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  • 1 February 2020 - 1 March 2020Visual Arts/Film

    Data Dating

    What does it mean to love in the Internet age? How are digital interfaces reshaping our personal relationships? What do new technologies imply for the future of the romantic sphere? How do screens affect our sexual intimacy? Are the new means of connection shifting the old paradigms of adult life?

    The advent of the Internet and smartphones has brought about a split in the romantic lives of millions of people, who now inhabit both the real world and their very own “phone world”. In terms of romance and sexual intimacy, these phenomena have generated new complexities that we are still trying to figure out.

    By bringing together the work of several international artists, the exhibition Data Dating attempts to explore new directions in modern romance: new forms of intimate communication, the process of commodification of love through online dating services and hookup applications, unprecedented meeting and mating behaviors, the renegotiation of sexual identities, and changing erotic mores and taboos.

    Data Dating is curated by Valentina Peri in partnership with Galerie Charlot Paris.

    Watermans Art Centre event

  • 1 February 2020 - 5 September 2020Museum/Heritage

    Queen's Road 500 Years of History Exhibition

    The Museum is celebrating Richmond’s fascinating social history through its exciting new exhibition ‘Queen’s Road: 500 Years of History’ 

    Once a muddy track through the Richmond countryside, Queen’s Road is unrecognisable today. Discover the fascinating history of this road, including farmland owned by Tudor courtiers, a pest house for plague sufferers, grand Victorian developments and innovative social housing.

    Museum of Richmond event

  • 21 February 2020 - 21 July 2020Literature/Talks/Walks

    Watermans With Words: Scientific Pioneers

    In a double bill of two fascinating talks in our regular Watermans With Words series, we discover the true stories of Scientific Pioneers who have changed our world in very different ways from two excellent speakers.

    7pm Talk: The Butchering Art – Lister's Quest to Transform Victorian Medicine with Lindsey Fitzharris (1hr incl Q&A)

    Surgeons are miracle-workers. But it was not always so. In her book ‘The Butchering Art’ (Daily Mail, Guardian and Observer Books of the Year 2017 and winner of 2018 PEN/E.O Wilson Prize for Literary Science Writing) and this accompanying talk, medical historian Lindsey Fitzharris recreates the turning point when pioneering surgeon Lister transformed the harrowing practices common in Victorian operating theatre – known as the ‘gateways of death’ – ultimately leading to the vaunted surgical profession we know today. This is the story of a visionary British surgeon whose quest to unite science and medicine delivered us into the modern world – the safest time to be alive in human history.

    Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris is a bestselling author, and medical historian with a doctorate from the University of Oxford. Her debut book, The Butchering Art, won the PEN/E.O. Wilson Award for Literary Science in the United States and was shortlisted for both the Wellcome Book Prize and the Wolfson History Prize in the United Kingdom.

    8.30pm Talk: Black Scientists and Inventors with Tony Warner (1 hr 15 mins incl Q&A)

    Back by popular demand, Tony Warner from Black History Walks will present a talk which gives a fascinating and comprehensive run down of everyday appliances which were developed by Black people, and phenomenal scientific achievements that have gone unnoticed by the mainstream. He will speak of Black people's involvement and innovations in computer games,  car safety, secret technology, vaccinations ,torpedoes, computing, optometry, biology, mechanics…; he detail the origins of African castles and ancient African astronomy and name Black inventors who got ripped off. With an audio-visual presentation and an interactive style, tony's talks are illuminating, important, and truly memorable.

    Watermans Art Centre event

  • 25 February 2020Drama/Dance/Musicals

    Round and Round the garden

    One of Alan Ayckbourn's funniest plays, staged in the round.

    OSO Arts Centre event

  • 27 February 2020Literature/Talks/Walks

    Talk about Martin Luther King by Professor Badger, HA President

    'How did Martin Luther King change America 1955 - 2019?

    Richmond & Twickenham Historical Association event

  • 28 February 2020Visual Arts/Film

    Talk: Carole Waddle - "Design is not a Naughty Word"

    Carole Waddle will talk about her art work and her art process as developed on the design courses run by John Allen, Textile Designer. She will also have examples of embroidery that was influenced by her design work on his courses. 

    (previously advertised was Melanie Bowles - The Supper Cloth which is cancelled-apologies for any disappointment)

    Information which may be of help for visitors:

    Please arrive from 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Giving you time to sign in, peruse our sales table, and library, and help yourself to coffee/tea. There will be a few news & notes before the talk. We are a very friendly group and you will receive a warm welcome.

    For info. your first visit to one of our Friday evening meetings is free, second and third visits are £10.00 each and thereafter we ask you to please join our membership-a happy group of embroiderers & textile enthusiasts of all skill levels & ages (we also have a Young Embroiderers Group), with lots of fun and interesting activities on offer.

    Kingston & District Embroiderers' Guild event

  • 28 February 2020 - 28 March 2020Drama/Dance/Musicals

    The Mikvah Project

    Eitan is 17. Avi is 35.

    Eitan loves Arsenal. Avi loves his wife. Eitan goes to college. Avi is trying for a child.

    They are in completely different places in their lives. Yet, every Friday, Eitan and Avi meet at the Mikvah to take part in the Jewish ritual of submerging in the water.

    As they chat about life in the synagogue, football, the nature of marriage and desire, they form an unexpected bond that threatens to disrupt life outside the Mikvah.

    A play about the courage it takes to confront our hidden desires. Filled with singing and water, chutzpah and joy we are reminded how easily a heart can break.

    From Josh Azouz, the writer of smash hit Buggy Baby and Victoria’s Knickers.

    Orange Tree Theatre event

  • 28 February 2020Music/Gigs

    JKL-Jazz play at the Gunnersbury Tavern Chiswick

    JKL-Jazz and two lovely singers will be  playing an exciting mix of jazz Latin ...... and maybe  a bit more. Why not come along early and grab some food from the bar ...... and make a night of it!

    JKL-Jazz event

  • 29 February 2020Drama/Dance/Musicals

    Round and Round the Garden

    One of Alan Ayckbourn's funniest plays, staged in the round.

    OSO Arts Centre event

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