The Arts Society Dartmoor - Programme 2018

Douglas Skeggs Study Day - 21st November 2018 >

Douglas Skeggs will be leading the day on “Art in Venice” It will take place on Wednesday 21 November 2018 at the Arundell Arms, Lifton. Caroline will be in touch shortly with all the details and will be taking expressions of interest at the May meeting. Please do not try to book until you hear from her.

SW Area History of Art Course - September/October 2018

This course is proving to be very popular. The total number of places has been increased from 30 to 40 and there are still a few places left, so if you are interested please book without delay.

Am I missing something? A guide to unwrapping and decoding art throughout the ages.

Sept 4 Saints Sinners and Biblical heroes
Sept 11 Cracking architecture
Sept 18 The lure of Cornwall as an Artist's paradise
Oct 2 Windows to Heaven
Oct 9 Harems, Hookahs, Odalisques and Ottomans

Lecturers:- Geri Parlby & Jeni Fraser 10am - 3.30pm at All Saints Hall, Okehampton. £130 per person Contact Tim Newcombe for more details and booking 01837 52901 or

The Art and Architecture of Ireland Thursday 1st November.

The Arts Society South West Region Study Day. Tom Duncan on The Art and Architecture of Ireland.  A 5-day trip to tour the castles and gardens of Northern Ireland is planned for 23 - 28 June 2019.  Cost from £1185 per person (£200 single person supplement).  Details on the Arts Society SW website. Ireland has had a long and troubled history, a history inevitably linked to that of England. But it is a history marked with many artistically fruitful side effects.  Indeed, influences from a wider European world were often of equal or greater importance.  This is especially true of the Early Christian period when Christianity was introduced into Ireland.  The study day will begin with an examination of this world, a world which produced the greatest religious works of art in manuscripts such as The Book of Kells and the metalwork such as The Ardagh Chalice.

The later Middle Ages saw England's direct involvement in Ireland, and the effect of this relationship will be examined as more sophisticated buildings were introduced by the Normans from the late twelfth century onwards.  Walled towns, strong castles and churches built in the Gothic style bear ample testament to the vigour of their earlier attempts at conquest and settlement.  That this settlement did not fully succeed explains the at times low place of the arts amongst both native Celtic and invading Norman elites.  Subsequent attempts by the Tudor and Sturat dynasties to bring Ireland to heel meant that the settled conditions necessary for the creation of fine architecture and the patronage painters and decorative artists did not prevail.  Thus, there is no renaissance or baroque to be found in the Emerald Isle!

By the end of the seventeenth century with the final defeat of the old "Catholic" Ireland and the emergence of the new "Protestant and Ascendancy" Ireland, conditions changed.  With peace came prosperity and so too did the desire to improve the quality of the buildings and to decorate and furnish them in the most up-to-date contemporary English and European fashions.  In fact, the land-owning classes of whatever religious or political background spent on a lavish scale during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  It is this roistering, devil-may-care world which forms the main focus of the day.  A number of important houses will be analysed in considerable detail.

10am for 10.30am at Best Western Hotel Tiverton EX16 4DB. Coffee and two course lunch.  £38.  Details/booking form on Arts Society SW web site.

Special Interest:- Miscellaneous Antiques.

Thursday 8th November 9.30 for 10am. The Arts Society Torbay presents Mark Allum -  Fine Arts & Antiques specialist - from Antiques Road Show  talks about miscellaneous antiques - bring one if you wish.

The Little Theatre St Mark's Road Torquay TQ12 2EL.  Entry by ticket only.   £10 in advance.  Further details 200703 ; 394179. Cheques payable to M Leggott, 4 Forgeway, Torquay, TQ2 6SH.

Japanese Art and Culture

23 November 2018 The Arts Society Taunton Vale Study Day. Suzanne Perrin on Japanese Art and Culture. The morning will focus on Japanese art and culture. The afternoon on the most important influences on Western Art.

Suzanne Perrin teaches on the Asian Arts Course at the British Museum and the V&A,  and is a visiting lecturer at the Universities of Cape Town and Brighton.  She founded Japan Interlink in 1995 to promote the understanding of Japan in educational and cultural circles. She has studied in Japan and conducts guided tours there.

9.30am - 3.15pm; Cheddon Fitzpaine Memorial Hall. Tea and coffee on arrival and sandwich lunch provided. £30 For more details and an application form email or see

Visions of Enchanted Lands. Chinoiserie in European Art.

4th April 2019. The Arts Society South West Region Study Day. Anne Haworth on  'VISIONS OF ENCHANTED LANDS' Chinoiserie in European Art.

For centuries, China was a country closed to Europeans but with a rich artistic tradition, inspired by the natural world and Chinese beliefs in the mountains of the immortals.  Chinoiserie was a whimsical and fanciful European response to the exotic designs on Chinese porcelain, wallpaper and furniture combined with a flavour of Japan and India.  It influenced European decorative arts, architecture and garden design from the 17th to the 18th centuries. This day of special interest looks at chinoiseries origin in Chinese myths, legends, fairytales and mountain lore and explores the ways in which these real and imaginary worlds merged and were reproduced on Chinese wallpaper, silks and porcelain for export to the West.  The European reaction to this is considered, first during the earliest chinoiseries of the Baroque, later with the lightness of Rococo. Some famous examples of chinoiserie are the porcelains of Meissen, Bow and Worcester, japanned cabinets, the furniture in the Chippendale style, the interiors of Claydon House and Saltram House, the Royal Pavilion at Brighton, the pagoda at Kew and the tea-house at Potsdam.

ANNE HAWORTH is a lecturer at the V&A, a guide for tours of the State Rooms and Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace. She has catalogued the collection of Chinese porcelain at Kensington Palace and is a member of the French Porcelain Society.  For fouteen years she was the senior ceramics specialist at Christie's and Bonhams head offices. At Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre.  £39 to include coffee and lunch.  Details on the Arts Society SW website.

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