Sue Wales is Chairperson of the Events Committee who arrange monthly meetings for lectures, demonstrations, discussions and criticisms. Non-members are very welcome to join these meetings.


March 27th 2014 at 7.30pm Alan Cotton
"A Painter's Journey to Everest"

In this illustrated talk, Alan Cotton takes us with him, not only on his expeditions to Mount Everest, with the explorer David Hempleman-Adams, but through his paintings allows his audience to glimpse at other adventures and events in his life, which have enabled him to fulfil a life-long dream to paint the world's highest mountain.

Alan is one of Britain's most distinguished landscape painters. He has been represented internationally by Messum's Fine Art in Cork Street, London, for over twenty years, where his exhibitions frequently sell out.

In March 2005 he accompanied his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales as tour Artist, to Sri Lanka, Australia New Zealand and Fiji.

In 2006 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (D.Litt) by the University of Exeter for his 'outstanding contribution to the Arts'

Alan has been involved in the development of the new Arts Complex at the University of Bath, where he was appointed Hon. Professor for the Arts in September 2011

Alan drawing at Everest Base camp

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April 24th 2014 at 7.30pm Candace Bahouth
On her own work

Candace Bahouth's work is like her: exuberant, freely connecting, bright on sight, deep on examination, emotional and alive. A graduate in fine art from Syracuse University, Bahouth settled into a Methodist chapel in rural Somerset, where for many years she developed her unique facility for painterly and sculptural expression in weaving. In order to make her art more widely accessible, and to encourage others into creative activity, she has concentrated
on designing needlepoint,

of which many have been published. Between these two creative concerns, Bahouth had explored her interest in mosaics using found material from nature as well as fragments of china and even high-tech plastics. A highly praised retrospective exhibition was mounted and had the best attended single artist show in both the American Museum and Victoria Gallery in Bath.

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May 29th 2014 at 7.30pm Kate Noble
MA Oxon, MA Media(UWE), MFA(BathSpa)
On her own work

'Putting Godney on the Map' is a group of paintings, in oil on canvas or oil on board on calico done over nearly a year. The project increases in excitement as I see even more avenues to explore. The main concern is to demonstrate MY way of seeing. Colour is central to my practice; it underpins and expresses the arising complexities and the formal issues of painting.
These landscapes show the wonderful ordinariness of this Somerset riverside village, with its de-consecrated church, made extraordinary by the weather. I start a canvas with a distinct image in mind but reshape it as I simplify it, reduce it, add to and overlay it until it feels finished. I want images to be strong, but I don't feel the master of my own destiny'.

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The venue for the BSA meetings is the BRLSI in 16 Queen Square, Bath. Meetings are usually held on the last Thursday of the month in the Duncan or Elwin Room and start at 7.30pm. Admission for non-members is £4.00 on the door.

June 26th 2014 at 7.30pm Ben Dearnley
"Quest for the Inner Spirit"

Ben's works are an exploration of the figure. The narrative he creates fuses techniques of the sculpture masters of the past with the best natural materials while using a contemporary approach. He draws the viewer into a personal dialogue with the sculpture by bringing out the spirit of the figure within, reflecting the inner truth of the material. His work is in The Royal Academy of Music, London, and in private collections around the world. With large public commissions in the cities of Bath and Bristol, and corporate clients such as British Telecomm, Aviva and Bacardi, Ben has gained an international reputation for the quality of his work and is a highly collectible artist.

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September 25th 2014 at 7.30pm Emrys Williams
On his own work

Emrys Williams is a painter currently based in North Wales. He creates paintings that explore ideas to do with memory and imagination, often combining images from different sources including art history, travels in Europe and particular seaside locations. He has also worked with film, opera and dance, collaborating and also designing sets.He works in a variety of media from large scale paintings in oil and wax, wall paintings and installation. He will give an overview of his work in these different forms, exploring how these different forms of expression feed into each other while being underpinned by particular longstanding ideas in his practise.

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October 30th 2014 at 7.30pm Robert Baggs
The Painters Practice -
How they made some of the masterpieces of Western Art.

This talk discusses the way Renaissance painters carried out their trade. It is illustrated by different aspect of a variety of patronage. The methods used by the painters to carry out their work and the materials used. A discussion on the changing nature of Artists 'studios' and the contract used is also included. It is well illustrated with a variety of images from a wide selection of mainly Quattrocento (15C) artists.

The Tempi Madonna - Raphael
November 27th 2014 at 7.30pm Cecil Collins
Cecil Collins - Artist, Teacher & Myth Maker

Cecil Collins is best known as an English painter of mystical, archetypal images. Most books and criticism of his work concentrates on his professed metaphysical beliefs but this copiously illustrated talk will look at Collins's relationship to the art and ideas of his time.

The artist and his wife 1939

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