Letter to Members October 2017
The Society’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 25th November at The Art Workers’ Guild at 2pm, and you will find all the relevant papers, including nomination forms, online or along with this letter. The meeting will be followed by the Maria Shirley Lecture San Vitale and the aesthetics of Imperial Authority in sixth- century Ravenna given by John McNeill.
We have added some new events to our 2017-2018 programme, which we hope you will find appealing:
- Portrait of an artist: Käthe Kollwitz on 10th November, a visit to Ikon Gallery in Birmingham
- The Faringdon Collection on 1st February, a visit to the London home of Lord Faringdon
- Islington Amble on 12th February, a walk through Islington led by Andrew Davies
- Milan and Naples on 19th February, another study day in the Renaissance City States series led by Paula and Geoffrey Nuttall
- Urbino and Pesaro on 12th March, the next study day in the Renaissance City States series
- Charles I and II: Father, Son and the Great Collection on 20th March, a study day led by Clare Ford-Wille
- Studiolo and Kunstkammer: the Renaissance Collector 1430-1560, a new three-day spring school which will start on 16th May, led by Clare Ford- Wille.
We still have some places available for the Russian art at the time of the Revolution study day on 7th November; the Five x Five course on contemporary art starting on 23rd January; and The Renaissance: Part One, a ten-week course beginning on 10th January. Full details are on our new website, or contact us for printed details.
Overseas and UK Tours
This mailing would normally include information on tours in the following year. Members will be aware that the proposed tour to Malta in the spring of 2018 was cancelled because application numbers were insufficient to make the tour viable. We are currently planning new tours for the second half of 2018 and we hope to publish details with the January mailing or earlier by email. Plans so far include a tour to Dublin, a trip to Venice for the Tintoretto anniversary, and a short tour to explore some Palladian Villas in England.
You can book and pay for all events online via our secure online booking system, WebCollect. If possible we would prefer you to use WebCollect to book events, even if you prefer to send a cheque by post; it does make life easier and more cost effective for the Society.
Where an event is fully booked you can add your name to a limited waiting list, but please do not pay anything at this time. You will be contacted if a place becomes available, and if you wish to take the place you will be asked to pay at that point. If you find that you cannot attend an event which you have booked, please let us know so that we can offer the place to other members.
January Lecture: Now you see it: composition and visual strategy in Paolo Veronese
The lecture on 10th January will be presented by Carlo Corsato, who currently teaches early-modern art at Morley College. He will investigate Veronese’s ability to arrange his compositions according to a specific viewing angle and to hide meaningful details in plain sight.
Membership renewal was due at the end of August. If you have not yet renewed please do so as soon as possible. Only current members may attend lectures and apply to book any of our courses, events and tours. If you have not paid your membership fee by the end of the year, we will assume that you do not wish to renew and you will not receive any further communications from the Society.
I hope that you are enjoying our 2017-18 programme of events. We are always interested to hear any comments or suggestions about the Society and its work, so please email the Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to us via our correspondence address: c/o Tudor Cottage, Stoke Prior, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 0LG.
Rae Richardson, Communications Coordinator