This page shows our current programme of lectures and other events.

Please scroll down the page for details of lectures, special interest events and visits

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Wednesday, October 16th, 2024 - 10.00-12.30.  St Andrews Church Hall.  Sally Dormer:  Heaven on Earth.  The Medieval Church and its furnishings.  How patrons and craftsmen achieve dazzling effects in Romanesque Europe.  Two lectures and refreshments. Cost £38.  Booking June/September.


our 2024 Lecture Programme - at the addison centre, kempston, MK42 8PN, starting at 11 am       

Jan 30th -John Stevens - Imperial Calcutta: Art and Architecture.  How Calcutta played a major role in shaping the arts and culture of modern India.

Feb 27th – Jacqueline Cockburn - Detachment: Goya’s Black Paintings/Visions.Were the wall paintings meant to be seen? How did they arrive in The Prado?

March 26th -10.15 AGM followed by lecture at 11.00Vivienne Lawes - Clarice Cliff: the doyenne of Art Deco. A great innovator, how the bar was set for ceramics as a commercial art form 

April 30th -Anna Moszynska - Fresh Encounters: contemporary sculpture and the public space, its role in the city, the growth of the park and the challenge of water.

May 28th - James Renshaw - Two Hellenistic cities:  Alexandria and Pergamon. How these cities changed the artistic and cultural landscape, their legacy examined.

June 25th (10-30-11.30) -Aaron Hunter - The Jurassic world of Mary Anning, the 19th century palaeontologist, and her discovery of fossils on the South coast.  Please Note:   Lecture followed by sandwiches, strawberries & cream and refreshments. £5 tickets on sale until 12 June.

Sept 24th -Julia Musgrave - Cézanne and Van Gogh: Death as a career move. The journey from unsold to blockbuster and the importance of the art dealers.

Oct 29th -Peter Medhurst - Handel in Georgian England 1711-59.  An account of Handel’s musical adventures in London. Live performances!

Nov 26th -Sarah Ciacci - The Holiday Season: food and feasting in Art.  An artistic mid-season celebration that helps spur people on towards Spring                                                   

2024 Visits (dates, cost and final details to be confirmed)

Thursday, 8 February:  Guided tour of Globe Theatre.

May:  Coach trip to Upton House and gardens, Warwickshire.  Booking March/April.

Thursday, 11 July:  Coach trip to Saffron Walden including The Fry Art Gallery and The Bridge Gardens. Cost £32.  Booking May/June.

Autumn: Local visit (tbc).  Booking September/October.

General information

Guests are usually able to attend lectures at the cost of £10 per person. For students and members of other Arts Societies, this is reduced to £5 per person. In the case of The Arts Society Woburn Area, we currently have a reciprocal arrangement that enables members to attend each society's lectures at no additional cost. Guests and members of other societies are  welcome on our visits and study events at the published cost subject to places being available. 

area and national events

Members also have access to lectures, study days and other events provided at area level and by The Arts Society across the country. To see what is on offer, please use the following links:

The Arts Society Beds and Herts Area

The Arts Society