Fine Art Events

schwittersThursday 20th 11am
Let's Talk About Art
The Meeting Room, St Andrew's Church, Holt
Free (donations on the day welcome)
Maximum 20 people - booking essential

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Hosted by Phil Barrett, who has run a Let’s Talk About Art discussion group in North-Norfolk for many years, this session will focus on the important small collage by Kurt Schwitters in the festival exhibition German Expressionists & The Third Reich. Referencing other artists and work for comparison and context, the talk will last 1½ to 2 hours. It will not be an art historical lecture but a chance to air and share thoughts, ideas and observations about the work, involving discussion of what, when, where, how, why and who, looking at style, technique, size, composition etc. No previous knowledge or experience necessary just a willingness to look, learn and listen with an open-mind.

Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948) Afrika, collage 1925/6, signed inscribed and dated 1925

1984 CabaretThursday 20th
Double Bill
Nineteen-Eighty-Four at 6.15pm
Followed by
Cabaret at 8.15pm
The Meeting Room, St Andrew's Church, Holt
Free (donations on the day welcome)
1984 running time: 1hour 53mins / rated 15
Cabaret running time: 2hours 4mins / rated X

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A double bill of free film screenings.

Starting with the classic dystopian drama Nineteen-Eighty-Four based on George Orwell’s book and starring Richard Burton, John Hurt, Susanna Hamilton and Cyril Cusack.

This film is screened ahead of the fascinating discussion with Orwell’s biographer and others at 4pm on Friday 21st - see below for details.

Followed by the classic 1972 film Cabaret.

Set in Berlin during the Weimar Republic in 1931 under the growing presence of the Nazi Party. Winner of 8 Academy Awards and starring Lisa Minelli, Michael York and Joel Grey.

Enjoy a glass of wine while watching these classic films which are so relevant to the festival exhibition German Expressionists & The Third Reich. The exhibition will be open until 8.15pm on Friday 21st.

gallery talk3Friday 21st 2.15pm
German Expressionists, Hitler’s Purge, Fleeing Artists & Something of Their Legacy
St Andrew's Church Meeting Room, Holt
£8.50 (plus 58p booking fee)
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An illustrated talk by James Glennie, co-curator of this year's festival exhibition, German Expressionists & The Third Reich.

James is also co-editor and co-author of a new book being launched at the festival entitled German Expressionists & The Important Collection at Leicester Museum. The book is A4 with approaching 500 illustrations and will cost £26.50.

orwellcoverFriday 21st 4.00pm
Orwell, Hitler, Stalin & The Road to Nineteen-Eighty-Four
A conversation with D J Taylor and others
St Andrew's Church Meeting Room, Holt
£13.50 (plus 83p booking fee)
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D J Taylor is the Whitbread Award-winning biographer of George Orwell, whose Nineteen-Eighty-Four about a dystopian future where critical thought is suppressed under a totalitarian rule, followed soon after the regimes of Hitler and Stalin. D J Taylor will be joined by eminent historians of this fascinating period of 20th century history.

CreativeWriting2Wednesday 26th 10am-4pm
Creative Writing Course
relating to the exhibition
German Expressionists & The Third Reich

St Andrew's Church Marquees, Holt
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Following the success of last year’s Creative Writing Course in response to the festival’s Craxton-Picasso show, Patricia Mullin is back by popular demand, to enthuse participants about an exhibition which exudes an entirely different atmosphere.

 Author and teacher Patricia, 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 and Lisa Sainsbury collection and special exhibitions and a workshop leader on Modern Repose at Cambridge University Murray Edwards College (formally New Hall).

There will be a break for lunch, please bring your own.

MBSaturday 22nd 10am-12noon
Art Workshop for Adults
With artist Mary Blue
The Meeting Room, St Andrew's Church, Holt
£30 including materials
Maximum 12 people
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Observe, draw, make your own German Expressionist style image.

Fold charcoal paper into eight sections then observe elements within or without the church, draw parts of St Andrew’s Church that catch your eye onto various sections of the paper, then unfold the paper and look at the marks you've made. In the marquee taking a new sheet of paper using charcoal, coloured pencil, pastel, and ink, create your own expressionist drawing using memory and the observed drawing as a springboard for a new work.  

The workshop includes a tour of the exhibition, a creative demonstration, coffee, time creating and making followed by discussion of finished work and sharing what you have learned. 

Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956) Park II charcoal drawing 1914

John HurtSunday 23rd 6pm
Holt Festival Art Prize Awards
Winners' accouncements at 7pm

Glandford Studios, Manor Farm Barns, Glandford, Nr Holt, NR25 7JP

Visit this year's Art Prize Shortlist Exhibitions at the new venue in Glandford just outside Holt. The winners' will be annouced at 7pm.

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