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Review of Mexican Study Day July 2019
Friday 05 July 2019

Mexican Art and Culture – Past and Present

Over lunch at The Arts’ Society Wokingham study day in the Wokingham Theatre, the buzz was all around how enthralling and inspiring the lectures about Mexican arts and culture were. More than one couple were thinking of visiting the local travel agents afterwards to see if they could arrange a trip across Mexico to see some of the sights and cultural items shown in the slides.  

Chloë Sayer, our guide for the day, is a curator, writer and historian and has spent many years working in Mexico on various projects – a world class expert. The journey she took us on, from the pre-conquest civilisations through to today’s Mexican cultural background, was fascinating.

Chloë started with the Olmec, Maya and Aztec empires peopled by muralists, sculptors in stone, ceramic artists, jewellers, weavers and feather & gold workers, visiting some of the wonderful city states on the way like Palenque and Uxmal.

Then an excellent talk on the art and relationships of the great muralist Diego Rivera and Freda Kahlo, his wife. Rivera produced some of the greatest public art of the last century. “He never turned down an offer of a wall”. By contrast, Kahlo’s small-scale and highly personal paintings reflected her experiences, dreams, hopes and fears. Kahlo having been viewed historically only in regard to Rivera, is now considered a major artist in her own right.

Finally Chloë, showing examples of textiles and clothes from her personal collection, explored the arts and crafts of contemporary Mexico, setting the whole thing within its strong cultural and religious background. A superb day being immersed in Mexico’s culture and history.

The next study day for members of The Arts Society Wokingham is on the 15th November also at The Wokingham Theatre when the subject will be Welsh Architectural Eccentricities. But if you can’t wait, then don’t forget our next lecture, A Provocative Beauty; The Art of Grayson Perry by Frank Woodgate, which will be held on July 25th at The Newbold Church, St Marks Road, Binfield, RG42 4AN, commencing at 7.45pm. Visitors free for this lecture by pre-registering at

Do come and join us.