Wednesday 20th March, 10.50am, Winston Churchill Theatre, Ruislip, ‘250 years of The Royal Academy’

The Moor Park & Decorative & Fine Arts Society programme of talks open to all:

Morning talks at Winston Churchill Theatre, Ruislip, HA4 7QL
at 10:50am; coffee/tea available from 10:15am:

Wednesday 20 March 2019
‘250 years of The Royal Academy’
Rosalind Whyte
Exploring the history and role of one of Britain’s most cultural bodies in the development of British art.  How its characters became embroiled in intrigue and controversy.

Wednesday 17 April
“How to Read the English Country Church: Pre Christian era to the Tudors”
Rev. Nicholas Henderson

One can ‘read’ the passage of time, of movements, cultures and peoples in the architecture and art forms in many older English country churches. This lecture takes us from pre-Christian times, to the Romans’ arrival to the 16th century epoch-changing Tudors.  Simple indicators help identify churches with Roman and Saxon origins.  The great flowering of the Romanesque and gothic architecture that followed the Norman invasion in the 11th century are explained with illustrated examples.  In the high middle ages and the tumultuous changes of the Reformation we can see the architectural and structural evidence of a period of great change.

Wednesday 15 May
“Zaha Hadid”
Anthea Streeter

Before her untimely death, Dame Zaha Hadid was one of the most distinguished architects in the world.  She was also a talented designer.  Her work is exciting because she developed a new form of architecture, setting it free by rejecting 90 degree angles.  Her early abstract paintings are interesting, in which she revealed her visionary world - no definition, lines converge and gravity disappears – all conceived before advanced computer software.  From her early sharp-angled buildings she developed a fluid architecture where floors, ceilings and walls – and even furniture – form part of the overall design. Thus many of her later structures are extruded to the most extreme organic shapes, in what she called a “seamless fluidity”.

Wednesday 19 June
“A Journey around the Coast of Cornwall”
Catherine Wallace
Preceded by the Society’s AGM

This lecture takes you on a journey through time around the coast of Cornwall.  We will examine paintings and engravings made in the 18th and early 19th centuries by artists such as J.M.W. Turner, Clarkson Stansfield and William Daniell through the era of impressionism and expressionism with artists such as Terrick Williams and Oskar Kokoschka to contemporary artists such as Jamie Medlin and Andrew Tozer.

Free car parking available
Cost: donation on the door of £5.00 each is invited.