society Henley (formerly Henley Decorative & Fine Arts Society) was founded in 1976 by Françoise  White, with our first lecture in January 1977.  The membership grew rapidly and now stands at about 626. 
The Arts Society Henley is one of over 385 societies throughout the UK, in mainland Europe and New Zealand as well as 35 societies in Australia as part of the Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society (ADFAS) with a combined membership of over 98,000 worldwide. 
Before Covid struck, our lectures were held in the Ballroom at Phyllis Court Club in Henley. We shall return to normal at the first opportunuty. When all is back to normal we have a morning lecture starting at 10:45am and the same lecture at 2:15pm on the third Thursday of the month, except July, August and December.  There are 10 lectures each year with two in November, one being at the AGM. We also have three Special Interest Days where we embrace a subject in greater depth.  Four day visits are arranged each year to exhibitions, houses, museums and many other places of interest.  In addition, in normal circumstances we have a short holiday in the British Isles in the spring and in the autumn a holiday abroad, accompanied by expert guides.
Do email your news, views and photographs to Ginnie Johnston (Website and Newsletter), at henley@theartssociety.org. We look forward to hearing from you.
To find out more about The Arts Society world wide, its structure and history, visit theartssociety.org website.
To find out more about becoming a member of The Arts Society Henley, please go to Join Us.
 
 
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 Photograph of Henley above by kind permission of photographer Tim Hodges ARPS