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Past Special Interest Days

John Constable Thursday 9 March 2017 (Booking on Thursday 19 Jannuary)

Lecturer: Sue Jenkins


Nature and Naturalism - The Suffolk Landscapes and Portraits of Thomas Gainsborough, John Constable and Sir Alfred Munnings

This Study Day will mainly explore the landscape of Gainsborough and Constable who were both born in Suffolk, looking at how their upbringing laid the foundation for their subsequent work.  For Gai

Hokusai Thursday 22 June (Booking Thursday 20 April)

Lecturer: Marie-Therese Barrett MA


The Arts of Japan and Europe: Fascinating Parallels and Contrasts throughout History

This survey of Japanese art throughout history, from pre-history to the 19th century, reveals surprising similarities and fascinating contrasts with Western art of the same period.  Japanese approa

Queen Elizabeth Thursday 2 November (Booking 21 September)

Lecturer: Leslie Primo BA MA


Foreigners in London 1520-1677: The Artists that Changed the Course of British Art

This Study Day will look at why foreigners were preferred by the aristocracy in London to native-born painters and why foreigners came in the first place, what was their motivation and what was the

David Phillips Tuesday 13 March (booking Thursday 18 January) Venue: The Finlay Suite, Phyllis Court Club Begins at: 10.30 a.m.

Lecturer: Mr David Phillips


Connoisseurs’ Conundrums – Fine Art Forgery

In this enthralling look at the difficulties facing the professional art historian, David Phillips will take us behind the scenes of the museum world to help us understand the issues and controvers

Mary Alexander Thursday 7 June (booking Thursday 19 April) Venue: The Finlay Suite, Phyllis Court Club Begins at: 10.30 a.m.

Lecturer: Ms Mary Alexander


New York New York – A Virtual Day Trip
 Join us on this much acclaimed ‘time travel’ virtual tour of New York with art historian and Arts Society favourite Mary Alexander.
David Rosier Wednesday 24 October (booking Thursday 20 September) Venue: The Finlay Suite, Phyllis Court Club Begins at: 10.30 a.m.

Lecturer: Mr David Rosier


Chinese Imperial Textiles of the Qing Dynasty 1644-1911

This Study Day promises a feast for the eyes as David takes us through his exploration of the Court Costume and Dress Accessories worn by the Imperial Family.

Chloë Sayer, Thursday 7 March 2019 (booking Thursday 17 January) Venue: The Finlay Suite, Phyllis Court Club Begins at: 10.30 a.m.

Lecturer: Chloë Sayer,


Frida Kahlo: Mexican Art and Culture

Chloë Sayer, who has led tours in Mexico, is the ideal guide to take us through Frida Kahlo’s flamboyant, turbulent life and passion for ancient Mexican culture which was expressed in her costumes

Lars Tharp Thursday 13 June (booking Thursday 18 April) Venue: The Finlay Suite, Phyllis Court Club Begins at: 10.30 a.m.

Lecturer: Lars Tharp


Rags and Riches: London High Life and Low

Lars Tharp’s day will open with “Harlots, Rakes and Crashing China” linking the life and works of William Hogarth to the wider world of ceramics.