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02 December 2019Talk and Festive Tea Christmas with Giles, Grandma and the Family
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11 September 2019Birmingham Town Hall Visit
05 September 2019Coach Visit to Middleport Pottery
16 July 2019Coach Visit to Chatsworth
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11 April 2019Walking Tour in City of Birmingham
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03 December 2018Talk and Festive Tea: The Twelve Day of Christmas Peter Medhurst
12 October 2018Tour and Tea at Millichope Park (self drive)
24 September 2018National Memorial Arboretum
26 July 2018Moseley Old Hall
04 June 2018Visit to Rodmarton Arts & Crafts House
10 May 2018Visit to Leicester and King Richard III Visitor Centre
10 April 2018TALK AND TEA The Great Exhibition of 1851
07 December 2017'Talk and Tea' A History of Christmas Cards, Valentines and Postcards
22 November 2017Birmingham Royal Ballet Rehearsal of The Nutcracker
17 November 2017Visit to Wightwick Manor
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14 June 2017Barber Institute of Fine Arts and Winterbourne House and Garden
11 May 2017Hodnet Hall Gardens & Combermere Abbey
25 April 2017Talk and Coffee Visit to All Saints Church, Claverley
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01 December 2016'Talk and Tea' Rescuing Zeugma from the Floodwaters of the Euphrates
26 October 2016Piano and Organ Recital at St Mary's, Bridgnorth
30 September 2016Behind the Scenes at Cosford
07 September 2016Compton Verney
26 July 2016Walk and Talk:Weston Park
29 June 2016Visit to Madresfield House and the Morgan Car Factory
21 June 2016Visit to Birmingham Royal Ballet Rehearsal
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16 April 2016Westminster
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Talk and Festive Tea
Christmas with Giles, Grandma and the Family

Monday 02 December 2019

For a great many members of The Arts Society, the cartoonist Carl Giles was as much a part of the festive season as the Christmas tree, crackers and the Queen's Speech. So popular were the Giles annuals as Christmas presents that they helped to make him Britain's best loved, most successful and wealthiest cartoonist. The talk looks at Giles's life and work with a particular emphasis on his seasonal cartoons, particularly those featuring Grandma and the Giles family. They include some of his funniest cartoons but, as the art historian William Feaver pointed out, they also demonstrate that he had few equals when it came to representing Britain in Winter. 

 BarryVenning is an historian of British art with a particular interest in the work of JMW Turner, on whom he has published widely, including the volume on Turner in Phaidon's Art & Ideas series, and several catalogue essays for exhibitions in the UK, Germany, Italy and Poland. He was the BBC's script consultant on Turner's Fighting Temeraire and has recently taken part (2013) in a BBC documentary called The Genius of Turner: Painting the Industrial Revolution. He has also published a study of John Constable's paintings. His interests and his teaching extend from medieval architecture to contemporary British art. He is currently Associate Lecturer with the Open University and lecturing on a freelance basis for The Arts Society, Christie's Education and other organisations.

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