Our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be followed by a talk by Jack Andrews: PAINTING PLANTS WITH A PASSION, Jack, who initiated the project, will tell us the story behind the recent BBC Four documentary, The Remarkable Miss North, presented by Emilia Fox, about Marianne North, one of the most prolific botanical artists of the Victorian age. Unbound by social convention, this Victorian rebel embarked on a project that changed the face of botanical research. She dedicated her life to painting the world’s plants in the wildest of places; an artistic legacy that remains as mesmerising today as it was in 1882 when her gallery opened at Kew Gardens.
Jack Andrews, who has lived in Richmond and Kew since 1988, followed a career in advertising and broadcasting and qualified as a volunteer guide at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in 1992. In 2002 he was awarded MBE for services to the arts. He gave up guiding in 2012 to produce and promote the Marianne North film.
** This event is free to members. Non-members are very welcome and will be invited to pay £4 on the door. We don’t sell advance tickets – there is no need to book as the venue has plenty of space and you can be sure to find a seat. The event starts at 8pm and the doors open at 7:30pm.
After Jack’s talk there will be wine, soft drinks and nibbles. And Jack is planning to bring some Marianne biscuits.