The special quality and charm of Dillington House is unique, its beauty and welcome are year round. As a centre for adult education ranging from day courses through weekends to week -long summer schools, it offers something for everyone
For the last sixteen years I have delivered summer school programmes at Dillington and for the last four years have run a number of weekend courses throughout the year.
Dillington can be reached via their website at the relevant link listed under tours
The Sunday Lecture, January 20 14.30pm
The Poundbury Effect
Since the first development of Poundbury in the 1980’s, its expansion and the subsequent construction of literally dozens of similar concepts around Britain, has led to a wealth of debate and massively polarized views about everything from the aesthetics, choice of architecture, scale and citing of each of these developments.
This is an opportunity to present the facts and air and share the views
Friday 8 February. The Friday Lunch and Lecture
The Illustration and Stained Glass of Harry Clarke 1889-1931
Harry Clarke is the most famous stained glass artist to emerge from out of Ireland in the early years of the twentieth century. His stained glass work was not just religious commissions but also included many secular commissions.
Along side the stained glass work, Clarke also gained an international reputation as a book illustrator.
What is certain, is that Harry Clarke should be far more recognized for his contributions to the development of Irish and International Art in the early years of the twentieth century.
Weekend Courses January 2019 - June 2019
Friday February 8 - Sunday February 10
British and European Illustration 1890- 1939
With the continuing development of the mechanisation of printing throughout the nineteenth century, the stage was set for one of the greatest outpourings of illustration that has ever been seen. Throughout the industrialised world, literature both old and new, along with new genres created a demand for illustration. Set against the changing artistic styles of the time, many great names came to the fore including, Dulac, Nielsen, Clarke, Beardsley, Rackham, Robinson, Parrish, Detmold, Ricketts. In addition the burgeoning world of advertising would also create an unprecedented demand.
Friday 12 April - Sunday 14 April
The History of World Exhibitions and Fairs 1851 – the Present
In 1851 the Great Exhibition in London, saw the development of a worldwide phenomenon of the greatest cultural, political and social importance. From the Great Exhibition there followed dozens and dozens of international fairs and exhibitions such as the many Paris exhibitions including 1867, 1878, 1889, 1900, 1925 and 1937, Chicago 1893, 1933, New York 1939 and 1964, Montreal 1967, to cite but a few. These events launched many new products, art forms, and in many cases permanently changed the appearance of their host cities.
Dillington House Summer School
Week 1 - Tea Sunday 11 - Breakfast Saturday 17 August
Unwrapped & Unpacked - Houses & Gardens, Public and Private, of the West Country
This year sees an evolution from the successful formula of last year’s Summer School programme, with the new course presenting a totally new approach to visiting Country Houses. For the first time each day a particular house will be examined on site from many different perspectives. As ever the visit to a house and its collections remains central but the gardens, estate villages, gatehouses, dower houses, churches, chapels and farms will be visited and now in addition collectively the entire estate will be brought into focus. The houses have once again been chosen to give a range of period and style to show the wealth of properties and gardens in the region. The mixture of famous and not so famous gives a really good sense of the quality and indeed quantity of properties and in turn shows off all periods from the late medieval to the twentieth century.
Week 2 - Tea Sunday 18 - Breakfast Saturday 24 August
Landscape with Churches - West Country Church Crawling
The landscape of the South-West of England, is particularly dominated by the inevitable presence of a church, church tower/spire. These buildings reflect not only national but also strong regional styles and influences. Aside from being spiritual and temporal power-houses and hubs of their communities, their contents reflect the historical vicissitudes of local families and powerful dynasties alike. The course offers the opportunity to spend each day in wonderful landscapes visiting justifiably famous churches and a lot of the not so famous often in incomparable settings.