The Arts Society Dukeries

by | 3 September 2020 | Art, Hobbies

If you have an interest in the arts and would like to learn more, join the Arts Society Dukeries. They are the local group of the national arts association, The Art Society. Usually, they have monthly lecture meetings at the Civic Centre, Carlton (on the first Wednesday morning of the month, except for summer and winter breaks) and two extra, Special Interest Days. Also, they have trips out to places of interest, newsletters, a national magazine and a holiday for members.
However, as things stand at present their normal meetings cannot take place during the COVID-19 pandemic and it may well be sometime before they will meet in person again. So, the committee have taken the decision to arrange some autumn lectures to be held via Zoom. After successfully joining another society for their Zoom lecture on the Bayeux Tapestry and organising a lecture on stone masons and architecture in churches, they have organised the following. The lectures will last approximately one hour and non-members can watch for a small fee.

  • Wednesday 2nd September, 10.30am for 11.00am
    ‘Terence Rattigan: Passion Restrained’ by Shirley Smith. One of the highest paid and most successful writers of his day, Terence Rattigan (along with Noel Coward), was to fall out of favour in the 1950s with the rise of the Angry Young Men. This lecture examines the stark contrast between pre and post-war British theatre and how we, in the 21st century, can now reassess which playwrights really stood the test of time.
  • Wednesday 7th October, 10.30am for 11.00am
    ‘Vauxhall le Vicomte: Versailles’ by Carole Petipher.

For further details on the Zoom lecture programme, please call Suzanne on 01909 290488, Gill on 01909 540506 or contact Gordon on Alternatively, visit