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Lectures are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month (excluding August) at the The Gateway Centre, Abergavenny promptly at 11.00 am.
Coffee will be available from 10.15 to 10.45 am. In order to avoid disturbance at the end of the lecture we should be grateful if you would allow
enough parking time to cover an over-running lecture. e.g. at least until 12. 15 pm.
Visitors are welcome at a cost of £8 at the door, but they must be signed in by a Member or, if unaccompanied, by a Member of the Committee.


14th March 2019 "Mind the Gap" Graphic& Poster Design on the London Underground - Charles Harris
Charles Harris examines the world beating graphics, designs, and posters created for the London Underground. From early days through the inventive inter-war years, this lecture is rammed with well known artists and great stories. Many of the world's cleverest graphic designers have worked for the London Underground and still do!

Charles Harris has had a life-long career in advertising around the world, most of it as a Creative Director (J Walter Thompson, Bates, FCB, Publicis, Leo Burnett). Responsible for the quality of the creative ideas and finished procuction of work for great brands including British Airways, Sony, Nestle, Shell,Heinz, Black and Decker, Gillette and McDonalds earned global awards in New York, Hollywood, Singapore and Sydney. His experience gives a unique insight as to what works, what doesn't, and why.
London underground
Tube map

11th April 2019 Brangwyn's War - Libby Horner
Brangwyn was not an official war artist but produced over 80 poster designs during World War 1. Clients included the Canadian War Memorial Fund, the Ministry of Information (Britain's Efforts and Ideals of War ), the National War Savings Committee, various newspapers and many charitable concerns for whom he designed free of charge. The works range from landscapes to the destruction of towns and cities, violence to parody, serious documentation to caricature and bathos. Some designs appear faintly comical to 21st century sensibilities (Vow of Vengeance), others distinctly un-PC (the Pipes and Tobacco League raised money to send 'baccy' to the troops).
The lecture explains Brangwyn's background (he was born in Belgium and retained a deep love for the country), his inspiration (memories of the 1909 Messina earthquake, news agency photographs and loans of uniforms and guns from the Imperial War Museum) and discusses his eclectic style.

Freelance art historian, curator, film producer, lecturer and writer. Libby is the world's leading authority on the multi-talented artist Frank Brangwyn and is currently compiling the catalogue raisonne of al his work - both fine and decorative art - estimated to be in excess of 12,000 items!
Frank Brangwyn: Stained Glass published in 2010 was the first ever catalogue raisonne to be produced as a DVD. Brangwyn at WAR! was published in 2014. The irrepressible Libby has written film scripts about Fay Godwin, Fiore de Henriquez and Patrick Reyntiens and has expanded her lecture repertoire to reflect her eclectic range of interests.
War poster
Frank Brangwym Buccaneers

9th May 2019 A Victorian Splendour: The Golden Age of British Glass - Charles Hajdamach
In the nineteenth century British glassmakers created a kaleidoscope of shapes, colours and decorative techniques which far outstripped any other country for the sheer genius of their technical virtuosity and aesthetic sensibility. In 1800, England was the foremost exponent of exquisite cut glass; by the end of the century factories in London and Stourbridge created Art Nouveau masterpieces to rank with the best in Europe. Images of the factories and working conditions, and protraits of the glassmakers and designers completer this view of one of the greates periods in Britich glassmaking.

Charels Hajdamach is a former Director of Broadfield House Glass Museum (1974 - 2003) and one of the top authorities on glass in the country. Author of British Glass 1800 - 1914 (1991), 20th Century British Glass (2009) and contributor to numerous books and magazines., he lectures internationally to glass museums and collector's societies. He is a Fellow of the Society of Glass Technology, and a member of the Arts Advisory Board at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland. He is also Presdsident of the Glass Association which he was instrumental in founding.
Victorian glass

13th June 2019 Paradise Regained: The Life and Art of Samuel Palmer - Timothy Wilcox
The early watercolours and ink drawngs of Samuel Palmer evoke a rural idyll, a vision of a secure village life seemingly far removed from the harsh realities of modern industrial Britain. But while his mentor, William Blake, seemed to live in a world of pure fantasy, Palmer struggled to maintain a balance between his actual experience and the ideals which fuelled his art. He was not alone: in their different ways both Constable and the Pre-Raphaelites tried to resist the pressures of materialism in favour of highr truths. After decades of self-doubt, only towards the end of his life did Palmer find a way to paint not only what he saw but also what he felt: his series of watercolours inspired by Milton form a fitting climax to his life's journey and are among the most dazzling and sumptuous of the entire Victorian period.

Timoth Wilcox read Modern Languages at Cambrigdge, then History of Art at the Courtauld Institute. He was a curator at the V & A, in Liverpool and Hove: from 2001-03 was acting Assistant Keeper in the British MuseumDepartment of Prints and Drawings. As a freelance curator and lecturer since 1997, he has taught at the Universities of Brighton and Surrey ans the Cambridge Summer School. He has curated numerous exhibitions including the Tate, The Lowry, Dulwich Picture Gallery and elsewhere.
Samuel Palmer
Samuel Palmer

11th July 2019 Photography as Fine Art - Brian Stater
This question is at the heart of a lecture which argues that photography can equal, not to say exceed. more traditional disciplines in the key genres of portraiture. landscape and still life. Photography, moreover, has carved its own area of excellence in depicting the human condition. All these ideas are discussed with reference to the work of some of the acknowledged masters of photography including Henri Cartiefr-Bresson, Fay Godwin, Bill Brandt, Ansel Adams and Wolfgang Tillmans.
Brian Slater's chief interests lie in photography, architecture and history and he combines all three in his lecturing career. He has taught at University College London, since 1997 and became a NADFAS lecturer in 2003. He is a member of the Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography and an exhibition of his own photographs has been staged at UCL. In an attempt to gain a deeper understanding of the skills of some great photographers of the past, he has begun to work with a pre-war Leica camera, as used by his great hero, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and many others.
Henri Cartier Bresson
Henri Cartier-Brresson

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