HAY FESTIVAL 2018 PROGRAMME

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Art

Event W1

Drawing the Body Clothed

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio

In this drawing session participants will draw from a clothed model, exploring approaches to drawing the figure as well as clothes and costume. We will explore how dress and posture give character and help breathe life into our drawings. Students are encouraged to draw texture, pattern and weave, making inventive marks using colour. Models are actors and dancers and we refer to literature, poetry and opera.

Suitable for all ages and abilities

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Drawing the Body Clothed

Event W2

Drawing and Poetry

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio

Myth and storytelling open up the imaginative mind. In this drawing session there will be readings from Welsh myths, legends and poetry while participants draw from life, working from a model and props, as well as using imagination and memory.

Suitable for all ages and abilities

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Event W3

Drawing Out and About

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio

Drawing out and about around the festival demands a very different kind of language to that of the life room: nothing is fixed, everything is in flux. By working from observation outdoors and on the move, drawing can be used as a means of recording a personal experience of our surroundings and their character, heightening perceptions of our environment and enlivening our drawing practice.

Suitable for all ages and abilities

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Drawing Out and About

Event W4

Drawing the Head

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio

In this portrait class, students will be encouraged to experiment with various drawing mediums, using colour and line to explore different ways of depicting depth and shade. There will be an emphasis on looking in detail at the individual, the peculiarities and structure of the head, discovering what makes a drawing a portrait.

Suitable for all ages and abilities

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Event W5

Drawing the Unexpected

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio

Expect the unexpected! With a focus on Welsh culture and landscape, this drawing course uses unusual props and models to inspire you, opening up the imaginative mind and enlivening our drawing practice. With particular reference to artists Maggie Hambling, Thomas Bewick and Samuel Palmer.

Suitable for all ages and abilities

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Event 13

Henrietta Bowden-Jones

The Art of Science

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage

From the structure of clouds to shopping-trolley helices of DNA and sculpting in stardust, the Consultant Psychiatrist examines artworks by established artists who, wittingly or not, have conveyed scientific concepts through their art. Henrietta will be joined for a Q&A by artist Angela Palmer. Chaired by Emilie Glazer.

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Henrietta Bowden-Jones

Event W6

Drawing Out and About

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio

Drawing out and about around the festival demands a very different kind of language to that of the life room: nothing is fixed, everything is in flux. By working from observation outdoors and on the move drawing can be used as a means of recording a personal experience of our surroundings and their character, heightening perceptions of our environment and enlivening our drawing practice.

Suitable for all ages and abilities

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Drawing Out and About

Event W7

Life Drawing

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio

Drawing from the figure in the studio concentrates the mind and can help us to see more and see better; draw what you see, not what you think you know. We will consider how line, tone and composition affect our drawing and participants will be encouraged to draw intuitively, making personal responses to the model in front of them. There will be both long and short poses.

Over 18s only, all levels and abilities welcome

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Event 24

Claire Wilcox

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Venue: Telegraph Stage

The curator of the V&A’s spring blockbuster exhibition introduces the visionary body of work of one of fashion’s most inspiring and adventurous spirits. ‘People find my things sometimes aggressive. But I don’t see it as aggressive. I see it as romantic, dealing with a dark side of personality,’ – Alexander McQueen. Chaired by Tamsin Blanchard.

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Claire Wilcox

Event W8

Drawing the Circus

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio

Join the circus for a morning! From acrobats to clowns, this is your chance to get involved and draw all the life of the circus. Students are encouraged to use colour and a variety of media.

Suitable for under 12s

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Event W9

Drawing a Story

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio

Myth and storytelling open up the imaginative mind. In this session participants will take part in reading chosen texts and will then draw scenes inspired by them, with props and models used to aid us. With particular reference to William Morris and his belief in the connection between storytelling and making.

Suitable for all ages and abilities

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Drawing a Story

Event W10

Walk and Draw

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: Meet at back of Hay Castle

Drawing and walking in the surrounding landscape and hills, participants will have a chance to engage with the changing weather and shifting light through drawing. By working in the live environment, students will heighten perceptions of their surroundings and enliven their drawing practice.

Walking shoes and warm and waterproof clothing are essential.

Suitable for all ages and abilities

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Event 60

Hannah Rothschild talks to Rosie Boycott

Fictions – The Improbability of Love

Venue: Oxfam Moot

This debut novel is a wicked satire of London society, a redemptive and captivating love story, and a journey into the darker corners of European history. Rothschild, who is also chair of the National Gallery, has created one of the most spectacular villains of recent times. ‘Every painting has a story – and if it could speak, what would it tell us?’

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Hannah Rothschild talks to Rosie Boycott

Event W11

Drawing the Graphic Novel Workshop

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio

During this workshop students create their own graphic short stories, working with graphic novelist and tutor Emily Haworth-Booth, winner of the Observer/Jonathan Cape Graphic Short Story Prize. The session will explore narrative and storytelling through drawing, working from both observation and imagination, with contemporary examples used as a starting point to explore the huge potential of this graphic medium.

Suitable for all ages and abilities

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Drawing the Graphic Novel Workshop

Event 84

Paul St George with Polly Stenham and Jessie Burton

Slow Fiction

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Slow Fiction is inspired by the predella, the sequence of four or five pictures under a Renaissance altarpiece that tell the story of the annunciation, the adoration, or the pietà. If the large altarpiece painting is one moment in time, the predella shows the moments leading up to that key frame and sometimes what happens after. The artist Paul St George works with writers, translating selections of their writing into small sequences of sculptures making three-dimensional stories. Two of the first authors to be excited by this new way of bringing readers to writing are Polly Stenham, author of Hotel, and Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist: ‘To see my written words reimagined for a different audience, giving another take on the story-telling process – what we omit, what we emphasise, and what we leave behind – in a newly-configured presentation, is a true thrill.’

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Paul St George with Polly Stenham and Jessie Burton

Event 92

David Bainbridge

Cambridge University Series 6: Curvology: The Origins and Power of Female Body Shape

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Why is the human female the only female animal to have curves, and how do these curves rule our lives by influencing not only sexual selection but also social hierarchy and self-image? The Clinical Veterinary Anatomist at the University of Cambridge applies the science of evolutionary biology and cutting-edge psychology to the female shape. Chaired by Sarah Crompton.

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David Bainbridge

Event W12

Drawing the Head

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio

In this portrait class, students will be encouraged to experiment with various drawing mediums, using colour and line to explore different ways of depicting depth and shade. There will be an emphasis on looking in detail at the individual, the peculiarities and structure of the head, discovering what makes a drawing a portrait.

Suitable for all ages and abilities

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Drawing the Head

Event W13

Drawing From Film

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio

Great films, like great paintings, are rich resources for visual ideas. The artistic vision of Eisenstein, Satyajit Ray, Bergman and Kurosawa is comparable to that of the great artists of the twentieth century. Exploring film through drawing gives participants the opportunity to see through those great filmmakers’ eyes.

Suitable for all ages and abilities

 

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Event W14

Illustration for Under 12s

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio

Working with colour and a variety of mediums, participants will draw from life and the imagination to create their own story. Led by artist and children’s book illustrator Rosie Wellesley.

Suitable for under 12s

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Illustration for Under 12s

Event 135

Jessie Burton talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions – The Miniaturist

Venue: Tata Tent

On an autumn day in 1686, 18-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. The novelist discusses her multi-award-winning debut novel.

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Jessie Burton talks to Georgina Godwin