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The Heart of England
Chalfont St Giles, July 2005


THE HEART OF ENGLAND study day
15th July 2005

What is Englishness in art? 2005 offers an unrivalled opportunity to
question the idea of "the heart of England" and its impact on art, design
and the modern landscape.  Exhibitions at the Victoria and Albert Museum,
including International Arts and Crafts, Samuel Palmer and 20th century
landscape prints, demonstrate the dramatic and continuing influence of the
English vernacular tradition.  These exhibitions coincide with A Picture
of Britain, a major display of British landscape art at Tate Britain and a
BBC tv series.  2005 also marks the 50th anniversary of Nikolaus Pevsner's
Reith lecture series, The Englishness of English Art.  We reconsider the
reality of a distinctive English vision, 50 years on.

The study day will address art, design and their relationship with English
landscape, both real and imagined, from 1800 to the present.  It will
attempt to locate "the heart of England" in geographical and cultural
terms.  Confirmed speakers include:

Stephen Calloway (V&A) - the afterlife of Samuel Palmer
Prof. John Mackenzie * exporting Englishness to the Empire
Prof. William Vaughan * Pevsner and the "Englishness of English art"
Mary Greensted (Cheltenham Museum and Art Gallery) * locating the Arts and
Crafts tradition
Dr. Clare Griffiths (Sheffield) * the War Artists project
Jonny Bell (BCUC) * the legacy of William Kent's landscapes
Greer Crawley (BCUC) * pageantry and performance

The venue, in the heart of the Chilterns, will encourage delegates to
focus on the impact of human activity on the landscape. Newlands Park,
Chalfont St. Giles provides an ideal setting for this event.  The 18th
century manor house is one of the campuses of Buckinghamshire Chilterns
University College, the organisers of the study day.  Newlands Park can be
reached by car (Jct 17 of the M25) or by train (Metropolitan Line to
Chalfont and Latimer station).

Registration will begin at 9.30am, and the first paper is at 10am.  Each
paper will last 40 minutes to allow time for questions.  Coffee, lunch,
tea, and transfer from the train station will be provided.  The cost is
55 (20 for students).  Cheques should be sent to Marcus Wood, Research
Registrar, Faculty of Design, BCUC, Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe,
BUCKS, HP11 2JZ.

For further information, contact Suzanne Fagence Cooper, Research Fellow,
Victoria & Albert Museum at s.fagence@vam.ac.uk

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