Limpsfield Decorative and Fine Arts Society
Lectures are presented monthly on a wide range
Visits are arranged to places of historic, artistic and cultural interest. In many instances guides meet the group for an introductory lecture or guided tour.
Study Days are arranged from time to time, devoted to an in-depth examination of a specific topic or aspect of fine arts. The day usually comprises three lectures and lunch.
Tours of typically 3-5 days in either this country or Europe are also arranged from time to time.
Where we meet. St Peter’s Hall, Limpsfield, normally on the last Wednesday of the month, from September to June.
Membership. The Society is divided into two categories of membership – Afternoon and Evening.
10th September AGM at 8pm.
22nd September pm. ”Extra" - Vintners Hall. Lecture
24th September Pearls Before Swine - the Long History of a Royal Necklace (Jane Kelsall). This talk provided the opportunity to discover the allure of pearls and the ways in which they have been used as status symbols and items of great beauty. Read
23rd October Visit. Glyndebourne. Performance of Mozart's "The Magic Flute"
29th October Lecture. Early Flemish Paintings and the Discovery of Oils (Alice Foster). European painting was dramatically changed by the move from wall to wood block and canvas. The Royal Collection exhibition in early 2009 (see 4th February) contains many Flemish paintings including well known works by Breughel. Mrs Foster invites us to look at images and ask relevant questions. She will cover all the Flemish masters.
5th November Study Day. History of Jewellery from Elizabeth 1 to Queen Victoria (John Benjamin). The Grasshopper Inn, Westerham
15th November "Extra" Evening Westminster Abbey Tour with the Purcell Club
20th November Visit. Avington Park, Winchester
26th November Lecture. Palladio, Inigo Jones and the British Palladians (Alan Bott)
3rd December "Extra" Southside House, Wimbledon. Tour and candlelit buffet supper
*Tuesday 16th December Lecture Christmas through the Victorian Magic Lantern (Philip Banham). Two antique lanterns project images on original hand painted slides accompanied by seasonal readings and music. This promises to be a good opportunity to relive childhood memories of the wonder and magic of the Christmas season
28th January Lecture Sir Alfred Munnings, His Life and Art (David Evans).
4th February "Extra" Queen's Gallery. Breughel to Rubens 6.00 - 9.00pm
19th February Visit Royal Academy of Arts. Palladio Exhibition
25th February Lecture From Blood and Sawdust to Lycra (Colin Williamson)
4th March Study Day Tate to Tate. Modern Art Lectures with travel between the galleries by boat on the River Thames.
11th March Lunch The Grasshopper Inn, Westerham
19th March Visit Chenies Manor House and Hughenden Manor, Bucks
25th March Lecture Art Deco and its influence on Art and Design (Peter Darty)
28th April Visit Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum, Dedham and Dedham Church
29th April Lecture Chopin and Delacroix (Janet Cannetty-Clark).
7th May Visit Stanley Spencer Gallery, Cookham and Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames
8-12th May Tour Padua, Vicenza, Verona and Mantua (5days/4nights)
26th May "Extra" Walking Tour of Spitalfields (Peter Lawrence) and Visit to Bank of England Museum.
27th May Lecture Victorian Pottery and Porcelain (Geoffrey Godden).
10th June Visit Parham House & Gardens, Sussex
18th June Annual Dinner Penshurst Place, Kent
24th June Lecture The Tradescants, Plant and Art Collectors and Gardeners of the 17th Century (Joanna Kidd).
* = Not the usual meeting day of the last Wednesday of the month.
Last year for the archive.
Peter Ainsworth, MP for East Surrey presented the prizes in the Tandridge Primary Schools Art Competition, Limpsfield Decorative and Fine Arts Society. 18 of the 26
state primary schools in the Tandridge District submitted entries which were judged by Adrienne Parker, a local professional artist and James Carrett, Head of Fine Art at Oxted County School.