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A Special Interest Morning

in the Main Hall, Crowborough Community Centre TN6 1FE

Tuesday, 19th March 2024 at 11.00am with Rosalind Whyte

“The History of the Royal Academy”

We look forward to welcoming Rosalind Whyte who, as well as being an Arts Society lecturer, is an experienced guide at Tate Britain (and also lectures there), Tate Modern, the Royal Academy and Greenwich.

With Rosalind we will explore the history of the Royal Academy and the role it has played in the development of British Art. We will look at the position of artists in London before and after the formation of the Academy in 1768 and some of the characters involved, from the first President Sir Joshua Reynolds, and other establishment figures, to artists who have taken a more oppositional stance, whether individually, such as Reynold’s great contemporary and rival Gainsborough, or as a group, such as the (initially) clandestine Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a group of young rebel artists who sought to subvert the Academy from within.

Like any important institution, the Academy has been embroiled in intrigue and controversy over the course of its history and no scandal or outrage will remain unexposed as we trace the history of one of Britain’s most important cultural bodies, from inception to the present day.

                     We will conclude with a delicious light lunch to be served in the Hall.

                               The cost of the Special Interest Morning is £25 per person.

Here is a list of payment options:

• Online. Go to our website and click "Pay online" from the menu above which will take you to the Tasaf Store.

• Pay by cheque payable to AFDFAS. Please return to Mrs Pat Arnold, 4 Pollington Place, Crowborough TN6 2NG or hand-in at the next lecture on 8th February or 14th March.

• By BACS to Lloyds Bank. Contact us through for account details.

• By cash at the next lecture on 8th February or 14th March.

Please note that if you have any special dietary requirements, or you would like further information, please contact us at


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