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Welcome to The Arts Society Limpsfield (formerly known as Limpsfield Decorative and Fine Arts Society).  Each month we have an illustrated lecture on an arts topic. In the recent past the topics have ranged from painting and ceramics to architecture and garden design – whatever takes our interest. We visit historic houses, gardens, art galleries and museums and hold study days when we want to look at something in more depth. We go on at least one cultural tour a year. Our goal is simple: to explore a wide range of subjects and enjoy ourselves in the process!

We welcome guests; see the Join Us section for details.

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The copyright picture of Limpsfield Church is reproduced with the kind permission of Richard Haines of Photographs Forever.

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Feb
28
Wed
Votes for Women! Art and the Suffragettes @ St Peters Hall
Feb 28 all-day
Votes for Women! Art and the Suffragettes @ St Peters Hall | Limpsfield | England | United Kingdom

In 2018 it’ll be 100 years since the passing of the Representation of the People Act 1918. To mark the centenary of women first getting the vote after decades of struggle, this NADFAS lecture will explore the story of the suffragettes through portrayals in art and their own artistic productions. It will also look at how contemporary artists choose to depict female politicians, and the controversies surrounding these portraits with regard to power, dress, and gender: all so familiar to the suffragettes.

Caroline Shenton graduated in medieval history at St Andrews University and then completed a doctorate at Oxford’s Worcester College on the court and household of Edward III. Starting as a medieval cataloguer at the National Archives, Caroline was Director of the Parliamentary Archives at Westminster. Her first book, ‘The Day Parliament Burned Down’, won the inaugural Political Book of the Year Award in 2013 and Book of the Year for many media publications.

Postcard – Somehow the Tide Keeps Rising designed by Ernestine Mills to promote the suffragette campaign © The Museum of London

 

Getting Under Their Skin – Art History and Fiction

Sarah’s research into the position of women’s lives in Renaissance Italy, through the decoding of paintings, provided the platform for three best-selling novels.  The search for the heroine in Florence led to ‘The Birth of Venus’ encompassed frescoes and portraits by Raphael, Botticelli and da Vinci.

January 2018 Newsletter

It all feels far away now but we had a jolly introduction to Christmas Customs at the December Lecture given by Richard Box. We were reminded that if you’re sending someone twelve gifts at any time of the year,  it’s best to consult them first on what they’d like! I...

Feb
28
Wed
all-day Votes for Women! Art and the Suf... @ St Peters Hall
Votes for Women! Art and the Suf... @ St Peters Hall
Feb 28 all-day
Votes for Women! Art and the Suffragettes @ St Peters Hall | Limpsfield | England | United Kingdom
In 2018 it’ll be 100 years since the passing of the Representation of the People Act 1918. To mark the centenary of women first getting the vote after decades of struggle, this NADFAS lecture will[...]
Mar
22
Thu
10:15 am Charles 1: King and Collector @ Royal Academy of Arts
Charles 1: King and Collector @ Royal Academy of Arts
Mar 22 @ 10:15 am – 3:00 pm
Charles 1: King and Collector @ Royal Academy of Arts | England | United Kingdom
King Charles 1 amassed one of the most extraordinary art collections of his age, works by the finest artists of the past – Titian, Mantegna, Holbein, Dürer – and commissioning works by artists such as[...]
Mar
28
Wed
all-day The Art and Architecture of Travel @ St Peter's Hall
The Art and Architecture of Travel @ St Peter's Hall
Mar 28 all-day
The Art and Architecture of Travel @ St Peter's Hall | Limpsfield | England | United Kingdom
The infrastructure of travel has provided many artistic treasures. Leading figures in architecture were employed to build railway stations, shipping offices and hotels, whilst artists provided posters, souvenir images and other ephemera. This lecture examines[...]
Apr
13
Fri
12:30 pm Annual Spring Lunch @ St Peter's Hall
Annual Spring Lunch @ St Peter's Hall
Apr 13 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Details of our Spring Lunch will be shown here shortly. Tickets will be sold at the February lecture
Apr
25
Wed
all-day Basingstoke & Its Contribution t... @ St Peter's hall
Basingstoke & Its Contribution t... @ St Peter's hall
Apr 25 all-day
Basingstoke & Its Contribution to World     Culture @ St Peter's hall | Limpsfield | England | United Kingdom
One of the most derided towns in England, renowned for its dullness, Basingstoke is distinguished only by its numerous roundabouts and absurd Modernist architecture. Rupert explains that the post-war planners, who inflicted such features as[...]
May
4
Fri
10:45 am Tour of the Royal Courts of Just... @ Royal Courts of Justice
Tour of the Royal Courts of Just... @ Royal Courts of Justice
May 4 @ 10:45 am – 3:30 pm
Tour of the Royal Courts of Justice/Sir John Soane’s Museum. @ Royal Courts of Justice | England | United Kingdom
We will visit The Royal Courts of Justice in the morning, this guided tour will include The Great Hall, viewing original court documents relating to ‘Guy Fawkes’, an exhibition of legal costumes, history about the[...]
May
24
Thu
all-day Tour of Basingstoke and historic... @ The Vyne
Tour of Basingstoke and historic... @ The Vyne
May 24 all-day
Tour of Basingstoke and historic buildings. @ The Vyne | Sherborne Saint John | England | United Kingdom
This tour will include a visit to The Vyne an Elizabethan House and Gardens, now undergoing a £54 million roof refurbishment. The roof work can be viewed from a high covered gallery. Image: Ipomoea lobata in[...]