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Events for 2017
Wednesday 8th November 2017 - The "London Walk", a visit to two sites in Chelsea, the London Sketch Club, then to the newly opened National Army Museum. The Invitations were sent out on 11 September, with a closing date of Friday 13 October, Confirmation letters were sent out on 16 October.
Events for 2018
Thursday 1st March - Day visit to the Cuneo Exhibition "Painting Power: The Art of Terence Cuneo", part of the Hull City of Culture, being held in the Brynmor Jones Library, University of Hull, followed by a vist to Hull Guildhall. For more detail about the Exhibition please visit their webpage. There will be an optional Welcome Dinner on 28 February, and optional Farewell Dinner on 1 March. Additional days/visits at members' own arrangements.
Saturday 7th April - AGM Weekend at Fawley Hill, Henley-on-Thames.
June - the Cuneo Holiday is now being planned for late June/early July based in the Nottingham area with up to five locations to be visited
September - "Six Hours in Aldershot" - Under investigation
Wednesday 7th November 2017 - The "London Walk" - TBA, but the new Postal Museum and a ride on Mail Rail are being investigated
******Kindly note that whilst guests are welcome, priority will be given to members where numbers are limited******
Events from 2017
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September - York Weekend.
A most enjoyable weekend, with meals together and two visits, one to the Kohima Barracksin Fulford, where Bob Cook gave an enthralling talk about the Battle of Kohima. He brought to life the various parties and personalities involved as well as the twists and turns of that particular conflict. We also visited the Reserve Collection in the archives at the NRM, where curator Lorna Hogger came in specially to show members the many original Cuneo paintings held there and not currently on public view. We were also able to see the wonderful painting, now in its new location, of Waterloo Station, and be reminded of the many characters featured in it, including the artist!
Wednesday 12th July - Vist to the Royal Engineers, Brompton Barracks
Some 50 members and invited guests attended The Royal Engineers Headquarters at Brompton Barracks, Chatham to witness the handover of Sir Philip Jackson's statue of Terence Cuneo which for ten years had originally been at Waterloo Station, to Colonel Nigel Montagu representing the Institution of Royal Engineers. The handover of the statue and dowry was made by Carole Cuneo, with a reply by Colonel Montagu and and then a presentation by Chris Wheeler on befalf of the Cuneo Society of a framed 1880s print of the Sappers assembled at the Barracks. This was followed by a presentation by Martin Stoneham of all the Cuneo original paintings owned by the Royal Engineers, with excellent background information. Colonel Nigel Montagu then gave everyone present a copy of a specially prepared booklet about the paintings. An enjoyable buffet lunch followed, and then everyone was free to tour the newly reurbished and re-opened RE Museum.
Thursday 25th May 2017 - "Six Hours in Coventry"
Many of those enjoying this event stayed overnight, and attended the Evensong in the Cathedral before visiting the bar and enjoying the Welcome Dinner. Next day, after the minute's silence, Martin Roberts, Herbert Museum Curator, gave background to the Museum and took members to the archive store to see the four original Cuneo paintings there. Following lunch, Barry Gittins guided members round the Cathedral, and eventually to the crypt to see the large original "Consecration of Coventry Cathedral". Society Member, Pam Norman then took us to the choirstalls where the Kerry Beaumont, Director of Music, explained the constuction of the organ and then played some well-known pieces to everyone's delight
.Friday 7th to Saturday 8th April 2017 - AGM
A special feature of this year's AGM weekend was the Open House held at the Kestrel Gallery, owned by members Ian and Charmian Harrison, where some 30 paintings by well-known railway artists were on display. Many Cuneo items could also be seen. A Welcome Dinner was held that evening, and the formal meeting took place in the McDonald Gallery of the Gurkha Museum, Peninsular Barracks, Winchester at 11:00 on the Saturday morning, followed by an excellent buffet lunch.
Events from 2016
Wednesday 9th November 2016 - The "London Walk"
Two sites in Piccadilly were visited, both making us extremely welcome, with excellent background talks on the history of their Clubs, their membership and activities. The Cavalry & Guards Club showed us a host of Club paintings, sculptures and their library, with the special feature of Terence Cuneo's "H.M. The Queen on 'Doctor' in the Gardens of Buckingham Palace", currently on loan from the Palace. Following a sumptuous lunch in the Kennel Club's magnificent Dining Room, members toured the art gallery, library, boardroom and corridors with splendid explanations of the works of art on display there. The two highlights were Terence Cuneo's portrait "Colonel Sir Richard Glym, Bart O.B.E" and "H.M. The Queen with her Dogs at Frogmore".
Stop Press - Other items that might be of interest to members:-
Horse in Art 2017 - This year the Cuneo Medal was awarded to Debbie Dunbar SEA for her collection of six works, at the ceremony at the Sally Mitchell Gallery and Museum in Tuxford on Sunday 24 September.
2018 Calendar - The Society's 2018 is now available from the Shop at an all inclusive price of £9.00
eBay Auction, July 2017 - The painting below of SS Great Britain entitled "This Noble Ship" was listed on eBay for £18,000.
Bonhams Auction on 11 July 2017 - The painting below was sold on 11 July 2017 by Bonhams, with an estimate of £25,000 to £35,000, and achieving £31,250.
The Aqua Calda - On Route to the Red Sea
Christies Auction on 23 March 2017 - Three of Terence Cuneo's paintings were in The Modern British and Irish Art auction on 23 March 2017 in London
Railart 2017 - The Guild of Railway Artists annual exhibition for 2017 was opened at the Kidderminster Railway Museum, Station Approach, Kidderminster DY10 1QR, on 26 August and closed on 1 October 2017. Some of our members exhibited again this year. Next year Railart 2018 will be held in July in Didcot, Berkshire.