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THE ARTS SOCIETY BATH WELCOMES YOU

Established nearly 40 years ago and enjoying The Arts in all its forms.

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ABOUT US

The Arts Society Bath has a friendly, active membership who share an appreciation of and commitment to the arts.

Our 2023/24 season of monthly lectures will be delivered in a hybrid format (both in-person and online via Zoom). In-person lectures will be at our venue, Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Members accessing lectures online via Zoom will be sent a link a few days in advance. (Our January lecture will be via Zoom only.)

If you wish to attend as a guest or are not a member, (£10 in venue, or £7 on Zoom) you must email bath@theartssociety.org by the Friday preceding the lecture.

 

The Arts Society Bath promotes its aims through lectures (nine per season running from October to June) on fine and decorative arts in the widest sense and through Special Interest Days, a monthly local newsletter and a quarterly national magazine. We also support local projects promoting arts in the community. Additionally, we organise visits and access to many other arts activities via our nationwide membership of The Arts Society.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Chihuly and American Art Glass Movement
    Chihuly and American Art Glass Movement
    Mon, 04 Mar
    Widcombe Social Club
    04 Mar 2024, 11:30 – 12:30
    Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA, UK
    04 Mar 2024, 11:30 – 12:30
    Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA, UK
    The Studio Glass Movement dates from 1962, with its emphasis on the aesthetics of form and colour. Dale Chihuly became one of the foremost American Studio glass artists, and this talk considers his individual works and large-scale exhibitions, such as that in Kew Gardens in 2005 and 2019.
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  • Colour in Art: From Giotto to Van Gogh (Special Interest Day)
    Colour in Art: From Giotto to Van Gogh (Special Interest Day)
    Wed, 13 Mar
    Widcombe Social Club
    13 Mar 2024, 10:30 – 15:30
    Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA, UK
    13 Mar 2024, 10:30 – 15:30
    Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA, UK
    The Arts Society Bath invites you to our Special Interest Day. Paintings and sculptures from the earliest times were very colourful. Pigments were used from the Middle Ages to the end of the 19th century: where did they come from and how did artists make them?
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  • Whistler
    Whistler
    Mon, 15 Apr
    Widcombe Social Club
    15 Apr 2024, 11:30 – 12:30
    Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA, UK
    15 Apr 2024, 11:30 – 12:30
    Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA, UK
    James McNeill Whistler was a witty, irascible dandy who took pains to display his art in exactly the way he wanted. The lecture examines Whistler’s painting techniques from early ‘Rembrandtesque’ portraits of his youth, to his experiments with colour, form and texture.
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  • Sir Anthony van Dyck
    Sir Anthony van Dyck
    Mon, 13 May
    Widcombe Social Club
    13 May 2024, 11:30 – 12:30
    Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA, UK
    13 May 2024, 11:30 – 12:30
    Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA, UK
    Sir Anthony van Dyck was the principal painter at the court of King Charles I and is regarded as the greatest painter in 17th century Britain. This lecture will examine the ‘Flemishness’ of his art and trace how it altered subtly to fit in with British tastes and expectations.
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  • Elizabethan Houses and the Transformation of England
    Elizabethan Houses and the Transformation of England
    Mon, 03 Jun
    Widcombe Social Club
    03 Jun 2024, 11:30 – 12:30
    Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA, UK
    03 Jun 2024, 11:30 – 12:30
    Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA, UK
    The Elizabethan era saw the transformation of Britain’s medieval dwellings into the basis of modern houses. Underpinning the story is the social change wrought by the end of the monasteries, the growth of cities and the discovery of a world beyond our shores.
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BECOME A MEMBER

Become a member of The Arts Society today and enjoy all of these benefits.

 

The cost for our 2023 - 2024 season is £54.

Membership

Access to 9 lectures on the Arts given by professional art historians and art lecturers, once a month in the Widcombe Social Club.

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Opportunities to attend Special Interest Days arranged by The Arts Society Bath and other societies.

Opportunities to go on visits and city walks arranged for members and guests.

Membership of the national organisation, The Arts Society.

Quarterly magazine covering the arts and activities of the national and local arts societies.

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Access to The Arts Society's talks and activities of the national and local arts societies

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