2020 Programme of Events

estorik
Tuesday 21 January 2020
The Estorick Collection

For Tullio Crali (1910-2000) Futurism was not simply a style of painting, but an attitude to life itself. His powerful work captures the dynamism of the natural and mechanical worlds but is particularly associated with the genre of ‘aeropainting’. This exhilarating exhibition explores every phase of the artist’s remarkably coherent career, featuring a large number of rarely seen works from the 1920s to the 1980s.

Stephen Hough
Tuesday 24 March 2020
International Piano Series

Following the success of the introduction of music into our 2019 programme, we are delighted to include a piano recital by Stephen Hough when he will play works by J S Bach, Chopin and Liszt. Stephen Hough is one of the most distinctive artists of his generation and combines a distinguished career as a concert pianist and composer and writer. He has been named by The Economist as one of Twenty Living Polymaths.

John Soanes Museum
Tuesday 21 April 2020
Sir John Soane’s Museum

This was formerly the home of the neo-classical architect John Soane and it holds many drawings and models of his projects, together with the collections of paintings, drawings and antiquities that he assembled. The collection remains one of London’s richest and most eccentric treasure troves. Our private morning visit, when the museum is closed to the public, will also incorporate the private quarters where the Soane family lived.

South Asia gallery
Wednesday 20 May 2020
South Asia Gallery at the British Museum

A morning visit to the British Museum for a talk by an expert about Speaking Statues in the South Asia Gallery in conjunction with the images on display revealing earthy, animistic, colourful and lively Hinduism. We will also examine Buddhism.

final glass chair
Thursday 18 June 2020
Danny Lane Studio Visit

We have been invited to an early evening visit to Danny Lane’s studio situated in Wormwood Scrubs. Danny Lane is an American artist, best known for his glass and steel sculpture. He first came to attention on the 1980’s through his art furniture but moved into large scale public sculpture in the 1990’s, being responsible for Borealis, believed to be the largest glass sculpture in the world. Danny’s work can be seen in public spaces and collections worldwide.

Stationers Hall
Wednesday 15 July 2020
Stationer’s Hall

A late morning visit for a tour of the Church of St Martins within Ludgate and Stationers Hall situated in the City of London near St Paul’s Cathedral. The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers is a livery company and was formed n 1403, receiving its royal charter in 1557. The site of the resent hall was formerly the site of Abergavenny House which was purchased by the Stationers in 1606 but was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. The current building and hall date from c.1670 but it was remodelled in 1800 by the renowned architect Robert Mylne.

Salisbury
September 2020
Salisbury

In recognition of the 800th anniversary of the founding of Salisbury, originally called New Sarum, and its iconic cathedral we shall be hosting an extended trip to this city, which will incorporate visits to several important houses and private art collections. Precise dates and details will be announced in due course.

Cloth of Gold
Wednesday 28 October 2020
Field of the Cloth of Gold

At the Field of the Cloth of Gold a tournament took place as part of a summit in June 1520 between King Henry VIII of England and King Frances I of France. The summit was arranged to cement the bond of friendship between the two kings following the Anglo-French treaty of 1514. To commemorate the 500th anniversary and to bring to life this extraordinary event we are hosting an early evening talk at the Art Workers Guild in Queen Square, Holborn.

Reform Club
Thursday 12 November 2020
Treasures at the Reform Club

A morning visit for a rare opportunity to see some of the treasures that are not normally on display at the Reform Club, including a First Folio edition of Shakespeare dated 1623, Queen Victoria’s engraved wine glass of 1844, Barry’s architectural drawings of the Reform Clubhouse, Sir John Lavery’s portrait of Asquith and a tour of the club to see the caricatures collection.

watermans Hall
Thursday 3 December 2020. 6.30 – 8pm
Members Only Christmas Drinks Party

We are delighted to invite all members of The Circles of Art to the annual Christmas Drinks Party which will be held this year at Watermen’s Hall in the City of London. The Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames was founded in 1514 when the earliest Act of Parliament for regulating watermen, wherrymen and bargemen received Royal Assent from King Henry V111. The Company moved into their magnificent purpose-built hall in 1780.