I have just added our talks and trips for the first half of 2017 to the blog, and I'm hoping our website will be updates later on today to reflect this programme. We are still in the process of learning how to use the website, so it's not all running totally smoothly at the moment. The intention is to be able to buy tickets for talks and trips online so you can do this at your convenience.
All members of the Friends will receive an eflyer this morning, hard copies are available at the museum, but the cost of postage makes it too expensive to post them.
We are very excited to have Christopher le Brun as our first speaker, seen in the poster below standing in front of his painting 'Hyperion' purchased by SM&AG 35 years ago. Painter, printer and sculptor, he was born in Portsmouth and trained at the Slade and Chelsea Schools of
Art in London, Le Brun first appeared in several group exhibitions, such
as the influential Zeitgeist exhibition at the Martin-Gropius Bau,
Berlin, and from 1980 onwards, in many solo exhibitions in Britain,
Europe and America. He was a prizewinner at the John Moores Liverpool
exhibitions in 1978 and 1980 and worked in Berlin during 1987-88 as
guest of the DAAD artist’s programme.
He was elected President of the Royal Academy in December 2011. He is
the 26th President since Sir Joshua Reynolds and the youngest to be
elected since Lord Leighton in 1878.