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16 January 2015
EDFAS events mailing - January 2015
  • 3 Mar 15 (Tue) - "The Two Roberts" - Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern 2) - introductory talk by Senior Curator, Patrick Elliot
  • 25 Mar 15 (Wed) - all day trip by bus to Dumfries House
  • 6-9 Oct 15 - EDFAS tour to Amsterdam
"The Two Roberts" - Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde
introductory talk by Patrick Elliot, Senior Curator
3 March 2015 (Tue) - 18:30-20:30

Robert MacBryde, The Chess Player, © Estate of Robert MacBryde

This curated talk, by Patrick Elliott, Senior Curator, will introduce the exhibition of the work of "The Two Roberts", the Scottish artists Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde. They took the London art-world by storm in the 1940s, with sell-out exhibitions of their paintings, but by the 1960s their position as two of the country’s most celebrated artists had been eclipsed; this will be the first major retrospective devoted to their work.

Patrick Elliot will discuss the work and lives of these two Ayrshire artists, Colquhoun, born in 1914 and MacBryde a year earlier. They met at Glasgow School of Art and became lovers moving to London in 1940 where they were part of the Soho scene that included Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Dylan Thomas. By the late 1940s they were two of the most famous artists in Britain but, in the 1950s their star waned and Colquhoun died in penury in 1962 and MacBryde four year later.

The evening will begin with a glass of wine in the Penrose Room and will be followed by a guided tour of the exhibition. This first major museum show of their work includes over 100 of their paintings and archival material from public and private collections all over the UK.

Tickets, for members only, are priced at £14 each, which includes a glass of wine. Numbers are limited to 50 and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

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Dumfries House
All-day trip by bus
25 March 2015 (Wed) - 08:30-17:45

Robert Adam created one of Britain’s most beautiful Stately Homes for the Earl of Dumfries in the 1750s. It is a superb example of Georgian Country House design and contains an outstanding collection of original and exquisite furniture; our trip is planned to coincide with the April Lecture on Thomas Chippendale. Dumfries House was opened to the public in 2009, when there was an EDFAS visit. Since then, extensive refurbishments and improvements have been carried out to the house, gardens and grounds. In addition, the Prince’s Trust has created a varied educational programme including a Crafts Skills Centre of carpenters’, stonemasons’ and engineers’ workshops and a Schools’ gardening programme growing organic vegetables in the Walled Garden.

Our visit will include coffee, tea and biscuits on arrival, followed by a Grand Tour of the House where the Curator will join us in places to talk about specific pieces of furniture. We will have a soup and sandwich lunch in the Rothesay Room when it is hoped that the Estate Manager will talk to us about the work in the grounds. In the afternoon there will be time to see the workshops and gardens before the bus leaves at 3.15. It will be a long day, but there is much to see.

Tickets are priced at £50, and are limited to members only. If the trip is mightily oversubscribed we hope to arrange a trip on the following day. Please indicate on the form below if you are free to come on the Thursday too.

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EDFAS tour to Amsterdam - October 2015
Three night visit to Amsterdam to visit two refurbished art museums
6 - 9 October 2015

Just across the North Sea, in the Netherlands, two very significant art museums have recently reopened after major refurbishment. Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum reopened in April 2013 after an overhaul that stretched out over nearly a decade. This museum, much loved by the population of Amsterdam, finally reopened after a £ 300 million renewal. With the exception of Rembrandt's famous Night Watch every single painting has been moved in a spectacular rehang.

No less significant is the refurbishment of the Mauritshuis in Den Haag, reopened in June 2014. Not unlike our own National Gallery, the Mauritshuis is a compact gallery, yet with a collection of uniformly high quality, including Vermeer's famous Girl with a Pearl Earring.

We shall be based for three nights in Amsterdam, at the Bilderberg Hotel Jan Luyken, on a bed-and-breakfast basis. The tour cost, including return flights to Amsterdam, two dinners and one lunch, is £ 890.00, single supplement £ 295.00.

The tour is organised by John and Hilary Fleming, who lived in the Netherlands for eight years, and hope to share some of their love for this country.

Click here for the flyer describing the trip and here for the application form


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