Latest News This page has the latest news - please keep coming back to check for the latest information and click on the ‘refresh’ button to update your computers information. The launch of our Exhibition of Members’ Work is taking place at the Old Library Gallery,  50-54 Belvoir Street on Thursday 4th April from 6.00 - 8.00 pm Bring your friends and come along to support us.   Light refreshments  will be provided and there will be a chance to view/buy artwork from our gifted members. The exhibition will run throughout April /May. Young Arts will be running a free textile workshop on Saturday April 27th 10.00-12 .30 pm.  An accompanied child and/or grandchild (7 years +) would be very welcome. Places are limited, so please contact: annallsop@talktalk.net  before April 14th to book your place(s).  An event you may be interested in Art Films at the Phoenix Leicester Below are the dates for 9 April  Rembrant 4 June Van Gogh & Japan Click here for further details and to book places. Stoneywell, our local National Trust building. The National Trust has acquired Stoneywell - the Gimson house in Leicestershire.  Go to the National Trust page for booking times and prices. Visits must be pre booked. The tour of the house is guided, the gardens are beautiful and the tea room is excellent!  The house is small and the staircases are winding, it is an uphill walk to the house so it is not suitable for people with mobility problems. Gimson’s drawing of Stoneywell  July 1898 Why save Stoneywell? Set in the Charnwood Forest, Stoneywell is the only remaining cottage of its kind in Leicestershire. It’s one of only a handful of notable Arts and Crafts houses in England. It will also be only the second National Trust property we have in the county. As well as the cottage, gardens, outbuildings and woodland, Stoneywell retains many of its original contents. There is also a significant archive which has a wealth of historical material. The history of Stoneywell Stoneywell, a Grade II* listed property, was designed in 1898 by the locally-born architect, designer and craftsman Ernest Gimson (1864-1919). Gimson was a well-known contributor to the Arts & Crafts Movement in England in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with many connections to other key members of the movement including William Morris. Gimson designed the cottage for his elder brother Sydney and wife Jeanie, and Stoneywell has remained within the family ever since. The Gimson family Ernest Gimson’s father, Josiah and his brother Benjamin were also significant figures in Leicester during the 19th century when they set up the Gimson and Company factory in the city making heavy machinery. It was one of the largest employers in the city and prided itself on being a model employer in terms of wages and conditions of work. The firm cast the great beam engines which can still be seen at the Abbey Pumping Station and cast two bridges over the Grand Union Canal in Leicester. Below is an article written for us by a member, Douglas Smith, who used to live in a Gimson house in Leicester. Ernest Gimson 1864-1919 He was born in Leicester, the son of Josiah Gimson of the successful engineering firm. Early influences were Letherby, Ruskin and William Morris from lectures at the Secular Society. Gimson was articled to Isaac Barradale a local architect before he moved to London and was articled to J D Sedding in 1885.  In 1887 he travelled to France and Italy but returned to England and worked on modest projects. White House, North Avenue, Leicester: 1897 a house Ernest Gimson designed for his brother Arthur is the best example of the two town houses. It has an ‘L shaped Plan‘ with the end gable ploughing into the Avenue like the bow of a ship. Stoneywell 1898 was built for Sidney A. Gimson. It is in my opinion the outstanding design of the cottages built in the Charnwood Forest. The great chimney is like a buttress and develops from the rocky outcrop as it grows out of the forest rock. The plan twists to follow the contours of the site. This is the fascination of the building with changing levels and interesting movement of space. Originally the cottage had a thatched roof which enabled the designer to use the fluid lines evolved from the plan. Gimson had too much respect for the past to to attempt to reproduce it. He believed each generation could, and should, make a contribution to a splendid tradition A plan of the ground floor of Stoneywell. The plan relates to the photograph. Why not write an article for the e-newsletter and the web site?  Contact Janet Groome on 0116 279 2280 with any questions. Click here to go to the top of the page
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The Arts Society Leicester
Latest News This page has the latest news - please keep coming back to check for the latest information and click on the ‘refresh’ button to update your computers information. The launch of our Exhibition of Members’ Work is taking place at the Old Library Gallery,  50-54 Belvoir Street on Thursday 4th April from 6.00 - 8.00 pm Bring your friends and come along to support us.   Light refreshments  will be provided and there will be a chance to view/buy artwork from our gifted members. The exhibition will run throughout April /May. Young Arts will be running a free textile workshop on Saturday April 27th 10.00-12 .30 pm.  An accompanied child and/or grandchild (7 years +) would be very welcome. Places are limited, so please contact: annallsop@talktalk.net  before April 14th to book your place(s).  An event you may be interested in Art Films at the Phoenix Leicester Below are the dates for 9 April  Rembrant 4 June Van Gogh & Japan Click here for further details and to book places. Stoneywell, our local National Trust building. The National Trust has acquired Stoneywell - the Gimson house in Leicestershire.  Go to the National Trust page for booking times and prices. See the web site for further information on Stoneywell and an article written by Douglas Smith, who used to live in a Gimson house in Leicester.
Web site and mobile phone pages designed, created and maintained by Janet Groome, Handshake Computer Training