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DAS AGM: Sotheby’s Institute of Art
Saturday 7 November 2015

The AGM will be held again at Sotheby’s Institute of Art by kind permission of the Director. The formal proceedings will be followed by brief talks on current museum collections or decorative arts studies by Matthew Winterbottom from the Ashmolean, Kate Hay from the V&A and a recipient of a DAS grant. There will be the traditional raffle in aid of DAS funds and a buffet lunch with wine for which there is a charge.
Please note that attendance at the AGM is free but for security reasons DAS members must register their name with the organiser.

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Visit to a Private Collection in St Albans
Tuesday 17 November 2015

Housed in a 1930s half-butterfly-plan house is an eclectic collection, spanning the late 19th century up to the present day: furniture, ceramics, silver, fine art, and prints and books, from Brangwyn up to pop art. The ceramics include Doulton and Minton, through to Wally Keeler and Elisabeth Fritsch. The furniture ranges from Voysey through the Cotswold school to Eames and Matthew Hilton. There is a room of Scottish painters, including Jessie M. King, Duncan Ferguson and others.

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Visit to a Private Collection in Islington
Wednesday 25 November 2015

A collection of modern British and French art, once owned by Eddie Sackville-West and Eardley Knollys has returned to its present home after travelling the country for two years. We are invited to take a private tour of this collection which includes both paintings and decorative items. The custodian and owner of the collection will talk us through the interesting ‘back story’ of the collection and highlight some of his favourite pieces. This will be followed by tea and cake.

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Behind the Scenes of the Judaica Collection at the Jewish Museum
Monday 30 November 2015

The Jewish Museum’s collection of ritual and ceremonial objects is regarded as one of the most important of its kind internationally. Whilst many ­treasures are on permanent display, the majority of the collection remains in the museum’s stores, unavailable to visitors. This visit will offer a rare chance to see some of the most ­interesting of these items up close – including silver, textiles and manuscripts. We will hear from Joanne Rosenthal, the Curator, about the evolution of this collection, learn about the complex issues of identifying Judaica, and consider the problems raised by an inflated market for objects of this kind which has led to the circulation of many fakes and forgeries.


Visit to the British Airways Heritage Centre
Wednesday 20 January and Thursday 11 February 2016

Unleash your inner trolley dolly with a visit to the BA Heritage Centre! The Centre covers all aspects of design for BA from the days of Imperial Airways to the present: posters and other publicity material, crockery, cutlery and glassware from in-flight service, stewardess uniforms on shop-window dummies, aircraft models and memorabilia. You even have the chance to sit in Concorde and 1st Class seats.


Lecture: Marina Vaizey, ‘The Arts of Bloomsbury – Living in Squares, Loving in Triangles, Talking in Circles’
Monday 25 January 2016

Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, lovers and painters, were a domestic centre for the group of artists, intellectuals, critics and writers – Virginia Woolf, Lytton Strachey, Maynard Keynes, Leonard Woolf, Clive Bell, Roger Fry among others – united by friendship and love. Painting was the most important art to them – but how good was their art? Even more lasting may be their sense of the way to live, both emotionally and in terms of their environment, now typified by Charleston. It is arguable that in reality ‘design’ was even more important – perhaps subliminally – than ‘fine art’.

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Visit to the Family Collection of Tibor Reich
Tuesday 9 February 2016

Hungarian-born Tibor Reich came to England just before the war to study textiles at Leeds University. Rather than return to Nazi Germany, he settled in Stratford upon Avon and set up what became an internationally renowned textile mill. His work was influenced by his early experience of the Wiener Werkstätte and the Bauhaus and he transformed British design by adding colour and texture to his fabrics. In the 1950s/60s his designs could be seen everywhere, including the Festival of Britain, Coventry Cathedral, the Royal Shakespere Company and Concorde. He also designed distinctive ceramics, ‘Tigo-Ware’, to complement his textiles. Tibor Ltd is being relaunched by his grandson and a Tibor Reich retrospective opens at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester in January (see p.11).


Focus on Studio Ceramics: York Art Gallery and a Private Collection
Monday 7 March 2016

York Art Gallery recently reopened after an £8 million renovation which included the creation of the new Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA) (see p.4). The Gallery holds an extensive and representative collection of British studio ceramics with more than 5000 works. Helen Walsh, the curator of ceramics, will give us a private tour of CoCA. There will be time to explore the galleries on your own.
In the afternoon we will visit a private collection that includes ceramics as well as metalwork by W.A.S. Benson and Italian 20th-century glass, and meet York ceramicist Ben Arnup, who will talk about his work.


Visit to Pugin’s House ‘The Grange’ in Ramsgate
Wednesday 13 April 2016

‘We should have had no Morris, no Street, no Shaw, no Webb, no Bodley, no Rossetti, no Burne-Jones. No Crane, but for Pugin.’ J.D. Sedding 1888
The Grange was built by A.W.N Pugin as his family home from 1843 onwards. His approach was ground-breaking at the time. Functions and materials were frankly expressed and all aspects of the interiors richly and colourfully decorated to his own designs. Pugin also designed and paid for St Augustine Church next door.

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Foreign Tours 2016

Late May/June 2016

Alex Werner and Ann Eatwell will lead a five-day visit to Helsinki which will focus on Jugendstil and Modernism, the works of Aalto and Saarinen and the Finnish glass industry.

Dresden and Beyond
Late September 2016

with Harriet Landseer

Please send expressions of interest in all cases to Margaret Baird, margaretjbaird@gmail


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