Fine Art Events

image7Saturday 16th 10.30am
Kieron Williamson
In conversation with Adrian Hill - including painting demonstration
St Andrew's Church, Exhibition Tents, Holt

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Kieron Williamson Skeletal Trees pastel 5x7ins

John Craxton a Life of GiftsMonday 25th 10.30am
John Craxton - A Life of Gifts by Ian Collins
Lecture & Book Signing 
St Andrew's Church, Holt

£8.00 (Plus booking fee £1.21)
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John Craxton (1922-2009) the subject of this year’s festival exhibition Craxton-Picasso, was championed from the age of 19 as one of the great hopes of modern painting in Britain. 

He and Lucian Freud worked in adjoining London studios for much of the war, when Craxton was mentored by Graham Sutherland and John Piper.

Craxton escaped in 1946 to Greece, where he found creative inspiration for the rest of his life. The dark, melancholic images of the war years – with haunted solitary figures emblematic portraits of the artist himself – vanished as he became absorbed in the light, life and landscapes of the Aegean.

A consummate portraitist of cats, goats and people – a lover of food, wine and music in good company – John Craxton painted pleasure and lived it.

20220507 160921 3Tuesday 26th 10.30am
Golden Horizons: Cyril Connolly & Literary London 1939-1950
D J Taylor
Lecture & Book Signing
St Andrew's Church, Holt

£8.00 (Plus booking fee £1.21)
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Whitbread Prize for Biography winner D J Taylor talks about the figures involved at Horizon magazine in the forties - the most significant platform for emerging writers and artists. Among the contributors were W H Auden, Cecil Beaton, John Betjeman, Kenneth Clark, John Craxton, Cecil Day-Lewis, Lawrence Durrell, T S Eliot, E M Forster, Lucian Freud, Graham Greene, Barbara Hepworth, Aldous Huxley, Christopher Isherwood, Augustus John, Paul Klee, Osbert Lancaster, André Masson, Henry Miller, Nancy Mitford, Henry Moore, Paul Nash, Ben Nicholson, George Orwell, John Piper, J B Priestley, Herbert Read, Bertrand Russell, Vita Sackville-West, Jean-Paul Satre, Osbert Sitwell, Graham Sutherland, Dylan Thomas, Peter Ustinov, H G Wells, Virginia Woolf and a young James Lord.

The story will be told underneath the wonderful Alberto Giacometti bronze chandelier which hung in the Horizon office in Bedford Square, London.

“Taylor is marking out a territory as distinct and disturbing as Graham Greene.”

In addition to his book on Horizon the Times Book of the Year  - Lost Girls, he will be signing his most recent book Stewkey Blues.

image002Tuesday 26th 7.00pm
Ill Met by Moonlight
Dirk Bogarde
The Venue, Holt

£5.00 (Plus booking fee £0.98)
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Continuing the festival's Greek theme, this movie tells the true story of Paddy Leigh Fermor's war-time exploits on Crete (see Craxton-Picasso exhibition).

A BBC journalist once termed Paddy Leigh Fermor "a cross between Indiana JonesJames Bond and Graham Greene". A look at the Craxton-Picasso exhibition at the festival will confirm the latter, he is often referred to as Britain’s greatest travel writer, and this film will confirm the Indiana Jones & James Bond elements of that remark, although this too manages a quote from Homer in the opening text.

Directed by Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger and among the most popular films of 1957, this classic war film tells the true story of Paddy Leigh Fermor’s daring capture of a Nazi general in occupied Crete. The story was affectionately parodied by Spike Milligan in the 1957 Goon Show episode, Ill Met by Goonlight.

Patricia MullensWednesday 27th 10.00am - 4.00pm
Creative Writing Workshop by Patricia Mullin
in response to Craxton-Picasso
Bakers & Larners Cellar, Holt

£65.00 (limited to ten places)
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Patricia Mullin
Formally a designer and graduate of Central St Martins, in 2007 Patricia graduated from Norwich University of the Arts (MA Writing the Visual, Course Director George Szirtes) exploring the relationship between creative and critical writing and visual culture.

Patricia is a qualified teacher who leads site-specific writing courses and workshops linked to, exhibitions, remarkable collections, and iconic buildings. She is an associate tutor at the University of East Anglia (SCVA) where she teaches courses linked to the Robert & Lisa Sainsbury Collection and special exhibitions. She is also a workshop leader on Modern Repose at Cambridge University Murray Edwards College (formally New Hall).

In addition to a very strong visual content the Craxton-Picasso exhibition has an intriguing literary element too - involving Paddy Leigh Fermor and Horizon magazine

Begins with a tour of the Craxton-Picasso exhibition and brief talk by curator James Glennie, after questions and coffee Patricia will lead some short exercises and discussion to get the creative juices flowing. After lunch there will the opportunity to write and craft stories, applying the ideas and techniques discussed during the morning session, along with more discussion and sharing of stories.

Workshop Review
I thought it was very well designed and richly layered course. The structure was really helpful, and the teaching style was warm, supportive, and very informative. There was a nice balance between encouragement and challenge, and we were all accommodated. Every session was lively, stimulating and very enjoyable, inspiring us to go off and try things on our own.

image3Wednesday 27th 10.30am
Eighteenth Century Revisited
A gallery talk by Anthony Fell
Anthony Fell Antiques, Stable Yard, Holt

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image007Thursday 28th 10.30am
Lucy Boydell
In conversation with Colin Rawlings
Red Dot Gallery, Fish Hill, Holt

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HF22 Picasso Vallauris 1956 6Saturday 30th 10.30am
Picasso Ceramics
A brief introduction by James Glennie
St Andrew's Church, Holt

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