Every year, the Farnham Public Art Trust organises a series of about six public lectures on topics related to art and architecture. These lectures are now very well established and attract a regular audience. They take place in the Community room at St Joan’s RC Church in Tilford Road, Farnham, 150 yards up on the left, from Farnham station. Ample parking is available. Doors open at 7.30 pm, and light refreshments, hosted by some of the trustees are served before the lecture starts at 8 pm. There is an entrance fee of £5 (students £2). and the evenings are very informal with plenty of time for the audience to ask questions and chat afterwards to the speakers or the members of the trust.
Farnham Public Art Trust lectures have covered a wide variety of subjects.
- Ann Clements, well known for her lectures on art, has given talks on "In the bleak midwinter, snow scenes in art", "Alfred Sisley", and "The Conversation Piece".
- Daphne Jefferis has given a memorable lecture on Francis Bacon (this was attended by Jeremy Hunt, MP). More recently she has given a talk on John Constable, the quiet revolutionary. Patrick Blower the cartoonist gave a fascinating talk called "The Road to Nipper Alley", which outlined his career as the cartoonist of the Evening Standard as well as a project commemorating Nipper, the iconic HMV dog.
- Gilbert Whyman, ARBS, spoke on "Art from found objects".
- Ashley Howard the ceramicist spoke about modern ceramic work as well as his own.
- Dr Desna Greenhow, who organises exhibitions at the Watts Gallery, gave wonderful talks called "The word in the pattern", on the famous Watts Memorial Chapel, and "Compton in the 1890s – the home life of G.F. and Mary Watts".
Everyone is welcome at the Farnham Public Art Trust lectures!
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