The Arts Society had hoped to resume meeting at Blackwell Grange Hotel, however, a vigorous second wave of Covid-19 has meant that its meetings have had to be put aside for a second time. Despite its members not being able to meet face to face, The North Yorkshire and South Durham Arts Society has presented two excellent Zoom lectures so far this season.

In September 2020, Nigel Bates’ lecture ‘It’s Not Just Tchaikovsky’ gave a wide-ranging exploration of music chosen by ballet choreographers through the years, illustrated with unique and unforgettable images. In October, Lydia Bowman’s lecture ‘Painting the Modern Garden’ looked at the interconnectedness of art, social history and hard technology and, in this instance, its influence on plants and gardens and their representation in art. Lydia selected some stunning paintings to illustrate her talk.

On Monday 16th November 2020 there will be two lectures. At 11am Suzanne Fagence Cooper will talk about Ravillious, Piper and English Romantic Modernism, offering a vibrant alternative view of Modernist art from an English perspective.

In the afternoon at 2pm, Ann Howarth’s lecture: Art, Architecture and Style in Old Shanghai, will look at Shanghai’s history through its art and its buildings; a glamorous and potent mixture of East and West.

The committee has worked hard to continue presenting an interesting and varied programme for 2020/2021 and the society looks forward to enjoying these talks with all the members who can access Zoom (or will have a try!).

  • In addition to society events, The Arts Society is holding live, digital, hour-long lectures for members and supporters
  • For further information, visit The Arts Society’s website
  • For membership enquiries, please contact David Phillips: email; call 07816326196