The Art Society Dukeries

by | 1 October 2021 | Art, Hobbies, Worksop

Are you interested in the arts? If so, you may be interested in The Arts Society Dukeries. They have monthly lecture-type speaker meetings (usually on the first Wednesday of the month) plus two special interest / study days on many different aspects of the arts. Members also receive a magazine, society notices on arts issues, details of local events, enjoy trips out to places of interest and arrange a holiday for members.
With the lifting of restrictions, they are returning to the Civic Centre in Carlton in Lindrick for meetings. Members and guests may choose to wear a face mask for all or part of the meeting and socially distant seating will be available.
Their next lecture is on Wednesday 6th October, starting at 11.00am and is entitled ‘Yorkshire’s Seaside Heritage’. The speaker is Mike Higginbottom.
The Yorkshire coast illustrates admirably how 19th century holiday resorts almost invariably owed their origin to the growth of the railway system, but depended for their success on the fickleness of public popularity. Scarborough began as a spa-town in the 17th century, lost some but not all of its gentility with the arrival of the railways, and alongside its popular amusements, boasts proudly of the writings of Sir Osbert Sitwell, the architecture of Cuthbert Brodrick, the paintings of Atkinson Grimshaw and, at the Church of St Martin-on-the-Hill, perhaps the most remarkable collection of Pre-Raphaelite ecclesiastical art in the north of England.
Whitby west cliff, harking back to Georgian days, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, epitomising Victorian order and grandeur, and what little there is at Ravenscar, planned in the 1890s, were all precipitated by the railway-extensions at different times in the 19thcentury, all characterised by considerable optimism and – as it turned out – pretension on the part of their sponsors, and none of them completed according to their initial design. Each of these sites, frozen in time by economic depression, financial miscalculation or both, provides an unusual insight into what was and what might have been.
Their next lecture is on Wednesday 3rd November and is ‘Faberge: the Romanov Sunset’ by Brian Healey, followed by a lecture on Wednesday 1st December on painting in the open air.
The society meet at the Civic Centre, Long Lane, Carlton in Lindrick S81 9AP. Tea and coffee are served from 10.00am, so arrive early for time to chat, and the lecture is from 11.00am to 12.00pm. There is free car parking.
Members will be asked for a small subscription payment to cover these three lectures but guests and anyone interested in the arts is invited to attend for £7.00.
For further details on the lecture programme, the intended study / special interest days next year or the society in general, please call Suzanne on 01909 290488 or Gill on 01909 540506, or contact Gordon on gordonpmcdougall@gmail.com. Alternatively, please visit www.theartssociety.org/dukeries.