Visits for 2019-2020

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

For all The Arts Society Nottingham visits, the contact telephone number on the day will be:

 1. Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park, Warwickshire – Thursday 26th March 2020

2. The Arts Society East Midlands Area – The Art and History of Liverpool  18th to 22nd May 2020 

A visit to Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park

Thursday 26th March 2020

A visit to Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park, Warwickshire  :Thursday 26th March 2020

Compton Verney fully opened to the public as a major, nationally accredited art gallery in March 2004. It houses six permanent collections, focusing on areas currently under-represented in British museums and galleries. The collections are owned by the Compton Verney Collections Settlement. The permanent collections are:

  • British Folk Art
  • British Portraits
  • Chinese Collection
  • Marx-Lambert Collection
  • Naples Collection
  • Northern European Collection

The much-praised special exhibitions programme offers both historic and contemporary shows and is designed to appeal to a wide audience. The two special exhibitions in March are:

  1. Cranach :Artist and Innovator

Cranach’s portrayals of German nobility and the leaders of the Protestant Reformation made him a highly sought after portraitist, while today he is best known for his seductive paintings of the female nude, which beautifully express temptation and its consequences. Cranach was also a talented entrepreneur, founding a successful publishing business and producing powerful woodcut illustrations for Luther’s translation of the Bible.

  1. Fabric: Touch and Identity

This exhibition explores how clothes and textiles conceal, reveal and seduce through the lenses of art, design, fashion, film and dance. It features works by Vivenne Westwood, Raisa Kabir, and Cathy de Monchaux, as well as new commissions including Lost in the Fanhouse, an immersive installation by Reiko Sudo.


The gallery is set in 120 acres of Grade II listed classical parkland, designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the most eminent landscape architect of the eighteenth-century.  Restoration of the parkland continues today with an extensive replanting and maintenance programme, designed to enhance Brown’s grassland, planting, ornamental lake, chapel – and the Cedars of Lebanon for which Brown is famous.

The visit will include tea and coffee on arrival, a one hour tour of the special exhibitions described above and a light lunch (sandwiches and scones). There will also be time to explore the six permanent collections , the  Women’s Library, the shop and the extensive gardens. All floors of the gallery are accessible by lift. We will be travelling with Silverdale Coaches and the pick up point will be Clifton South Park and Ride, departing at 9.00, arriving at Compton Verney by approximately 10.30. We expect to return by 5.00 pm. The cost of the trip is £45 which includes coach travel, entrance to Compton Verney, coffee, one hour tour and a light lunch.

The application form is downloadable here.

The Arts Society – East Midlands Area

The Art and History of Liverpool – 18th to 22nd May 2020

The East Midlands Area of The Arts Society is arranging a trip to Liverpool following the very successful visit to Glyndebourne this year. It is open to all the Societies in the East Midlands Area.

In addition to the list of attractions in Liverpool, there will also be a visit to Shugborough Estate in Staffordshire on the way. Please see the Flyer for further details of this interesting trip. Unlike the visits organised by the Nottingham Society, this will be 5 days with accommodation at the Novotel in Liverpool.

The Liverpool trip flyer download.