Some of our Future Talks

14th November 2018

As Good As Gold: Alexandra Epps

As we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of The Arts Society (for many years the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts), we investigate Gold and all it stands for.  

The colour of Divinity, Status and Love.  Alexandra will cover both sacred and profane, ancient and modern, and we look forward to a golden evening.

     Gold for Wealth                                                                                                                Gold for Beauty and Holiness

12th December 2018

Roger Askew:  The Origins of our English Christmas

Beginning with pagan festivals and moving through the centuries as the Christian Church adapted festivals from Roman and Scandinavian origins slowly changing the way we celebrate the winter solstice.  Music, art and folk customs have all evolved over the centuries, with much infuence from the Victorians, until Christmas has become our modern celebration.

We will begin our evening with our own celebration.  A Christmas Party for all our members offering wine and mince pies supplied by the Committee.

Come and join us.

9th January 2019

Adam Busiakiewicx: The Queen of instruments - the Lute within old master paintings.

Renaissance paintings often included Angels playing lutes, Later courtiers played them for pleasure and entertaining their monarch, and sometimes, as the years went on, debauchery entered the painted scenes.  Adam brings to life the use of the lute, and other instruments, through the centuries.

Detail from The Coronation of the Virgin by Andrea di Bartolo 13th Century.