The Arts Society Halifax

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open to both members and non-members


12 September 2017

Jacqueline Hyman

Healing Stitches – Therapeutic Needlecraft at Times of Conflict
At times of conflict, especially during and after WW1, needlecrafts became an important means of therapy, not just for returning servicemen, injured, shell shocked or disabled but also as a means of personal therapy for family and loved ones at home. This lecture illustrates many of the amazing artistic achievements during times of conflict, including the establishment of the Khaki Club in Bradford by Louisa Pesel for shellshocked soldiers.

needlework (2)


Malcolm Kenwood

An autobiographical journey, from rural beat officer to specialist art
and antiques detective. This lecture will reveal interesting tales of
the criminal art underworld, their origins, methods and corrupt
dealers in the trade.
[image: Caravaggio’s “St Jerome, writing”
Stolen 1984 Recovered 1988]

10 October 2017


14 November 2017

Susan Rumfitt

The Splendour and Symbolism of Renaissance Jewellery
This lecture looks at the jewellery worn throughout Europe from the 15th to the early 17th Century. The role of jewellery to a monarch is discussed as a symbol of power, wealth and fashion as well as the significant meaning of gemstones during this period. Using paintings and jewellery, this is a lecture which explores the virtues of stones and jewellery in the Renaissance as well as looking at the fabulous collections of Royal families across Europe


Lydia Bauman

Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse
The modern garden, changed by the 19th innovations such as hybridisation, the use of glasshouses and foreign exploration, was part and parcel of a period of great social change and the changing face of modern cities to which artists responded from the1860s onwards. This lecture will explore the ways in which the theme of the garden inspired so much of the most beautiful and innovative art of late 19th and early 20th century, including the works of Monet, Manet, Renoir, Cezanne, Van Gogh and Matisse.

9 January 2018

Non-members may attend on a PAY AS YOU GO basis

£8.00 per lecture



Simon Seligman

Passions, Personalities and Patronage: Chatsworth and the Story of the Devonshire Family Collections, 1549 - present
A history of the outstanding and diverse Devonshire collection told chronologically through interests, characters and tastes of its collectors over 16 generations, from Elizabethan beginnings to the current family members. Considered one of the finest surviving European family collections, the lecture features, Old Master drawings, fine books, silver and rare jewels, portraits, sculpture, furniture and ancient treasures.

13 February 2018

Events & Visits



13 March 2018

Gavin Plumley

The Art and Culture of Fin-de-Siècle Vienna
At the turn of the last century, Vienna was the capital of a vast empire and one of the most exciting artistic laboratories in the world. It produced painters such as Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka, architects like Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos and Josef Hoffmann, the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, the composer Gustav Mahler and the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. Looking at these and others figures in the context of the society in which they worked, this talk asks how and why the City of Dreams became a cultural hotbed around 1900.


Fenella Billington

Romance, Realism & Revolution, 1700-1800.
France under Louis XV in the 18th century saw the age of Rococo. The works of Watteau, Boucher and Fragonard are compared to the more sombre paintings of Chardin and Oudry. In England, the contrasting art of Gainsborough, Stubbs and Hogarth is considered briefly. The French Revolution, followed by the rise of Napoleon once more changed styles in fashionable art. This lecture considers the many rich threads of art being woven in France and in England in the 18th century, a time that witnessed a radical change from one social system to another

10 April 2018


8 May 2018

Dr. Marie-Anne Mancio

More Russian than the Russians: Catherine the Great
Intent on modernising Russia, Catherine the Great built the Hermitage of which she wrote "[it] contains 38,000 books; there are four rooms filled with books and prints, 10,000 engraved gems (and another 34,000 casts and pastes), roughly 10,000 drawings and a natural history collection that fills two large galleries." She also commissioned buildings, statuary, and gardens, founded academies and journals, and libraries, bought Diderot's library, wrote librettos for operas and satirical plays. Learn how she won Russian hearts and succeeded in forging a new identity for herself.


Professor Michelle Brown

Anglo-Saxon Art in Yorkshire
This illustrated lecture will explore the rich artistic heritage, in all media, of Yorkshire during the time that it formed part of the powerful and creative Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria (c.600-850). It gave birth to influential thinkers such as Bede and Alcuin of York and widely respected women such as St Etheldreda and St Hild, whilst Northumbrian artists and craftspeople created artworks such as the Lindisfarne Gospels, the Ormside bowl, the Coppergate helmet and the Easby and Otley crosses, to name but a few. These intricate and intriguing works reflect a heroic and formative age in which late Antiquity was transformed into the early Middle Ages and England was born

12 June 2018


The Christmas Lunch & Lecture

12 December 2017

Hilary Guise
“Star of Wonder, Star of Light: the Real Star of Bethlehem”

The Star of Bethlehem did exist. What was it and when did it shine bright in the night sky? This lecture will link astronomy to the story of the Nativity Star. The lecture is illustrated with images from the earliest Christian and pre-Christian times through the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, and includes space photographs of the planets and stars. Be enlightened!

This lecture is NOT included in the annual membership fee and diners should pre-pay before the 26 November 2017. An additional charge applies. Details will be available at the September to November meetings.


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