EVENTS

If your society or gallery would like a talk or exhibition then just get in touch with Caroline using the Contact page

If you haven’t been to a talk already then do come along to one. The Arts Society welcomes non-members at their lectures for a small fee.

Exhibitions

A display is planned for October/November at the West Sussex Record Office – exact dates to be announced.

Past exhibitions (listed below) of MacDonald Gill’s work have been enormously popular with the public. Caroline – alongside Andrew and Angela Johnston – has co-curated shows at venues such as the University of Brighton, Pitzhanger Manor Gallery, the Lettering Arts Centre at Snape Maltings, and most recently Ditchling Museum of Arts + Crafts.

If your gallery or museum would like to host an exhibition or a display of MacDonald Gill’s work, we would be more than happy to help you with loan of works and curation

Talks

Caroline Walker is an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society but has also given talks on MacDonald Gill for many other groups and institutions around the country including the National Trust, the Art Workers’ Guild, the University of the Third Age, Christie’s, The National Archives, the University of Brighton and Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft. If your group would like to discover more about the fascinating life and work of this remarkable artist-craftsman, then don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, summer lectures have been cancelled. Those scheduled for September onwards may also be affected. Please contact the society if you’re unsure. In any case, it’s always worth checking beforehand with a society if you’re a non-member.

Friday, 16 October 2020 - time to be confirmed

The Arts Society Nadder Valley at the Nadder Centre, Tisbury, Wiltshire.

Tuesday, 27 October 2020 - 7:00pm

West Sussex Record Office, 3 Orchard Street, Chichester, PO19 1DD

Wednesday, 3 February 2021 - 2:15pm

The Arts Society  Orwell at Tower Hall, Rushmere St. Andrew, nr. Ipswich, Suffolk.

The MacDonaldGill Biography

The other important event of 2020 will be the publication of MacDonald Gill: Charting a Life, the long awaited biography! Yes, it has taken a long time but it really is happening. The manuscript is now at the design/layout stage and will be published by Unicorn Press in June 2020. There will, of course, be more news about this nearer the time.

Past Events

Exhibitions & Talks

Tuesday, 7 January 2020 – 11am & 2pm
The Arts Society Isle of Wight at Newclose County Cricket Club, I. of Wight.
http://theartssocietyisleofwight.org.uk/

Monday, 10 February 2020 – 7:30pm
The Arts Society Cantab at Long Road 6th Form College, Cambridge
http://www.theartssocietycantab.org.uk

Thurday, 20 February 2020 – 11am
The Arts Society  Arden at the Core Theatre, Solihull
https://theartssociety.org/arden

Thursday, 12 March 2020 – 7:30pm
The Arts Society West Cornwall at Zennor Auditorium, Penwith College, Penzance.
https://theartssociety.org/westcornwall

Wednesday, 6 May 2020 – 2pm (Postponed due to Covid19)
The Arts Society  Orwell at Tower Hall, Rushmere St. Andrew, nr. Ipswich, Suffolk.
https://theartssociety.org/orwell

Tuesday, 12 May 2020 – 11am (Postponed due to Covid19)
The Arts Society  Gravesend at the Masonic Lodge, Wrotham Road, Gravesend, Kent.
https://theartssociety.org/gravesend

Exhibitions

20 October 2018 – 28 April 2019

Max Gill: Wonderground Man at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft in Sussex.  

Free curator tours at 11am on the following Wednesdays (no booking required): 

20 March (with Caroline Walker, Andrew and Angela Johnston)

17 April (with Andrew and Angela Johnson)
www.ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk

Talks

Thurs 7 Feb 8pm
TAS Amersham
www.theartssocietyamersham.org.uk/

Wed 13 Feb 11am
TAS Cotswolds (Burford)
www.cotswolddfas.org.uk/

Wed 20  Feb 10.45am
TAS Mid-Sussex (Haywards Heath)
https://theartssociety.org/mid-sussex

Tues 12 March 7.45pm
TAS Englemere
https://theartssociety.org/englemere

Thur 14 Mar 2pm
TAS Ashdown Forest (Crowborough)
https://theartssociety.org/ashdown-forest

Tues 26 Mar 7pm
TAS Norwich
https://theartssociety.org/norwich

Wed 27 Mar 2pm and 7.30pm
TAS Cranleigh
www.theartssocietycranleigh.org/

Wednesday 17 April 2pm
Higham and Rushden U3A
http://www.highamandrushdenu3a.org.uk/

Monday 13 May 8pm Chorleywood Fine Arts Society
http://www.chorleywoodfinearts.org/

Tuesday 11 June 7.30pm
TAS Hexham
https://theartssociety.org/hexham

Wednesday 9 October 12noon
TAS Nottingham
http://www.theartssociety-nottingham.org/

Non-members are usually welcome (for a small fee) at The Arts Society (TAS) AND U3A  lectures but do check with the relevant society beforehand.

There are no exhibitions planned for 2018 but there are a number of talks by Max’s great-niece Caroline Walker in the diary especially for The Arts Society (TAS) (formerly NADFAS).  Non-members are usually welcome (for a small fee) at TAS lectures but do check on the relevant website beforehand.

Monday 8 January 7.45pm
TAS Greenwich, King William Court, University of Greenwich, Park Row, SE10 9LS 
https://theartssociety.org/greenwich

Monday 15 January 7.30pm
TAS Canterbury Evening, The Old Sessions House, Christchurch, Canterbury CT1 1QU
http://www.southcanterburydfas.org.uk/

Thursday 15 March 10.30am
TAS Surrey Heath, Chobham Golf Club, Knaphill, Surrey, GU21 2TZ
https://theartssociety.org/surrey-heath

Wednesday 21 March 11.00am
TAS Canterbury Daytime, ARCA Hall, Ashford Rd, Thanington Without, Canterbury CT1 3XR 
http://www.canterburydfas.org.uk/

Tuesday 8 May 2.15pm
TAS Newick, Village Hall, Plumpton Green, Lewes, E. Sussex BN7 3BQ
https://theartssociety.org/newick

Monday 14 May 1.30pm
TAS Bath Afternoon, Assembly Rooms, Bennet St., Bath BA1 2QH
http://www.bathdfas.com/

Monday 4 June 7.30pm TAS
Helmsley, H. Arts Centre, The Old Meeting House, YO12 5AN
https://theartssociety.org/helmsley

Wednesday 13 June 10.30am
TAS Tring Park, Civic Centre, High Street, Berkhamsted HP4 3HD
https://theartssociety.org/tring-park

Tuesday 19 June 6.30pm
Kelmarsh Hall, Northants.
http://www.kelmarsh.com/

Wednesday 4 July 2.00pm
TAS Fylde, United Reformed Church Hall, St Annes FY8 1JL 
https://theartssociety.org/fylde

20 October 2018 – 28 April 2019
Max Gill: Wonderground Man. An exhibition at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft in Sussex. Talk date and curator tours to be finalised.
www.ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk

Talks

Mon 10 September 8pm 
The Arts Society SW London (Putney).
http://www.theartssocietyswlondon.org.uk/

Wed 19 September 2pm 
Higham & Rushden U3A  Postponed – new date Wed 17 April 2019

Tues 13 November 8pm
TAS City of Worcester
www.theartssocietyworcester.org.uk/

Tues 20 November 11am and 2pm
TAS Chester
https://theartssociety.org/chester

April 2nd 2017 – 31st October 2017
Exhibition at Kelmarsh Hall MacDonald Gill: Charting his Age includes poster maps, painted maps and graphic work.  Check on the website for opening days/times.  The exhibition is on the first floor, only accessible by stairs.

Thursday 14th September 1.30pm (doors open 1pm).
A curator-led talk/tour with Caroline Walker,Andrew Johnston and Angela Johnston.  Tickets £12 (including refreshments, exhibition tour and garden access):  Tel: 01604 686543 or email: enquiries@kelmarsh.com  
www.kelmarsh.com

Wednesday 26th July 11.30am
A talk ‘MacDonald Gill: A Life in Architecture and Art’ for Blandford Forum Men’s Probus Club, at The Crown Hotel, Blandford Forum, Dorset.  Members only..

Tuesday 12th September 7.30pm
A talk ‘Discovering MacDonald Gill: A Life in Architecture and Art‘  for Tisbury History Society, Hinton Hall, Tisbury, Wilts.  Non-members welcome £3.
http://www.tisburyhistory.co.uk/

Wednesday 4th October 1.30pm.
A talk ‘Discovering MacDonald Gill’ at Gloucester Literary Lunch Club. Members only.

Saturday 28th October.
A talk on ‘Nursery Rhymes of London Town’ (a book of nonsense poems written by Eleanor Farjeon and illustrated by Max Gill) by Anne Harvey and Caroline Walker for the Children’s Books’ History Society at the Church of Scotland Crown Court Church, Russell Street, Covent Garden WC2B 5EZ.  This is one of several talks during a study day on ‘Nursery Rhymes’.  For details ring: 020 7836 5643 or email: office@crowncourtchurch.org.uk

Ends Feb 23rd 2017
Holborn Library
has a display of items celebrating the centenary of Nursery Rhymes of London Town written by Eleanor Farjeon, illustrated by Max Gill.  www.camden.gov.uk

May 2016 – May 2017 
The Map and Atlas Museum of La Jolla
in California is showing ‘Art Meets Cartography: The World of MacDonald Gill‘, an exhibition of recently acquired Max Gill posters, alongside a selection of American pictorial maps.  http://www.lajollamapmuseum.org

July 22nd 2016 – April 3rd 2017
The National Library of Scotland exhibition
You are Here: a journey through maps‘ includes the Cable and Wireless Great Circle map in the “world” section.  NLoS, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EW.  www.nls.uk

November 4th 2016 – March 1st 2017
The British Library
exhibition ‘Maps of the 20th Century: Drawing the Line‘  shows the Great Circle and the Atlantic Charter maps.  www.bl.uk

April 2nd 2017 – 31st October 2017
Kelmarsh Hall
MacDonald Gill: Charting his Age‘ includes poster maps, painted maps and graphic work.  www.kelmarsh.com

Talks

Thursday 12th January 7.15pm
Holborn Library
Nursery Rhymes of London Town‘ presented by Anne Harvey and Caroline Walker.  www.camden.gov.uk

Thursday 19th January 7.30pm
Dorset County Decorative & Fine Art Society
at the Corn Exchange, Dorchester: ‘Discovering MacDonald Gill: Architect, Artist and Mapmaker’. Non-members wishing to attend are welcome (£5 discretionary payment). http://dorsetcountydfas.org.uk/

Thursday 9th March 10.15
Marlow DFAS at Marlow Methodist Hall,Spittal Street (fee for non-members).
http://marlowdfas.org.uk

Wednesday 26th July 11.00am for 11.30am
Blandford Forum Men’s Probus Club
, at The Crown Hotel, Blandford Forum, Dorset. 

Tuesday 12th September 7.30pm
Tisbury History Society
, Hinton Hall, Tisbury, Wilts.  http://www.tisburyhistory.co.uk/

May 2016 – May 2017 
The Map and Atlas Museum of La Jolla
 in California is showing ‘Art Meets Cartography: The World of MacDonald Gill‘, an exhibition presenting its recently acquired Max posters, alongside a selection of American pictorial maps.  
http://www.lajollamapmuseum.org

July 22nd 2016 – April 3rd 2017
The National Library of Scotland
 exhibition ‘You are Here: a journey through maps‘ includes the Cable and Wireless Great Circle map in the “world” section.  NLoS, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EW. 
 www.nls.uk

November 4th 2016 – March 1st 2017 
The British Library exhibition ‘Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line‘  shows the Great Circle Map and the original artwork for the Atlantic Charter map.  
www.bl.uk

April 1st – October 2017 
Kelmarsh Hall, Northants, ‘MacDonald Gill: Charting his Age’. 
www.kelmarsh.com

Nursery Rhymes of London Town case display
June 6th – July 28th – Hammersmith Central Library, Shepherds Bush Road. London W6 7AT
September 13th – October 8th  – City of Westminster Archives Centre St Ann’s Street, London SW1P 2DE
October 11th to November 12th – Kensington Central Library, Phillimore Walk, London, W8 7RX
November 15th to December 3rd –  Fulham Library, 598 Fulham Road, London SW6 5NX

July 22nd 2016 – April 3rd 2017  
The National Library of Scotland exhibition ‘You are Here: a journey through maps‘ includes the Cable and Wireless Great Circle map in the “world” section.  NLoS, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EW
www.nls.uk

Talks

September 13th – October 8th
City of Westminster Archives Centre,
St Ann’s Street, London SW1P 2DE
Talk on Monday 3rd October 6pm.
https://www.westminster.gov.uk/archives

October 5th – December 18th Burgh House & Hampstead Museum hosts a small exhibition on Nursery Rhymes of London Town – this will present more detailed displays relating to Eleanor, a Hampstead resident, as well as two Max maps:  a 1914 By Paying Us Your Pennies Wonderground print and Lands of Literature.
Talk on Friday 11th November 2pm
http://www.burghhouse.org.uk/

Monday 10th October 6pm at Hammersmith Library, Shepherd’s Bush Road, London W6 7AT

October 11th to November 12th  Kensington Central Library, Phillimore Walk, London, W8 7RX
Talk on Thursday 27th October 6.30pm
https://www.rbkc.gov.uk

November 15th to December 3rd Fulham Library, 598 Fulham Road, London SW6 5NX
Talk on Tuesday 22nd November 6.30pm)  
https://www.lbhf.gov.uk

December 5th to January 28th 2017 Holborn Library (Local Studies) , 32-38, Theobalds Road London WC1X 8PA
Talk on Thursday 12th January 715pm 
Nursery Rhymes talks will be given by Anne Harvey and Caroline Walker.  Anne is a writer, teacher, actress and presenter who has edited more than 24 anthologies of poetry and is Eleanor Farjeon’s literary executor.  Caroline is MacDonald Gill’s great-niece and creator of MacDonald Gill’s website.

Other talks (speaker Caroline Walker)

Tuesday 1st November 8.30pm
Discovering MacDonald Gill: Architect, Artist and Mapmaker‘ at St Mary’s College, University of Durham  (college members & guests only)

Monday 12th December 6.30pm
MacDonald Gill: Mapping his Age‘, at Kensington Central Library, Phillimore Walk, London, W8 7RX https://www.rbkc.gov.uk

Thursday 19th January 7.30pm 
Dorset County Decorative & Fine Art Society, ‘Discovering MacDonald Gill: Architect, Artist and Mapmaker’.
http://dorsetcountydfas.org.uk/

100 Years of ‘Nursery Rhymes of London Town’
A talk about Eleanor Farjeon’s much-loved book by Anne Harvey and Caroline Walker (see article above).  Anne Harvey is a writer, teacher, actress and presenter who has edited more than 24 anthologies of poetry and is Eleanor Farjeon’s literary executor.

Wednesday 27th July 11am
Askew Road Library. 87-91 Askew Road, London W12 9AS
https://www.lbhf.gov.uk/libraries

Monday 3rd October 6pm
City of Westminster Archives Centre, St Ann’s Street, London SW1P 2DE
https://www.westminster.gov.uk/archives

Thursday 27th October 6.30pm
Kensington Central Library, Phillimore Walk, London, W8 7RX
https://www.rbkc.gov.uk

Tuesday 22nd November (time tbc)
Fulham Library, 598 Fulham Road, London SW6 5NX
https:/www.lbhf.gov.uk

Tuesday 1st November
Discovering MacDonald Gill: Architect, Artist and Mapmaker at St Mary’s College, University of Durham (college members & guests only)

Tuesday 29th November 6.30pm
MacDonald Gill: Mapping his Age, at Kensington Central Library, Phillimore Walk, London, W8 7RX
https://www.rbkc.gov.uk

Thursday January 21 2016, 7.15pm meeting starts, 8.00pm
Caroline Walker on MacDonald Gill: Maps, Murals and Memorials for the West Middlesex Family History Group.
Venue: Montague Hall, Montague Rd, Hounslow (tube: Hounslow Central Station)
http://www.west-middlesex-fhs.org.uk

Tuesday 12 April 2016, 8pm.
Caroline Walker, Andrew and Angela Johnston on The life and work of MacDonald Gill, creator of the Gomshall Map. Shere, Peaslake & Gomshall Local History Group.
Venue: Shere Village Hall, Gomshall Lane, Shere, Guildford, Surrey GU5 9HF.
There will also be a small exhibition of Max’s work in the local museum (see below).

Saturday 21 May 2016, 1pm.
Caroline Walker: MacDonald Gill: Mapping a life. Charles Close Society (for Ordnance Survey map enthusiasts). Members only (but new members welcome – only £15 p.a.).
Venue: Eistedfodd Hall, Llangollen, Wales.
www.charlesclosesociety.org

Exhibitions

25 November 2015 – 10 April 2016.
Artist & Empire, features Cable & Wireless Great Circle map.
Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG (tube: Pimlico)
www.tate.org.uk/

27 June 2015 – 29 May 2016.
Mapping Knowledge. Understanding the World through Data features the Cable & Wireless Great Circle map. Mundaneum Museum and Archive,76 rue de Nimy, 7000 Mons, Belgium.
http://www.mundaneum.org/en

24 October 2015 – 12 June 2016.
On their Own: Britain’s Child Migrants. Features Highways of Empire map.
V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA (tube: Bethnal Green)
http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/whatson/

Note: the exhibition previously scheduled at the Shere Museum in Surrey has been cancelled.

Thursday 26th November 2015, 12.30 for 1pm.
Talk by Caroline Walker MacDonald Gill: Maps, Murals and Memorials for the London & Westminster Family History Society. £2 for non-members. Venue: Holborn Library, 32-38 Theobalds Rd, London WC1X 8PA
http://www.lwmfhs.org.uk

Wednesday 11th March 2015 7.30pm
Acton History Group. Talk on MacDonald Gill at St. Mary’s Hall, 1 The Mount, Acton High St, London W3 9NW
www.actonhistory.co.uk

Tuesday 24th March 2015.
PMSA & 3rd Dimension one-day conference. Sculptors at War. Dr Ruth Cribb’s talk: Joseph Cribb: Conscripted Craftsman is about her grandfather’s involvement in the letter-carving of the standard military headstone, whose alphabet and badges were designed by MacDonald Gill. Venue: Goethe Institute, Princes Gate, London SW7 2PH.
http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sculptors-at-war-pmsa-3rd-dimension-one-da…

Saturday 9th May 2015, 2pm
Surrey & Sussex Branch of the British Printing Society Talk on The Life and Work of MacDonald Gill at Merstham Village Hall nr Redhill, Surrey..
http://www.bpsnet.org.uk/branches/Surrey.html

Tuesday 27th Jan 2015 8pm
Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution. Talk by Caroline Walker on the Life and Work of MacDonald Gill at the , HLSI, 11 South Grove, London N6 6BS
http://www.hlsi.net/

Tuesday 25th November 7pm
South London Lettering Association. Talk by Caroline Walker on the Life and Work of MacDonald Gill.
http://www.slla.co.uk/

Friday 15th August – Wednesday 12th November 2014
Lettering Arts Centre. Exhibition: Maps to Memorials: Discovering the Work of MacDonald Gill. , Snape Maltings, Suffolk IP17 1SP 
http://www.letteringartstrust.org.uk/

Monday 10th November 6.30pm 
Christie’s Auction House.  Talk
by Caroline Walker, Andrew and Angela Johnston and  on the Life and Work of MacDonald Gill.
http://www.christies.com/events/discovering-macdonald-gill-november-2014/

Thursday 30th October 2014 6pm
The Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings.
  The Life and Work of MacDonald Gill  A three-part illustrated talk by the co-curators of the current exhibition.
www.letteringartstrust.org.uk

Wednesday 15th October 2014 7.00pm .
London Ashridge Circle
: ‘the Art of MacDonald Gill’ by Caroline Walker. 
www.londonashridgecircle.co.uk

Friday 5th September 2014  7.00pm
Chichester Literary Society. Talk on ‘The Life and Work of MacDonald Gill’, with a special focus on his illustration and graphic design…
http://www.chichesterliterarysociety.co.uk/

Saturday 9th August – Saturday 23rd August 2014
Briantsspuddle Centenary Exhibition.  On 21st August 7.30pm Caroline Walker, Andrew and Angela Johnston will give a talk on the life and work of MacDonald Gill in the Village Hall.
http://www.briantspuddle.info/

Tuesday 3rd June 2014 at 7.30pm
Ealing Civic Society.  Talk by Caroline Walker on MacDonald Gill.  

Saturday 22nd March 2014 at 7.30pm
Scott Polar Research Institute.  Talk
by Caroline Walker, Andrew Johnston and Caroline Walker on the Life and Work of MacDonald Gill with special focus on his Cambridge work.
www.spri.cam.ac.uk

Wednesday 5th March 2014 at 7.30pm
Ealing National Trust. Talk
by Caroline Walker on The Life and Work of MacDonald Gill.
http://www.ealingnt.org.uk

13th November 2013 6.30pm Letter Exchange
A talk by Caroline Walker on The Forgotten Gill.  With a special focus on MacDonald Gill’s lettering and book-jackets.  Venue: t the Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1.
www.letterexchange.org

20th September – 2nd November 2013 
PM Gallery Ealing. Exhibition
: Out of the Shadows: MacDonald Gill
http://onestoparts.com/review-out-of-the-shadows-macdonald-gill-pm–gall…

Listen to an interview with Andrew Johnston, one of the curators, on BBC online
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24204989

27th June 2013 2pm
National Archives, Kew, Surrey. A talk by Caroline Walker on The life and work of MacDonald Gill: Mapmaker, Letterer and Graphic Artist. Free
National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU
www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

Listen to the podcast and see the slides at:
http://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php/the-life-and-work-of-macd…

28th March – 4th May 2013  
Kemistry Gallery. Exhibition: MacDonald Gill. A small exhibition of Gill’s decorative poster maps in collaboration with the London Transport Museum and the University of Brighton.
www.kemistrygallery.co.uk

19th March 2013 7.30pm
A talk by Caroline Walker on The life and work of MacDonald Gill with a focus on his lettering.  North London Lettering Association.
www.nlla.org.uk

18th October 2012 10.00am 
University of the Third Age
, Ealing Town Hall.  Talk by Caroline Walker:  The Life and Work of MacDonald Gill

27th September 2012 7.00pm 
Art Workers’ Guild.   Talk by Caroline Walker, Andrew Johnston and Angela Johnston:  MacDonald Gill: Out of the Shadows.

13th June 2012 
London Mapping Festival
, Basingstoke.  A talk by Claire Dobbin, the curator of London Transport Museum, on The Wonderground:  MacDonald Gill’s decorative maps for London Underground 1914-1932.

18th May – 28th October 2012 
London Transport Museum, Covent Garden, London.  Exhibition: Mind the Map
Exhibition exploring the maps created for the London Underground.  The first section deals with the decorative map and the second part shows the development of the system map.  The show includes several of MacDonald Gill’s posters including his first – The Wonderground Map of London Town, and two of his system maps of the network.

July 23nd – August 31st 2011
University of Brighton.  Exhibition – Out of the Shadows: MacDonald Gill

July 22nd 2011  
University of Brighton. An International Symposium on MacDonald Gill

Several papers can be accessed at:
http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/projects/macdonald-gill/macdonald-max-gill/papers

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