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The Arts Society  Teme Valley

Welcome to The Arts Society Teme Valley. We draw our members from across the community and are dedicated to promoting the appreciation and enjoyment of the Arts. We look at the history and contribution to our heritage of all forms of the Arts in their many guises including painting, sculpture, design, theatre, music and architecture.

We are proud of our series of well-supported lectures given by renowned experts on a wide variety of interesting subjects.  They are held on the 3rd Wednesday each month from September to May in the Ludlow Assembly Rooms.  See Lectures for more information.  We also organize Study Days, and Visits. Other events will be advertised from time to time.

Come and join us on a Wednesday afternoon from two o’clock at the Ludlow Assembly Rooms to find out more and enjoy listening to a talk about something you had never realized was so fascinating.

To find out how to join us or become a member and find out more about us, please click on Join Us  and the other tabs above.   We are a member of The Arts Society and are part of The Arts Society West Mercia area.

 

The Lecture Programme for  2022
 

18 May 2022 Passionate Potters - Julian Richards

Passionate Potters – from de Morgan to Leach.

William Morris led a revolution against the products of the machine age. The first of our ‘passionate potters’, William de Morgan, was a friend of Morris who rediscovered the secrets of Near Eastern lustre glazes. In contrast, the eccentric and argumentative Martin Brothers created a range of elaborate salt glazed pots unparalleled in their imaginative breadth. Sir Edmund Elton, the ‘potter baronet’, made pots which combine startling glazes with exotic forms. And finally, Bernard Leach, the father of English studio pottery, not only married the arts of Japan and England but created a legacy that is still alive today. 

This lecture explores the lives of these truly passionate potters and celebrates their extraordinary and beautiful creations.

 

Julian Richards

Julian studied archaeology at Reading University and has since worked as a professional archaeologist, in commercial archaeology, for English Heritage, for the BBC and as an independent. He was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1992 and is being awarded an honorary doctorate. He has been involved in teaching and outreach projects, lecturing widely in continuing education, to groups and societies and to special interest tour companies. A career in broadcasting involved researching and presenting Meet the Ancestors and Blood of the Vikings for BBC2, and Mapping the Town for Radio 4. Julian is author of a number of English Heritage publications on Stonehenge, including the previous and current guide books to the monument and landscape. He was guest curator of Wish you were here and an exhibition of his own extensive collection of 'Stonehengiana' was displayed at the new Stonehenge Visitor Centre. Julian also curated an exhibition for the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute in Vienna, in 2016. 

 

Events & days of special interest

28th June 2022 : Special Event

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

TUESDAY 28th JUNE

GARDEN PARTY

IN ASHFORD CARBONELL VILLAGE HALL

We are organising a summer garden party for all our members and friends to celebrate the end of this first year back together again.  There will be musicians and an art exhibition from local artists, and food and drink so please reserve the date and we will give you more details of this shortly.  Our aim is to socialise with you and introduce you to some of the local arts around Ludlow.  This  should be an enjoyable event - hopefully in the sunshine. Please come.

Further information on these Lectures and on the Study Day can be found on the Lectures page and the Study Day page which will be updated as more information becomes available.

Reviews of Lectures, Study Days and Visits.

You can read a review of some Lectures after they have been given by navigating to "Previous Lectures" on the Lectures Page. Click on the particular Lecture in which you are interested and, if it exists, the Review will be found beneath the Description of the Lecture. To read reviews of some of the  Study Days or Visits, follow the same principle as above but navigate first to the relevant page ie "Study Days" or "Visits" and then proceed as above.

Should you wish to make your own comment on any Lecture, Study Day or Visit for posting on this web site, please download the Comments Form from the Documents tab and once completed, email it to Geoff Neden : gneden@googlemail.com. The Society reserves the right to edit any such comments.