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V&A Study Session: Art Pottery
Thursday 23 February 2017

The V&A collections of art pottery are extensive and include important acquisitions made at the time of production. Led by curators Rebecca Wallis and Susan Stronge, the session focuses on the British studios and factories, from Martin Brothers to Linthorpe, and will explore connections with Indian art pottery designs from the Bombay School of Art. The study session coincides with the V&A exhibition John Lockwood Kipling (14 January – 2 April 2017), which looks at this artist in the context of 19th-century Arts and Crafts revivals in British India.


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Visit to The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Wednesday 15 March 2017

The Fitzwilliam Museum is the largest museum of the University of Cambridge. A ‘collection of collections’, it has outstanding holdings of antiquities, manuscripts and coins and medals, as well as fine and applied arts. After an introduction by Director, Tim Knox, members will be given tours of the Shakeshaft Bequest of Studio Pottery, the Goodison gift of contemporary British craft and the new loans from the Frua-Valsecchi family, which include Arts and Crafts furniture and Art Nouveau glass. Members will also be able to handle some objects originally in the Handley-Read collection, including works designed by Alfred Gilbert, Walter Crane and William Burges.


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Visit to the Guildhall and 78 Derngate, Northampton
Wednesday 5 April 2017

E.W. Godwin was 28 years old when he won the competition for Northampton’s Guildhall in 1861. This was his first major architectural commission and it displays Godwin’s early ‘Ruskinian Gothic’ style rather than the Japonisme for which he was later so much better known. As with all his other works Godwin designed not only the building but the interiors and their fittings. The same totality of approach also characterised C.R. Mackintosh’s work. The remodelling of a small terraced house, 78 Derngate, for the model railway manufacturer W.J. Bassett-Lowke in 1916 is one of the architect’s last interiors and has recently been beautifully restored.


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Visit to a Private Collection in Notting Hill
Monday 24 April 2017

In a house designed by Norman Shaw, this exceptional collection of furniture, metalwork and ceramics showcases the best examples of late 19th-century progressive design from the Aesthetic to the Arts and Crafts Movement.

Private View at the Rose Uniacke Showroom, Pimlico Road
Wednesday 3 May 2017

Described by Architectural Digest as ‘Britain’s Designer of the moment’, and named on its AD100 List in 2017, Rose Uniacke stands at the forefront of interior design, taking a curated approach to the home by assembling late 19th- through to 20th-century furniture, textiles and accessories in a manner that reflects a sophisticated dialogue between the objects while creating an atmosphere of comfort and accessibility. We will be given a tour of Rose Uniacke’s Pimlico Road showroom by specialists who will discuss the objects and their relationships.



Visit to the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
Wednesday 10 May 2017

This visit to the Laing Art Gallery takes the form of a tour of the gallery’s history and highlights, including an Arts and Crafts style stained glass stair window commissioned for the opening of the gallery in 1904, representing the union of painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts. As well as sculptures by internationally known artists Albert Toft and Waldo Storey, and paintings by Burne-Jones, Holman Hunt and John Martin, this visit will focus on decorative art particular to the North East, both on display and in store, such as Sowerby glass, Maling pottery and silver by the Newcastle Handicrafts Company.



Visit to the William Morris Gallery Exhibition on Brangwyn and the Art of Japan
Thursday 11 May 2017

During the 1910s, Brangwyn met the Japanese artist Yoshijiro Urushibara (1888–1953): this led to a fruitful collaboration. The exhibition Sheer Pleasure: Frank Brangwyn and the Art of Japan examines how Brangwyn’s love of Japanese art influenced the printmaking techniques of both artists. Brangwyn donated to the Gallery his collection of rarely displayed Japanese prints and paintings and a decorative screen. The curatorial tour will include a private visit to the collection store to examine Brangwyn’s furniture. This event is generously sponsored by John and Hilary Everett.



Visit to Three Oxford Colleges
Tuesday 23 May 2017

In the morning we will have a privileged visit to St Cross College to see their impressive collection of late 19thand early 20th-century decorative arts (the subject of an article by Jennifer Hawkins Opie in Journal 40). A light lunch at Lady Margaret Hall will be followed by a private tour with DAS member Nicholas Shrimpton. The College has an outstanding group of 19th- and 20th-century neo-classical buildings. There will be an opportunity to see the Linda Grier collection of paintings in the Senior Common Room. Finally we visit Campion Hall, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens (completed 1936). It houses an important collection of religious art, including Stations of the Cross by Frank Brangwyn and colourful murals by Charles Mahoney (1903–68).



Private View of a Burmantofts Sale at Woolley & Wallis
Saturday 17 June 2017

We will have an opportunity to view and handle 300 lots of Burmantofts Faience pottery, the finest selection to come to auction, from tiles and architectural panels to jardinieres, oil heaters, decorative vases and grotesque figures. There are important signed examples and works which have previously not been documented. The collection will be exhibited alongside the Arts and Crafts auction including contemporary works by the Martin Brothers, William De Morgan, Doulton and Minton’s Art Pottery.


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Visit to Two Private Collections in Wiltshire
Monday 26 June 2017

The DAS has been invited to visit two remarkable collections in Wiltshire. The first is focused on the Gothic Revival and Morris & Co. We shall then drive to our next destination (approximately 40 minutes) where our hosts have invited us to picnic in the garden. In the afternoon we shall see an eclectic collection reflecting a lifetime of interests ranging through William Morris, de Morgan, Bombay pottery and 20th-century etchings, including Robin Tanner. Please note there is no easy access by public transport: if drviing please indicate whether you are prepared to offer a lift.



A Walk in and around Holland Park
Wednesday 28 June 2017

The Holland Park area is richly associated with artists and architects of the Arts and Crafts period, including Lord Leighton, Holman Hunt, Philip Webb, Halsey Ricardo, R. Norman Shaw and William Burges. We shall pass by the homes of several of the famous painters, as well as the eccentric Tower House, designed by Burges for his own use. Our walk will take in stained glass by Burne-Jones and Byam Shaw, the soaring glass interior of Holland Park School’s dramatic new building, and decorative features in Holland Park itself, before finishing with wine in a nearby pub.



Visit to the Senate House, University of London
Thursday 27 July 2017 and Tuesday 12 September 2017

A visit to one of London’s most powerful buildings, rising 215 feet above Bloomsbury. Designed by Charles Holden, this Grade ll* modernist building contains the world-famous Senate House Library and still retains much of its superb Art Deco joinery and metalwork. We will see many of the elegant halls and meeting rooms, the upper library and roof terrace in the Central Tower, the lower ground ‘Orwellian’ plant rooms, Erwin Bessanyi’s stained glass windows, Gordon Russell furniture and art work from the University’s collection.



An Arts and Crafts Weekend in the Scottish Borders
Friday 13 to Sunday 15 October 2017

We are planning a visit to a very fine private collection of Arts and Crafts furniture in a magnificent historic house near Berwick-on-Tweed. The house has alterations and additions by Robert Lorimer and the furniture includes pieces by him as well as by Gimson, Greene, Lutyens, Russell, Sharpe, Thompson and Waals. In addition to close study and discussion of the collection there will be an excursion to Cragside in Northumberland (Norman Shaw, 1869–85) and Manderston House, Borders (remodelled by John Kinross, 1901–5). Accommodation will be in the house, which has been beautifully decorated in the past few years and is very warm and comfortable. Numbers are limited by the accommodation available and this is an opportunity that is unlikely to be repeated.


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Northern France
16-20 May 2017
Led by Dr. Leon Lock based around visits to Lille, Roubaix, the Mallet-Stevens Villa at Cavroix and the new Louvre at Lens

25-30 September 2017

Led by Harriet Landseer to include late 19th and early 20th century architecture, interiors and furniture collections in Bucharest and the mountain resort of Sinaia for Peles and Pelisor castles.




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