What's on - February 2018

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  • 10 February 2018 - 7 April 2018Literature/Talks/Walks

    Monthly Tours: Black Presences in National Collections

    This term Michael will be at 3 different London museums running his tours on the Black Presences in Art. You can join him once a month for these tours, which take place on weekends at midday.

    There is a black presence in many of the works in the nation’s collection. That presence takes many different forms; blacks are depicted as musicians, as kings, as slaves, as servants, as saints and sometime just as people and as artists in their own right. The Black Presence in most cases is explicit though not immediately and sometimes the presence has to teased out, Michael seeks to make that presence better known. He will point out things you never spotted, highlight people worth noticing, and tell you the untold stories of the works of art in the collection!

    Note that pre-booking on these tours is essential, so that we can keep track of the group size!


    Sat 10 Feb: National Gallery, 11:30 to 13:30

    Sat 3 Mar: Tate Britain, 11:30 to 13:30

    Sat 7 Apr: Wallace Collection, 11:30 to 13:30


    Please specify which date you would like to join

    Mariska Beekenkamp-Wladimiroff event

  • 15 February 2018 - 28 June 2018Literature/Talks/Walks

    Pall Mall Art Tour

    Take an intimate art tour of London’s diverse galleries, examining art and antiques up close with input from gallery staff, and hear the history of public art on Pall Mall.

    Over a cup of tea or coffee at St. James's Caffè, you can hear the story of how the London public first gained access to the masterworks of Europe and learned to love their own painters.  Images of Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds, playboy miniaturist Richard Cosway and the Boydell Shakespeare Gallery compete with those of the cartoonist James Gillray and Emma Hamilton in the Temple of Hymen.  It all happened in London’s elegant St. James’s, where the nouveau riche sought to join the ranks of the aristocracy in the new auction house of James Christie, hoping to acquire the possessions of the dead, bankrupt and sometimes disgraced. 

    This introduction will be followed by a stroll around King, Duke, Bury and Ryder streets, where we will visit a variety of art and antiques galleries which house everything from medieval paintings, Renaissance armour, 16th-century Turkish tiles, 17th-century Italian paintings, 18th-century British porcelain and maps, 19th-century French bronze sculpture and Impressionist paintings to contemporary paintings, 20th-and-21st-century political cartoons, prints and children’s book illustrations.  The gallery staff will be expecting us and, if possible, will take a few minutes to explain some of the art or antiques on display.  Time permitting, we could stop in at Christie’s along the way or go to Mason’s Yard to consider the Indica gallery’s past and what’s on at Jay Jopling’s White Cube.  


    The Pall Mall Art Tour is available most Thursdays at 2:30 pm, and lasts just over 2 ½ hours

    Limited group size, so prebooking is essential!


    Please email us to check if there is a tour on your preferred Thursday.


    Please no rucksacks.

    Mariska Beekenkamp-Wladimiroff event

  • 20 February 2018 - 27 March 2018Literature/Talks/Walks

    Art History Lectures: Masterpiece A Week (Block 2)

    To tie in with the exhibition 'Water Water Everywhere', we have a six-part lecture series featuring masterpieces, all focusing on the theme of water.


    20 February - Van de Velde's Seascapes

    27 February - Turner's water colours

    06 March - The Great Wave of Kanagawa

    13 March - Monet's Lillie Ponds

    20 March - Singer Sargent's water Colours

    27 March - Antony Gormley's water sculptures

    1 - 2.30pm in the Coach House.

    Price: £72 for series / £15 for drop in (10% discount for Richmond Card holders).

    Richmond Arts Service and Orleans House Gallery event

  • 21 February 2018 - 7 April 2018Literature/Talks/Walks

    Walking tour: The History of Savile Row

    This tour will last just over two hours, and stay largely on Savile Row.   We might not be covering that much ground, but Cindy will have plenty to talk about -- introducing you to the history of British tailoring in the Golden Square Mile of menswear, and to the people who work there.

    The tour will explain both how bespoke suits are made and how British tailors, royals, military heroes and celebrities have together set many of the prevailing fashions for Western men for hundreds of years, going back to the seventeenth century. Several individual tailors and merchants are visited, and, if possible, staff members and craftsmen will take the time to explain the beauty of what they make and sell.   

    Groups are limited to 6 people, as some of the spaces in tailoring houses are small and we must not get in the way of customers.

    Please could I also ask you to please not bring rugsacks.

    NB This tour is running most Wednesdays. Please email us to check if your preferred date is available.

    Mariska Beekenkamp-Wladimiroff event

  • 21 February 2018 - 28 March 2018Visual Arts/Film

    The Painting Class: Block 2 Water, Acrylics

    Inspired by our 'Water Water Everywhere' exhibition in the Stables Gallery from 25 January to 8 April, this course will teach you about colour, mark and gesture. Suitable for all levels, beginners welcome.

    • Date: Wednesdays 21 and 28 February, 7, 14, 21 and 28 March 2018
    • Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm
    • Location: Stables Gallery
    • Price: £180 for the course, including materials (10% discount for Richmond Card holders)

    Richmond Arts Service and Orleans House Gallery event

  • 22 February 2018 - 17 March 2018Drama/Dance/Musicals


    Ida’s family is throwing her a tea party for her eighty-sixth birthday. Their efforts to be cheerful and make the event a success verge on the desperate. Ida is racked with pain and feels she has lived too long. As the rather laboured celebrations go on, her third daughter Susan returns unexpectedly after an absence of 25 years.

    Tensions immediately flare between the sisters, whilst Ida struggles to even recognise her. As the party comes to an end, the family disperse leaving Katherine remembering the pact she made with Ida not to let her suffer into old age… When the family returns, old prejudices and rivalries are forced into the open in a hilariously painful and moving picture of a family in turmoil.

    Last performed in 1987, Curtains won Stephen Bill the London Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright.
    The play is directed by the Royal Court’s former Associate Director, Lindsay Posner, whose theatre credits include Abigail’s PartyThe End of Longing, Hay Fever and Relatively Speaking.

    Rose Theatre Kingston event

  • 27 February 2018Visual Arts/Film

    Richmond Film Society – screening of 'Men and Chicken' (Denmark)

    PLEASE NOTE OUR CHANGE OF VENUE. From January 2018, we shall be screening all our films at 'The Exchange', a new community facility opposite Twickenham Station. Its address is The Exchange, 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE.

    Its amenites include a very comfortable, tiered 300 seat theatre, an onsite bar and a cafe. Our first screening at our new venue will be on 16 January, 2018.

    'Men and Chicken' is a Danish comedy of an unusual and dysfunctional family reunion and the revelation of more than just one skeleton in the closet. When two brothers return to their family home after their father's death they meet their estranged siblings, with funny and bizarre consequences.

    Tickets on the night for non-members are £6 (£4 full-time students) and all are very welcome. Please come along and join us at The Exchange.

    Richmond Film Society event

  • 27 February 2018Museum/Heritage


    An exemplary approach to the creation of social housing in Richmond: the history and development of the Richmond Parish Lands
    A Talk by Paul Velluet

    Tickets: £10 per person, £8 for Friends of the Museum. (This includes a glass of wine.)
    Doors open at 7pm, Talk starts at 7.30pm
    Riverside Room, Old Town Hall
    Please note seating is not reserved

    Click here to book your tickets

    Click here to find out more about the talk

    Museum of Richmond event

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