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Special PRS Membership Offer – 15 months for the price of 12 months !

The much anticipated, Edward Burne-Jones exhibition will feature at Tate Britain this Autumn and in celebration of this important event, the Pre-Raphaelite Society is offering new members the opportunity to take up an extended offer membership period at a much reduced price – you can buy 15 months membership for the price of 12 months. If you join the PRS between 1st October and 31st December 2018, you will receive four copies of the Review journal plus an initial welcome-pack copy – making a total of five Reviews for the price of three, along with our PRSUS Newsletter, numerous book offers, exhibition details and invitations to an excellent series of lectures and visits. Membership can be taken out for as little as £13 per annum, for UK subscribers, and $45 for US subscribers.

To join the Society simply visit our website   https://pre-raphaelitesociety.org/membership-donations/

or to request a membership joining form email   membershipprsoc@gmail.com


Secretary post for the Pre-Raphaelite Society

Sharon Peedell-Pandya will be standing down as Secretary at the forthcoming A.G.M. (27th October 2018).

The Society would like to hear from anyone who might be interested in taking on the role of Secretary from November 2018. The main duties are to attend the five committee meetings held in Birmingham each year, and also the A.G.M.; to circulate agendas for these meetings; and to prepare the Minutes of Committee meetings and the report of the A.G.M. The Secretary deals with internal and external correspondence; and there are also a few other administrative duties, including annual report filing with the Charity Commission. As one of the Society’s honorary officers, the Secretary has a free subscription, and expenses such as stationery and postage are reimbursed.

To make an enquiry or to discuss the duties more fully, please contact:
Patricia O’Connor by email: patriciao_connor@yahoo.co.uk
Applications including curriculum vitae by email: patriciao_connor@yahoo.co.uk


Events Officer post for the Pre-Raphaelite Society

Frances Buchanan will be retiring from the Events team after many years exemplary service, at the forthcoming A.G.M. (27th October 2018).

The Society would like to hear from anyone who might be interested in taking on the role of Events Officer (Joint) from November 2018. Working alongside Chimaine Ross, the main duties will include the origination of event ideas; liaison with speakers and galleries; drafting event notices; liaison with coach and lecture venue providers; providing updates for website and social media outlets; managing an event; use of Eventbrite booking system; receiving and banking payments from members; etc. Ideally the Events Officer (Joint) would be able to attend the five committee meetings plus the A.G.M. held in Birmingham each year. As one of the Society’s honorary officers, this post attracts a free subscription, and expenses such as stationery and postage will be reimbursed.

To make an enquiry or to discuss the duties more fully, please contact:
Chimaine Ross by email: eventsprsoc@gmail.com
Applications including curriculum vitae by email: patriciao_connor@yahoo.co.uk


Thank you to PRS members

The Committee of the Pre-Raphaelite Society would like to thank everyone who has renewed their membership in 2018. We would like to express a special thank you to all those members who included donations with their annual membership subscription renewal remittance.


Memorial service for The Very Reverend Peter Berry

The memorial service for our late President, The Very Reverend Peter Berry will be held at The Cathedral Church of Saint Philip (Birmingham Cathedral), Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2QB, on Sunday 14th October 2018 at 3.30 p.m.

All Society members and friends are welcome to attend.


Postgraduate Call for Papers: Reassessing Burne-Jones

Oxford, 21-22 February 2019

Keynotes: Stacey Sell (National Gallery, Washington D.C.)

Fiona Mann (Oxford Brookes University)

In light of the latest exhibition on Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898) at Tate Britain (24 October 2018-24 February 2019), this two-day conference seeks a fresh reassessment of the artist who, standing at the forefront of a pivotal transition, was progressive but also resisted by ‘modernist’ art history. Burne-Jones’s complex use of tradition, which itself sought to challenge established artistic practices, is perhaps one reason he has been underappreciated, even as the Pre-Raphaelites have risen in popularity as the British nineteenth-century equivalent to the rebellious French avant-garde. This conference will explore new facets of Burne-Jones’s vast and varied oeuvre – we seek papers from a wide array of vantages to reflect the artist’s own innumerable interests that intersect in his pieces, which themselves reference one another. His paintings and decorative designs hang in galleries and churches throughout England and the world; this conference, in tandem with this major exhibition of his work at the Tate, anticipates renewed and energised international scholarship on the artist and his multitudinous connections, collaborations, and influences in the society, culture and art of the nineteenth century. We hope to further and more deeply dwell upon Burne-Jones’s influences and formation by hosting the conference in Oxford, where he studied at Exeter College and began making those pivotal decisions to turn to a career in art. Scheduled near the closing of the exhibition, so that we may reflect upon and reassess the show itself, the papers collected here would aim to impact the way Edward Burne-Jones is recognised and accessed in modern scholarship on Pre-Raphaelitism and Victorian society. We hope to stimulate discussion at the conference, and also to produce a comprehensive, dynamic publication reviewing the proceedings and offering even more material for further scholarship on this important artist whose body of work is so vast and varied that much remains to be discovered and discussed.

We are accepting paper proposals from an array of topics related to Burne-Jones and his complexly variegated oeuvre, not exclusive to:

  • Biblical, mythical and poetic influences
  • The fine and decorative arts; the interconnectivity between media within the oeuvre of Burne-Jones and how we can conceptualise it
  • Materials, techniques, and studio practice
  • Burne-Jones’s drawing practices
  • Art and the Church in the 19th century
  • Burne-Jones and Oxford
  • Burne-Jones and Italy
  • Burne-Jones and France
  • Patronage and commission history, including the practice of Morris & Co.
  • Critical reception
  • The ‘Last Pre-Raphaelite’: Historiographical reception of Burne-Jones and his work from the 20th century to today
  • Biography
  • After Burne-Jones: His Influence on Symbolism in England, Europe and America

Please submit a maximum 200-word abstract to Katherine Hinzman by 15 October 2018 (burnejones2019@gmail.com)


Sad news for the Society

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of our President, The Very Reverend Peter Berry, on Friday 25th May. Peter Berry held a Canon Residentiary at Coventry Cathedral and was Provost of Birmingham Cathedral for 13 years. He founded the Pre-Raphaelite Society on 26th October 1988.


Members’ personal data

One of the biggest changes to UK data privacy law came into effect on 25 May 2018. The General Data Protection Regulation, also known as GDPR, means that you have more control over how your data is used. It ensures that organisations protect your personal data more effectively. To reflect these changes and new obligations, we’ve produced a privacy notice which now tells you what we do with your personal data, how it’s used and your rights as an individual under the new law. The privacy notice (Data Protection Policy) is available here or contact us by email: membershipprsoc@gmail.com and we’ll send you a copy.


Review Layout post for the Pre-Raphaelite Society

The Review of the Pre-Raphaelite Society is currently looking for a volunteer with recent experience in creating layouts for publication, to work with the Editor to help publish the Review three times per year (February, June and November). Must have experience of working with Adobe InDesign, as well as PDF and Word documents. Please address expressions of interest to the Editor Sally-Anne Huxtable editorprsoc@gmail.com Tel: 0131 247 4376.


PRS Poetry Prize competition details 2018

Rules for Entry

1st Prize: £50

The three winning poems will be published in the Pre-Raphaelite Society’s Review, along with two Commended poems.

General

  • Entry is open to all writers of any nationality, aged 18 years and over.
  • The competition will be judged by the PRS Vice-President Dr Serena Trowbridge; and by the Society’s Poet‑in‑Residence, Sarah Doyle. All entries will be seen by both judges.
  • Poems may be in any style, but must be written in English.
  • Poems must in some way reflect an aspect (or aspects) of the lives or works of the Pre‑Raphaelite Brotherhood or their broader circle.
  • Every poem should be accompanied by a brief (maximum 100 words) explanation of how the poem relates to the Pre-Raphaelites.
  • Poems must be typed/printed on A4 paper; hand-written entries are not permitted.
  • The maximum length for each poem is 100 lines.
  • The closing date for the competition is 31st December 2018.
  • A maximum of three poems per entrant may be submitted.
  • Entry is £2 per poem, or £5 for the maximum of three poems

Eligibility

  • Poems must be the entrant’s own work.
  • Poems may not have been previously published – in print, electronically or online; nor broadcast via any means (including podcasting); nor exhibited in a public place.
  • Poems should not be submitted for consideration elsewhere during the competition and during the subsequent period of adjudication.
  • Winning poems should not be submitted for publication elsewhere prior to appearing in the Review.
  • Poems may not have won a prize in previous competitions.
  • Poems may not be withdrawn or altered once submitted into the competition.

How to Enter

  • No identifying marks should appear on the poem/s or on accompanying explanation/s.
  • On a SEPARATE sheet of paper, please include your name, address, telephone number, email address and the name/s of your poems.
  • Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Pre-Raphaelite Society’.
  • Please send TWO COPIES of your poem/s and explanation/s, along with the entrance fee, and one copy of your personal details to:
    The Competition Secretary, 21 Shaw Lane, Stoke Prior, Worcestershire B60 4DP
  • The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence can be entered into.
  • Entry into the competition implies an understanding and acceptance of the Rules of Entry.

PRS Poetry Prize Winners 2017

Every year the Pre-Raphaelite Society runs a Poetry Prize alongside the John Pickard Essay Prize.

The 2017 Pre-Raphaelite Poetry Prize
The Editor is delighted to announce that the Poetry Prize winner is awarded to Susan Castillo Street for her poem ‘Bird of God’

Second place is Amanda Oosthuizen for ‘Bells and Marigolds’

Third place is Frances Sackett for ‘Two Faces of a Daugher’

The Poet in Residence’s commendation goes to Wendy Holborow for ‘The Seeds and Fruit of English Poetry’

And the Vice-President’s commendation goes to Eithne Cullen for ‘The Poet on a Pony’

Congratulations to the winners of the Poetry Prize. These poems will be featured in an issue of the PRS Review.

Competition details for The Pre-Raphaelie Poetry Prize will be released soon.


John Pickard Essay Prize Winners for 2017

Every year the Pre-Raphaelite Society runs a Poetry Prize and the John Pickard Essay Prize. We are delighted to announce the winners for 2017:

The 2017 John Pickard Essay Prize

The Editor is delighted to announce that the John Pickard Essay Prize winner is Katherine Hinzman, for her essay ‘‘It is clear I am a heretic’: Edward Burne-Jones, Theology, and Artistic ‘Heresy’’.

Second place is Melissa Gustin for ‘Pomegranates in Autumn: Ruminations on Rossetti’s Final Proserpine’.

Third place is David Billingsley for ‘The drawings behind Pre-Raphaelite love and death’.


The John Pickard Essay Prize 2018

You are invited to enter a monograph of not more than 2000 words for The John Pickard Essay Prize. The monograph may be on any individual related to the Pre-Raphaelite circle.

The winner will receive £100 prize and publication in the Spring 2019 Review and subsequently the essays of runners-up may also be published. The final decision will be made by the Committee of the Pre-Raphaelite Society.

Entries are to be received by 31st December 2018, and may be emailed to Sally-Anne Huxtable (editorprsoc@gmail.com).


New title: The Late Pre‑Raphaelites and where to find them by David Elliott and Patricia O’Connor

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This handy gazetteer provides a wealth of information on the lives of all the leading Pre-Raphaelite artists and their many associates, together with details of the locations of their gravesites.

David Elliott is the grandson of Pre‑Raphaelite artist, connoisseur and art collector Charles Fairfax Murray. Having retired from a successful career in the communications and marketing industries, David now writes and lectures in Pre‑Raphaelite studies. Among his notable books are Charles Fairfax Murray: The Unknown Pre-Raphaelite and A Pre-Raphaelite Marriage: The Lives and Works of Marie Spartali Stillman & William James Stillman.

Patricia O’Connor has been Chairman of the Pre‑Raphaelite Society for the past twenty years. She is interested in all things Victorian particularly art pottery and Arts and Crafts furniture. Her one abiding passion is the artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Patricia writes “I very much enjoyed working with David Elliott on the gazetteer The Late Pre‑Raphaelites and where to find them. The project promised to be an adventure and did not disappoint. Here is an opportunity for the reader to participate in the same adventure”.

Paperback : 45 pages : 59 illustrations : Price £9 incl. P&P for UK (for overseas purchasers please email info@pre-raphaelitesociety.org for price details) : ISBN 978‑1‑5272‑0219‑1

To order a copy of The Late Pre‑Raphaelites please email info@pre-raphaelitesociety.org or telephone 01676 530512 or 07739 892309 or send a cheque for £9 (UK purchasers only) made payable to ‘The Pre-Raphaelite Society’ to M. Wollaston, 18 Floyd Grove, Balsall Common, Coventry CV7 7RP.


New title: James Collinson (aka “The Dormouse”) by Helen D Newman

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As one of the original members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, James Collinson has been largely dismissed, and if he is mentioned at all it is always in relation to his broken engagement to Christina Rossetti following his re-conversion to Roman Catholicism. And yet it was Dante Gabriel Rossetti who was responsible for inviting him to become a founder member of the Brotherhood, labelling him a “stunner”, largely in opposition to the other members who could never quite understand his enthusiasm for a man they considered rather dull and insipid. Recognition, both as a man and an artist is long overdue, and it is hoped that this book goes some way to restoring his reputation.

Helen Newman is a long standing member of the Pre-Raphaelite Society. Birmingham born, she spent the majority of her working life in insurance. Her main areas of interest are 19th century literature, especially the Brontes, art and history. Outside interests include the church and walking.

Paperback // 199 pages // 42 illustrations // Price: £10 plus P&P (in the UK) // ISBN: 978‑0‑9562828‑8‑0

Published by Reuben Books, Foulsham (October 2016)

To order a copy of James Collinson (aka “The Dormouse”) please email: hnewman1820.higgins.lne@gmail.com or call Helen on 0121 423 2100


New Publication: Pre-Raphaelite Poetry II

New Publication Pre-Raphaelite Poetry II

The Pre-Raphaelite Society has published a small book of poems drawn from the entrants to the second Pre-Raphaelite Society Poetry Prize. The poems included are inspired by Pre-Raphaelite paintings, poems and people, and represent the range of inspiration the Pre-Raphaelites provide for poets today. The book’s cover features a new painting by Joanna Gration, called Lizzie and Laura, which was the winner of the 2013 PRS Painting and Drawing Competition.

The book is available on http://www.lulu.com for £3.99 plus £2.99 p&p. Given rising postage costs, it is cheaper for you to buy it direct from lulu.com than for us to bulk buy copies and post them out. We hope you will enjoy the book.

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.


PRS Appoints New Book Review Editor

We are happy to announce that Katja Robinson has been appointed PRS Book Review Editor. If you have a book on or related to the Pre‑Raphaelite Brotherhood, please feel free to contact Katja by email or by post:

Katja Robinson          reviewsprsoc@gmail.com

PRS Book Review Editor
Art and Architecture Library,
University of Edinburgh,
Minto House 20-22 Chambers Street,
Edinburgh
EH1 1JZ

We’re happy to receive anything you would like to send us for review, though we can’t promise to review everything.


Publication of Souvenir Issue of The PRS Review to celebrate 25 years of the Pre-Raphaelite Society – “Dante Gabriel Rossetti”.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti Souvenir Ed

We are delighted to see the recent publication of our latest special edition of The Review, and with many colour illustrations, it contains six essays devoted to Dante Gabriel Rossetti plus a poem by Sarah Doyle. Our Editor, Serena Trowbridge, invited our seven contributors to look at Rossetti’s art, poetry and life, considering different aspects of each. This has resulted in an excellent collection of varied and interesting essays, with full colour images and at 76 pages, it is a superb tribute to one of the founding members of the PRB. See The Review section for essay and author details. Copies can be purchased at a cost of £5, including P&P for UK orders – please email the Treasurer using info@pre‑raphaelitesociety.org for further details.


PayPal ‑ new payment arrangements available

Members can now pay their annual subscriptions and make donations via PayPal – using your own Paypal account, and if you don’t have a PayPal account, you can use your own debit/credit card as a PayPal guest. Please see the Membership page for further details.


The Pre-Raphaelite Society is on Twitter

Follow @PreRaphSoc on Twitter for 140 character updates, news and reviews.


Donations to the Society

Thank you to all those members who have recently made generous donations to the Society, along with their annual membership renewals, these are greatly appreciated.


Bequests and donations

The Pre‑Raphaelite Society has always been run on members’ subscription receipts and miscellaneous income. Occasionally, members kindly make donations to our funds, and the committee would, of course, like to encourage this practice. It would also be very helpful, in securing the Society’s financial future, if members considered making a bequest in their Wills.

To find out more about remembering the P.R.S. in your Will, or if you would like to make any form of donation to our funds, please contact the Treasurer, at the following address: Michael Wollaston, 18 Floyd Grove, Balsall Common, Coventry CV7 7RP or email: info@pre-raphaelitesociety.org.

Members can also make donations via PayPal – using either their own PayPal account, by debit/credit card as a PayPal guest, or by bank transfer. Please see the Membership page for further details.


New Publication: Pre-Raphaelite Poetry

New Publication Pre-Raphaelite Poetry

The Pre‑Raphaelite Society has published a small book of poems drawn from the entrants to the inaugural Pre‑Raphaelite Society Poetry Prize. The poems included relate to Pre‑Raphaelite paintings, poems and people, and represent the range of inspiration Pre‑Raphaelite art and ideals provide for poets today. The book’s cover features a new painting by Frances Buchanan which itself is based on stained glass windows by Edward Burne‑Jones.

The book is available at Lulu.com for £3.99 plus £2.99 p&p. However, members and contributors may order a copy for £5.49 (including p&p) within the UK. Forms will be sent out to members and contributors shortly.

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.


Donations of Pre‑Raphaelite Books

Do you have any surplus new or used Pre‑Raphaelite books (or related art movement) which you could donate to the Pre‑Raphaelite Society? Book sales have proved to be extremely popular with PRS members in the past and all sales proceeds go to the Pre‑Raphaelite Society—where practical we will try to arrange collection of books—if you are able to support the Society in this way, please e-mail: info@pre-raphaelitesociety.org.


The Pre-Raphaelite Society is now on Facebook

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We now have a Facebook group, which will help to keep you up-to-date with events, news and discussions. If you are on Facebook, please come and join our new group on facebook.com.


Publication Dates

Editions of The Review will be published in early April, August and December each year. Members are invited to submit articles, essays, book reviews, event reports and short pieces on their favourite poems or paintings for inclusion. Please read the Contributors’ Guidelines for further information.


PRS US Newsletter

Under the enthusiastic stewardship of Tim McGee, The Pre-Raphaelite Society Newsletter of the United States contains articles on American based PRB art collections, notices of upcoming exhibitions and meetings, a directory of current websites, reviews of early exhibitions and stories of the few in the PRB circle that have visited America. All material for publication in the PRSUS Newsletter should be addressed to:

Tim McGee         Email: timcgee@gmail.com

935 Hunter Lane
Santa Rosa
California
95404
USA

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