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29 May 2019Visit to Stanley Picker House, Kingston upon Thames
18 June 2019Fishbourne Roman Palace and the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Sussex

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Visit to Stanley Picker House, Kingston upon Thames
Wednesday 29 May 2019

Following on from our previous popular visits, we have arranged another opportunity to see this fascinating house and gallery.

Stanley Picker was a patron of the arts who formed a very individual collection of twentieth-century sculptures and paintings. He was born in New York in 1913 and died in England in 1982. In 1976 Stanley set up a Charitable Trust to encourage young artists at what was then Kingston College of Art (now part of Kingston University). Nowadays the Trust also encourages and supports students at many other establishments in London and other parts of the UK.

Stanley’s house, off Kingston Hill, was designed by the well-regarded local architect Kenneth Wood and built in 1968. The specification for the design was that it would house and display his art collection while at the same time being a home where he could live and enjoy entertaining.

The tour lasts for two hours. We will be given an introduction to the life of Stanley Picker, his art collection and the Trust he later established. A lecturer, who has researched Stanley Picker, his house and his collection, will guide you around the house and gallery, followed by a short walk around the attractive gardens.