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Literary - Arts Lunch

Date Posted: 29 October 2018

Luncheon: Monday 29 October 2018 in the Westgate Room




Our guest for this occasion will be writer and critic Rian Evans. Her monograph, Kyffin Williams: The Light and the Dark, was published by Lund Humphries in May marking the artist’s centenary.  

Rian has written extensively about the arts in Wales. Music is her first discipline and, while it is criticism in the Guardian and Opera magazine that is most often seen, Rian has always pursued a parallel interest in the visual arts. Having previously contributed to the Royal Academy’s book on Kyffin Williams, she has again collaborated with Nicholas Sinclair, whose fine photographic portraits of the artist and of the pictures themselves illustrate the volume.

Kyffin is arguably Wales’ best-known painter of the past century, enjoying unprecedented popularity. Yet the perception of him as an outspoken critic of contemporary art in general, and of arts organisations in Wales, often served to overshadow his actual output. Meanwhile, in his writing, Kyffin’s skill in telling vividly descriptive stories sometimes took precedence over the narrative of his life and career. Rian Evans will talk about her search to look beyond the familiar tropes and to understand Kyffin Williams’ deepest artistic concerns.

The meeting is open to all Club members and their guests. Members are asked to indicate their intention to attend by appending their names to the list on the Club notice board or by telephoning the office on 029 2022 0846.

Sparkling wine or soft drinks will be served at 12.15 pm. Following her talk, Rian will take a short Q&A session after which lunch will be served at about 1.45pm. The menu will be a 2 course lunch comprising a main course of chicken with a dessert. Fish will be an optional main course, which together with any other dietary preference should be requested in advance. Those attending will be invoiced subsequently for food and drink.

The lunch marks collaboration between the Arts Committee and the Literary Circle and it is hoped that members will welcome this fresh initiative in the development of the Club’s cultural activities.


Richard Hutchings                 Roger Gagg                                                                 

Chairman: Arts Committee   Chairman: Literary Circle