The Arts Society Alton

Special Interest Day

Romeo and Juliet painting
photo:Southampton Art Gallery
Held in the Spring and Autumn, these Special Interest Days are a popular component of the programme.

We invite an expert to spend the day with a small group to examine a particular topic; past subjects have included exploring Shakespeare as seen through the artist's eye, a practical session on restoring old furniture, days devoted to Picasso, Silver, Winchester, Samplers, English Cathedrals, Jewellery, the Nabateans, Ancient Mexico, the history of opera, the arts and crafts movement in Hampshire, the Romanovs, Georgian houses, 18th century music as well as looking at English porcelain and understanding paintings.

They are sometimes linked to a future visit and are held in a variety of venues and include lunch.

Coming up

Thursday, 19th March

The Grand Tour and Influence of Italy on English Gardens with James Bolton

Sid Gardens
An English garden with Italian influences

Thursday, 29 October 2020

Looking at me Looking at you; The Representation of Women in Western Art with Linda Smith

Our day will focus on a wide range of images of women, asking what the functions of such pictures were in their own times, and how we might read them today. In the process, many nuances and meanings will be revealed, and changing attitudes to women, beauty and morality, will be addressed. The theme of visual representation runs alongside a parallel theme which looks at the long history of how women have struggled for political representation, and what that has meant for their roles as subjects, and makers, of art.

sid portrait
What does this ‘say’ to you?