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

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16th October 2014

Herbert Read: All that was left of them

Venue as usual at The Bedford (was at Waterstones). No fixed admission fee, donations at the door.

Speakers: Michael Paraskos and Ben Read

Summary: This is the title of the new book of Herbert Read’s war writings about to be published, edited by Benedict Read and James Read. The readings will come from this, together with a brief explanation of Read’s wartime activity (WW1). Benedict Read is Herbert Read’s youngest son. A distinguished professor of art history at the University of Leeds, who specialised in the history of sculpture, Ben has published numerous books and articles on sculpture, and is the Deputy Chairman of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association.
James Read is a journalist and broadcaster for the BBC World Service. He is Herbert Read’s grandson, and Ben Read’s nephew, and studied history at the University of Leeds.

Herbert Read 1918 "All that was left of them" 
Herbert Read's Battalion

20th November 2014

In Montmartre

Speaker: Sue Roe

Summary: Sue Roe is the author of several books, including a widely praised work on the artist Gwen John, a New York Times best-selling collective biography of the Impressionists; and In Montmartre, hailed in The Guardian as a 'brilliant dance'.
In her lively, illustrated talk Sue Roe transports us to the artistic world of Paris when Montmartre was in its heyday. In the shadow of the windmills – artificial and real – Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani and others gathered in the cafes and bars, the Bateau Lavoir and the Lapin Agile. During the first decade of the twentieth century the cross-fertilization of painting, writing, music and dance produced a panorama of activity and an atmosphere of unprecedented excitement. The cinema replaced the circus as the most popular form of entertainment, the Ballet Russe took Paris by storm and in Montmartre the locals danced the night away in the modest Moulin de la Galette and the glamorous Moulin Rouge. In Montmartre vividly brings to life the world of art in Paris between 1900 and 1910.
In Montmartre is available now, published by Fig Tree, an imprint of Penguin Books ISBN 978-1-905-490868

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