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Visits - May to October 2020

Members can apply for tickets by Cheque or Bank Transfer. 

By cheque and post: please use the Application Form (one per Visit) and send it with your cheque (also one per Visit) and a stamped, self-addressed envelope to:  Miss Sandra Smith, Flat 15, 143 Gloucester Terrace, London W2 6DX. 
Cheques should be made payable to RBKCDFAS with the name of the Visit and the reference number, on the reverse. 
If the Visit is full your cheque will be returned.  No refunds are available unless there is a waiting list.

By cheque and in person:  completed Application Forms, with cheques, may also be handed in at the Lectures.

By Bank  Transfer : please first email   visits@theartssocietykensingtonchelsea.com to ask if there is space.  Payment should be made to: Barclays Bank,   Account No. 40802689,  Sort Code 20-47-34  with your name and the Visit reference number in the ‘reference box’.  Please email again visits@theartssocietykensingtonchelsea.com to say payment has been made and the ticket will then be posted to you to your address on the Membership database.


11th - 15th Oct
(Max 16 people)

Lisbon  has a special charm, a hilly costal town with pasted coloured buildings and a mildly Moorish feel,  rich in culture and gastronomically interesting.  It is one of the world’s oldest cities and the oldest city in Western Europe, influential from Roman times onwards as an important maritime and commercial centre.  It is best known as the starting point for Vasco da Gama’s voyages of discovery in the 15th century.  Trade brought wealth and patronage which is well testified in the splendid architectural ensembles of the city; palaces, municipal squares, cathedrals, castles and rich museum collections.

The itinerary is planned with Jane Angelini of St James’s Art Tours and incudes all the best there is to see.  We stay at the centrally located, 5* Hotel Avenida Palace and have a professional guide throughout.   £1,685pp (single supplement £325) inclusive of flights, 4 nights’ accommodation, lunch and dinner with wine, local guide, etc.  Do book soon as time is running out for our flight discount.   e-mail jane@stjamesarttours.co.uk or ring 020 7495 6490. 

Anyone wanting to stay on in Portugal can arrange this with Millennium Tours Ltd who look after the bookings.

Further details: jane.angelini@btconnect.com           
or Gillian Craig on gillian.craig@artandculturaltravel.com

Ajuda National Palace

Tower of Belem

Queluz Palace

Tues 19th May Oxford –  walking tour and visit to MERTON COLLEGE. cancelled
1.50pm – 4.00pm Travel not included.  Suggest the Oxford Tube. (Departure times nearer the date.)
Ref: 2020V09 Meet our guide at the Ashmolean Museum and walk to Merton College.
£15 Tour will include the 13th century Library, which has 19 steep stairs with handrail.
(Max 19 people) Make an optional morning visit to the Young Rembrandt Exhibition at the Ashmolean

Radcliffe Camera, Oxford

Merton College Library, Oxford

Thur  2nd July Guided Walk round CADOGAN & CHELSEA – Aesthetic and Architecture cancelled
11.00-12 noon Cadogan has been part of the Chelsea neighbourhood for over 300 years.
Ref: 2020V11a Kira Charatan, Archivist at Cadogan, will give a walking tour and talk of Cadogan 
£10 history.  Meet at the Sir Hans Sloane statue on Duke of York Square.  
(Max 16 people) This is organised in conjunction with Kensington & Chelsea Arts Weeks which runs 
from 25th June to 5th July.

Sloane Square – Autumn (credit: Andrew Wilson)

Tues 14th July Tate Modern – The Hidden Painterliness in American Modernism cancelled
11.00-12 noon Join highly qualified Dr Kate Aspinall for a guided tour of modern American paintings 
Ref: 2020V11b in Tate Modern’s permanent collection, from Mark Rothko and Helen Frankenthaler  
£15 to Roy Lichtenstein (the subject of our July lecture).  Get up close to some of these
(Max 16 people) Masterpieces.   Optional opportunity to buy tickets to see the major retrospective
Exhibition of Andy Warhol (12 Mar – 6 Sep).  

Barnett Newman ‘End of Silence’ (1949)


Thur 3rd Sept Audley End House at Saffron Walden, and Wimpole Hall near Royston, by coach
Coach 8.30am by Audley End is renowned as one of the finest Jacobean country houses in England.
Rembrandt Hotel  Gardens designed by Capability Brown with beautifully restored kitchen gardens.
Ref: 2020V01a Bring a picnic or have lunch at their café (price not included).  We shall then drive to
£t.b.a. Wimpole Hall, a fine Georgian house, with extensive gardens and working farm.
(Max 30 people) We hope to return by about 6.30 but don’t book a theatre!

Wimpole Hall

Audley End


Wed 30th Sept English Clocks and their Cases, c.1660-1760, Kensington Church Street
11.00-12 noon Howard Walwyn celebrated 25 years of buying and selling fine English period clocks
Ref: 2020V01b and barometers in Kensington Church Street.   He will give us a brief history of clock
£10 making and introduce us to longcase and table clocks by some of England’s greatest
(Max 20 people) clockmakers: Thomas Tompion, Daniel Quare, Joseph Knibb and Christopher Gould.  
Thomas Tompion

Daniel Quare

If you cannot come on an outing, please let the leader know so as not to delay departures.