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The Swagger & The Struggle – Richard Ormond & Lachlan Goudie discuss John Singer Sargent

Lifford Hall Lower Green, Broadway

Richard Ormond is the grandson of Violet Sargent Ormond, sister of John Singer Sargent. Former deputy director of the National Portrait gallery and director of the Maritime Museum, he is co-author of the nine volume Catalogue Raisonné of Singer Sargent’s work and curator of two recent major exhibitions of his portraits and watercolours as well [...]

Andrew Graham-Dixon: The double life of Caravaggio

Lifford Hall Lower Green, Broadway

Inhabiting a dark and dangerous world of sex, violence and religion, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio still managed to create some of the greatest paintings in the history of art – despite himself and his circumstances. Art critic, historian, award-winning broadcaster, author and expert on Caravaggio, Andrew Graham-Dixon tells us a part of the artist’s tempestuous tale [...]

Mapp & Lucia, the wonderful world of Riseholme and Tilling: Guy Fraser-Sampson

Lifford Hall Lower Green, Broadway

Witty and entertaining speaker Guy Fraser-Sampson is the author of three Mapp and Lucia novels, all of which were optioned by the BBC. He will be talking about the Cotswolds’ origins of the original stories and of the crazily eccentric loves and lives of their creator, E.F. Benson and his amazing family. Join us in [...]

Sargent’s Women & Afternoon Tea with Author Donna M. Lucey at The Fish

The Fish Hotel Farncombe Estate, Broadway

We are thrilled to welcome New York Times best-seller and award-winning author Donna M. Lucey to this year’s festival to talk about her seductive, multi-layered, new book Sargent’s Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas. In what the New York Times describes as a “rollicking snow globe version of an almost unimaginable world of wealth” Lucey [...]

John Julius Norwich – France: A history from Gaul to De Gaulle (Cancelled)

Lifford Hall Lower Green, Broadway

We are so sorry to inform you that John Julius Norwich has unfortunately had to cancel his talk about The History of France at the festival on the evening of June 12th due to ill health. All those who booked tickets have been refunded in full to their credit card. We are sorry for any [...]

Surviving The Great War – Songs, Humour and Words with Peter Gill.

Broadway Museum & Art Gallery 65 High Street, Broadway

Playwright, actor and musician Peter Gill presents songs, stories, poems and humour from the Western Front of the First World War. As chairman of the Cheltenham and Gloucester Branch of The Western Front Association Peter has a great passion for the subject of the Great War. With visuals and piano, join him in experiencing some [...]

Tales from Afghanistan, Iraq & Iran with Charlie Calder-Potts.

Broadway Museum & Art Gallery 65 High Street, Broadway

British artist Charlie Calder-Potts selects her favourite commissions to date and shares some of the stories, studies and photographs behind her paintings. From her time as an Official War artist with the British Army in Afghanistan to the private sponsorship that took her to the Syrian and Yazidi refugee camps of Northern Iraq Charlie discusses [...]

Talk & Demonstration by Adebanji Alade “The Addictive Sketcher” – BBC The One Show

Lifford Hall Lower Green, Broadway

See BBC One Show Artist in Residence Adebanji Alade, Vice President of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and "Addictive Sketcher" paint an urban landscape in Acrylic abc while talking about his inspirational life as an artist. This 2.5 hour talk and demo is a chance to learn how Adebanji captures people and places and [...]

£15

Exploring Edward Lear – a musical show by Robin Smith

The Guildhouse Stanton Stanton

In this musical show curated for the festival, composer, pianist and arranger Robin Smith explores Lear’s life through his poems with newly commissioned music inspired by his fascination with his story, alongside a display of reimagined illustrations by artist Sallie Taylor and narration by Oliver Taylor. Edward Lear was a man delighted by words and [...]

£15

Gordon Russell: A Champion of Design

The Lygon Arms

Verity Elson, Director of the Gordon Russell Design Museum in Broadway, explores the life and work of one of the most important names in British furniture design. The remarkable story of Gordon Russell and his company spans Arts and Crafts cabinetmaking, Modernism, The Festival of Britain, and beyond. Featuring images from the museum’s unique and [...]

£10

Quilts: From Utility to Art by Linda Seward

The Lygon Arms

This talk traces the development of the quilt, from its origin as a utilitarian item to its rightful place in the world of art. Learn about the three traditional types of quilt, then discover how these styles have evolved into textile art. The talk features antique quilts as well as the exciting work of over [...]

£12

Drawn from Life: The Extraordinary Art & Life of Augustus John by David Boyd Haycock

The Lygon Arms

Augustus John is one of the great enigmas of twentieth-century art. Widely acknowledged in the early 1900s as one of the most talented and promising young British artists, his achievements are now largely overlooked. This talk will explore his extraordinary rise and fall, from his early success before the First World War, to his slow [...]

£10

Seeing Sound – the colour of music in the 20th Century

Broadway Museum & Art Gallery 65 High Street, Broadway

The connection between colour and music goes back to Aristotle, and composers have conceived music as colour ever since. Using piano demonstrations and a trove of audio excerpts, Jonathan James will illustrate how music - keys, tonalities, chords and tone - can be 'seen' and how colour, for some late Romantics and early modernists, became [...]

£10

50 Years of the National Portrait Gallery

Lifford Hall Lower Green, Broadway

A conversation between Sir Roy Strong, Director 1959-1973, and Nicholas Cullinan, Director since 2015. The collections of the National Portrait Gallery provide a fascinating commentary on British history and culture with images from Henry VIII to Judy Dench, addressing questions of identity and achievement and promoting engagement with portraiture in all media. In this lively [...]

£15

“Pre-Raphaelite Sisters: Models & Muses” Talk by Jan Marsh

Lifford Hall Lower Green, Broadway

Join us for an illustrated talk by Jan Marsh, curator of the recent exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, which features familiar and newly-discovered images by and of women in the movement, including Jane Morris, Marie Spartali Stillman and Jamaican-born Fanny Eaton. Dr Jan Marsh is a long-standing expert on the Pre-Raphaelite movement with books [...]

£15.00

Broadway Heritage Guided Walk

Marquee on the village green Lower Green, Broadway

Enjoy a historical walk around the beautiful village of Broadway and discover the hidden history of this ancient village through its buildings and their associated stories. Little is recorded until 972 when King Edgar granted a Charter to the Benedictine Monastery of Pershore. Edgar, the peace-maker, introduced (the) ordnance of the ‘Hundreds’ where (shires) were [...]

£7.00

Muse, Morph, Create – Talk by Couture Shoemaker Caroline Groves

Farncombe House Farncombe Estate, Broadway

The poet uses words, the painter, oil. Caroline Groves talks about her medium of expression - the transformation of inspiration and ideas into wearable works of art. Expect an enjoyable evening full of insight and stories about her journey into high-end shoemaking and her commitment to sustainability in the use of traditional methods and natural [...]

£15.00

Talk by Richard Ormond – An Artist’s Legacy, Sargent, his Sister & their Friends

Broadway Museum & Art Gallery 65 High Street, Broadway

Richard Ormond, great-nephew of John Singer Sargent introduces the new exhibition at the Broadway Museum; a group of works by John Singer Sargent, his contemporaries Augustus and Gwen John and Phillip Wilson Steer, and by his sister Emily Sargent, all recently gifted to the Ashmolean Museum. The first public showing has been kindly offered to [...]

Arts & Crafts Gardens: Ursula Buchan & Marion Mako in conversation

Lifford Hall Lower Green, Broadway

Arts and Crafts Gardens: Ursula Buchan & Marion Mako in conversation How and why they developed and where to see them. This talk will take the form of a dialogue between Ursula Buchan, garden and social historian, and Marion Mako, garden historian and garden designer, accompanied by images of some Arts and Crafts gardens and [...]

£12.00

Broadway Heritage Guided Walk

Marquee on the village green Lower Green, Broadway

Enjoy a historical walk around the beautiful village of Broadway and discover the hidden history of this ancient village through its buildings and their associated stories. Little is recorded until 972 when King Edgar granted a Charter to the Benedictine Monastery of Pershore. Edgar, the peace-maker, introduced (the) ordnance of the ‘Hundreds’ where (shires) were [...]

£7.00

Broadway Guided Heritage Walk

Marquee on the village green Lower Green, Broadway

Enjoy a historical walk around the beautiful village of Broadway and discover the hidden history of this ancient village through its buildings and their associated stories. Little is recorded until 972 when King Edgar granted a Charter to the Benedictine Monastery of Pershore. Edgar, the peace-maker, introduced (the) ordnance of the ‘Hundreds’ where (shires) were [...]

£7.00

Philip Mould “Hidden Strokes: Revelations of the Art World” Talk

Lifford Hall Lower Green, Broadway

A talk from Philip Mould from the BBC's "Fake or Fortune?" Philip has spent a career searching for lost paintings, many of them historical portraits but also other genres. He has written two books on the subject and co-presents the award winning BBC1 TV programme "Fake or Fortune?" In this talk he will show how [...]

£15.00

Standing Stones, Stags, ‘Spooks’ & Splendour – The story of Scottish art by Lachlan Goudie

Bretforton Theatrebarn Bretforton Grange, Bretforton

Lachlan Goudie takes you on a fast fling through 5,000 years of Scottish art. In a passionate and personal account, brimming with fascinating characters and historical events, Lachlan will describe how creativity shaped Scotland’s past, its culture and its destiny. Scottish art never existed in isolation. Lachlan will reveal how Scotland’s artists and craftsmen created [...]

£15.00

Cockneys in Arcadia – The Guild of Handicraft in Chipping Campden

Bretforton Theatrebarn Bretforton Grange, Bretforton

In 1902 Charles Ashbee brought fifty craftsmen and their families to Chipping Campden from the East End of London - a culture shock for all concerned. We tell the story of how these pioneers established an arts and crafts tradition in the north Cotswolds which flourishes to this day. Join speaker George Derbyshire from Court [...]

£12.00

Broadway Guided Heritage Walk

Marquee on the village green Lower Green, Broadway

Enjoy a historical walk around the beautiful village of Broadway and discover the hidden history of this ancient village through its buildings and their associated stories. Little is recorded until 972 when King Edgar granted a Charter to the Benedictine Monastery of Pershore. Edgar, the peace-maker, introduced (the) ordnance of the ‘Hundreds’ where (shires) were [...]

£7.00