What’s On

Mar
30
Tue
Iceland: Land of Fire and Brilliant Birds ONLINE ILLUSTRATED TALK
Mar 30 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This talk will be delivered online. If you would like to attend, please use the link below to book. You will be sent your login details by email. We look forward to welcoming you.

We had expected to be showing the latest Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at this time, but Covid-19 has forced it cancellation. It is the pre-eminent exhibition of its sort, internationally renowned, attracting over 45000 entries from over 100 countries, and taking the viewer on a journey across the globe. So do join us for ….

An illustrated talk by Philip Mugridge ARPS
Philip is a very experienced and widely travelled nature photographer. Iceland is one of his favourite photographic haunts which he has visited multiple times. This talk will reveal why he loves it so much! Its spectacular landscapes and awe-inspiring geological features (including many active volcanoes) mean this is an inspirational place for the nature photographer, particularly when coupled with some fantastic bird life. (Iceland is the only place in Europe where some species breed). Whether you are a nature lover or adventurer, practicing photographer or armchair traveller, do join us for this entertaining and fascinating evening.

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Apr
28
Wed
Ceramics as Show – ONLINE ILLUSTRATED TALK
Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Moo Cow Milk Bar (entrance area), 203 Victoria Street, London SW1, circa 1954. (Photograph courtesy of the Milk Marketing Board).

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Ceramics as Show

An illustrated talk by Dr Matthew Partington

Nature in Art has a fascinating collection of ceramic items, including tiles, many of which would have adorned not just private homes, but public and commercial buildings too. During the lockdowns of the past year none of us have managed to frequent our regular haunts as we once did, including our favourite eateries and coffee shops. So instead, this evening we are venturing out to the coffee bars of the 1950s to explore the ceramics which were made for them by a small group of potters – primarily Margret Hine, William Newland and Nicholas Vergette.

Matthew, a V&A Visiting Fellow and Associate Department Head and Programme Leader at the University of the West of England, has brought together photographic, documentary and oral history evidence to paint a picture of a group of artists working for clients who wanted work which would make their coffee bar stand out from the 500 or so which had sprung up in London during the mid 1950s. Whilst little if any of these ceramics survive today, it is clear that, unfettered from the restraint so beloved of the Leach school, these artists were free to use colour, size and exotic themes to realise their client’s desire for their bar to ‘stand out’.

From the early commissions for wheel-thrown cow heads and tile panels for the Moo Cow Milk Bar in Victoria Street to a whole series of bars with French, Mexican and American themes through to their work in the 1960s on Indian restaurants, the work of these artists represent a fascinating example of site specific ceramics. They were ceramics conceived for particular spaces to amuse and engage the public.

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Jun
17
Thu
Alfred and Louise Powell: Decorating Wedgwood pottery in the Cotswolds ONLINE ILLUSTRATED TALK
Jun 17 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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Alfred and Louise Powell: Decorating Wedgwood pottery in the Cotswolds

An illustrated online talk by Mary Greensted.

Mary Greensted MPhil, AMA, was decorative arts curator at Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum. She is now a writer and freelance lecturer.

This talk complements some of ceramics in Nature in Art’s collections and has Gloucestershire associations. The Arts and Crafts Movement designers in Britain characteristically tried their hand at numerous crafts before finding the one closest to their hearts. The husband-and-wife team Alfred and Louise Powell were no exception to this. Alfred trained as an architect before his involvement with the crafts while Louse worked at calligraphy, illuminating and embroidery. Their main contribution however was as decorators of pottery for Josiah Wedgwood & Sons producing stunning pieces and leading to a revival of the hand-painted wares at Stoke on Trent.

Available for booking soon