Chair's Newsletter - 50 Treasures Project East Midlands Area

Chair's Newsletter - 50 Treasures Project East Midlands Area

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Newsletter to members: Spring 2022

50 Treasures Project: East Midlands Area

Dear member

We are hoping to take part in a nationwide project involving producing an A5 booklet for the East Midlands Area entitled “50 Treasures”. Each society in the East Midlands  would select three or four images with short descriptive text (100/200 words) which would then be submitted to our area coordinator so that a booklet can be produced covering the entire East Midlands

We would like to involve all the TAS Nottingham membership by asking you to suggest an object large or small in the Nottinghamshire area that you would regard as of particular artistic, heritage or architectural interest and that generally doesn’t feature in mainstream tourist guides.

A number of areas around the UK have already published their 50 Treasure guides which are then sold to their members and the general populace to generate funds for the society.

Having read a copy of the West Midlands Area “50 Treasures” I can see that this project is very positive, creative and fun and will celebrate lesser-known artistic and cultural treasures across our region.

By way of example you could select an art piece or sculpture (including street art), stained glass, churches or historic buildings, special landscaping or garden, ceramics, memorials etc. Anything that would be worth visiting.

If you would like to contribute to this project, please e-mail your suggestions and if possible include a photograph (a phone image is fine) and basic text to me at . I suggest a deadline of 31st May please.

Ilanah Dance

Chair TAS Nottingham


And, do not forget

Despite challenges, we can now confidently state that TAS Nottingham is ‘alive and kicking’ and back at Broadway for our remaining lectures this season.  It is heartening to see that The Broadway café is again becoming a social meeting point for our members both before and after the lectures.

The return to Nottingham Trent University has proved it to be an excellent venue for both our Artists’ Stories Course and we look forwaed to the Study Day on 27 April. Please support these events as they have been organised for all of our members’ benefit.  

On a very positive note we have secured a £250 grant from National Office for The Wollaton Hall Tudor Kitchen Heritage Volunteers textiles project.

For our future wellbeing we still need our members’ support in terms of Committee recruitment. Please think seriously about committing to or sharing a particular role and as none of us are getting any younger, the future of the society is definitely in your hands. All we ask is for basic IT skills and plenty of enthusiasm.

Ilanah Dance   (Chair TAS Nottingham)


The Arts Society is continuing to be active whilst we are mindful of Covid-19.

Although we have restarted lectures at Broadway, not everyone may yet be happy to attend.  This message is intended to remind you of what The Arts Society (at National Level) is doing to try and fill the void, and to suggest some internet sites you may still wish to look at.

Please note that you may not be able to connect to the websites directly if you click on the addresses here, in which case, you should copy the address and paste it on your browser, or just type it in.

TAS have started a number of initiatives which you may find useful.

The first place to look is actually on The Arts Society website

From the menu select Arts, News and Features where there are a number of interesting articles. Whilst on the website you may like to register your email address so that you are kept up to date with the latest actions and facilities being offered by The Arts Society.

TAS New Initiatives for the Coronavirus Period:

There is a new website

Its objective is to provoke discussions amongst the entire population of committee members and/or general members about the arts.

TAS on YouTube

TAS has set up its own YouTube Channel which will enable Lecturers to deliver live or recorded talks. The first broadcast is scheduled for 7th April 2021.

Type     The Arts Society      into the search option within YouTube.

Internet Arts Programmes

A number of art galleries, opera companies, orchestras and theatres are providing recordings of exhibitions and concerts either on their own websites and often on YouTube which I suggest you look at according to your personal taste. Some are listed below but I am sure there are many more.

The last three listed above can also be found on YouTube. Just enter the search mode and you should find them. They have a number of recordings on there, particularly the LSO, and you can choose almost any type of classical music concert.

BBC iPlayer has an Arts section listed in its categories and is well worth looking through for programmes you may have missed

Ilanah Dance

Chair, The Arts Society Nottingham





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Date published: Wed 15th Sep 2021

Updated: Sun 10th Apr 2022