Course for 2022

Artists’ Stories

 The Arts Society Nottingham is really pleased to announce the latest course ‘Artists’ Stories' presented by Art Historian Dr Angela Smith who is well known to the Society having led several acclaimed courses in the past.

       The course will take place on six dates in 2022 and booking is open for the first three.                                                           

1 Wednesday 23 February         2022       Albrecht Dürer 

2 Wednesday 23rd March         2022       Tom Roberts

3 Thursday 5 May                         2022       Stanley Spencer

4 Wednesday 21st September 2022       John Singer Sargent

5 Wednesday 19th October      2022        Angelika Kauffmann

6 Wednesday 23rd November  2022       Eugène Delacroix

                          For more information  see below

We have a new venue for the course  – Nottingham Trent University Conference Centre on Burton Street where we have our Study days and therefore many of you will be familiar with its excellent facilities.

It is close to the tram (which connects to park and ride facilities) and bus routes. Car parking with discount is available at Talbot Street Car Park. Limited parking for the disabled can be found in Burton Street.

Each day will start at 10.30am (Registration from 10.00am) and finish at approx. 3.00pm.

The fee includes hot drinks on arrival plus a buffet lunch with tea and coffee and will cost  

£42 per day or £117 for the first three if paid in advance. See the application form Artists' Stories application form


Payment by Bank Transfer  

To help us identify your payment please use your membership number (on front of programme card) and your surname as reference e.g


                  Bank details Nat West   Sort Code    60-80-09

                  Name of the account ‘The Arts Society Nottingham’   Account no. 70303681

and remember to send the application form to me. Without this you won’t secure a place.


Payment by cheque

Please make your cheque payable to The Arts Society Nottingham and send it to me at the address at the bottom of this letter together with your application form

All applications will be acknowledged by email. If you would prefer a paper copy please include a stamped addressed envelope.

Previous courses have been very popular so you are advised to book early.  


Places will be limited for your safety.

If you have any queries please email me at

Booking for the 4th 5th and 6th lectures will open later in the year and priority will be given to those members who have attended the first three days.


Best wishes


Chris Castleden

Spenny Thorn Cottage, Main Street, Newton, Notts, NG13 8HN

01949 20913





Artists' Stories - John Singer Sargent

Wed 21st September 2022

10:30 am

By: Angela Smith/Chris Castleden

The fashionable expatriate American painter, John Singer Sargent, is today's subject.  A prolific artist, he produced hundreds of portraits over the course of his career and we will examine some in detail including the infamous Portrait of Madame X. Singer Sargent was widely travelled and we will also consider some of the numerous watercolours that he painted inspired by his travels in America, the Middle East and the Tyrol.

Artists' Stories - John Singer Sargent

Artists' Stories - Angelika Kauffmann

Wed 19th October 2022

10:30 am

By: Angela Smith/Chris Castleden

Kauffmann, known to her closest friends as Miss Angel, enjoyed a highly successful international career as a painter with an international reputation in the second half of the 18th century.  A Swiss by birth, Kauffman was based for many years in London where she produced dozens of paintings and was at the centre of the art world, becoming a founder member of the Royal Academy in 1768.  This study day will trace Kauffmann's life beginning with her early collaboration and travel across Europe with her father and will explore her ability as a painter and designer as well as her adept self-promotion.

Artists' Stories - Angelika Kauffmann

Artists' Stories - Eugene Delacroix

Wed 23rd November 2022

10:30 am

By: Angela Smith/Chris Castleden

The subject of this study day is French painter, Eugene Delacroix, who enjoyed a long and successfull career and was regarded in his day as the leader of the French Romantics. He visited England in his mid-20s and a few years later painted Liberty guiding the People, the canvas for which he is best known.  His disenchantment with France led Delacroix to travel to North Africa where the landscape and the peoples hald great satisfaction for the artist.  We will study how Delacoix's travels influenced his paintings and also how his investigation into colour inspired a younger generation of painters.

Artists' Stories - Eugene Delacroix