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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.


There may be a mini-exhibition of Max Gill’s work at the West Sussex Record Office in Chichester in the summer or autumn – this should be confirmed within the next month. It’s hoped that several large posters will be on display but given the display’s location, there will be a particular focus on smaller more intimate works with local connections such as sketches of local scenes and artwork for the Diocese and Prebendal School. A talk at the WSRO is also planned.

Past exhibitions of Gill’s work have been enormously popular with the public. Caroline Walker, Andrew Johnston and his wife Angela have co-curated major shows at venues such as the University of Brighton Gallery, Pitzhanger Manor Gallery in West London, the Lettering Arts Centre at Snape Maltings, and most recently Ditchling Museum of Arts + Crafts. In 2016 Caroline and Anne Harvey organised a series of London library displays and talks to coincide with the centenary of Nursery Rhymes of London Town, a charming book of verses written by Eleanor Farjeon and illustrated by MacDonald Gill. This culminated in an exhibition at Burgh House in Hampstead.

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.


All talks are given by MacDonald Gill’s great-niece Caroline Walker, author of MacDonald Gill: Charting a Life. She is an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society but has also given talks for many other groups and institutions including the National Trust, the Art Workers’ Guild, the University of the Third Age, Christie’s, The National Archives and the University of Brighton. 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.

Unless specified, the listed talks below are entitled: Discovering MacDonald Gill: Architect, Artist and Mapmaker. Caroline also gives talks on Nursery Rhymes of London Town and Eric Gill: The Early Years. For more information use the Contact page or email: [email protected]

Members of the public are usually welcome to attend lectures at local branches of The Arts Society (TAS) for a small fee however the Covid-19 situation means that lectures may take place on Zoom rather than in person. Do check details with the individual society.

Monday 12 September 7.30pm

TAS Tyneside

Tuesday 20 September - Saturday 20 October

 There will be a display of MacDonald Gill’s work in the foyer at the West Sussex Record Office in Chichester including posters, graphics, watercolours and other work. The curators – Caroline Walker, Andrew Johnston and Angela Johnston – will give a talk at the WSRO on 27 September (see below)

Tuesday 27 September 7pm

West Sussex Record Office, Chichester

Wednesday 28 September 6:30pm

TAS Beaconsfield

Wednesday 19 October 6:30pm

TAS Chichester Evening

Tuesday 13 Dec 7pm

TAS Portsea Island

Tuesday 14 February 2023 10:30am

TAS Bishop’s Stortford (Lecture title: Nursery Rhymes of London Town). The talk is a miscellany of poem, picture and anecdote relating to this delightful book of verses written by Eleanor Farjeon and illustrated by MacDonald ‘Max’ Gill.

Thursday 23 February 2023 11am

 TAS Highgate

Tuesday 28 February 2023 7pm

Spithead Arts (based in Gosport)

Wednesday 15 March 2023 10:30am

Sarum U3a Salisbury

Tuesday 9 May 2023 2:30pm

TAS Bournemouth & East Dorset

Wednesday 7 June 2023 2pm

Chichester Literary Society

Tuesday 10 July 2023 7:30pm

TAS Ely. Lecture title: Nursery Rhymes of London Town (see above for details)

Tuesday 12 September 2023 2pm

TAS Southwold

The MacDonaldGill Biography

MacDonald Gill: Charting a Life, the long awaited biography is now available from the publisher Unicorn Press and all retail bookshops.

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