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A Closer look……………….with Fiona James

The first of a series of talks, the idea being to encourage a more questioning approach to an artist or a work of art, even if the artist is quite familiar.

The first talk will take a longer look at a painting by the seventeenth century Dutch artist, Johannes Vermeer.  The painting is entitled The Art of Painting.

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The subject of the painting is an artist painting his female model. At first glance there is nothing very unusual about that but the more we look at the painting the more intriguing it becomes as we wonder about the relationship between the artist and the model and then when we learn that Vermeer kept this painting with him for the rest of his life we have to assume it was very special to him. What did this painting mean to Vermeer?

Vermeer never gave an explanation but if we look closely at what is in the painting and think about the way it has been painted and what the artist has focused on then perhaps we can come up with some possible answers.

About a Closer Look

So in A Closer Look the aim is to take a longer, slower look at the painting followed by a bit of time at the end of the presentation when members of the audience are invited to contribute their own observations or questions.

We hope you will join Fiona James in the first of the Closer Looks at art.

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Coronavirus information

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We have reduced the number of tickets available for each event in line with the latest government guidelines on distancing.

The new seating layout for audience events offers single seats and sets of two, three and four at tables or in the tiered rows at the recommended separations.

At the same time we have upgraded our online booking process so that customers can book specific seats or tables for every event. This means that you will know in advance where you will be seated.

Hygiene measures

We provide hand sanitiser points for everyone visiting the Goods Shed and cafe.

Please wear a face covering while inside the building, including moving to and from your seat, except while you are eating and drinking, or unless you have an exemption.

As well as giving the auditorium a thorough clean before and after performances, have put in place a new flow system designed to keep users the regulation distance apart while getting to and from their seats.

If you feel unwell before attending

If you or a member of your party booking has potential symptoms of Covid19 (or any other infectious condition), please do not attend the event. Contact our Administrator on 01666 505496, who will be able to help you obtain a refund for your Please have your booking reference and the payment card you used to hand when you call.


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