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Dickens, Lawrence and Zhivago:
David Lean's art of Cinema 
A talk by Neil Falkener
 

This talk is due to take place on Monday 16 March, 11.30am at Norden Farm. We are following the Government advice on corona virus carefully and will notify you it this changes. 

Cinematic images are modern art forms. In the 'golden age' of cinema - before the development of CGI technology - film-makers had to construct sets to represent landscapes, townscapes, and interiors. Sometimes they used paintings and photographs, sometimes they built scale models, sometimes they constructed full-size replicas. In each case, they they created an art installation they then captured in celluloid images. 
Drawing on new insights from the archaeology of cinema, this lecture will use the films of renowned British director, David Lean, to explore the art of cinema. How do the 'artists' - in this case formed of large collaborative teams (directors, screenwriters, production designers, costume designers, camera crews, fixers etc.) - choose locations, construct sets, dress actors and, more generally, 'imagine' the world they seek to represent? how much is authentic, and how much preconception and prejudice? What are the influences on the way the cinema depicts the world? 

Dr Neil Falkener was educated at King's College, Cambridge and Institute of Archaeology, UCL. He works as lecturer, writer, archaeologist and occasional broadcaster. He has had many television appearances, including Channel 4 Time Team and BBC2 Timewatch. 

It promises to be a fascinating lecture! We look forward to seeing you there. 

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Special Interest Day - Monday 27 April

'Can Art Change the world?
Art with Something to Say'


by Valerie Woodgate 

Our Special Interest Day will focus on artists who have used their art to communicate ideas, opinions and fears about their world and, in doing so, have told us a great deal about the period in which the works of art have been created. Artists as varied as Goya, Manet, Chagall, Picasso, Grayson Perry, Ai Weiwei and many others created powerful, exciting, moving and sometimes disturbing works of art dealing with a variety of political and social concerns. 
 

The day will have three lectures - 
* Lecture 1 - 10.00am - Sermons and sayings, and the many faces of poverty and racism 
* Lecture 2 - 11.30am War and propaganda 
* Soup & Sandwich Lunch - 12.30pm - included 
* Lecture 3 - 1.30pm - The Cold War and the Nuclear Age, the environment, gender politics 

 

Valerie Woodgate is an experienced Arts Society lecturer, who delivered the lecture on Salvador Dali last season. She is also a lecturer at Tate Modern and Tate Britain, and a former member of the teaching team at the Dulwich Picture Gallery.  
 

Tickets for the day will be on sale on Monday, £40. 
 

Please bring cash or a cheque for payment. 

Limited number of places available - 
first come, first served. 

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Our Sponsors, Dawsons are hosting another evening event, 6.00-8.00pm, on Tuesday 19 May, 'Collecting Antiques'.

Tickets, £10, to include a glass of wine,
will be available on Monday. 

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LECTURE SWAPS! 

Monday 20 April will now be Sue Jackson, giving a lecture on the Huguenot silk-weavers of Spitalfields: from riches to rags

and 

Monday 15 June will be Adam Busiakiewicz, delivering a talk on the Queen of instruments, the lute within old masters' paintings
As you will realise from the programme, this is a direct swap and has happened because Adam is unfortunately no longer able to come in April. This solution was presented to us as a fait accompli. While not ideal, after discussion the committee felt it was a satisfactory means of solving the problem. Our sincere apologies to any member who will now be unable to attend a lecture they were particularly keen to hear. 
 
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