COURSES AND VISITS
Laura Knight: A Panoramic View at MK Gallery, Milton Keynes
Thursday 4th November 9.30-16.30
Laura Knight (1877-1970) was an artist who broke conventions and shattered glass ceilings. She was the first woman artist to be appointed a Dame of the British Empire and to be elected a full Royal Academician. Her career took her from Yorkshire to Cornwall and from London to the Nuremberg Trials.
This major new exhibition of Laura Knight’s work brings together over 160 works from public and private collections, including rarely seen paintings and graphic works as well as designs for ceramics, jewellery and costume. It offers a survey of Laura Knight’s long career, revealing her fascination with the backstage world of ballet and theatre, her ability to depict real people in their everyday lives as well as her moving depictions of marginalised communities and racial segregation in America.
Our visit will include a guided tour of the exhibition, a light lunch and a brief visit to the Cecil Higgins Gallery in Bedford.
COST: £65 including coach travel to/from MK Gallery, Milton Keynes from Trumpington Park and Ride, Cambridge, exhibition admission and guided tour, refreshments including a light lunch and a visit to the Cecil Higgins Gallery, Bedford.
Creating Constable at Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich
Wednesday 8th November 9.30-16.30
This new exhibition marks a significant year for Constable. It is 200 years since his famous painting, The Hay Wain, was exhibited at the Royal Academy. Like many of Constable’s masterpieces, the painting shows a rural scene on the River Stour in Suffolk, near the small village of East Bergholt where the artist grew up. The Creating Constable exhibition will focus on Constable's early Suffolk influences and reveal previously untold stories of the Suffolk artists, local collectors and early supporters who provided him with the foundations on which to build his career. The exhibition includes loans from the V&A and private collections as well as four Constable artworks that have never been on display before.
Our visit to Suffolk will include a guided tour of the exhibition followed by an afternoon visit to Flatford Mill where, weather permitting, we will see some of the views that inspired Constable’s paintings, including Willy Lott’s cottage which features in The Hay Wain.
COST: £55 includes coach travel to/from Suffolk from Trumpington Park and Ride, exhibition admission, a guided tour of the Creating Constable exhibition and coffee and tea at Christchurch Mansion and Flatford Mill.
Looking at Paintings Course: Fitzwilliam Museum
Wednesday 1st, 15th December 2021,
Wednesday 12th, 26th January and 9th February 2022
A 5 week course, based at the Fitzwilliam, which will take us on a journey through art history from medieval manuscripts to 20th century sculpture as we look, analyse and discuss different works of art each week. The course will take a chronological approach to the collection, each week looking at art from a different period. Discussion and careful observation will be encouraged and a list of works will be provided at the end of each session.