Message from our Chairman Stuart Halsall (updated 15 Jan 2012)

“Last year was a wonderful year for the Friends as both our flagship events, our Capesthorne Gala Evening and our Pilkington Lecture, were sold out and our Gallery Development Appeal fund surpassed £50,000.

You will have seen our January to April Events programme - you have Anne Mackinnon to thank for the Modern Art lecture series. Please support Anne and all these Events which are the result of much hard work by the Tuesday Team. You have the opportunity after our AGM to hear Maria and Stuart McKnight tell us about the exciting developments at the Gallery due to start in June, and to ask any questions you might have.
 
Our trip to ‘the Far Pavilions of Sussex’ booked up quickly. Plans for David O’Connor to show us the stained glass in churches around Beverley and the East Riding from 11th to 13th July are well advanced and we have had 36 expressions of interest for Thessaloniki in the last week of September.
 
Our Morecambe Bay walk last year was so successful that Harry and Freda Moody have organised another walk on Sunday 15th July, this time on Crosby Beach with Anthony Gormley’s statues for company. Also, we are planning a visit in August to Tate Liverpool to see the Turner, Monet, Twombly exhibition.
 
Then, in early September, we have our Art Auction of works donated by a number of well known artists to be auctioned by Michael Perry of Capes Dunn.
 
In addition to all the above, Lars Tharp will be giving us an illustrated talk on Tuesday 24th April in the theatre at Capesthorne Hall by kind permission of our President, Lady Bromley-Davenport. Many of you will know Lars from the Antiques Roadshow and as a media presenter but he is an energetic polymath too. Lars is Vice Chairman of the Hogarth Trust which has just restored Hogarth’s house in Chiswick; a leading expert on ceramics, particularly Chinese; recently the Foundling Museum’s Director, now their Ambassador; Visiting Professor at De Montfort University and formerly Director, Ceramics and Oriental specialist at Sotheby’s; and has a particular interest in music as a cellist. His illustrated talk will be ‘Harlots, Rakes and Crashing China: an Accidental introduction to Ceramics (with a little nudge from William Hogarth)’ – ‘a piece of serious research with a high entertainment quotient’. There will be drinks, nibbles and a chance to see the gardens beforehand and a buffet afterwards. It all promises to be a wonderful evening.
 
With all this and your support, 2012 can be every bit as successful as 2011 - giving a big boost to our Appeal Fund now the work on the Gallery is about to start.
 
Happy New Year
 
Stuart

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