golden anniversary celebrations in wessex

ArtsFest 2018

As part of The Arts Society golden anniversary celebrations we are organising a Wessex Area ArtsFest on Wednesday 25th April, 2018 at the Corn Exchange in Devizes

Prior to this we would be delighted if societies could hold their own exhibitions featuring artwork of their members and selecting two items to go forward to the Devizes ArtsFest exhibition.

Do think about organising one of your visits for 2018 to attend this day. As well as attending the exhibition we plan to hold a lecture by a high profile speaker. This will happen in the morning leaving the afternoon free to visit one of the many attractions nearby. Devizes itself is a pretty market town with many nice cafés and restaurants.

We shall be sending out more details of this day in due course. In the meantime, if there is anything you wish to discuss, please or ring her on 01747 852647

ArtsFest Poster »
ArtsFest Brief to Societies »
ArtsFest Entry Form »

golden lectures

The Arts Society, Wessex Area is marking the Golden Jubilee in 2018 by initiating an Area wide project aimed at introducing older students in local schools and colleges to The Arts Society's accredited lecture programme.

The project gives students a wonderful opportunity to hear lectures given by lecturers who are experts in a wide variety of Arts subjects.

The lectures will help provide young people with a deeper understanding of the visual arts and will complement the practical aspects of the art curriculum.

As June Robinson, Chairman of The Arts Society said… "[this project] furthers the Society's aims to promote opportunities for all to learn about, enjoy and participate in our artistic and cultural heritage."

Each lecture will be funded fully and jointly by The Arts Society Wessex and the local society, as well as a donation from The Patricia Fay Memorial Fund.

calendar of golden lectures

21 September 2017 Blackmore Vale at Gillingham School: Valerie Woodgate – “Modern Art & Old Masters: tradition and innovation”
10 October 2017 Blackmore Vale at Sturminster Newton High School: Lynne Gibson – “Tricks of the light: the illusion of light and shadow in western art”
7 November 2017 Sherborne at Yeovil College 2:45pm: Linda Smith – “The expanded body: how the human figure works in modern art”
18 January 2018 Mendip at Churchill Academy & Sixth Form: Lynne Gibson – How to look at Art
19 January 2018 Dorset County at Thomas Hardye School: Linda Smith – 20th century sculpture
22 January 2018 Bournemouth & East Dorset at The Arts University, Bournemouth: Linda Smith - A Bit of Twentieth Century Painting
23 January 2018 Wimborne & Blandford at Queen Elizabeth School, Wimborne: Linda Smith – “A bit of 20th century painting”
25 January 2018 Devizes at Wiltshire College, Trowbridge: Lynne Gibson - Women in Art: virgin, Venus or ‘vamp’?
26 January 2018 Bath & Bath Evening at Bath College: Linda Smith – 20th Century sculpture
5 March 2018 Poole at Lytchett Minster School: Barry Venning - Picasso’s Guernica and the Spanish Civil War
2 October 2018 North Wiltshire at The Corsham School: Linda Smith – a brief history of post war British art
4 October 2018 Kington Langley at Hardenhuish School: Brian Stater – Photography
17 October 2018 Kennet at New College, Swindon: Ian Swankie – Pots & Frocks: the wonderful world of Grayson Perry

Golden Lecture evaluation form »
Golden Lecture expenses claim form »