Special Interest Days 2017

These days are held in Borwick and Priest Hutton Memorial Hall and are led by experts in their fields.  Subjects recently studied include: The Grand Tour, Be Your Own Art Detective; A Passion for Tea; Byzantine Mosaics; Artists and the Landscape; English Churches; Music Inspired by Paintings; Treasures of the Silk Road. These events have proved to be both popular and informative

Tea, coffee and a full lunch are provided as part of the days.Places for these events are usually limited, and therefore early booking is advised.

In 2017 we have two special interest days. 

Tuesday 7 March 2017

Bath - A World Heritage City….From Togas to Tiaras….

Lead by Jane Tapley

Currently Special Events Organiser, Theatre Royal Bath, Jane interviews visiting actors, writers and directors. She lectures regularly to theatre going societies, NT and history and fine arts groups. She is a West Country Tourist Board Registered Blue Badge Guide/Lecturer. She is the author and researcher of theatre programme notes on Hamlet, Sheridan's The Rivals and Jane Austen's Emma. She has been Home Economist. Consultant to various TV productions of Jane Austen adaptations on food in the 18th and 19th centuries.She hosts and cooks period meals in her Regency house in Bath for the Jane Austen Festival and other literary groups.

She is offering the following programme for the day :

1st lecture - Bath , 2000 years of History - From the Romans to the Georgians

2nd Lecture - Austen’s Arcadia - the life and times of Jane Austen and the influence of Bath on her life and Literature

(2017 is the bicentenary of her death in 1817 so it will be a big year for her)

3rd lecture - From Soup to Syllabub - the dining and eating habits of the Georgians

Full details can be obtained from Anne-Marie Le Cheminant :    amlechem15@gmail.com

Or download the booking form directly via the link at the foot of the page. 


Theatre Royal Bath


Tuesday 24 October  2017

East meets West: Japan's Artistic Encounters with Europe

Lead by Marie Therese Barrett

BA & MA English, Toulouse University; BA in Oriental Art, Sophia University, Japan. MA in Art History, Maryland University, USA.

Marie Therese was course organiser and tutor in Japanese Art History, Temple University Japan (1990-1999) and has been a guest lecturer for the College Women's Association of Japan, Sotheby's, Christie's, V&A, Asia House and the Japan Society. She was Chair of the Japan Society Art Circle (2003-2007) and was Course tutor for the Diploma in Asian Art, British Museum/School of Oriental and African Studies (2002-2008).

She will deal with the fascinating cross-cultural exchanges between Japan and Europe from mid-16th century to the late 19th century. The study day is all about East-West cross-artistic influences over 3 and a half centuries.

The 1st lecture tells of the encounter between Japan and the Portuguese, the first Europeans to reach Japan, the Japanese fascination for illusionistic Western art and the Portuguese taste for Japanese decorative arts and crafts.

The 2nd lecture covers Japan's self-imposed isolation from the 17th to mid-19th centuries with only the Dutch being allowed to trade. Western influences were limited to an artistic elite who experimented with Western techniques. On the other hand, during this period of isolation,Japan developed fully its original arts and crafts, in particular the popular art of prints, which were to transform Western art.

The third lecture deals with how Japonisme revolutionised Western Art. While the first 2 encounters took place in Japan, the 3rd took place in Europe, when Japan was finally opened up in mid-19th century after 2 and 1/2 centuries of isolation.Suddenly,there was in Europe but especially in Paris, a curiosity for mysterious Japan and a fashion and passion for Japanese arts and crafts. Prints by masters such as Hokusai and Hiroshige seemed so innovative and had a revolutionary impact on the West, in particular on artists such as Whistler, Manet, Degas, Lautrec, Klimt, etc. New artistic movements were born, such as Japonisme, Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

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