Events

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For Members

The Chapel, St Joseph's College

Judith Scott
Birkbeck Room

Tue, 23 Oct 18
14.00 - 15.00

Tickets £4.
Members may bring non-member guests to this event.

The Chapel at St. Joseph’s College is a most special place, and has been central to College life since its dedication in 1967. Yet this beautiful building has remained largely unknown to the wider community. This talk will explain why the Chapel was built, the thinking behind the design and why it takes the final form it does. Unfortunately, it is currently at ‘risk’ having been closed for roof repairs since January 2017. After 50 years of service its story deserves to be told.

Great Blakenham Incinerator

Visit

Wed, 31 Oct 18
14.00

Visit fully booked.

Another chance to go on the 2 hour tour of this amazing facility which processes over 5,000 tons of waste a week. 300 steps and not for those with vertigo. Sensible shoes and trousers only must be worn.
Other details available on booking.

Peterborough Cathedral & Island Hall

Visit
includes Tim Peake's space craft!

Thu, 01 Nov 18
Depart 8.30am

Tickets £35

Enjoy a Guided Tour of one of the finest Norman cathedrals in England, the burial place of two queens and scene of Civil War upheavals as it celebrates 900 years. See Tim Peake's Soyuz spacecraft – which the Cathedral won a nationwide competition to host. We then take a short drive to “Island Hall”, Godmanchester, an elegant, early Georgian riverside mansion - for a personal tour by a member of the Vane Percy family. House Tour Includes tea/coffee & biscuits.

Who Moved Ny House?

Lisa Wall
Chapters restaurant

Tue, 13 Nov 18
15.00 - 16.00

Tickets £4
Members may bring non-member guests to this event.

Many houses have vanished from Suffolk in the last 150 years and this talk will look at vernacular buildings that have disappeared from Ipswich and beyond.
Lisa will initially focus on the journey of a 16th Century house from Carr Street sold in 1906 and thought to have left the country. Lisa will also talk about the trade in architectural salvage in the last century and the battles that preservation groups have in fighting to save houses from demolition.

The remarkable Garretts of Leiston

Stuart Hines
Chapters Restaurant

Wed, 14 Nov 18
19.00 - 20.30

Tickets £4
Members may bring non-member guests to this event.

The Garrett men were the first to produce engines on an assembly line as well as exporting agricultural equipment all over the world – and so much more. A statue of one of their descendants now sits on a pedestal in London’s Parliament Square.

A Christmas Carol - the writing of a classic Christmas story

Mark Mitchels
Reading Room

Tue, 11 Dec 18
15.00 - 16.30

Tickets £8 (includes seasonal refreshment)

A Christmas Carol is one of the most popular and well known books written by Charles Dickens. He wrote it in 1843 and within days it was a best seller. Where did he get the ideas and how was Christmas celebrated at this time? The story of Scrooge and his clerk Bob Cratchit is about rich and poor in London and Dickens was concerned to show how dangerous it was for society to ignore those who struggled to survive.
This talk includes extracts from this wonderful classic.

For All

Rudyard Kipling

Diana Bickerton

Birkbeck Room

Sat, 20 Oct 18
10.00 - 15.30

Workshop full.

Rudyard Kipling – Imperialist, myth maker, journalist, novelist, short-story writer, poet. How is Kipling viewed in the 21st century?
The workshop will look at the man, his life and works and ask whether the changes to his reputation have come full circle.
Students will receive some short excerpts from his work prior to the workshop.

More Experimental Mixed Media - Multi Surfaces

Steve Joyce

Birkbeck Room

Sat, 27 Oct 18
9.30am - 15.30pm

Cost (including lunch) £28.00 Member, £33.00 Non-member.

This workshop will explore the use of a wide range of media using dry brush, collage, stencils and other techniques, in different combinations, to create images with very different effects. Learn how to refine and enhance your skills, and how to exploit the potential and limitations of all kinds of art materials as they interact and react with each other. Demonstrations and prepared examples will introduce techniques and media and open tasks will help you explore your own picture making.
Suitable for all ability levels – these workshops introduce new methods each time so you can start at any point or build up on previous experience.
Please ask for the materials to bring list, some specialist materials will be provided and included in the price.

Watercolour Workshop - Enhancements

Steve Joyce

Birkbeck Room

Sat, 24 Nov 18
9.30 - 15.30

Tickets (including lunch) £26 (members) £31 (non-members)

This watercolour workshop will explore a range of techniques including agitation, resist and other methods. You will learn how to apply, modify and manipulate the watercolour media to create images with different characteristics and learn how to refine and enhance your skills. Demonstrations and prepared examples will introduce the methods and media and open tasks will help you focus on and explore your own interests.
No previous experience is necessary, and for those with some experience, it will be a comprehensive exploration of the key agitation techniques which will build on what you may already know.
Please ask for the materials to bring list, some specialist materials will be provided and included in the price.

More Experimental Mixed Media - 'Resurfacing'

Steve Joyce

Birkbeck Room

Sat, 01 Dec 18
09.30 - 15.30

Tickets (including lunch) £28 (members), £33 (non-members).

This workshop will explore the use of a wide range of media using Impasto, Sgrafitto and other techniques, building layers in different combinations to create images with very different effects. Demonstrations and prepared examples will introduce the techniques and media and open tasks will help you explore your own picture making, using your preferred methods and media to create your own very distinctive pictures.
Suitable for all ability levels – these workshops introduce new methods each time so you can start at any point or build up on previous experience.
Please ask for the materials to bring list, some specialist materials will be provided and included in the price.