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Committee members have been enjoying the BBC series on Museums in quarantine

The Arts Society

From September to December The Arts Society will be holding live hour-long digital lectures for Members and Supporters, additional to Society events.

The talks will be given by some of our newest Accredited Lecturers; Mary Sharp, Peter Ross, Georgina Bexon and Matthew Denney.

Taking place on Friday lunchtimes, what better way to start your weekend?

The lectures will be broadcast live on the Arts Society’s YouTube channel (youtube.com/c/theartssociety) and will only be available to watch at the advertised time.

Please share details with friends and family who might enjoy them too.

For more details: theartssociety.org/lectures-at-home

Many of the committee members have been following with interest the exciting opportunities provided by the Arts Society website.  If you haven’t logged onto this please do -  https://theartssociety.org/  and connected.theartssociety.org where there is an excellent series of short lectures.

In addition, courtesy of the West Mercia Arts Society website, you will find below is a list of cultural websites that may be of interest to you during this time of self-isolation. Click on each name to access the site.

1. The Arts Society Connected

2. Acropolis, Athens

3. Bill Nighy does the Courtauld

4. Buckingham Palace 

5. Colosseum, Rome

6. Cranach: Artist and Innovator at Compton Verney, Warwickshire

7. Eiffel Tower, Paris

8. Giotto's Arena Chapel, Padua

9. Jan van Eyck's portraits and altarpieces

10. La Musee du Louvre

11. National Theatre weekly plays

13. On Being Present, Uffizi, Florence

14. Opera every day from the Met

15. Petra, Jordan

16. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

17. Royal Opera house performances

18. Sainte-Chappelle, Paris

19. Sistine chapel and Vatican Museums

20. Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York

21. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 

22. The National Gallery

23. Titian, Love, Desire and Death at the National Gallery

24. Victoria and Albert Museum

Reviews of On-Line Alternative Programmes

Should you wish to make your own comment on any On-Line Programme for posting on this web site, please download the On-Line Programmes Comments Form from the Documents tab and once completed, email it to Geoff Neden : gneden@googlemail.com. The Society reserves the right to edit any such comments.

Below are examples of such comments.

The Arts Society Lectures at Home

Reviews by Ann Marriott

I urge you to watch these lectures. Each takes only 25 minutes. When last I looked there were four lectures on the Arts Society website. www.theartssociety.org. Scroll down to the banner Arts Connected click on a button “talks and lectures” and you get “Lectures at Home”. Click to play the video.

The most recent is the one you get first. As at 1 June, it is about the new polymer £20 note which contains an image of the artist Turner. The lecturer points out that this is the first time a painter has been so honoured. She covers the history of money note design and ends with a remarkable trick you can do with a mobile phone to see the famous image of Turner’s  Fighting Temeraire on the £20 note.

The next lecture on the website is about the design of glass which we are told underwent a revolution in the 1960s – well worth watching.

Earlier lectures were about Venice in the 1400s and a well known painting by Velasquez –well worth your time.

The lecture at home on Aboriginal Art is well worth watching. The lecturer Rebecca is an enthusiast for Aboriginal culture and she explains the very abstract paintings. She tells a nice tale of bringing  artist Clifford Possum to London and looking after him. To thank her, he produced  remarkable paintings on her bedroom door. This door is a treasured possession and has moved house with her.

Lecture on 18th century Chinese painted silks- reviewed on 11 August 2020

This lecture begins with the lecturer showing a beautiful painted silk waistcoat she made as a wedding gift for her husband.

She also draws attention to an exquisite eighteenth century dress displayed at the V & A.

She considers the technique of painting on silk and the pigments used. She explains the Chinese textile measurement unit “covid”. 2.2 covids are equivalent to 31 inches. The East India Company took European designs to be painted in Canton.

Finally she paints silk in the eighteenth century manner. This makes a suitable ending to an interesting lecture.