Event: Thomas Hardy and John Stuart Mill by Demelza Hookway

John Stuart Mill

John Stuart Mill

This is the first in a series of five lectures about Thomas Hardy and is part of a larger project from a Hardy Country working group which includes Dorset County Museum, the National Trust and the University of Exeter.  Designed to promote knowledge and understanding of Hardy, the lectures will provide a physical experience of this ongoing project to revise the profile of Thomas Hardy both locally and nationally.  The addition of lectures by academics studying Hardy provides a link to contemporary ideas about him and his work and a link to a public who know Hardy only from his novels.

Demelza Hookway of the University of Exeter opens the series with a talk about Hardy and John Stuart Mill – a British philosopher and political economist and an influential contributor to social and political theory.  Hardy called John Stuart Mill “one of the profoundest thinkers” of the nineteenth century. This talk will show how he was both a critic and a champion of Mill’s ideas as he tested them out in his novels.

Demelza‘s talk on Thomas Hardy and John Stuart Mill takes place at Dorset County Museum on Thursday 25th April at 7.30pm.  Entry is free but a donation of £3 is encouraged to cover costs – everyone is welcome and there is no need to book. Doors open at 7pm.

For further information contact the Museum on 01305 262735 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org

Forthcoming Lectures at the Dorset County Museum:

  • Thurs 25th July: Dr Peter Robson, ‘Hardy and Dorset Folklore’
  • Thurs 29th August: Samantha Briggs, University of Exeter, ‘Hardy and Architecture’
  • Thurs 26th Sept: Dr Tony Fincham, Chairman of the Thomas Hardy Society, ‘Hardy’s Landscapes’
  • Thurs 24th Oct: Professor Tim Kendall, University of Exeter, ‘Hardy’s Poetry of the First World War’

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Event: Tom Chadwick and the Grosvenor School of Modern Art by Julian Francis

The Proverbs by Tom Chadwick

The Proverbs by Tom Chadwick

Julian Francis has recently published a book on the life and art of Tom Chadwick who was born in 1912 and was killed at the Battle of El Alamein in October 1942 whilst serving with the 3rd Hussars.

Tom Chadwick is a relatively unknown artist though his name carries a mystique based solely on his work, although there are less than thirty know engravings.  Fellow students held his work in awe and the head of the Grosvenor School of Modern Art, Iain Macnab, said that Chadwick was his finest pupil.  His time at the school is detailed in the book, and his paintings and wood engravings reflect his travels to exotic places during the 1930s before he joined up in 1939. Chadwick had a phenomenal technical grasp of texture and pattern, and his finest work displays an unequalled intricacy of design.

Julian’s illustrated talk on Tom Chadwick takes place at Dorset County Museum on Thursday 18th April at 7.30pm.  Entry is free but a donation of £3 is encouraged to cover costs – everyone is welcome and there is no need to book.

For further information contact the Museum on 01305 262735 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org

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Up Close and Personal: Contemporary Reflections on Ancient Wessex

Chris Miller © 2012

Chris Miller © 2012

Deep personal experience has prompted surprising responses by 24 contemporary artists to Dorset County Museum’s rich collection.  The exhibition – Encounters – which opened at the Museum in February, appeals to a wide audience, both young and old.  It contains an fascinating range of concepts in a variety of different, and in some cases highly unusual, media.

The members of Wessex Contemporary Arts have worked with the Museum’s support to present works that are both a response to the collections and a development of their own working practice. The archaeological holdings of the Museum have, not surprisingly, been the focus of the largest number of artists.

There are several workshops and ‘meet the artists’ events scheduled throughout the spring months to bring the Encounters concept alive and encourage a greater understanding of how contemporary arts can be part of everyone’s experience.

The artists, all from Wessex Contemporary Arts, will be there personally to talk about their work between 10.30am and 12.00pm on 4th and 11th April. Come along to meet them, hear about their work and find out what inspired them.  Some of the artists are also running workshops to encourage tactile engagement with processes and concepts that are at the heart of Contemporary art.  The next of these,  an experimental drawing encounter with artists Jindra Jehu and Louise Roll, takes place at the Museum on Saturday 30th March between 10.30am and 12.00pm.  This is excellent value at just £3.00 per person, it is suitable for all ages and there is no need to book.

On Saturday 27th April Bill Crumbleholme is holding a workshop for adults on Neolithic Grooved Ware Pottery, and on Saturday 11th May Susan Hughes is running a portrait drawing workshop – this activity is suitable for adults and children over 13.

Both activities cost £7.50 per person and advance booking is essential – contact the Museum Shop on 01305 756827 for further details and to book.

Encounters: Wessex Contemporary Artists meet Dorset County Museum runs until 7th June 2013 and entry to the exhibition is free.  For further information pick up an exhibition leaflet at the Museum shop or visit the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org.