2018 was a momentous year for The Arts Society Dukeries. Their name was changed from The National Decorative and Fine Arts Society, they changed their venue, they changed from meeting on a Wednesday afternoon to a Wednesday morning and, last but certainly not least, in July they celebrated the Golden Jubilee of The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS).
The Arts Society has a global network of 385 local societies, with over 90,000 members, bringing people together through a shared curiosity for the arts. At their meetings members hear expert lecturers share their specialist knowledge about the arts. They have a vision and a belief that the arts have the potential to enrich peoples’ lives.
The society’s programme for 2019 includes lectures on: the eminent architect Dame Zaha Hadid; Lawrence of Arabia; the Royal School of Needlework; Contemporary Public Sculpture; women depicted in masterpieces from the Mauritshuis in The Hague; the Trojan War on Greek vases, and much more. On 12th April they are holding a Study Day ‘From Downton to Gatsby: Jewellery and Fashion’. The lecturer will be Andrew Prince, who designed and supplied a large collection of jewellery for ‘Downton Abbey’, including tiaras and earrings.
If you have an interest in the arts and would like to learn more, please go along and join the group. Their first meeting in 2019 will be on Wednesday 6th February. They meet at the Civic Centre, Long Lane, Carlton-in-Lindrick S81 9AP. Doors open at 10.00am for coffee, the AGM is at 10.30am and the lecture is 11.00am to 12.00pm. Visitors are very welcome to meetings at a cost of £6.00 per lecture. There is a free car park at the centre. For further details of the lecture programme and about the society, please speak to Anthony on 01909 731415 or Gill on 01909 540506 or see www.theartssociety.org.uk/dukeries.