When Charles Darwin contemplated how best to introduce his controversial new theory of evolution to the general public, he chose to compare it with the selective breeding of domesticated animals. In her new book, Unnatural Selection, marking the 150th anniversary year of Darwin’s great work on domesticated animals Variation under Domestication, author and illustrator Katrina van Grouw explains why this analogy was more appropriate than even Darwin had realised. Artificial selection is, in fact, more than just an analogy for natural selection – it’s the perfect example of evolution in action. A fascinating evening for all.
Katrina has work in the Nature in Art collection and has had a solo exhibition of her work at Wallsworth Hall. She inhabits that no-man’s land slap bang between art and science. She holds degrees in fine art and natural history illustration, and is a former curator of ornithological collections at a major national museum. She’s a self-taught scientist with a passion for evolutionary biology and its history. After a long and varied career on both sides of the art/science divide she now devotes her time exclusively to her books. See her as artist in residence September 25th – 30th.
The Ugandan Rwenzori Mountains with their glaciers, rocky outcrops and unique varieties of plants and animals are like nowhere else on Earth. This range was first photographed in 1906, when Italian photographer Vittorio Sella accompanied the Duke of Abruzzi, on an expedition. Described as being more of a challenge to climb than Kilimanjaro and situated between Uganda and the DRC in a region not always freely accessible, the Rwenzoris are under-explored and have been professionally photographed only very rarely since Sella’s time. This summer marked the third and ultimately successful attempt by Steve and two companions to climb up into the high regions, to document and record the flora, fauna and spectacular landscapes. Steve’s images reveal incredible scenes, from the mossy lower slopes to the high regions where the glaciers have retreated, exposing stark views of the bare rock.
Steve has many awards and accolades for his photography and books. He has been a finalist in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, The Travel Photographer of the Year, Hassleblad Masters Competition, Epson Pano Awards and others. One his photines is in the Nature in Art collection.
Join us for a Christmas celebration with an evening of festive music, readings and carols with the Gloucester and District Christian Choir. Mince pies and mulled wine included in the buffet. An evening not to be missed with an enthusiastic group of local community singers under their Musical Director, Pamela Dewick.
Join members of the Cotswold Astronomical Society to spend an evening of stargazing from the grounds of Wallsworth Hall. If you have your own equipment,please bring it with you. If not, you will be able to use equipment provided. Coffee shop open to buy drinks etc. from 6.30pm. If the weather is cold, wrap up warm!2019 is the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, so local astronomer Peter Cadogan will finish the evening with a talk celebrating that mission.
Doors open 6.30pm to buy snacks from Coffee shop and view the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition. Stargazing at 7.30pm followed by talk.
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An illustrated talk by wildlife photographer Michael Leach
Michael tells of his time high in the forest with the mountain gorillas of Rwanda,gathering first-hand material for his book – Faces in the Mirror. There are now only around 800 individuals left on earth – here we meet an entire family group, from new born baby to the silverback. He explains how to get close to these charismatic characters and demonstrates how to communicate with the gentle, intelligent primates that we have pushed to the edge of extinction. Michael has worked all his life in nature photography. His stunning images have been used in over 80countries and published in over 1000 books.
Doors open 7.00pm to view the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.Finger buffet 7.30pm. Finish 9.30pm.
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See and hear about Jill Moger‘s amazing 6 foot high sculpture of a hydrothermal vent (sometimes called a ‘sea chimney’) which recently won the top award at the Society for Wildlife Artists exhibition in London.
Doors open 6.45pm. 7pm start.
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An illustrated talk by Simon and Carol Trapnell
Come and get a fascinating glimpse of three Middle East countries – Jordan, Yemen and Oman. Personal stories of travels in Arab nations steeped in history and rich in culture. From spectacular landscapes to ancient ruins, the world’s first skyscrapers to the lowest place on earth, fascinating traditions to decorative arts, there is much to amaze you on this journey in three of the world’s most water scarce countries.
Doors open 7.00pm to view galleries. Finger buffet 7.30pm. Finish 9.30pm.
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Come on a journey with David as he explores the questions: Why do so many people like art? Why isn’t all art beautiful? What is the basis of beauty in nature? Is there a link between visual art, music, geometry and maths? Is beauty like truth, there for anyone to see? An inspiring and thought provoking evening.
Doors open 7.00pm to view the galleries. Finger buffet 7.30pm. Finish 9.30pm.
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Derek Robertson has been a professional artist for over 30 years and his paintings have won multiple national and international awards. He is also an enthusiastic amateur naturalist and bird ringer and has had papers published in many scientific journals. Derek will be talking about his most recent project ‘Migrations’ which ties together human rights issues of refugee crises and climate change through the imagery of migratory birds and their role as environmental indicators. Derek travelled and sketched through the UK, Europe and the Middle East drawing together imagery of birds and people as they negotiated borders, refugee camps and points of transit. An evening for all.
Migrations is on show at May 21st – June 23rd
Heart&Soul Community Choir
£6 including light snacks and access to museum and Wildlife Art Society exhibition
Under the inspirational leadership of Hilary Davies, Heart&Soul Community Choir will be lifting our spirits with a varied repertoire covering traditional and contemporary folk songs from the British Isles, South Africa, Bukino Faso and New Zealand (plus other gems). The emphasis is on the sheer joy and diversity of singing! Part proceeds in aid of Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers. An evening not to be missed!