Due to continued H.M. Government restrictions guidance, it will come as no surprise that all lectures for January, February, March, May and June will be held on line via Zoom. The link to each of these Lectures will be e-mailed to members on the Monday prior to the Wednesday Lecture. We hope to return to the Mercure Preston Hotel, Samlesbury as soon as possible. Members will be informed of the return date and of any specific requirements regarding social distancing that may be in force at the time. Updates will be posted on this section of our website.

Difficulties in working  safely with other bodies have meant that our much appreciated Volunteer activities have had to be suspended. These include Arts  Appreciation, Heritage Volunteering, and Trails of Discovery. These will be resumed as soon as possible and details of when will be posted on this section of the website.

The Society was established in 1974 and follows The Arts Society’s ethos of providing first class lectures, days of special interest, cultural visits and holidays.

Our President is Roger Mitchell MA (Oxon).

He studied History at Oxford and Fine Art at Leeds. He then travelled and studied in the USA with a Churchill Award. A former College Vice-Principal, he now lectures at the University of Liverpool and for Adult Residential Colleges. He organises and leads Country House tours and also tries to find time to do research at Chatsworth.

Society meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at Samlesbury Hotel, Preston New Road, Preston, PR5 0UL.  However, for now lectures will be delivered online via Zoom.

We are a member of The Arts Society. To find out more click Here

Registered Charity No. 514394

Upcoming Programmes

    • 08/09/2021

      Tamara de Lempicka -Mistress of Art Deco – Claire Walsh

      Tamara de Lempicka dazzled Parisian artistic circles in the 1920s and 30s and seduced with her stylish portraits. These heady years saw her immortalise the atmosphere of wealth and decadence of Paris. Other painters oscillated between Cubism and Fauvism, but de Lempicka was one of the few to be able to embody the decorative style of Art Deco in her paintings. Stunningly beautiful, she engaged in the world of fashion and photography, as well as presenting herself as the quintessential modern, independent young woman. She was glamorous and notorious, but her extraordinary talent confirmed her reputation as one of the most iconic painters of her generation.

    • 13/10/2021

      The Magic of Pattern – David Phillips

      From the Alhambra to William Morris, patterns can be gorgeous, yet pattern has often been dismissed as “mere ornament” in comparison with painting. We will discover what a mistaken view that is as we look at the ideas that inspired some of the great pattern inventors and traditions from around the world. We’ll see that whilst some glorious effects depend on very simple patterning procedures, others can be wonderfully clever, as we watch patterns evolving across the screen in beautiful animations.