Children from two local primary schools, Bell Farm and Burhill, have emerged as winners in the National Chairman’s Young Arts Competition 2017. Its theme – ‘Precious’- was reflected in an ingeniously diverse range of 33 artworks including sculptures, drawings, photographs, pottery and collages.
The winners in the 8-10 Years Category were six Year 5 children attending Burhill Primary School who had submitted a group entry of Queen Victoria’s Crown forming a mosaic of nine decorated tiles. Also successful were two 11 year old pupils from Bell Farm Primary School who were Highly Commended for their entries – a colourful sculpture of a baby and an intricate treasure chest.
This was the first time local schools participated in the National Chairman’s Young Arts Competition and we are delighted with their success and the quality of the artworks produced. Our congratulations to everybody involved in this project.
Our next lecture is by Brian Slater who is talking on ‘Photography as Fine Art’ in Hersham Village Hall on 11 May at 2:30pm.
Should we accept that the very best photographs can be regarded as Fine Art? This question is at the heart of a lecture which argues that photography can equal, not to say excel, more traditional disciplines in the key genres of portraiture, landscape and still life. Photography, moreover, has carved its own area of excellence in depicting the human condition. All these ideas are discussed with reference to the work of some of the acknowledged masters of photography, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Fay Goodwin, Bill Brandt, Ansel Adams and Wolfgang Tillmans.
Brian Slater’s chief interests lie in photography, architecture and history and he combines all three in his lecturing career. He has taught at University College London since 1997 and became an Art Society lecturer in 2003. He is a member of the Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography and an exhibition of his own photographs has been staged at UCL.
NADFAS is changing its name to ‘The Arts Society’ on 17 May 2017 and following an extensive internal review and discussion the Committee decided to recommend changing the name of our society from ‘Walton & Hersham Decorative and Fine Arts Society (WHDFAS)’ to ‘The Arts Society Walton’. In line with this decision our new website is called TheArtsSocietyWalton.org and we are excited by the fact that it will be one of the first in the country to go live with the new name, design and logo.
Simon Rees held a Special Interest Day called “Backstage at the Opera” that was attended by 46 members, a good turnout. Simon established a great rapport with the audience and he gave a wonderfully enthusiastic, entertaining and professional presentation.
David Phillips gave a interesting and entertaining talk on “Income and Inspiration: Financial Secrets of the Masters” that was attended by 132 members and five guests.
The Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre is currently holding an exhibition of tapestries from Mount Felix School. This was a project that we funded under our Young Arts scheme.
Dr James Taylor gave an excellent talk, full of interest and detail, on “Ocean Liner Art – Ships that shaped our lives”. The talk was well attended with 158 members and two guests.
Yasha Beresiner gave an excellent talk on “The Art and Beauty of Old Maps of the World” to 121 members and 11 guests. A wealth of maps was presented with sometimes complex symbolism.