Suspension of Talk Series

Due to the organisation of extra exhibitions and activities next year and a gradual eroding of the number of committee members, we will not be able to organise a Talk Series for next spring – unless someone would like to step forward and offer their services. Please get in touch with any committee member if you would like to do so. 

previous talks

Bill Crow on Samuel Rabin - artist

20 May 2019

Historian Bill Crow gave us an insight into the life and work of Samuel Rabin. As well as a pupil of Adolphe Valette at the Manchester Art School and Henry Tonks at the Slade, and then a teacher of Bridget Riley, Mary Quant and Tom Keating, this extraordinary man was also a professional singer and actor, boxer and Olympic medallist in wrestling. 


Di Grace on Remembering Benton End

29 April 2019

Di Grace gave a very interesting and entertaining talk to a packed house about how she and Gwynneth Reynolds set about capturing memories of the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing at Benton End, Hadleigh founded in 1937 by artists Sir Cedric Morris and Arthur Lett-Haines. A fascinating story recorded in their book Remembering Benton End.

A new book 'Cedric and Lett, Friends and Lovers'  tells how they lived, worked and squabbled in Paris and London during the 1920s through recently discovered and previously unpublished letters. Compiled and edited by Diana Grace and Andrew Campbell with a foreword by Phillip Mould OBE. Published by the Darsham Parochial Church Council.


Kate Bright

February 2018

Artist Kate Bright gave us an insight  into the development of her latest work, a commission by the Wivenhoe House Hotel to paint Wivenhoe Park in Colchester on the 200th anniversary of Constable's famous painting of the same subject.

“I grew up in Suffolk and, as a landscape painter, I am only too aware of Constable’s importance both as a ground-breaking Romantic painter but also as a local hero.”

Bright, who now lives in London, lectures in painting at The Slade School of Fine Art and specialises in landscape and the ideas of illusion and the desire for contact with the great outdoors.


Paul Bruce on William Kent

January 2018 

Paul Bruce revealed how, through travels abroad,  William Kent (1685-1748) came to play a leading role in establishing the Palladian style in this country. He designed the Treasury and the Horse Guards buildings in London and much of the interior of Houghton Hall, in Norfolk.

A polymath, he could turn his hand to painting, designing sculpture, architecture, interior decoration, furniture, metalwork, book illustration, theatrical design, costume and landscape gardens.  Closer to home Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich holds many pieces of Kent’s furniture.


Glynn Thomas

November 2017 

Glynn Thomas took us back to his days as an illustration and printmaking student at Cambridge School of Art in 1962 - 67 which led to his teaching printmaking at Ipswich Art School in 1967 - 79. He is now a full time artist and his distinctive work can be seen in galleries, institutions and homes all over the world.


Glynn gave us an explanation of the various print techniques he uses and a demonstration of fine etching. After a break for refreshments we had the opportunity to ask questions and see some of his latest projects.