Welcome to The Arts Society Cambridge

Registered Charity 276000

A letter from our Chairman

May, 2019

Dear Members and Visitors

Welcome to the Home Page of The Arts Society, Cambridge.  Our Society is vibrant and friendly and if you are looking at this page out of curiosity, do look at other pages on our website and learn more about what we do, who we are and what our purpose is and then, if you would like to join us, please contact our Membership Secretary and put your name on our waiting list. Our membership year runs from October; if you put your name on the list now, you will probably be a member in October.  We shall be delighted to hear from you.

Our Programme for 2018-19 has been very exciting and varied; we hope everyone found something to intrigue, delight, inform and occasionally challenge.  Our year started with a hugely enriching and informative lecture about the Maya by Dr Diane Davies.  Such is our diversity that our first January lecture concerned Germany's post-WWII culture of apology and atonement; it was frankly brilliant and left the audience in a state of silent consideration of what we had seen and heard and a with deeper understanding of how art can start to express the otherwise inexpressible.  The Arts Society remit is broad and is reflected in our choices -  please look at the forthcoming lectures list to see what we are hearing about this year.  Our visits are very special too; we take advantage of the wonders of Cambridge and have some extraordinary options including in December, a winter evening reading of two ghost stories by M.R. James in the Provost's Lodge at King's College and in March we had a visit to Cheffins Auction House to see backstage.  

In 2018 The Arts Society nationally celebrated its 50th Anniversary and we in Cambridge commissioned a lecture to celebrate which was given in May at Gonville and Caius College by Dr Victoria Avery.  We have now produced an e-book of the lecture which you can look at by using the link on this page.  Our thanks go to everyone who has made the production of the book possible.  I hope you will enjoy looking at it.  

Our last lecture by Anthea Streeter on Dame Zaha Hadid was superb.  We look forward to seeing you at our next lecture in Churchill College on 13 June.  Please don't forget we started a signing in system in December so before you get your coffee, please initial the sheet with your name on it.  

If you have had difficulty parking at Churchill in the past, please take the time to look at to plan a journey using the bus.  From the Madingley Road P&R you can either walk through to Eddington Avenue and get a U bus or you can walk down to Madingley Road, opposite the British Antarctic Survey and get the C4 bus.  Both will take you to the bottom of Storey's Way.  

We have just one lecture left in our 2018-19 season; if I don't see you then, I hope you will be joining us in October for our new 2019-2020 Programme.

Sue Greenwood


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