Athelstan Museum Virtual Talks

Category
Local Events
Date
16 December 2020 - 04 March 2021

Our virtual talks are free but any donations are welcome

via the donations Tiger on the museum website

where you can also register for the event

via the “What’s On” page.

 

athelstanmuseum.org.uk

 

Dec 16, 2020 06:30 PM London 

Tony McAleavy.  "Benjamin Garlike: the Malmesbury man who was an eyewitness to the French Revolution"

Benjamin Garlike (1758-1815) was the son of the inn-keeper of the White Lion. He was extraordinarily adventurous. In 1786 he went to Paris to learn French and became friends with political radicals who were planning to overthrow the government. He joined the diplomatic service and returned to France where he was an eyewitness to the fall of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette. In the years that followed he became one of Britain's most distinguished diplomats, working in Holland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Russia. Find out more from Tony about this forgotten son of Malmesbury and his amazing life.

 

Jan 6, 2021 06:30 PM London 

"As if by magic: The Secrets of Turner's Watercolour Techniques" - Nicola Moorby

To celebrate our acquisition for Malmesbury of the JMW Turner painting of the Abbey, we are offering a series of talks on Turner in January, February and March 2021.

 We are very grateful to HRH the Prince of Wales for agreeing to give an introduction to the series as Patron of The Turner Society.

J.M.W. Turner was arguably the greatest practitioner in watercolour the world has ever seen and his achievements still represent the benchmark for artists working today. Yet he left frustratingly few written records of his processes and was notoriously reticent about his methods. One brave soul apparently once asked him the key to being a successful artist and it is recorded that he rather grumpily replied "The only secret I have is damned hard work!" This lecture examines Turner's watercolour practice in detail, unlocking the mysteries behind his exceptional effects. In addition to showcasing the diversity and richness of his achievements in the medium, we will look at his experimental approach to techniques and some of his tools and materials. 

 

            

Jan 20, 2021 06:30 PM London 

“Ghosts, Royals and Ferrymen” by Brian Margetson

Having spent 25 years creating a unique photographic archive and an intriguing catalogue of anecdotal stories of Britain’s small working ferries, on river, estuary and inshore, from rowing boats up to the Isle of Wight ferry, Brian Margetson can’t wait to share his fascinating presentation with you. 

The talk introduces us to a varied collection of strange craft, interesting individuals and unusual locations… and of course, there are the weird and wacky stories that go with each of these ferries.

 

Feb 3, 2021 06:30 PM London 

"Turner and Girtin in Malmesbury" - Nicholas Reese

This is the second of our series of talks on JMW Turner to celebrate our acquisition for Malmesbury of the Turner painting of the Abbey.

We are very grateful to HRH the Prince of Wales for agreeing to give an introduction to the tseries as Patron of The Turner Society.

During the 1790s, JMW Turner and Thomas Girtin, two young artists of genius, visited Malmesbury and made drawings and watercolours of the Abbey and the town. They were great friends and together effected a revolution in the use of the watercolour medium which was to transform landscape painting. In 1802 Girtin tragically died, but Turner was to carry on for a further half century, constantly experimenting and transforming landscape painting and its possibilities.

In his talk Nicholas Reese will illustrate this transformation, analysing the work of both artists with special emphasis on their views of Malmesbury.

 

 

Mar 3, 2021 06:30 PM London 

"Turner in his time" - Sarah Stopford

This is the last in our series of talks for the time being on JMW Turner to celebrate our acquisition for Malmesbury of the Turner painting of the Abbey.

We are very grateful to HRH the Prince of Wales for agreeing to give an introduction to the series as Patron of The Turner Society.

 The son of a Covent Garden barber, Turner was a classic example of a self-made man in an era when such mobility was the exception. From his first watercolour exhibited at the Royal Academy when he was fifteen, to the final oils exhibited sixty years later, he experimented and took landscape painting to a radically new place, truly exploring the face of nature and the sublime. He brought tempests and snowstorms into the gallery and dissolved castles and mountains into paint and light. 

 

Our virtual talks are free but any donations are welcome

via the donations Tiger on the museum website

where you can also register for the event

via the “What’s On” page.

 

athelstanmuseum.org.uk

 
 

All Dates

  • From 16 December 2020 to 04 March 2021

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