This is the programme for the season 2020 – 2021. The first lectures will be delivered by Zoom on the internet. This will disadvantage those who do not have access to the internet but The Arts Society and your Committee feel that we must provide a programme for the majority.

Currently, the Broadway is not open and many members are wary about social events at the moment.

The lecture is free to all members.

How to access the lectures – downloadable instructions.

Zoom is a piece of software that allows meetings and webinars to take place. It is widely used by The Arts Society centrally for lectures.

Some of you will have used it already to keep in touch with members of your family. You do not need to download the app or programme if you  you have not done so already.

We will send you a link a day or two before the lecture and you can just click on this to open the lecture in your browser e.g. Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome or Safari.

If you have the Zoom app, we shall send the meeting ID with the email which contains the link a few days before.

The email will be sent out by Mailchimp and will be headed “The Arts Society Nottingham – Zaha Hadid by Colin Davies”. It will contain a link which you can click on or tap to access the lecture. There will also be a “button” which you can click on or tap which will take you straight to the link. You should do this about 5 minutes before 11.30am when the lecture starts. This lecture only, will be at 11.30 am because of the Remembrance Day observation.

The lecture is in the form of a Webinar. This means that you will be able only to listen to the lecture ( as at the Broadway) and ask questions via the Question and Answer button. Your image will not appear.

About 15 mins before the event is due to start, locate the email and see the link which starts…………..

The link is provided in 3 ways. Use the one which most suitable:

  • as a written link
  • as a button to press or click
  • as a meeting ID (for those familiar with Zoom)
    The link takes you automatically to you browser e.g. Safari, Microsoft Edge, Chrome etc..

Make sure that you are connected to the internet.

  1. Using a tablet or phone skips some of the next stages but follow any instructions as presented.

If you are using a PC or Laptop (and do not wish to use the Zoom app), you will see the screen below.

  1. “Open Zoom Meetings” – do not click on this, but click on “Cancel”. Clicking on “Open Zoom meetings” will download the Zoom app.
  2. Instead, click the text “Join from your browser” at the bottom of the screen.
  3. You may be presented with a box to give your name and verify “I’m not a robot”.
  4. Press the blue “Join” button
  5. If “Join with Computer audio” appears, click this.
  1. If you want to use the Zoom app (or you already have it on your device), click on “Open Zoom meetings”.
  2. You may see: “Join with Computer Audio”. Click on this box.

Then go to full screen.

What else will you see on the main screen:

  1. In addition to the video image, you will see extra symbols around the edge of the screen.
  2. On a PC or Laptop: the primary ones are on a black bar at the bottom of the screen. This bar is hidden until you place your pointer nearby.
  3. On a tablet: these are at the top of the screen.
  4. To ask a question, use the “Question and Answer” button. Chat is distracting to the lecturer as it appears on the screen.
  5. To leave, press the red “Leave” button.


  1. If you cannot hear – check if the computer speakers are switched off.
  2. If you cannot see the lecture – switch on the video. When OFF, the camera symbol displays a diagonal red line across the camera symbol. Click or press on the symbol to switch.

This a practice webinar. If you want hep with your computer, please wait till after the lecture.

This is what you see on the screen with some “function” buttons.

These appear at the bottom of the screen with a laptop or PC  OR at the top with a tablet.

Beethoven at 250 – Classical Music’s Greatest Revolutionary

by Sandy Burnett

11 am on Wednesday 9th September 2020

This is an additional free lecture to test the Zoom presentation software. You will be sent a link to click on to access the lecture nearer the time.

Sandy is one of the UK’s most versatile music commentators, enjoying a career that combines broadcasting, performing and lecturing. After studying at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and working as music director for the RSC, National Theatre and in London’s West End, Sandy Burnett spent a decade as one of the core team of presenters on BBC Radio 3. Combining engaging scholarship with hands-on expertise, he devises and leads cultural holidays all over the world, is the author of the Idler Guide to Classical Music, is a highly sought after double bassist on the London jazz scene, and was appointed the Academy of Ancient Music’s Hogwood Fellow for the 2018-19 season.
To mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, born in December 1770, Sandy guides us through the life and work of this brilliant, cantankerous, visionary and astonishingly original composer, a man who tore up the rule book of classical music. Visual illustrations include a selection of contemporary portraits, while musical examples are drawn from his genre-busting piano sonatas, quartets and symphonies, and from the revolutionary opera Fidelio. We’re talking about much more than just a musician here – Beethoven was a true Romantic artist, or as he preferred to describe himself, a “poet in sound.”

Wednesday, 14th October

James Russell

Eric Ravilious – A Life in Pictures

Eric Ravilious was only 39 when he died on active service as a war artist in 1942, yet he had already achieved amazing things. A brilliant wood engraver and designer, he is best known today for his haunting watercolours in which lighthouses, white horses, empty rooms and downland paths become marvels. This entertaining illustrated talk illuminates the life and work of a playful, enigmatic artist, with plentiful examples of his work.

The paintings are a delight, the Ravilious story funny, sad and full of surprises.

Wednesday, 11th November

Colin Davies

Zaha Hadid – Architectural Superstar

Born in Iraq Zaha’s reputation was global, but she made Britain her home. This lecture tells the story of her career from the visionary projects of the 1980s, through the years of frustration when her designs were considered unbuildable, to the prolific crop of successful projects built all over the world in the last decade of her life. Dame Zaha Hadid died in March 2016 at the age of 65.

This webinar will be at 11.30am so that members can offer their respects for Remembrance Day.

In the Kingdom of Sweets – The Nutcracker Suite

19th November 2020 by Nigel Bates

See Study Days

This an additional free lecture which will be presented on Zoom software to your PC, tablet, smart phone or laptop.

Wednesday, 9th December

Neil Faulkner

Dickens, Lawrence, and Zhivago; David Lean’s Art of Cinema

Cinematic images are modern art forms. Drawing on new insights from the archaeology of cinema, this lecture will use the films of renowned British director David Lean to explore the art of cinema. In the ‘golden age’ of cinema –film-makers had to construct sets to represent landscapes, townscapes, and interiors. How do the ‘artists’ – in this case formed of large collaborative teams choose locations, more generally, ‘imagine’ the world they seek to represent? What are the influences on the way the cinema depicts the world? How much is authentic, and how much preconception and prejudice?

Wednesday, 13th January

Brian Mac Donald

Tribal Bags, Fabulous Bags- The Antique Weavings & Dowry Bags of the Persian & Central Asian Nomads

Today these magnificent woven containers, many depicting the very best of tribal work, have virtually disappeared and are not likely to be seen again amongst the nomadic tribes. The 1940s saw the decline of these utilitarian bags which, until then, were highly prized possessions amongst the nomadic peoples. Why did this happen?  What caused it? The audience will have the opportunity to discover and examine little known utilitarian weavings, such as wonderful saddlebags, unusual salt bags, and exquisite but tiny vanity bags.

Wednesday, 10th February

Brian Healey

Helsinki: A Jewel of Art Nouveau

The lecture shows how art, architecture, music and literature came together in Finland’s quest for nationhood in the latter years of the 19th century and at the same time helped turn its capital city into a jewel of art nouveau, but with a distinctly Finnish flavour.

Wednesday, 10th March

Sophie Oosterwijk

Miniature Adults? Images of Childhood in Western Art

When we look at early child portraits, we often see only miniature adults dressed stiffly in adult-like clothes. Recognising the (artistic) conventions behind such images may help to discover more about childhood throughout history, and about social expectations. Our findings could well be very different from what we might expect. 

Wednesday, 14th April

Mark Ovenden

The Northern Powerhouse

The driver of the early Northern Powerhouse was its pioneering transportation and great inventiveness: the first modern canals (Bridgewater), first inter-city railways (Liverpool-Manchester), first buses (Salford), first tram (Birkenhead), first Motorway (Preston by-pass). Mark will show how the north (from Sheffield’s’ cutlery to Nottingham’s’ running water) has always been at the forefront of new technology which gave it a competitive advantage over other areas.

Wednesday, 12th May

Twigs Way

Mary Delany (1700-1788) and her Paper Flora Delanica

Scandal, politics, botany, art and wit – this talk has it all. Following the life of the ‘grotto nymph’ and creator of botanic paper mosaiks.  After a life of gardening and ‘shell work’ she embarked, aged 72, on a fabulous Flora of paper portrayals of exotic plants.

Wednesday, 9th June

Christopher Bradley

Magnificent Mosaics-Window into the Colourful Roman World

The Romans have left us with a remarkable artistic record of their lifestyle, beliefs, achievements and entertainment in the form of beautiful mosaics. From the best sites and museums in the world we see how they built on earlier Greek traditions; the cities in which they lived; the Gods and myths in which they believed; and the exotic lives of the Romans themselves – from Britain to Sicily, from Morocco to Syria.


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