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.
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 15th April at 7.30pm
First catch a squirrel: Historical materials and techniques in painting from the 15th to the 18th centuries.
The 14th century artist Cennino Cennini recommended using “the chicken bones that you will find under the dining table” for making charcoaled bone black to paint with. His treatise, The Artists’ handbook, gives us an understanding of some of the surprising materials which any artist had to master before he could begin to paint, such as the tail of a squirrel to make his paintbrushes. However, many of these materials were difficult to use and have an effect on the finished look of paintings from the centuries before industrial processes changed the artist’s world. This lecture will explain the techniques and the reasons for some of the features of 15th and 16th century paintings which may seem odd to our modern eyes.
Dr Brotherton-Ratcliffe has an MA in History of Art from Edinburgh and a PhD from the Warburg Institute, London University. With 40 years’ experience as a lecturer, Chantal has taught at Sotheby’s Institute of Art on the MA in Fine and Decorative Arts since 1989 and as a freelance lecturer for a number of societies in London, Italy and America. Having also trained as a paintings conservator, she brings an understanding of the making and the physical painting to her lectures and study sessions.
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