Our lectures are held at Duke Street Church, Duke Street, Richmond TW9 1DH.

We meet on the first Tuesday of every month except January for drinks at 7pm and a one-hour lecture 8pm.

Guests and new members are especially welcome to join us there.

The May and September lectures are are “Bring Friends Free” lectures. Bring as many friends as you like! Everybody is welcome to come along for free in May and September.  You don’t need to be accompanied by a member. Just turn up at the door and enjoy the lecture for free.

Other lectures
Members of The Arts Society Richmond: Free
Guests: £5 per person payable at the door.
Other Arts Society members: £5 per person payable at the door.
Students: Free, upon production of your student card.

If you would like to, you are most welcome to come along for a taster lecture. The fee you pay is refunded if you join as a member.

Tuesday 2 July 2019
AGM at 7.30pm
Lecture at 8pm
A Load of Old Balls
Speaker: Simon Inglis
Cricket balls were made of cork, worsted, hemp, brown oats, suet, lard, alum, stale ale and dragon’s blood. Can this really be true or is it just a load of old balls?
The committee invites you to stay for drinks and nibbles after the lecture.

Tuesday 6 August 2019
Fortitude and Fancy – Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn
Speaker: Nicholas Henderson
The story of Henry VIII’s two most important queens, Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn, and the social, religious and political consequences of their struggles for ascendancy.

Tuesday 3 September 2019
Art in Advertising – This is a Bring-Friends-Free lecture
Speaker: Tony Rawlins
How the advertising industry exploited fine art

Tuesday 1 October 2019
William Morris: A Kelmscott Chaucer for our Times
Speaker: Dominic Riley
Bookbinder Dominic Riley talks about how fine bindings are made and his commission to create a contemporary artistic binding for a copy of the works of Geoffrey Chaucer.

Tuesday 5 November 2019
How to Steal a Million: Famous Arts Thefts
Speaker: Shauna Isaac
Shauna tells us about what motivates art thieves, burglars’ mistakes and daring police stings to recover stolen masterpieces.

Tuesday 3 December 2019
Optical Entertainment Before the Movies
Speaker: Andrew Gill
A lavishly illustrated talk on the many inventions and discoveries that led to the first showing of the movies in 1895.
The committee invites you to stay for Christmas drinks and mince pies after the lecture.

Tuesday 4 February 2020
The Magic of Prague: Czech Art and Culture
Speaker: Gavin Plumley
During the 19th century the Czechs created a capital that was fit for a new independent nation.

Tuesday 3 March 2020
The English Domestic Revival: Country House Architecture of the late 19th Century
Speaker: Christopher Rogers
Christopher will discuss Norman Shaw, Lutyens and other famous architects.

Tuesday 7 April 2020  Lecture cancelled
So They Cook After All!”- Ravilious, Bawden and the Great Bardfield Artists
Speaker: Jo Walton
A fascinating look at an artistic community in the years before the Second World War.

Tuesday 5 May 2020 This lecture has been cancelled and replaced by a Zoom lecture on Tintoretto given by Siân Walters.
Hogarth: Harlots, Rakes and Crashing China
Speaker: Lars Tharp
How Hogarth’s Images became sources for the ceramic workshops of Europe and China.  You will look at Hogarth and cermaics with new eyes!

Tuesday 2 June 2020 This lecture has been cancelled and will be replaced by a Zoom lecture
Last Supper in Pompeii
Speaker: Paul Roberts
A look at the love affair between Food, Drinks and the Romans.

Tuesday 7 July 2020
The World of the Bayeux Tapestry

Speaker: Rupert Willoughby
A lively introduction to the tapestry, a landmark in the history of Western art.

Tuesday 4 August 2020
“Dear Eddie” – Charles Mackie: Good Friend of Edward Hornel
Speaker: Pat Clark
The life and influences of Scottish painte, Charles Machie.

Tuesday 1 September 2020
Wonder Workers and the Art of Illusion – This is a Bring-Friends-Free lecture
Speaker: Bertie Pearce
The history of magic through art and pictures.

Tuesday 6 October 2020
150 years of London Underground Design
Speaker: Mark Ovenden
Mark discusses the design of the London Underground, including the iconic tube map.

Tuesday 3 November 2020
From Tabards to Tailoring
Benjamin Wild
A brief history of men’s fashions from the middle ages to modernity.

Tuesday 1 December 2020
The Magic of Pantomime
Speaker: Ian Gledhill
Ian discusses the history of this enduring and peculiarly British institution, from its origins in 16th century Italian commedia dell’arte, through the influence of 19th century music hall, to the family shows that are still much loved today.
The committee invites you to stay for Christmas drinks and mince pies after the lecture.

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