Working Parties

Because of the continuing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the uncertainty around travel arrangements, following consultation with our hosts and our volunteers we have taken the difficult decision to cancel The Friends' programme of working parties for this year. However, all the working weeks have been rolled over to the equivalent weeks in 2021. Most of the 2020 participants have transferred their bookings to those dates. The dates for 2021 are:

Červený Dvůr 22nd - 29th May, 29th May - 5th June 2021

Žďár nad Sázavou 5th - 12th June 2021

Teplice nad Metuji 4th - 11th September 2021

Krásný Dvůr 11th - 18th September 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Friends' Conservation Projects and Work in the Czech Republic

Architect Peter Jamieson, Chairman, and the founders Barbara Peacock and Ian Kennaway will talk about the growth of The Friends' involvement and influence in helping to secure and conserve the rich heritage of the Czech lands

 Refreshments to follow

Emperor Rudolf II, Collector and Patron of the Arts and Sciences

A Talk by Caroline Cannon-Brookes on Tuesday 5th November 2019 at 6.30pm in the Embassy of the Czech Republic, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY

Spranger Minervas victory over IgnoranceUnder Rudolf II, Prague again became the capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Following the example of his Habsburg ancestors, he assembled an exceptional collection of works of art for which the imperial palace on Hradčany was adapted. He patronised painters, sculptors, goldsmiths who flocked to Prague, and also men of learning including Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler. For a brief period Prague became the most important cultural centre in Europe.

Caroline Cannon-Brookes, art historian, was trained at the Courtauld and teaches at the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education. She has led many tours to the Czech Republic to which she is a regular visitor

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Image: Spranger ;Minerva's Victory over Ignorance' from Rudolf II's collections

The Royal Collection in Three Dimensions: Adventures of a Sculpture Cataloguer

A Talk by Sir Jonathan Marsden on Tuesday 14th May 2019 at 6.30pm in the Embassy of the Czech Republic, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY.

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The talk will present some of the lessons learned from working on a catalogue raisonné of European sculpture in the Royal Collection, which will be published by Royal Collection Trust in 2020. The catalogue will embrace some 1500 works, ranging in date from around 1500 to the present day, in marble, bronze, terracotta, plaster and other materials. The collection contains great masterpieces by Cellini, Adriaen de Vries, Canova and others, but although it is extremely well documented it has never been fully published.

The catalogue will throw new light on the tastes of successive monarchs, their dealings with artists, and their varying approaches to the art of sculpture. The creation of sculpture takes longer than work in other media, and there is more scope for mishaps and misunder-standings along the way.

The talk will also present discoveries, re-attributions and new identifications that have arisen in the course of the author’s work.

Sir Jonathan Marsden is a Former Director of the Royal Collection.

Price £15 including a glass of wine. Online booking: www.czechfriends.net

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A Celebration of Czechoslovak Culture in Wartime Britain

An Illustrated Talk by Jana Buresova on Tuesday 9th October 2018 at 6.30pm in the Embassy of the Czech Republic, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY

Czechoslovakia was headline news in 1938/39, yet little was known about its cultural heritage. Patriotic exiles in Britain determined to remedy this through multi-faceted entities such as the Czechoslovak Institute, graced by Queen Elizabeth, Queen consort, who attended an exhibition of Wenceslaus Hollar’s engravings. It also hosted contemporary artists such as Friedrich Feigl, Marie-Louise von Motieczky and sculptor Mary Duras, musicians including Vilém Tauský. But the Communist-inspired Czechoslovak-British Friendship Club, the Czechoslovak Army’s SOKOL branch, and regional clubs played a vital role too.

Dr Jana Barbora Buresova is a committee member of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies at the University of London. In addition to post-doctoral research, she is actively involved in the Association of Jewish Refugees Audio-Visual Testimony Archive project. Her key areas of interest are political exiles past and present, particularly Czechoslovak women in exile, on which she has spoken and contributed to a number of publications

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