On Thursday 14 February, John Smith welcomed Chris Alexander who gave an interesting lecture “Cosmonauts and Cotton-pickers – Soviet Central Asian Mosaics and the use of public art as propaganda”, which included fascinating art and mosaics from several countries in Russia/Central Asia.

Tickets went on sale for the Visit to the Design Museum and Kensington Palace on 20 March and a Special Interest Day on 4 April “Embroidery and Tapestry from 10th – 16th Century”. Two one hour lectures in the morning at Riverhouse Barn, Walton on Thames.

Elmbridge Council is hosting an exhibition ‘Moving Art’ where artists aged 15+ are invited to submit one piece of art to be exhibited from 30 July at the Robert Phillips Gallery, Riverhouse Barn – submissions open until 1 April 2019. Approved applicants will be entered into an Elmbridge Artists Directory. For further information contact: arts

John also asked for any member who was a volunteer at a Heritage site should let him know – at present members support The Foundling Museum, Painshill Park and Watts Gallery.

Members were also encouraged to bring a guest to our lecture meeting – if possible a phone call/email to Margaret Sale in advance.

March’s meeting will be “Habitat Catalogued – an Insider’s Story” with Caroline Mac-Donald Haig – an insider’s view of how Terence Conran’s vision and determination changed the way we live now.

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