At the society’s national AGM on 17th May it was announced that ‘The Arts Society’ will replace the ‘National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies’ as their new trading name. The Society, which has a membership of 90,000, wanted a name that communicates more accurately the broad nature of the lecture topics, which now incorporate all the arts. The National Chairman said: “The belief that the arts are essential to enriching people’s lives will always be at the very heart of who we are.”
The society’s next meeting is on Wednesday 5th July at 1.50pm in St Anne’s Church Hall, Worksop S80 1NJ, when the lecture will be on ‘Foreigners in London 1520-1677 — the artists who changed the course of British art’ by Leslie Primo.
Why were foreigner painters preferred by the aristocracy in London to native-born English painters, why did foreigners come in the first place, what was their motivation, and what was the impact of foreigners in London on English art and art practice? The lecture will be followed by a delicious Strawberry Tea.
This is the society’s last lecture until Wednesday 4th October, when the subject will be ‘The Other Side: Germany’s post-WWII culture of memorials and counter memorials’ by Angela Findlay.
Visitors are very welcome to come to meetings at a cost of £6 per lecture. There is a free car park at the hall. For further details of the full lecture programme and about the society, please speak to Anthony on 01909 731415 or Gill on 01909 540506 or see www.eastmidlandsnadfas.co.uk/dukeries.