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London Luminaries 2022

Food and Drinks

~ Two Courses of Fourteen Virtual Lectures, Late 2022 ~

The Thames west of London has been the resort of royalty, aristocrats, artists, writers and wealthy property owners for centuries. As well as building elegant villas, they developed gardens which provided a feast for the senses and supplied food for the table.

In our own times, issues of the sustainability of food production and equity of its distribution are hot topics. In this series of 14 talks, we explore how food was produced and consumed in the past by our Luminaries to help inform discussions on the future of food and drink. Much food was produced locally; great houses such as Chiswick House and Fulham Palace had their own kitchen gardens and Alexander Pope boasted of the sources of his meat supply: ‘To Hounslow Heath I point, and Banstead-Down, / Thence comes your Mutton, and these chicks my own.’ Yet modern luxuries such as tea and coffee stretched supply chains around the globe. Wining and dining also provided hosts with opportunities to display their hospitality and particular taste through the choice of menu and table setting.

This varied banquet of 14 talks will thus also explore cultural dimensions of food and drink. The series runs from 5th October to 17th November 2022. You can book your place at the virtual table via Ticketmaster.

Circles Members Special Events

 

Patrons Circle, Sandycombe Circle and Supporters Circle members are all treated to regular priority access to Turner’s House and are invited to a series of exclusive events where they can explore behind-the-scenes insights, enjoy private views and conversations with experts on many aspects of J.M.W. Turner’s life and work and his country retreat in Twickenham. Circles events are held both in person and by Zoom.

To enjoy these events and support the Trust’s work, join one of our Membership Circles. For more information about events and other Membership benefits click HERE.

 

2022 Programme

Tuesday 6 September 5.30pm- 7.30pm:  Circles members Private View at Sandycombe Lodge of our latest exhibition “Between the Sheets: Turner’s Nudes”.

Watch this space for autumn events and hold the date for Circles members Christmas drinks on Friday 2 Dec 6.00-8.00pm hosted by one of our trustees.

 

Past Events:  

Earlier this year:   

In February 2022, Turner’ House Circles Conversation with Matthew Morgan focused on four of Turner’s greatest works and in April Hon Patron and former Chair of Turner’s House Trust Catherine Parry-Wingfield shared Portraits of J.M.W. Turner: boy, man and ‘afterlife’.

In June 2022 Circles members has a fascinating talk on A New Force Field of Beginnings: The Influence of Turner’s techniques by acclaimed artist, Barry Martin and in July many the Private View of the new exhibition.

 

2021 Programme

In February 2021, Circles members joined Tate Curator Amy Concannon in an exclusive conversation on the Tate Britain exhibition ‘Turner and the Modern World’.  In March local historian Jonathan Crofts shared the story Cambridge Park Revealed an area in East Twickenham that Turner would have known. May was a busy month when Circles members had private views for the new Turner’s English Coasts exhibition as well as a fascinating Zoom conversation on Turner’s Liber Studiorum and the vogue for aquatint with Rosie Razzall, Curator of Prints and Drawings at Royal Collection Trust. August saw the unveiling of work by our Artist in Residence Anna Paterson. In October Sandycombe and Patron’s Circle members had a guided private tour of the North Wing of St Bartholomew’s Hospital. And finally, in early December we had Christmas drinks together.