Latest News This page has the latest news - please keep coming back to check for the latest information and click on the ‘refresh’ button to update your computers information. Phoenix Cinema films/gallery tours. Exhibition on Screen / I, Claude Monet Tue 22 May 2018, 6.30pm | Sun 3 June 2018, 3.30pm After premièring in Season 4 of Exhibition on Screen, I, Claude Monet is back by popular demand. See the Phoenix web site to read more and book tickets Art House show June 8th to 10 June Contact Gerry Unsworth for further details Click here to email her. Would you like to join the Arts Society Church Recorders? Who are they?     An interested, enthusiastic and committed team of people who help to preserve our heritage.  Full AS and Affiliate members may join. What do they do?  Record the contents of places of worship of all denominations and religions, describing them accurately, carry out accompanying research, prepare a written and photographic record which forms part of a national and local heritage archive. No in-depth or prior knowledge needed. Learn on the job with the support of others in the team. Enthusiasm and interest are key requirements. Next steps if you are interested? For further information, contact: Diane Hall dianemedlicott.hall@ymail.com or Ann Lewis annllewis52@btinternet.com Great News - Victoria & Albert Museum London Douglas Smith, who members will know from his involvement with the Leicester DFAS group for many years, has had 34 watercolours and 30 drawings become part of the RIBA Drawings Collection held at the Victoria & Albert Museum London.  The original works were produced for his book ‘Iconic Modern Architecture’ (details below) published in 2015.  The book is still available to purchase and the proceeds go to charity. Click here to read all about the art and the book. ICONIC MODERN ARCHITECTURE Douglas Smith Paintings . sketches . journeys These are the brush strokes of an adventurous spirit, exploring the variety of buildings, landscapes and furnishings of the 20th century throughout Europe, Canada, North and South America, Japan, Australia, Russia and China. Douglas Smith is a long standing member of the LDFAS and many people will have been on his LDFAS trips. This book would make a wonderful present.  The money will go to the Hope Foundation for Cancer Research. Normal price £16.99 or £25 for two, either cheque or cash. Stoneywell The National Trust has acquired Stoneywell - the Gimson house in Leicestershire.  Go to the National Trust page for booking times and prices. Visits must be pre booked. The tour of the house is guided, the gardens are beautiful and the tea room is excellent!  The house is small and the staircases are winding, it is an uphill walk to the house so it is not suitable for people with mobility problems. Gimson’s drawing of Stoneywell  July 1898 Why save Stoneywell? Set in the Charnwood Forest, Stoneywell is the only remaining cottage of its kind in Leicestershire. It’s one of only a handful of notable Arts and Crafts houses in England. It will also be only the second National Trust property we have in the county. As well as the cottage, gardens, outbuildings and woodland, Stoneywell retains many of its original contents. There is also a significant archive which has a wealth of historical material. The history of Stoneywell Stoneywell, a Grade II* listed property, was designed in 1898 by the locally-born architect, designer and craftsman Ernest Gimson (1864-1919). Gimson was a well-known contributor to the Arts & Crafts Movement in England in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with many connections to other key members of the movement including William Morris. Gimson designed the cottage for his elder brother Sydney and wife Jeanie, and Stoneywell has remained within the family ever since. The Gimson family Ernest Gimson’s father, Josiah and his brother Benjamin were also significant figures in Leicester during the 19th century when they set up the Gimson and Company factory in the city making heavy machinery. It was one of the largest employers in the city and prided itself on being a model employer in terms of wages and conditions of work. The firm cast the great beam engines which can still be seen at the Abbey Pumping Station and cast two bridges over the Grand Union Canal in Leicester. Below is an article written for us by a member, Douglas Smith, who used to live in a Gimson house in Leicester. Ernest Gimson 1864-1919 He was born in Leicester, the son of Josiah Gimson of the successful engineering firm. Early influences were Letherby, Ruskin and William Morris from lectures at the Secular Society. Gimson was articled to Isaac Barradale a local architect before he moved to London and was articled to J D Sedding in 1885.  In 1887 he travelled to France and Italy but returned to England and worked on modest projects. White House, North Avenue, Leicester: 1897 a house Ernest Gimson designed for his brother Arthur is the best example of the two town houses. It has an ‘L shaped Plan‘ with the end gable ploughing into the Avenue like the bow of a ship. Stoneywell 1898 was built for Sidney A. Gimson. It is in my opinion the outstanding design of the cottages built in the Charnwood Forest. The great chimney is like a buttress and develops from the rocky outcrop as it grows out of the forest rock. The plan twists to follow the contours of the site. This is the fascination of the building with changing levels and interesting movement of space. Originally the cottage had a thatched roof which enabled the designer to use the fluid lines evolved from the plan. Gimson had too much respect for the past to to attempt to reproduce it. He believed each generation could, and should, make a contribution to a splendid tradition A plan of the ground floor of Stoneywell. The plan relates to the photograph. Why not write an article for the e-newsletter and the web site?  Contact Janet Groome on 0116 279 2280 with any questions. 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Latest News This page has the latest news - please keep coming back to check for the latest information and click on the ‘refresh’ button to update your computers information. A dates for your diary;   Exhibition on Screen / I, Claude Monet Tue 22 May 2018, 6.30pm | Sun 27 May 2018, 3.30pm After premièring in Season 4 of Exhibition on Screen, I, Claude Monet is back by popular demand. See the Phoenix web site to read more and book tickets Great News - Victoria & Albert Museum London Douglas Smith, who members will know from his involvement with the Leicester DFAS group for many years, has had 34 watercolours and 30 drawings become part of the RIBA Drawings Collection held at the Victoria & Albert Museum London.  The original works were produced for his book ‘Iconic Modern Architecture’ (details below) published in 2015.  The book is still available to purchase and the proceeds go to charity. Click here to read all about the art and the book. ICONIC MODERN ARCHITECTURE Douglas Smith Paintings . sketches . journeys Douglas Smith is a long standing member of the LDFAS and many people will have been on his LDFAS trips. This book would make a wonderful present.  The money will go to the Hope Foundation for Cancer Research. Normal price £16.99 or £25 for two, either cheque or cash.
Web site and mobile phone pages designed, created and maintained by Janet Groome, Handshake Computer Training