Village Hall Talks at Wootton-By-Woodstock

The project was conceived to raise funds to renovate the village hall in Wootton-by-Woodstock, which was built almost entirely from timber ninety years ago. Following a decade of successful events, much of the refurbishment has been completed. So, all proceeds will now be donated to the Wootton Conservation Trust, which bought and manages the extensive Jubilee Meadow - a Local Nature Reserve open to all and one of the most popular features in Wootton

The Charlie Luxton Talk

The Charlie Luxton Talk

7.30pm Friday April 17th 2020

Charlie is an architectural designer and television presenter promoting the environment and sustainable architecture - and has spent the past 20 years designing sustainable buildings and making landmark programmes on the subject. This combination of creating and talking is Charlie's modus operandi and has made him a leading name in the world of design.

Charlie's passion is creating architecture fit for the 21st century - designs that respond to local materials, traditions and the climate crisis.

He is head of Charlie Luxton Design (CLD), an architecture firm of eight specialists, based in Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, that specialises in sustainable buildings. The team works on projects ranging from community-led housing through to recording studios and one-off homes.

On television, Charlie has hosted the documentary series Modern British Architects on Channel 5, as well as several other architecture-related shows, including Treehouses on Sky; a six-part television series, Our Homes and Property; and the ongoing series Build a New Life in the Country. He is a regular designer on BBC One's DIY SOS.

His series The Great Treehouse Challenge, was broadcast on Sky's Living Channel, whilst he has also presented Homes by the Sea and Building the Dream. Charlie's design company has created sustainable living projects in London, Wiltshire and the Cotswolds. - and he has also supported other projects in Oxfordshire, including creating a carpool, fitting solar panels on to the roof of the local school, addressing amateur homebuilders - and green-furbishing thirty houses.

Examples of CLD's ground-breaking projects can be found at:
The Charlie Luxton Design Website

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(Children over 16 welcome)

The Chris Floyd Talk

The Chris Floyd Talk

7.30pm Friday May 22nd 2020

Chris Floyd is one the country's leading photographers and film-makers. His photographic work has appeared in some of the world’s most highly respected publications, including Vogue, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Harpers Bazaar, GQ, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine and Wallpaper* among others.

He has shot advertising campaigns for Apple, British Airways, Sony and Philips and has been selected several times for the National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize and the annual publication, American Photography.

As a director he has produced moving image work for Avis, Anthropologie, Mr Porter, Space NK, Topshop, UBS and a Christmas TV campaign for Debenhams.

For his talk in Wootton, Chris will be discussing his approach to portrait photography and also recounting some of the experiences he has had capturing the world's most famous faces.

To see a selection of Chris's wonderful portraits, and other work, go to his website:

The Chris Floyd Website

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(Children over 16 welcome)

The Mike Birkhead Talk

The Mike Birkhead Talk

7.30pm Friday June 19th 2020

Mike is one of the world's leading natural history film-makers and has produced and directed many award-winning films and series in India, Sri Lanka and Africa, often featuring Sir David Attenborough. Recent films include H is For Hawk: A New Chapter; David Attenborough's Big Birds; Attenborough's Wonder of Eggs - and he is currently making Wonder of Song for the BBC with Sir David. His talk in Wootton will be called Attenborough’s Wonders, Hawks and Sri Lanka and will feature some of Mike's finest work

Mike is the younger brother of Prof Tim Birkhead, a world expert on birds, who has also appeared at the Wootton Talks to great acclaim. In his teens, Mike had soccer trials with Leeds United - but he credits Tim's passion for natural history in helping Mike discover his own love of the natural world. After gaining a doctorate at Oxford University and spending two years at post-doctoral work in the Department of Zoology, Mike ventured into television and joined London Weekend Television in 1984 and, looking back, he calls this career move "pure good fortune" as LWT encouraged entrepreneurship and independence.

He then left to set up his own company, Mike Birkhead Associates - 30 years later, he has many programmes under his belt, garnering a wide range of awards (Land of the Tiger, Tiger Crisis, Battle to Save the Tiger, Echo an Unforgettable Elephant, Siberian Tiger Quest, Wild Sri Lanka, Attenborough's Big Birds). Mike says he does not regret failing to play for Leeds United - now realising how much serendipity is involved in a career in independent film-making.

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(Children over 16 welcome)

The Singh Twins

The Singh Twins Talk

7.30pm Date To Be Advised

The identical Singh Twins - Aurit and Rabindra - are internationally renowned contemporary artists whose award-winning work explores important issues of social political and cultural debate and re-defines narrow Eurocentric perceptions of art, heritage and identity. The Twins, based on Merseyside, collaborate on their art, describing their creative practice as "Past-Modern" as opposed to "‘Post Modern" - and their highly decorative, narrative and symbolic work, has been recognised as leading a modern revival of Indian miniature painting within contemporary art. In addition, they also draw on the artistic language and conventions of other traditions, East and West, old and new - including ancient Greek and Roman, Persian and Medieval European manuscripts, the Victorian illustrators and Pre-Raphaelites, Art Nouveau and photography.

The Twins have exhibited at both the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery in London, as well as the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Modern Art, in Mumbai, plus the National Gallery of Modern Art, in Delhi (where - apart from Henry Moore - they were the only British artists given a solo show at this venue, one of India's foremost for contemporary art)

Although more widely known for their painting, the Twins are also writers, filmmakers and designers. Their film "Nineteen Eighty-Four and the Via Dolorosa Project" (a short documentary about one of their most famous political works, depicting the Storming of the Golden Temple in 1984) won a major award - as did the animated "The Making of Liverpool". In addition, their interest in pushing boundaries led them to develop new work using digital techniques - as well as collaborating with top Indian Fashion Designer, Tarun Tahiliani, whose 2015 Spring/Summer Collection was inspired by their artwork. This collaboration inspired them to develop their own high-end Singh Twins label for fashion accessories and home decoration.

The Twins have made numerous radio and television appearances, including on the BBC's Women's’ Hour, Mid Week and Front Row, as well as featuring in Simon Schama's BBC art series '"The Face of Britain" and also in ITV''s docimentary, Singh Out Sisters. An independent Arts Council film about their work, "Alone Together", received Best Film or Art prize at the Asolo International and they have also featured as a question on Who Wants to Be A Millionaire? The Twins were awarded an MBE for services to the Indian miniature tradition of painting within contemporary art..

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(Children over 16 welcome)


All Talks Start
At 7:30pm

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Max Capacity

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