What's On?


9th November

compiled by
Newbury & District
Arts Association
West Berkshire Museum

  10 November

Painting Ceramic Christmas Decorations

Adult Workshop

- 1pm

This popular workshop starts with a brief talk about the history of the Christmas tree and its decorations followed by hands- on painting of 4 ceramic Christmas decorations of your choice out of the vast collection of Roelofs and Rubens bisque shapes.

There is plenty of instruction and help at hand for you to create your own unique Christmas decorations.

The decorations will be taken away for firing, finished with beads and ribbon and delivered or posted to your house. Materials, beads and ribbon and postage are all included in the price.

Tutor: Piet van den Beuken, Roelofs and Rubens Blue and White Tableware http://roelofsrubens.co.uk

£40 per person



Continuing this week

Double Bill

  8 Nov - 10 Nov

The Zoo

Double Bill of Dido and Aeneas/Sullivan

on 8/9th 2.30 on 10th

This year, Kennet Opera offer two productions for the price of one - and what a bill!  Though both by English composers, it would be hard to find two more contrasting pieces. The first, Henry Purcell's unspeakably moving Dido and Aeneas, chronicles the doomed affair of the legendary queen of Carthage and the Trojan hero. Containing some of the most heart-rending arias in all opera, including the famous lament, it also presents sorcerers and spirits, sailors and courtiers, in a succession of pulsating, passionate choruses.

From the sublime? to Arthur Sullivan. A real rarity, The Zoo is an early work, sans Gilbert, but fully in the G&S tradition of a ludicrous plot set to a rollicking and charming score. Aesculpius, hopelessly in love with the lovely Laetitia, determines  to hurl himself into the bear pit at London Zoo.  With interventions from the virtuous Eliza, a disguised peer of the realm, Laetitia's overbearing father and the appalled crowd, will love prevail?  I think we all know the answer to that.

Julian Trevelayn

  7 Nov - 21 Dec

Julian Trevelayn

A Magician for his Time

Wed-Sat: 10-4pm

Bohun Gallery's superb collection of paintings, collage and etchings explores the diversity and development of this pioneering artist throughout the 20th century. One of the key works in this selling show is 'Tisbury', a collage dated 1937. The 1930s were fertile years for the young Trevelyan who had benefitted from three years spent at Stanley Hayter's printing studio, Atelier 17, in Paris where he met Klee, Picasso and Miro. It was in this atmosphere that he turned to Surrealism and became a founding member of the British Surrealist Group whilst also becoming involved with the Mass Observation Group. Very few remain, but Trevelyan's collages from his involvement with Mass Observation are regarded as a critical part of his development bringing together so many strands of his artistic development during the 1930s.

Bohun Gallery's show includes a number of early oil paintings depicting the views from his home and studio at Durham Wharf on the banks of the London Thames, which became home to Trevelyan and his wife Mary Fedden in 1951. The Wharf became an important focus for London's artistic circles of the time and provided continued artistic inspiration for Trevelyan until his death in 1988. A particularly charming painting dated 1967 depicts the gardens at Durham Wharf, with one of Julian?s beloved cats staring out at us distant views of a Tug boat on the Thames beyond.

Director of Bohun Gallery, Patricia Jordan-Evans first met Julian in 1982 at Durham Wharf and there began a long and happy working relationship. Her words, taken from the Catalogue Raisonne of Trevleyan's etchings, best describe the enchanting and captivating qualities of this pioneering artist:

'I have always found that to be surrounded by Julian Trevelyan's images was a magical experience which has not diminished with time. His work was unlike that of any other artist I knew. Full of ingenuity and insight, it had an unmistakable quirky humour. Julian's images offered me a world of real originality, of spatial paradox and a delicious, intelligent simplicity devoid of cynicism.  His profound vision has resulted in a series of unique achievements which include a wonderful body of paintings, collages and etchings. In the poet Kathleen Raine's words, he was truly:

'a Magician for his time and generation - he was our Enchanter'

is supported by:
West Berkshire District Council