The Arts Society Dukeries

by | 2 November 2023 | Art, Hobbies, Retford

Monthly Arts Society lectures take place at the Civic Centre, Carlton on the first Wednesday of every month. Members of the Society also enjoy two extra Special Interest days, newsletters, a national magazine, a coach holiday and days out to local places of interest.

The Society likes to involve local communities and has produced Trails of the local area, its churches and other special buildings.

The next lecture is on Wednesday 1st November, where Gavin Plumley will present ‘Bruegel – The Seasons and The World’.

In 1565, Pieter Bruegel the Elder was commissioned to create a series of paintings for a dining room in Antwerp. The images, charting the course of a year, changed the way we view the world through art.

Landscape had previously been a decorative backdrop to dramas both sacred and profane. But in Bruegel’s hands the landscape and our interaction with it became the focus.

Looking at paintings such as The Return of the Herd, Hunters in the Snow and The Gloomy Day, this lecture explores how Bruegel pioneered a whole new way of thinking about the environment and our individual places within a shifting cosmos.

The Christmas lecture follows on Wednesday 6th December, where Sarah Lenton covers ‘300 years of Christmas at Covent Garden’.

Please note, if for any reason they have to cancel / change a speaker at the last minute, full details are given on their website and an email is sent to members.

The Society meets at the Civic Centre, Long Lane, Carlton-in-Lindrick S81 9AP. Tea and coffee are available before the lecture, ready to start by 10.50am and lasting for approximately one hour. Free car parking is available. Members pay an annual subscription; visitors are welcome, paying at the door.

For further information, phone Caroline on 01909 531614 or Gill on 01909 540506, or visit