Events

Dec
13
Fri
The Nativity in Art, by Dr Helen Rufus-Ward
Dec 13 @ 2:30 pm

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The Nativity, with the Adoration of the Magi and the Shepherds, is one of the most popular subjects in Christian art. Starting with the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, this lecture will explore the surprising idiosyncrasies of this much contested site, including a rift between the Catholics and the Greek Orthodox clergy over the marker of the actual birth in the church’s grotto that might have been a cause of the Crimea War!  This will be followed by an examination of a number of key paintings from the medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods in order to see how the Nativity imagery has developed and changed over the centuries. Early depictions favoured the portrayal of a ‘real’ birth whilst later imagery represented  a totally ‘miraculous’ birth!

 

Dr Helen Rufus-Ward is a published art historian, university lecturer and accredited speaker for the Arts Society

(Picture is: Mosaics Byzantine Greece C11, Nativity, Katholikon nave south east squinch, Hosius Loukas )

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Jan
17
Fri
The Yehudi Menuhin School for String Players by Nicolas Chisholm MBE
Jan 17 @ 2:30 pm

 

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Yehudi Menuhin, one of the great violinists of the twentieth century, was passionate about education right up to the very end of his life. Though he hardly went to school himself Menuhin realised the value of great teaching and of careful study. In the late 1940’s he discovered that Russia was far ahead of the West in teaching musical instruments and set about doing something to change this. Nicolas Chisholm was Headmaster of the Yehudi Menuhin School for 22 years and worked closely with Yehudi Menuhin. He is uniquely positioned to describe how the School was founded and how a specialist music school works. This lecture is a sequel to Creating Utopias – the life and work of Yehudi Menuhin.

Before his retirement Nicolas Chisholm was Headmaster of the Yehudi Menuhin School for 22 years and worked closely with Yehudi Menuhin for the first 11 of them. In 2011 Nicolas was awarded the MBE for services to music education.

If you wish to purchase tickets for Eastbourne Arts Circle events please Click Here to download a copy of our ticket order form, for you to complete and purchase tickets by post. Payment can be made by cheque, and now by card as well. Tickets can also be purchased for cash or credit/debit  card, in person, at the Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre, in Cornfield Road, Eastbourne.  PLEASE NOTE, the discount available to Eastbourne Arts Circle members is only available by mail order, or at the door (if tickets remain available). The members ticket discount is not available for tickets purchased  at the Tourist Information Centre.

Feb
7
Fri
William Hodges by Dr Prasannajit De Silva
Feb 7 @ 2:30 pm

 

William Hodges (1744 – 1797) trained at William Shipley’s Academy in London and then under the leading British landscape painter, Richard Wilson.  Initially a minor topographical artist, Hodges’s big break came when he was appointed official artist on Captain Cook’s second voyage to the Pacific.  This journey was followed by an extended stay in India.  The work derived from these trips enabled Hodges to achieve great critical and financial success; but his attempts to branch out in the 1790s – coupled with some injudicious investments – led to a rapid decline in his fortunes.

In recent years, William Hodges’s reputation has been reappraised and he is now recognised as a hugely significant figure in early colonial art.  In this lecture, we will explore how he recorded the places he visited, and how his work helped to shape how they were regarded back in Britain.

Dr Prasannajit de Silva is an art historian, university lecturer and accredited Arts Society speaker.

If you wish to purchase tickets for Eastbourne Arts Circle events please Click Here to download a copy of our ticket order form, for you to complete and purchase tickets by post. Payment can be made by cheque, and now by card as well. Tickets can also be purchased for cash or credit/debit  card, in person, at the Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre, in Cornfield Road, Eastbourne.  PLEASE NOTE, the discount available to Eastbourne Arts Circle members is only available by mail order, or at the door (if tickets remain available). The members ticket discount is not available for tickets purchased  at the Tourist Information Centre.

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

 

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)

If you wish to purchase tickets for Eastbourne Arts Circle events please Click Here to download a copy of our ticket order form, for you to complete and purchase tickets by post. Payment can be made by cheque, and now by card as well. Tickets can also be purchased for cash or credit/debit  card, in person, at the Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre, in Cornfield Road, Eastbourne.  PLEASE NOTE, the discount available to Eastbourne Arts Circle members is only available by mail order, or at the door (if tickets remain available). The members ticket discount is not available for tickets purchased  at the Tourist Information Centre.

Mar
13
Fri
Images of 20th Century Life – A Study Day with Peter Scott
Mar 13 @ 11:30 am

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                         11.30am

First Lecture.                                           12 – 1pm

Break for lunch                                       1pm – 2pm

Second Lecture                                        2pm – 3.00pm

Special Interest day ends                      3.00pm

 

If you wish to purchase tickets for Eastbourne Arts Circle events please Click Here to download a copy of our ticket order form, for you to complete and purchase tickets by post. Payment can be made by cheque, and now by card as well. Tickets can also be purchased for cash or credit/debit  card, in person, at the Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre, in Cornfield Road, Eastbourne.  PLEASE NOTE, the discount available to Eastbourne Arts Circle members is only available by mail order, or at the door (if tickets remain available). The members ticket discount is not available for tickets purchased  at the Tourist Information Centre.

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

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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.

If you wish to purchase tickets for Eastbourne Arts Circle events please Click Here to download a copy of our ticket order form, for you to complete and purchase tickets by post. Payment can be made by cheque, and now by card as well. Tickets can also be purchased for cash or credit/debit  card, in person, at the Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre, in Cornfield Road, Eastbourne.  PLEASE NOTE, the discount available to Eastbourne Arts Circle members is only available by mail order, or at the door (if tickets remain available). The members ticket discount is not available for tickets purchased  at the Tourist Information Centre.

 

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

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.

If you wish to purchase tickets for Eastbourne Arts Circle events please Click Here to download a copy of our ticket order form, for you to complete and purchase tickets by post. Payment can be made by cheque, and now by card as well. Tickets can also be purchased for cash or credit/debit  card, in person, at the Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre, in Cornfield Road, Eastbourne.  PLEASE NOTE, the discount available to Eastbourne Arts Circle members is only available by mail order, or at the door (if tickets remain available). The members ticket discount is not available for tickets purchased  at the Tourist Information Centre.