Five or six visits are arranged each year, usually day trips, by coach, to a variety of locations ranging from London galleries or museums to little-known houses and gardens. All members are very welcome on these visits.
Tickets go on sale at the lecture meeting two or three months beforehand. Full details of the visit, including cost, will be on the notice board at the front of the hall where one of the Visit Organisers will sell tickets. If you are not able to pay that day, a ticket can be reserved. If you are missing a lecture meeting and would like to purchase a ticket, it may, at the discretion of the organisers, be reserved by telephoning a Visit Organiser. Initially tickets are only available to ADFAS members. If there are places remaining they are opened up to non members. Once sold, tickets cannot normally be returned for a refund, unless there is a waiting list and the ticket can be resold.
Forthcoming visits are:
Wednesday 10 July 2013
Burghley House, Lincolnshire
Built and mostly designed by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, between 1555 and 1587, the main part of the House has 35 major rooms on the ground and first floors. There are more than 80 lesser rooms and numerous halls, corridors, bathrooms and service areas. The lead roof extends to three quarters of an acre, restoration and rebuilding of which began in 1983 and took nearly ten years to complete. Visitor facilities include the Orangery restaurant, gift shop, gardens and beautiful walks around the historic parkland laid out by Capability Brown and still occupied by a herd of fallow deer.
On arrival we will receive an introductory talk and cup of coffee before taking a self-guided tour of the house. Audio guides are available. Lunch and afternoon are at your leisure.
Tickets on sale from April 2013
Thursday 26 September 2013
Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life, Tate Britain, London
This is the first major public exhibition of landscapes by L S Lowry since his death in 1976. It brings together around eighty works, including Tate’s own pictures Coming out of School and The Pond, as well as other significant loans. Tate Britain states:
The show aims to re-assess Lowry’s contribution as part of a wider art history and to argue for his achievement as Britain’s pre-eminent painter of the industrial city. What was the nature of that achievement? Although Lowry’s most frequent subjects were drawn from a pattern of streets he tramped daily for a living – he worked for most of his life as a rent collector – his is not straightforwardly a ‘realist’ art. Nor is it ‘impressionist’, though there are few 20th-century British artists, the show will argue, who engaged more fruitfully with the French tradition. If Lowry, as one critic put it, did not ‘serve up the latest … from abroad’, he was all the more able to reach back to where the 19th-century ‘painters of modern life’ had left off.
Tickets on sale from June 2013
Wednesday 27 November 2013
Australia, Royal Academy, London
This is the first survey of Australian art in the UK in over 50 years. The exhibition will reveal the development of Australian art through over 180 paintings, prints and drawings, watercolours, photographs and multimedia works, incorporating settlers’ images of the land from the beginning of the nineteenth century to today, together with art by Aboriginal Australians. The RA states: The exhibition will consider the tensions both real and imagined between the landscape as a source of production, enjoyment, relaxation and inspiration, and conversely as a place loaded with mystery and danger.
Tickets on sale from September 2013
Royal Albert Hall and a Kensington Museum, London
Details to follow
For details of past visits please click here.