The Arts Society Dukeries Lectures

by | 1 June 2023 | Art, Hobbies, Worksop

The Arts Society Dukeries’ next lecture is on Wednesday 7th June, where Jonathan Foyle will talk on ‘Canterbury Cathedral Through Three Lives’.

Canterbury Cathedral tells the story of a nation. This lecture breaks that complex tale down through focusing on three individuals: Thomas Becket, who was dramatically killed in the Cathedral in December 1170 and brought about an enormous pilgrim trade celebrated by Chaucer; King Henry IV, the only King to be buried at the Cathedral and deemed responsible for the Wars of the Roses; and finally Cardinal Morton, who completed the building by creating the central tower, and whose tomb remains in the crypt, laden with symbols, revealing his preoccupations just decades before the  Dissolution transformed the land he knew.

The following lecture is on Wednesday 5th July, where Sardina Arantxa will present ‘Sorolla – The Spanish Master of Light’.

Claude Monet, once said that painting in general did not have enough light in it. Joaquin Sorolla could not agree more; he believed painters could never reproduce sunlight as it really is, and he could only ‘approach the truth of it’.

However, he managed to capture like no other the light of the Mediterranean beaches he loved and the energy of Spanish life. He painted what he saw, quickly, to capture that precise moment, saying ‘I could not paint at all if I had to paint slowly… every effect is so transient, it must be rapidly painted’.

In this lecture, Sardina will look at Sorolla’s life and art, from his early education to his success; having been almost forgotten, only to be rediscovered in the last few years.

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. Members pay an annual subscription; visitors are welcome at a cost of £7.00 per lecture.

For further information on lectures, the June holiday, special interest days or the Society in general, phone Gill on 01909 540506 or email Gordon at, or visit