Chair's Newsletter

Newsletter to members: December 2021


Dear members

Even though we have faced many challenges over the last few months we can now confidently state that TAS Nottingham is ‘alive and kicking’. Our season has started with two well attended lectures to date. Broadway and the TAS Committee have worked hard to provide a safe, spacious and comfortable environment for you to enjoy our first-class programme of eclectic lectures. 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. Hopefully, we can now look forward with confidence to a more normal 2021/22 season.

Noticeably, the 12.30 lectures for both events have had some vacant spaces, so if you are thinking of joining us that would be the best time to attend.

In the New Year we look forward to using Nottingham Trent University again as an excellent venue for both our Study days and Artists’ Stories Course. Please support these as they have been organised for all of our members’ benefit.  

Our zoom study day on Edward James and his enchanted Mexican garden by James Russell in November proved to be a resounding success and provoked an enthusiastic response from the audience in terms of questions and answers.

We are pleased to announce that once again The Arts Society Nottingham has agreed two bursaries of £500 to assist final year Decorative Arts students with the costs of their projects in the academic year 2021/22.

Heritage Volunteers from The Arts Society Nottingham have been busy helping in a project to care for and repair some special historical books at the Bromley House Library in Nottingham.

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.

Lastly, on behalf of all of us on the Committee I would like to wish all our members a very Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.

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: Wed 24th Nov 2021