We meet on the first Tuesday of the month, except January and August. Announcements are at 10.55am followed by the Lecture at 11am until 12 noon. If you are interested in joining The Arts Society Tenterden please contact us. Venue: Tenterden Leisure Centre
For more information about the lectures: https://www.theartssocietytenterden.org.uk/Lectures/FutureLectures.aspx
Tuesday 05 July 2022
'What's in a Crack?" A closer look at the paintings of Stanhope Forbes R.A. and the Newlyn Painters, Sarah Cove
About the lecture:
Ignoring the Fishing and the Folk that are often the preserve of discussions around the late 19th century Newlyn painting colony, from a technical perspective the surfaces of paintings by these artists pose as many questions as they answer. Many of the works are riddled with drying cracks that suggest complex paint layers, multiple changes of mind during the evolution of a composition and possibly the hasty use of incompatible or untested materials. However, very little technical examination or scientific analysis of Newlyn School works has been formally carried out in collections worldwide to try and address the questions that arise from such technical problems. Are they linked to the 19th century era of great change in artists’ materials, the rise and rise of the modern artists’ colourman, the invention of tube paints (with their pros and cons) and developments in pigment technology as a result of the industrial revolution? Are they simply the result of faulty technique? What can they tell us about the underlayers of a painting and the working up of a composition? In recent years, Sarah Cove has worked on and examined a number of these works. This lecture draws together recent discoveries about the working processes of this close artistic community. Sarah will reveal the secrets of the painters’ methods as viewed under the microscope, working solely from her own research and conservation records, and will ask as many questions as she answers. Problems with deterioration in the original materials will be discussed as well as comments on the cleaning, conservation and varnishing of these works. The lecture is illustrated with unique close-up macro-photos and the use of scientific methods such as x-radiography and infra-red reflectography.
About the lecturer: Sarah Cove
Paintings conservator and technical art historian, Sarah Cove ACR, is well known for her re-discovery of ‘lost’ paintings by John Constable on BBC1’s Fake or Fortune?. In this lecture she considers the materials and techniques used in oil sketches and exhibited works by Stanhope Forbes and his contemporaries in the light of technical examination undertaken during the recent cleaning and conservation. Featuring details of notable and little seen works from private collections as well as more familiar works scrutinised in gallery collections both near and far.
Tuesday 06 September 2022
150 Years of London Underground Design, Mark Ovenden
About the lecture:
The lecture covers surprising attempts to create some graphic unity, even in the 1860s and 70s, expansion of the Underground and the need to create some cohesion between the different operating companies, Leslie Green's architecture and the Arts & Crafts movement, Frank Pick, Edward Johnston's typeface, Charles Holden's architecture and the Streamline Moderne/Art Deco movement, the New Works Programme, post war austerity/design, Victoria Line, loss of Johnston & rescue by Kono, Jubilee Line Extension/architecture, creation of TfL, recent schemes and future works including the Elizabeth Line/Northern Line extension to Battersea etc..
About the lecturer:
Mark Ovenden is a broadcaster and author who specialises in the subjects of graphic design, cartography and architecture in public transport, with an emphasis on underground rapid transit. His first book Metro Maps of the World published in 2003 is a guide to the diagrams, plans and maps of underground rapid transit system including images ranging from photos of the systems to rare and historical maps. London Underground by Design was published by Penguin Books in January 2013. A celebration of the Johnston typeface centenary and 90th Anniversary of Gill Sans was published in 2016, and in July 2017 Mark fronted a television documentary for BBC Four on the subject of Johnston and Gill
Members may bring two guests to Lectures each year by prior arrangement with the Membership Secretary at least seven days before the Lecture, Tel. 01580 763423. A fee of £7 per guest is payable at the door.
If you are interested in joining The Arts Society Tenterden please contact us. The average wait for membership is about 12 months.
The Arts Society Tenterden was previously called Tenterden Decorative & Fine Arts Society, National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS). The membership voted to change the name to The Arts Society Tenterden in July 2017