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2 October 2017

Dear Members

Welcome to your October newsletter.

As late summer drifts into early Autumn and the leaves change colour and gradually start to drop, and the dried fruit gently marinades in brandy ready for the Christmas cake, the inevitable seasonal questions arise:-
  • Do I really need a new pair of winter boots? ( need, no; desire, yes).  
  • Have I left it too late to make some Christmas Chutney? (Yes, unless I start this week).
  • Am I really going to waste 20 hours of my life watching Strictly Come Dancing? (Whisper it - probably yes).
  • And the big one - why I am making a Christmas cake, again, when I know that it will still be around at Easter?  (I have no idea, but I always do).

Now, on to a more intellectual plane - our next talk will be on Wednesday October 11th  in the Charter Hall, Okehampton, starting at 10.30 am .  Coffee and brownies / biscuits will be served from 9.45. Angela Findlay will be telling us about
                  The Role of the Arts in the Cycle of Crime, Prison and Re-Offending
Years of working as an artist within the Criminal Justice System in England and Germany have given Angela unique insights into the destructive and costly cycle of crime, prisons and re-offending. In this thought-provoking talk she offers a deeper understanding of the minds, lives and challenges of offenders. And, with extraordinary slides of art projects and prisoners' art, she demonstrates how within the process of creating art of any discipline, there are vital opportunities for offenders to confront their crimes and develop the key life skills so essential in leading a positive and productive life.
A frequent response to this talk has been “I had no idea!” and indeed it casts light onto areas of our society where the Arts are not only visual, decorative, or commercial, but absolutely vital, hugely relevant and potentially life-changing.
This talk is moving, informative and very original. Interspersed with personal accounts of humorous or slightly horrifying situations, Angela's talks have kept audiences across the country engrossed. 
Angela Findlay is a professional artist, writer and freelance lecturer with a long standing interest in the role that the arts and the creative process can play in bringing about changes, on a personal level or within societies. Her long career of teaching art in prisons and Young Offender Institutions in Germany and England, followed by her role as the former Arts Coordinator of the Koestler Trust in London, have given her many insights into the huge impact the arts can have on rehabilitation. She is currently advising the Ministry of Justice and presenting the case for the arts to be included in their new rehabilitation and education policies.
Angela has a BA(Hons) in Fine Art, a Diploma in Artistic Therapy (specialising in colour) and her paintings are widely exhibited both nationally and internationally. 

If you would like to bring a guest to this lecture please contact our Membership Secretary Cindy Telfer-Smollett at or telephone  01837 871481. Please ensure that you get confirmation from Cindy as we have a limit for non-member attendance .  Guests will be admitted on a first-come-first-serve basis and must be booked-in prior to the meeting. £10 voluntary contribution.
Arts Society Dartmoor matters
The SW History of Art course   There are a few places available for the Oct 10th talk on Charles Rennie Macintosh and the Glasgow Boys. For details please  contact Tim Newcombe, the Course Coordinator, on 01837 52901.
Charity auction - paintings by local artists
You will recall the three paintings that were displayed at our September meeting.  These are to be auctioned, along with many other items, at The Pink Ladies of Hatherleigh fund-raising Ball this Saturday - 7th October.  The proceeds of the sale of the paintings, together with some other lots, will go directly to the charity, Send a Cow.  Do have a look at the whole auction on   The Send a Cow lots are 18 to 35 and the pictures are nos. 20, 22 and 35.  You have just a few days left to  bid!

Discovery Day - final few places
We have just a few places left for the Tom Duncan Discovery Day on November 2nd at the Arundell Arms.  Tom will present 3 lectures covering The Grand Tour. There will be coffee / teas on arrival plus a two-course lunch.  All for £36.  Please contact Caroline  if you would like to attend on 01837 849270 or
NADFAS Golden Anniversary Celebration- 18 & 19 July 2018.  
As you know booking is now open. Contact Tim on to apply for tickets. If you would like to submit a piece of Fine or Decorative Art for the Art Exhibition please send a digital image of the piece(s) to Muff Dudgeon (our Liaison Officer) by December 31st at
The Arts Society South West matters

There are lots of Study Days taking place this November and full details are shown on the Arts Society South West Region website. Click on Special Interest Days and download a booking form.

Special Interest Days:-
  • Thursday 9 November. Taunton Vale The Paintings Conservation Roadshow.
  • Monday 13 November. Exmoor. The Roman's - Tyrants and Martyrs of Imperial Russia.
  • Wednesday  15 November. Liskeard. Catherine the Great - Empress of all the Russias 
  • Wednesday 22 November.  Frank Woodgate at the Best Western Hotel, Tiverton.   The Art of North America - from the sublime to the real.   Three lectures:- The American Sublime; The early 20th Century & American Realism; America Takes the Lead. 
  • Thursday 23 November Taunton The Scottish Colourists.
  • Thursday 30 November.  Teignbridge From Holbein to Byrd; The Art, Muiec & Architecture of England's Reformation Century. 
  • Thursday 15 March 2018.  Oliver Everett at the St Cuthbert's Centre, Buckfast. Windsor Castle: History and Occupants to the present day and how The Queen entertains there.
SW Area History of Arts Course  Jan - March 2018.
Five days:-
  • Jan 18, 2018 : Victorian rebirth of medieval art. Jan 25: The story of icons.
  • Feb 1: Who decides what is good art.
  • Feb 15: The Birth of the Silver Screen and the art that surrounds it.
  • Feb 22 :The History of Interior design. 
At Dart’s Farm, Topsham, EX3 0QH. Cost £130. For details / booking contact Carol Cathcart at tel. 01404 841 401.
  • The same course is also being held Feb 22, March 1,8, 15, 22, 2018 at Castle House, Castle Green, Taunton (Museum of Somerset). Contact Dr David Yates at tel. 01984 656 735 
2018 Tours.  
  • 28 June - 3 July Study tour to Hertfordshire.  More details in due course.
  • 5 - 20 September 15 night cruise with Fred Olsen Island-hopping to Petra.  Sailing on the Boudicca from Dover to Oporto, Cadiz, Ibiza, Valletta, Iraklion arriving in Aquba before spending an evening at Petra or Wadi Rum.  All enquiries to Mary Ginger (01823 490527) 
We hope that you are able to join us on Wednesday 11 October.
Best wishes

Jo Wymer - Chairman
John Milton - Secretary
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