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Please read Chair’s Notices and Covid-19 Arrangements for up to date notices regarding the delivery of our Lecture Programme while the current Covid-19 pandemic continues.

Please also note that all our lectures are being presented via Zoom while the current pandemic continues and are NOT taking place at the Bronte Lecture Theatre of the University of Huddersfield.  Details can be found by following the links in the right hand column on this Home page under the heading “Forthcoming Events”. Thank you.

The Arts Society is a leading arts charity which opens up the world of the Arts through a network of local societies and national events.

With inspiring monthly lectures given by some of the country’s top experts, together with days of special interest, educational visits and cultural holidays, The Arts Society is a great way to learn, have fun and make new and lasting friendships.

Society Members and Affiliate Members can also become involved in worthwhile conservation volunteering projects in churches, museums, castles and stately homes. There are over 375 Societies throughout the UK and mainland Europe, as well as in Australia and New Zealand, so join us and discover all that The Arts Society has to offer.

The Huddersfield Society has a healthy membership of over 120 and welcomes new members throughout the year. 

Lectures

Each year the society presents nine lectures and opportunities to learn and socialise further through days of special interest.  Our lectures take place on a Thursday from 19.30 normally in the Sparck Building, Firth Street, Huddersfield, with members getting together from around 18.45 onwards and notices, prior to the lectures, at 19.15. Currently, our lectures will be provided on line via Zoom.  For full details of dates and subjects of each lecture please click on the Lecture title under “Forthcoming Events” in the right hand column on this Home page where a rolling programme can be found.  Alternatively, to see the complete programme, view the page “Upcoming Lectures” which can be found in the drop down box by clicking on “Lectures” in the banner above and following the links.  The programme itself will be updated if new arrangements are made.  Details of Days of Special Interest and Visits can also be found on dedicated pages on this website although, under the current lockdown arrangements, these have not yet been finalised.

Our next Zoom lecture will be on 18th March at 7.30pm

The Subtle Science and exact Art of colour English in Garden Design.  Why Garden can rank as Fine Art. Timothy Walker.

In 1888 Gertrude Jekyll wrote a short but seminal article in The Garden in which she urged the readers to “remember that in a garden we are painting a picture”.  As an accomplished watercolour artist, Miss Jekyll was familiar with the principles of using colours but she felt that in gardens these principles “had been greatly neglected”.  This talk looks at how to apply these principles in designing a border but it also looks at the ways in which a border is different from a painting.  However, it goes further than this and looks at how contemporary work of the likes of Turner, Monet, Rothko, Jackson Pollack, and Hockney evolved in parallel with ideas about what a garden or border should look like.

Lecturer’s Note:  Since 1986 I have given 1,500 public lectures. This talk was originally part of my work as director of the Oxford University Botanic Garden from 1988 to 2014.  Botanic gardens are often described as living museums, and garden curators lecture about them in the same way as museum curators talk about their collections.  Since 2014 I have been a college lecturer and tutor at Somerville College Oxford.  Gardens are often thought of as a place where science and art meet on equal terms.  My lectures investigate this relationship.

Guests

Why not enjoy our lectures as a guest?  Should you wish to do so, please visit our “Subscription” page on this website for more details of how to join a lecture.  Guests are limited to attendance at two lectures.

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