Chairmans Newsletter

Newsletter: January 2023

Dear member

A Happy New Year to you all. I hope you have had a relaxing and enjoyable break and we are looking forward to meeting up again at Broadway on Wednesday 11th January. Our first lecture of 2023 will be Barry Venning speaking on the subject of Modern Art, through the eyes of the greatest cartoonists of the last 150 years. For a small charge of £6 we also welcome guests to all of our lectures. We now have a card reader to make payments easier at the registration desks, for those of you who don’t have electronic banking. Please note, we have also taken the decision not to handle cash payments.

Looking forward, our Spring programme includes Artists' Stories courses the first of which will be on 25th January about Otto Dix. A study day is scheduled for 18th May on exploring the lives of notable artist couples, including Vanessa Bell & Duncan Grant and Ben Nicholson & Barbara Hepworth. Ticket sales are going well, but places are still available so please support these events at NTU. These all-day sessions with coffee breaks and lunch are excellent value for money given by top experts in their field. Full details and application forms are on our website.

I am pleased to report that The Arts Society Derby have taken on the responsibility of organising “The 50 Treasures Project” for the East Midlands Area. This will involve the publication of an A5 booklet containing photographs and text (100-200 words max) of lesser-known artistic and cultural treasures and places in the East Midlands that might not feature in mainstream tourist guides. We would like to involve all our members by inviting you to photograph in the Nottinghamshire area an art piece which could be a sculpture, stained glass, historical building, ceramic, memorial etc. In fact, anything worth visiting. If each of the 19 societies in the East Midlands Region contributed 3 or 4 images along with some text, we would have an inspiring book of special places and items of artistic interest that would encourage the public to further explore this area. If you would like to contribute to this worthwhile project, please e-mail your photos (a phone image is fine) and basic text to Vivienne Jarvis our committee coordinator at:

The Arts Society Nottingham is one of 25 Arts Societies nationally, working on a marketing research project. We would be very grateful if you could complete a short questionnaire by clicking the link below. This will help The Arts Society UK to build a wider picture of current membership and opportunities for growth.

Finally, a big thank you to all of you who have stayed with us during a difficult period and have renewed your membership for this year. A full and thriving membership and the support of our committee and volunteers are essential for the continued good health of the Society. We welcome applications from potential new members, so if you have friends who may be interested, please encourage them to join or at least to come along and experience one of our first-class lectures. Also, if you are interested in serving on our committee, a most rewarding job, please contact me to discuss.

Ilanah Dance

Chair TAS Nottingham