STUDY DAY Organiser Penny Elles

Wednesday March 4th 2020 

The Romantic Spirit; A study day on Music and the Arts  by Peter Medhurst and Jeremy Lund(Pianist)

Click here for more information on Peter.
Many of you will remember Peter's  Lecture on "Vivaldi in Venice" in April 2017. A great presentation of words, music and images!

More information nearer the time!

Wednesday October 3rd 2018 :  Click HERE to download an application form

 Fakes and Forgeries and the Art Beat. by Malcolm Kenwood.

The day reveals actual case studies, demonstrating the lengths forgers will go to in passing off works as legitimate. Skilled forgers capable of imitating well known artists have provided the ability to dupe many at the highest level within the art market. Experts have estimated that a high percentage of all works within the art market are fake. These scams ultimately inflict considerable damage to collectors and the trade. ‚Äč

Malcolm Kenwood is an experienced retired specialist police and private detective, investigating art and antique crime.

Formerly the Recoveries Director for the Art Loss Register which operates an international commercial database of stolen cultural property, he formed his own company and developed training programmes designed to educate law enforcement officers in all aspects of this area of criminal activity, undertaken in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Art and Antiques Unit at New Scotland Yard, London.

The cost of the day was £42.00  

Venue: R.N.Y.C Rhu


 Thursday 9th February 2017

From Magic Lanterns to Metro Goldwyn Mayer.  Lecturer: Dr Geri Parlby 

The birth of the Silver Screen and the art that surrounded it.  In this Study Day we will be looking at how the Motion Picture industry first developed throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries and how it inspired some of the great artists of the early 20th century. 

Geri Parlby is a former Fleet Street journalist and film publicist She has a first class honours degree in History and Theology, a Masters in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute and a Theology doctorate from Roehampton University in London. She has been lecturing for the past eleven years both in the UK and internationally and she is also principal lecturer on the NADFAS South West Area’s History of Art course and is an Honorary Research Fellow at Roehampton University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

The cost of the day was £35.00

Venue: R.N.Y.C Rhu



Wednesday, 17th February 2016.

The Joy and the Torment.- Monet and the Impressionists led by Douglas Skeggs 

 The life of Monet remains one of the most uplifting and inspiring stories in art history. Attacked, misunderstood, jeered at, or often simply ignored for almost thirty years, he lived to see his ideas transform the way in which we see nature. The Study Day follows his career from childhood on the Seine estuary to the hard times in Paris and Argentueil to his final triumphant years at Giverny. It looks at the development of his techniques, his battles with officialdom, his private life with friends and family, and the extraordinary vision that was his legacy. 

Monet was also passionate about food so lunch will be themed to include recipes from his personal cookery notebooks.

                    Coq au Vin with boulangere and Dauphinoise poatatoes and seasonal vegetables

                     Cherry clafoutis with thick pouring cream, tea or coffee


Douglas Skeggs read Fine arts at Magdalene College, Cambridge and has lectured on paintings for more than 30 years. He has led many tours around Europe and is Cultural Advisor to Ultimate Travel. He has written and presented various TV documentaries, most notably on Whistler and William Morris. His book on Monet,"Rivers of light", has sold 30,000 copies in France, America and Britain.

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