The Arts Society Dukeries

by | 2 May 2022 | Art, Hobbies, Sherwood

Are you interested in ‘the arts’ in all forms? Go along to one of the monthly Arts Society talks at the Civic Centre, Carlton, and enjoy the varied programme planned for 2022.

The Society also enjoys two extra special interest days, trips out to places of interest, newsletters, a national magazine and a holiday for members. On Wednesday 8th June they have a coach visit to Wentworth Woodhouse. Full details on their website.
The lecture on 6th April, ‘150 Years of London Underground Design’, had to be changed at the last minute to a talk on inland waterways and canals. Mark Ovenden’s Underground lecture should be available next year.

The next lecture is on Wednesday 4th May and is titled ‘The Arts of the Cartoonist’, by speaker Harry Venning. Harry has been a professional cartoonist for 30 years, during which time he has provided cartoons for several high-profile UK publications (The Guardian, Radio Times) as well as for countless more obscure titles (British Journal Of Wound Care). He was awarded UK Strip Cartoonist of the Year for his Guardian strip Clare In The Community, which he adapted into a Radio 4 sitcom.

Harry will be tracing the history of his profession with examples from early practitioners like Cruickshank and Hogarth, to more contemporary artists such as Giles and Schulz, bringing events right up to date with cartoons produced fresh on the page that day!

Harry will be drawing live. Prepare to hear some tricks of his trade, learn where to put eyebrows for maximum effect and discover exactly what the eskimo brothers said in ‘The Funniest Joke Ever’ (possibly).

The June lecture will be ‘Raphael: A God Amongst Painters’ by Chantal Brotherton-Ratcliffe.

The Society meets at the Civic Centre, Long Lane, Carlton-in-Lindrick S81 9AP. Tea and coffee are available from 10.00am, ready to start by 11:00am and lasting for approximately one hour. Free car parking is available. The cost of the lecture is £7.00. Find out more at

The Society enjoyed a special interest day on Wednesday 16th March listening to Andy McConnell, the regular glass expert on the BBC Antiques Roadshow.

The day was about glass and wine entitled ‘Bottoms up! The Story of Wine, It’s Rituals and Glasses’.

As anyone will know from watching the TV show, Andy is a very colourful character and this added to a very entertaining day.
Nearly 50 members and guests listened to two very informative and interesting talks on Andy’s life, career as a journalist and his extensive knowledge on glass. In the afternoon he spoke on the many items of glass brought in by the members for his description. One of the objects was an 18th century wine holder which had been found in the ground completely intact.