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with Linda Smith at The Bakehouse, Bennett Park, Blackheath, London SE3

The first part of this talk concentrates on sculpture from 1900 to the 1930s, looking at the crucial influence of Rodin in rejuvenating the sculptural tradition, and moves on to examine the reaction of the avant-garde which was influenced by non- western cultures. Cubism, which changed sculpture forever, as are the forward looking ideas of the Futurist. The hugely important figure of Giacometti introduces Surrealism which is set against developments in abstraction and the rise of totalitarian art in the thirties.

The second part of this talk concentrates on post war sculptures till 1990s, covering British sculptors and how the United States became the centre of the art world, looking at the work of David Smith, the pre-eminent American sculptor of the period. We move on to modern artists and their cool and detached attitudes inspired by consumer culture both in Europe and the US, and also at the severe and restrained forms of minimalism. These both sit in stark contrast to the organic materials and highly personal symbolism of artists like Joseph Beuys and Eva Hesse.

Registration from 9.45a.m.; First Lecture 10.15 to 11.15; Second Lecture 11.45 to 1.00p.m.
Ticket Price £25; Coffee and Biscuits
Please contact Nancy Bettelley on 020 8852 5432 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A guided tour including paintings by Titian, Rembrandt, Hals and Velazquez; 18th century French porcelain, furniture and gold boxes; princely arms and armour and much more!

Meet at 10.45 am in the Entrance to the Wallace Collection for a 75 min guided tour. Tobias Capwell will lead the armoury part of our tour. Followed by a light lunch in the café (included in the price), and then for those with more energy: hit the shops!

Cost: £25, payable to GDFAS

For more information contact Geraldine Yate: 020 7517 9770

The collection encompasses everyday objects used in the Foundling Hospital. It includes works by Hogarth and other artists as well as the Gerald Coke Handel Collection, an internationally important library and archive relating to Handel and his musical contemporaries. Entry to the special exhibition on poetry and illustration is included.

Cost: £15, meet at 10.45am in the entrance to the Foundling Museum.

For more information contact Geraldine Yate on 020 7517 9770.




Our next exciting visit, to the Conservation Department of Royal Museums Greenwich's new premises in Kidbrooke, will start with a short presentation in the Seminar Room to give an overview of the site.  Elizabeth Hamilton-Eddy, Senior Paintings Conservator, will then take us around the five conservation sections where we will have an opportunity to see the building and some of the work that is being undertaken at present.

Meet at 10.30 am in the Entrance of The Prince Philip Collection Maritime Centre, Nelson Mandela Rd, Kidbrooke, SE3 9QS. The tour will end by 12.30 with a coffee break in the middle.

Cost: £15 Payable to Arts Society Greenwich

20 places

For more information see our website or contact Geraldine Yate:

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020 7517 9770

Tickets from Geraldine.

Parking is very limited on site but there are 2 disabled bays which I can book if you require them. Kidbrooke Station is very close and the 286 and 386 buses stop quite close also. There is a lift at the Centre. I shall organise a visitor pass for each participant.

If arriving into Kidbrooke Railway Station, cross over to Platform 1 and exit via the ticket office. From exiting the station, walk over the pedestrian bridge which leads back across the railway tracks; follow the path through the underpass. When you exit the underpass, PPMCC is the large grey and black clad building directly in front of you. To access the building follow the path to the left and press the buzzer on the first gate to the site that you will see on your right. 

178 and B16 buses stop near the station. Leave the bus at the station and follow the directions above.


132 and 286 buses stop on Rochester way. The main entrance to the site is off of Nelson Mandela Way. The entrance gate will be easy to spot.


Join us for a guided tour of this exciting new exhibition uniting the ancient art of fan making with street art by the creation of 60 contemporary fans. Also explore the permanent display. We will then enjoy afternoon tea in the Orangery.

Meet at 1.15 pm at Reception, the Fan Museum, 12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich, SE10 8ER

Cost: £20, payable to GDFAS

For more information see our website or contact Geraldine Yate: 020 7517 9770

 Discover your inner rebel!

Following an introduction to the Museum (which relocated in 2016), we will take a self-guided tour of Ferrari: Under the Skin. This exhibition, which has received rave reviews, covers Ferrari’s history from Enzo’s early racers to Michael Schumacher and the latest hybrid models.

Meet 10.45 in the Entrance Hall of the museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street. £20 (£15 with Art Fund Pass) - cheques payable to Arts Society Greenwich.

Tickets from Geraldine Yate: 0207 517 9770 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Highgate Cemeteries are Grade 1 listed. The West Cemetery is only accessible by guided tour. Enjoy its Victorian architecture. The East Cemetery is very atmospheric and is the burial site of a number of well-known people including Karl Marx.

Meet at 11.15 am at the Entrance to the West Cemetery for a 90 min guided tour. Lunch in Highgate Village (pay for ourselves) at Cote Brasserie. Then to the East Cemetery for a self-guided tour with map.

Cost: £20 payable to GDFAS

Tube to Archway, then bus 143, 210 or 271 for 2 stops to Waterlow Park. 20 places. For more information contact Geraldine Yate: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 020 7517 0770

NB The terrain in the West Cemetery is uneven, so wear sensible shoes. If you don’t fancy a full day you could meet us at lunch (having explored Highgate Village) and pay £4 at the Entrance to the East Cemetery.

A Behind the scenes tour led by one of the resident Brothers.

Discover the recently restored buildings of the Charterhouse which began in 1371 housing Carthusian monks on the site of a Black Death burial ground.  It became a great aristocratic house of Tudor London and then Europe’s most well-endowed charity.  The history of the site and of the Brothers' lifestyles through the centuries will be explored.

Members should make their own way to the venue and meet at 2pm:

The Charterhouse
58 Charterhouse St

Nearest tube stations: Barbican and Farringdon

Nearest rail station: Farringdon Thameslink

Cost: £15 Payable at the Charterhouse

20 places available

For more information, please contact
Geraldine Yate: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 020 7517 0770


at the Bakehouse, Bennett Park, Blackheath, London SE3

The language of symbols is a fascinating study, and one that is essential for a full understanding of art, whether medieval or modern. During this Study Morning we will look at works of art from the 14th to the 20th centuries to examine the way in which artists have used signs and symbols to give deeper layers of meaning to their work.

Ticket Price £25

Registration 10:00am
First Lecture 10:15 to 11:15am
Coffee and Biscuits
Second Lecture 11:45am to 1:00pm

Please contact Nancy Bettelley on 020 8852 5432 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

From where we stayed in Silema, over 25 members spent 6 days exploring the history and art of this beautiful island.

Discover the story of how Jewish ceramicists transformed British studio pottery and influenced successive generations of ceramic artists.

A self-guided visit to the Jewish Museum including a demonstration by potter Irina Razumovskaya.

Meet at 11.15 at:
The Jewish Museum
Raymond Burton House
129 -131 Albert House
London NW1 7NB

Nearest station:
Camden Town Underground

Cost £6 adult, or £5 concession for a group of 10+, payable at the Jewish Museum

Other visits have included: Theatreland Walk; Mansion House; Cinema Museum; St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel; 2 Temple Place; Goddington and Great Dixter; Dinner at Royal Blackheath Golf Club; Summer Concert and Dinner with Peter Medhurst.