Current Events:

  1. Six Cities and Their Artists – A course of lectures. Starts 25th September
  2. The Age of Jazz – Sally Hoban – 21st November 2019
  3. Paintings inspired by Music and Music inspired by paintings – Peter Medhurst – 30th April 2020
  4. It’s not just Tchaikovsky. The Nutcracker – Nigel Bates – 19th November 2020

Friends of Members  and Supporter Members of The Arts Society are welcome to apply for these events. However, priority is given to members of the Nottingham Society.

Course for 2019/20

Six Cities and Their Artists

Given by Art Historian, Dr Angela Smith

Each of the six study days will begin with an historical overview of the city through its art and architecture followed by a detailed examination of paintings which capture aspects of the city.

Wednesday 27th November 2019 – LONDON FULL
The artists whose work will help us illustrate the history of London in the first talk, will include Canaletto and Monet. This will be followed by a survey of paintings of London in the 19th century by artists including James Tissot and finally, a lecture on Walter Sickert and the early 20th century Camden Town Group.

Wednesday 29th January 2020 – AMSTERDAM
Jan van der Heyden, Van Gogh, George Hendrik Breitner

Wednesday 26th February 2020 – NEW YORK
The Ashcan School, Edward Hopper

Wednesday 25th March 2020 – BERLIN
including Max Lieberman and Georg Grosz

Wednesday 29th January 2020 – AMSTERDAM
Paintings of Amsterdam by Van Gogh will feature in our historical survey of the city. The additional lectures will examine 17th century cityscapes of Amsterdam by Jan van der Heyden, Johannes Lingelbach and others. We will also survey works by the Amsterdam Impressionists and the Amsterdamse Joffers, a group of women who met in the city in the late 19th century to paint and exhibit together.

Wednesday 26th February 2020 – NEW YORK
Some of the Romantic landscapes painted by artists of the Hudson River Valley School will feature in our historical survey of New York. This will be followed by discussion of paintings by members of the early 20th century Ashcan School and finally, Precisionist pictures of the city painted by Georgia O’Keefe Edward Hopper and others.

Wednesday 25th March 2020 – BERLIN
Paintings by 19th century artist, Adolf Menzel and also German Impressionists including Max Liebermann, will feature in our historical survey of Berlin. Paintings of life in Berlin in the early 20th century and in particular during the first world war until the end of the Weimar Republic will be examined in detail featuring works by George Grosz, Lotte Laserstein and Otto Dix.


The course will take place at Antenna House, Beck Street, Nottingham NG1 1EQ. Each day will start at 10.30am (registration from 10.00am) and finish at 3.00pm..

Please contact Chris Castleden for further information at An application form can be downloaded here at Application Form.

The Age of Jazz! Art Deco Fashion and Style

by Sally Hoban

21st November 2019

Art Deco swept across Europe and America in the 1920s, bringing with it a transformation in design. From brightly coloured, geometric patterns on fabrics, wallpapers and in book illustration to the soaring, elegant lines of New York skyscrapers, Art Deco helped to introduce Modernism to a mass audience. Fashion design too was affected by the new style, bringing with it beaded ‘flapper’ dresses, fabulous handbags and bias-cut dresses. Hollywood was quick to reflect the new style, perhaps best epitomised in the films of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. This Study Day gives an overview of Art Deco style and design and also looks at the movement’s legacy today.

Cost: £45.00 inc. refreshments on arrival and at morning break and a hot two-course lunch.

Discount parking at nearby Talbot St car park (present token to reception) OR discounted tram tickets included.

 10.00   Registration + refreshments

10.30   Session 1

11.30   Break and refreshments

11.50   Session 2

1.00      Lunch

2.00 – 3.00   Session 3

An application form can be downloaded here.

Sally is going to bring with her some items from the Art Deco era to discuss in Session 3. She has said that if any of you have a piece of Art Deco, you are most welcome to bring it with you and she will try to give you more information about the piece and a guide to its valuation.

Paintings Inspired by Music and Music Inspired by Paintings.

Thursday 30th April 2020

Nottingham Trent University, Conference Centre

This Study Day looks at how one medium has the extraordinary power to inspire another.  The lecture, which spans over 600 years of the arts, analyses a range of related works, bringing together the music of Martinu with the frescoes of Piero della Francesca, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus with Respighi’s Trittico botticelliano, Bocklin’s Isle of the Dead with Rachmaninoff’s symphonic poem and Poet Mondrian’s Boogie Woogie with the piano playing of Albert Ammons.

Further information will be available in postings and on the website at a later date.