Talk: Utopias in the Cotswolds by Kirsty Hartsiotis

Date(s) - 20th Jun 2022

St Philip & St James Church


The Cotswolds has drawn dreamers and practitioners in attempts to create utopias for well over a century. This talk explores some of the communities who took up the challenge of living well and creating craft in our local area, such as C.R. Ashbee’s Guild of Handicraft in Chipping Campden; the Whiteway community near Stroud; Prinknash Abbey; the Taena Community in the Forest of Dean; and more unexpected experiments, such as Rodmarton Manor near Cirencester. Craft and art were at the heart of these new communities, and Kirsty will explore the personalities, histories and art of our radical area.

Kirsty Hartsiotis is a freelance writer, speaker and curator at The Wilson. Before moving to The Wilson, she was the curator and manager of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery. She has been an oral storyteller for over twenty years, and has published several story collections. She is the newsletter editor for the Society of Decorative Art Collections, a regular columnist for Cotswold Life, and writes for other publications on art history and folklore.

Cost per person: £10, to include tea/coffee

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