To Serve a King: Preparing a Feast for the Royal Pavilion by Dr Tracy Anderson
Oct 13 @ 2:30 pm

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A key focus of the visitor tour at the Royal Pavilion is the Prince Regent’s Great Kitchen. But this kitchen was only a small part of a much larger area comprising pastry and confectionery offices, silver sculleries coffee rooms and more, long since vanished from view.

Using plans, accounts and inventories from the Royal Archive at Windsor and the National Archives at Kew, this talk will recreate this catering complex as a working space, focusing not only on the layout of the rooms, but the work and identity of individual servants and how these related to the structure and working machinery of the Royal Household as a whole.

Dr Tracy Anderson is an independent art historian currently working at the Royal Pavilion for the new display Servant Stories and the exhibition Jane Austen By the Sea. She is also engaged in research for a book on the Royal Household of George IV at Brighton. Her interest in the representation and fashioning of monarchy underpinned her doctorate on Queen Victoria and India (University of Sussex) and she has published on portraiture and commemoration in the context of the British Raj.

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Pigment of the Imagination by Dr Alexandra Loske
Nov 17 @ 2:30 pm




Alexandra’s lecture we will examine how artists’ materials are inextricably linked with the history of colour concepts or theories, as well as pigment history. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the discovery of new pigments as well as a surge in scientific and philosophical writing about colour and colour theory dramatically changed attitudes to colour use in art and interior design. Beginning with Newton’s Opticks (1704) the lecture will examine how scholars, artists, scientists and ‘colourmen’ thought and wrote about colour and why visualisations of colour systems in diagrams, such as abstract charts and colour-wheels, have a timeless appeal. Alexandra will bring some rare books on colour to the lecture, as well as a colour globe dating from 1810.

Dr Alexandra Loske is a German-born art historian and curator at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton specialising in late 18th and early 19th century European art and architecture.  Alexandra has lectured and published widely on the history of colour and her comprehensive book The Exploration of Colour from Newton to Pantone will be published in 2018.


Eastbourne Arts Circle – Festive Lunch
Dec 9 @ 12:20 pm

click hereThe 2017 Eastbourne Arts Circle, annual festive lunch will be taking place at the Lansdowne Hotel, King Edwards Parade, Eastbourne on Sat 9th December 2017.  It will take place at 12.20 for 1pm with our guests assembling in the hotel’s bar. The Chairman, Helen Rufus-Ward is organising the post lunch entertainment.

If you would like to join us click here for a copy of the menu and booking form for you to print off. Philip Anson, our treasurer will be organising all reservations for this event.

Please ensure you reserve your seat by Sun 3rd Dec 2017