My second Arts Society event of the day was a trip to Tunbridge Wells, where I was met by the lovely Joanna Lowe, who greeted me with a warm smile that instantly took my mind off my difficult journey. She also presented me with a bag full of food and drink goodies, which I finally finished off when I was back home at 11pm!
What a friendly lot they are at The Arts Society Pantiles! I had a great response to my talk about Antony Gormley, with a good deal of enthusiasm for his work, plus stories of visits to his various art works, particularly The Angel of the North and Another Place at Crosby Beach, Merseyside.
I also heard stories of friends and family who had taken part in Gormley’s One and Other, his Fourth Plinth intervention in 2009, when 2,400 lucky people were allocated an hour’s slot on the famous ’empty’ plinth in Trafalgar Square … hundreds of living art works, celebrating the importance of the individual and the ‘ordinary’ life, alongside the kings, generals and admirals more usually seen in public art in public squares. Very often in my talks I think I gain as much as I give! Thank you for a lovely warm reception in Tunbridge Wells and for sharing your Gormley stories.
An exciting and busy day on Thursday. Exciting because the new website finally ‘went live’ and busy because of a double dose of NADFAS (sorry, The Arts Society, as it now is).
My Arts Society sessions were on both sides of the microphone, firstly (Part I) at my local branch, The Arts Society Blackheath, listening to a lecture ‘Treasures of the Turf’ by Christopher Garibaldi, the Director of the National Horse Racing Museum at Newmarket. I was particularly interested in hearing about Newmarket as I’m going there on Monday to talk to Newmarket DFAS about ‘Signs and Symbols in Art’.
That will be my second visit to East Anglia in as many weeks, as I had my first ever visit to the beautiful city of Norwich, talking all things Hogarthian to The Arts Society Wensum. Sometimes my job is a complete delight and that day trip to Norwich was one of those occasions!
Welcome to my new website! I’m so pleased with myself for setting it up, after years of using iWeb to create my site, I did a spring clean on my Mac (in summer!) and lost the iWeb software, so had to set up a new site. All in all, rather pleased with it and I look forward to re-starting my blog now that I’m re-enthused about the website … so watch this space!