Chairmans Newsletter

Newsletter to members:   February 2021


Dear member,


Firstly, I wish you all a belated Happy New Year and hope that you are staying in good health and keeping safe during our third period of lockdown.


Our on-line zoom lectures and study days have been very well attended. We had over 190 logins for January’s lecture on The Tribal bags of Persia and a similar number for Peter Medhurst’s super study day on Paintings inspired by Music.


It is heartening to see that we have over 500 members to date and that our lectures are also viewed by a few paying guests. It would be lovely if they would consider  becoming fully fledged members, taking out a subscription and enjoying all that we have to offer as a first class Arts Society.


We intend to stay online for the rest of this season and certainly for the first half of next season. In the autumn we will review the coronavirus situation and make a decision about whether we are able to return to Broadway in 2022.


Please keep an eye out for our “mail chimp” emails to keep up to date with our programme. We will remind you all one week before and also the day before each lecture/study day.


We will be holding our 2020/1 AGM’s in the summer, via Zoom, and details will be sent out nearer the time.


Please continue to look through the monthly highlights of summary of events and information circulated by the National Arts Society. Stay connected with the Arts Society website where you can view online lectures and other features. For example, worth watching on Thursday 25th February 6pm to 7pm is a Bank of England Museum online talk.


As ever we remain optimistic that at some point next season, we will be able to return to Broadway and resume our live lectures and social get togethers. Hopefully we can also look forward to a programme of visits and specialist study days (with lunch) at NTU.


Ilanah Dance



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

This message is intended to keep you informed on what The Arts Society (at National Level) is doing to try and fill the void whilst our activities are suspended, and to suggest some internet sites you may wish to look at to be able to continue enjoying some of the arts during this difficult period.

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.

This will be launched and available to all members during the week commencing 6th April. There should be a general announcement but you may wish to keep an eye on the TAS website

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.

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