The Friends of Scarborough Art Gallery
Speaker Programme, October 2018 – April 2019
Talks take place on the second Monday of the month at 2.30pm. The talks last about 40 minutes, with tea and biscuits after.
Please note: The first three talks will be in the Conference Room at Woodend Creative, next door to the Art Gallery.
October 8th. Keith Godwin, sculptor.
Christopher Godwin will talk about his father whose career spanned nearly half a century. He worked in stone, plaster and metal. His work includes a bronze head of Sir Alan Ayckbourn in “ciment fondu” and fibreglass. Many of his works are to be seen around Britain.
November 12th. To be confirmed.
December 10th. The Art of Woodturning.
David Lowe works from a workshop and gallery in the woodworking centre at Snainton. His pieces are featured widely in magazines and he demonstrates and tutors regularly. His work may be seen in Coast Gallery, Cloughton.
- Talks will be in Scarborough Library.
January 14th. Sledmere House.
Leila Bradley has been a lively and entertaining guide at Sledmere House for 18 years. Her knowledge of its history, the rooms and the furniture, the pictures and ceramics is extensive. She describes the house as the best kept secret in Yorkshire!
February 11th. Eli Marsden Wilson, Artist and Conscientious Objector.
Andrew Clay, the CEO of Woodend Creative and the SMT, will talk about his ancestor, the artist and engraver, Eli Wilson, 1877-1965, seventeen of whose pictures were exhibited in the Royal Academy. He was commissioned to produce miniature etchings for Queen Mary’s Dolls House. Andrew has presented one of these to the Friends.
March 11th. First World War Official Art Schemes.
Dr. Dorothy Nott will describe how artists were employed or commissioned to produce specific works. By the middle of the war, artists, such as Nash and Nevison who had served in France, were returning with pictures of the conflict. It was realised in Government that the visual impact could be used for information, propaganda and an historical record.
April 8th. Winifred Holtby.
Robin Horspool will consider the achievements of the writer Winifred Holtby, who was born in Rudston, her Yorkshire associates and the impact of the First World War on her life, using his family connections, her letters and his personal memories. He has been invited, in conjunction with the Scarborough Museums Trust, to give an hour-long presentation.