Events

Feb
21
Fri
Human Creativity – The Art Habit, by Neil Morrison
Feb 21 @ 2:30 pm

 

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Why do we engage with some, but not all art?

Sensuality, meaning, beauty, old habits and the familiar– boredom & innovation, are all there making fashions pass and reinvent themselves, but there are elements in common through the centuries, which we can recognise and use to help us unravel works that are unfamiliar in style or form.

With examples from his own work and 5,000 years of the arts in Europe Neil will explore the language of our art habits. Lute music will precede the lecture.

Neil Morrison taught creativity and observation for more than 30 years at the Glasgow School of Art. His passion for music led him to make and play the lute professionally. He moved to Eastbourne recently having spent years living in France whilst exploring the art of the Mediterranean.

(Picture is :- Neil Morrison the ELEMENTS : Wind, Fire, Wood & Water 2019, 61 x 90.8 cms : oil paint & ochres on panel with carved plaster)

 

Mar
13
Fri
Images of 20th Century Life – A Study Day with Peter Scott
Mar 13 @ 11:00 am

Registration Starts at 11am – First lecture starts at 11.30am

Until the mid-19th century, art was the preserve of wealthy individuals and institutions and reflected their world. However, as early as 1845, John Pye, an engraver, recorded that works of art were, ‘no longer pent up in galleries open to a few but meet us in our homes and are the household pleasures of millions.’ He is, of course, mainly referring to the reproduction of images. This special interest day will aim to show that by the 20th century art became genuinely popular, confronting the new world made by industry and commerce. Art was used in many fields, including advertising, campaigning, entertainment and design. We will also ask why are works by artists like Lowry and Spencer in prestigious galleries while those of, say, Beryl Cook and Jack Vetriano are not?

Programme

Coffee and Registration                         11.00am

First Lecture.                                           11.30am– 1pm

Break for lunch                                       1pm – 2pm

Second Lecture                                        2pm – 3.00pm

Special Interest day ends                      3.00pm

 

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Apr
3
Fri
Die Fledermaus – DVD showing with English Subtitles
Apr 3 @ 2:00 pm

THIS EVENT IS NOW CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONOVIRUS – SEE NOTICE ON WEB SITE

Die Fledermaus (literally Flittermouse) translates from the German as The Bat, is a delightful operetta composed by Johann Strauss II to a German libretto by Karl Haffner and Richard Genee.  This is the younger Strauss’s most celebrated and popular operetta so come and join us for an enthralling musical afternoon.

There is lots to enjoy as Die Fledermaus is a light-hearted story of revenge, featuring mistaken identities, flirtations at a masked ball, elegant frivolities and hilarious confusion all set to the most captivating music ever composed.

This version of the opera was filmed at Glyndebourne Opera House. The cast includes Pamela Armstrong, Thomas Allen, Lyubov Petrova, Lyubov Petrova, Ragnar Ulfung, Malena Ernman, Håkan Hagegård and the Glyndebourne Chorus. Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

PLEASE NOTE EARLY START TIME OF 2pm

Apr
17
Fri
The Moon in Art and Science by Dr Alexandra Loske
Apr 17 @ 2:30 pm

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The Moon in Art and Science.  Humans have been fascinated with our nearest heavenly body, the Earth’s Moon, since prehistoric times. It has been half a century since we set foot on the Moon during the Apollo space missions, and many exhibitions, films and publications have explored our continued with this other ‘world’ that we reached 50 years ago. Join Art Historian Dr Alexandra Loske for an illustrated talk about how our obsession with the Moon has manifested itself in both the sciences and the visual arts, from earliest ritualistic drawings and objects, Romantic symbolism and silent movies, to scientific observation, photography, space race propaganda, and recent creative responses to all things lunar.

Dr Alexandra Loske is a German-born art historian and curator at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton specialising in late 18th century and early 19th century European art and architecture.  Alexandra has lectured and published widely.

 

May
15
Fri
To the Manor Born : Unpacking the Towner Art Collection by Dr Helen Rufus-Ward & Helena Birch
May 15 @ 2:30 pm

 

DUE TO THE CORONOVIRUS PANDEMIC, WE ARE NOT PROCESSING TICKET REQUESTS FOR THIS EVENT, AT THIS TIME.

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For nearly a century the Towner Art Gallery has enriched the lives of Eastbourne residents and visitors to the town, turning from a small provincial art gallery into a gallery that champions contemporary art in the 21st century.

This lecture will begin with the gallery’s inception in the 1920s (thanks to the generosity of Alderman John Chisholm Towner) before exploring the development of the Towner Collection.  The main focus of the lecture will be some of Towner’s key art works (some very familiar, others not so) that express the evolution of the gallery’s acquisition policy that has allowed the collection to grow into the respected gallery it is today.  Along the way, the audience will encounter all manner of delights – tranquil landscapes, mysterious and shadowy interiors, controversial abstracts and iconic Eastbourne imagery.  A reminder of the art riches on our doorstep.

Helena Birch is an ex Head of Art and is now a practising artist and a tour guide at Tate Modern under the heading of ‘Making Sense of Modern Art!’  Dr Helen Rufus-Ward is a published art historian, university lecturer and an accredited speaker for the Arts Society.

Picture is Lombardi, Giovanni Battista; The Veiled Lady; Towner;

Jun
12
Fri
The History of Fans and their Language by Janie Ramsey
Jun 12 @ 2:30 pm

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This illustrated talk traces the history of the fan, with emphasis on the beautiful Georgian and Victorian fans of the 18th and 19th centuries.  This was truly the age of the fan when they were the height of fashion throughout Europe from royalty to parlour maids.

We look at the different materials from which they were made, how they were used and the pitfalls awaiting the unwary user.

And what about the Language of Fans.    Did it exist and if so, how did it work? Can YOU ‘have a conversation?’  Here’s your chance to have a go!

Janie Ramsay started her antique business in Tunbridge Wells in 1975 specialising in pre 1870 furniture, Tunbridge ware, silver, jewellery, 18th century glass, collectibles and fans.  Janie could have over 100 in her shop at any one time!  In 1998 Janie joined Sotheby’s in Bond Street and became a Director in 1998 before retiring in 2008 when she continued working as a consultant until 2014.

Jul
17
Fri
Preserving Wall Paintings: From English Churches to Egyptian Tombs by Stephen Rickerby
Jul 17 @ 2:30 pm

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From our earliest cultures to the present day, we have decorated the places that we inhabit, in both life and death, with wall paintings. Decorated surfaces are found in all parts of the world, from mountain-top monasteries to remote desert caves. They have been used by rulers to immortalise their authority, by the wealthy to display their opulence, and by the less wealthy to demonstrate social aspiration. Pagan cults and religions have developed imagery for decorating the walls of tombs, churches and temples. The human desire to decorate houses with painting has left glimpses of how people like us lived thousands of years ago. Stephen Rickerby is a conservator who has worked on wall paintings around the world. In this illustrated presentation, he will talk about the challenges of preserving paintings in locations as diverse as English churches, Buddhist caves in China, rock-cut churches in Ethiopia, and Egyptian tombs.

 

Stephen Rickerby Stephen Rickerby received his MA in art history from Aberdeen University before undertaking the Courtauld Institute of Art/Getty Conservation Institute Postgraduate Diploma in the Conservation of Wall Painting (1985-88). He has since worked extensively on wall painting projects in the UK and internationally. He now co runs his own London-based wall conservation practice called Rickerby & Shekede.