VENUE: The Bedford, Station Road, Horsham, RH13 5EY. TICKETS: £10

To book please contact Emilie Myers on THE BEDFORD CULTURE CLUB Facebook page
Telephone 01403 211 962
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18th September 2014

Founding Father: The Life, Legacy, Genius and Contradictions of Thomas Jefferson

Speaker: Andrew Wines

Summary: the talk will explore Jefferson's varied career as revolutionary patriot, author of the Declaration of Independence, Governor of Virginia, ambassador to France, Secretary of State, President of the United States, architect, philosopher and founder of the Library of Congress and the University of Virginia. Attention will also be focussed on the contradictions of Jefferson's character. He was a libertarian who held slaves and an opponent of government power who nevertheless exercised it ruthlessly as President. Surprisingly unaware of his own inconsistencies, Jefferson became possibly the single most important figure in American history.

16th October 2014

Herbert Read First World War Poetry

Venue and time change: please note! Waterstones bookshop Horsham from 6pm to 8pm.

Speakers: Michael Paraskos and Ben Read

Summary: to be confirmed.

20th November 2014

The Private Lives of the Impressionists

Speaker: Sue Roe

Summary: Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Cezanne, Renoir, Degas, Sisley, Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt … Though they were often ridiculed in their time, today astonishing sums are paid for the work of these artists. Their paintings are familiar – but what were they like as people? What were their relationships with each other? Where and how exactly did they live and work?

In a talk illustrated with some of the most beautiful examples of Impressionism, Sue Roe reveals that the early Impressionist group all knew one another. They exhibited together, sustained friendships and visited one another's homes for over twenty years, from when they met as students in Paris until, with the beginnings of fame and fortune, they went their separate ways.

To research her book, The Private Lives of the Impressionists, Dr. Roe made in-depth studies of their lives as well as their works, visiting all the rural villages laced around the River Seine where they lived because the air was pure and the rents were cheap. In her talk on 20 November she will describe the stages of her research, as well as the stories be hind some of the world's most famous paintings.

11th December 2014

Venue and date change: please note! This is the second Thursday of December and at The Barn on the Causeway, The Causeway, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1HE.

Paul Drury and the Revival of Pastoral Etching

Speaker: Jolyon Drury

Summary: In this illustrated presentation I am going to talk about Paul Drury the print maker and the man, about the influence of his father the sculptor Alfred Drury RA, about his lifelong Goldsmiths friends including Graham Sutherland, their pastoral etching development stimulated by Samuel Palmer and how Paul’s and the group’s work evolved towards abstraction whilst still maintaining the pastoral tradition.
There are a number of underlying themes running through this talk and my book Revelation to Revolution which will be available at the venue– the revival of pastoral printmaking following Samuel Palmer – the perfection of the hand-drawn, hand-printed etching – the pivotal role that Paul Drury had within the group that I will refer to as the (Goldsmiths’) Class of (19)21 – the developing conflict between representational and abstract art – and last but certainly not least the very close personal relationships that enabled that school of art at Goldsmiths College to be a unique learning experience under the benign governance of Clive Gardiner that cemented the individual skills in the group and which paved the way for pioneering design and technique for which Goldsmiths is still recognised to this day.

Comments on 16th Jan 2014

'Great venue, culture club a wonderful idea; brilliant inaugural lecture by Dr Andrew Wines.'
'Good venue, relaxed and informative.'
West Sussex County Times