The Society was established in 1974 and follows the NADFAS ethos of providing first class lectures, days of special interest, cultural visits and holidays.
Our President is Roger Mitchell MA (Oxon), pictured right at a Christmas Lunch, Shaw Hill.
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.
Coffee is served from 10:00 to 10:30am, followed by a lecture which starts at 10:45am and finishes at approximately noon.
We are a member society of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies. To find out more about NADFAS click here.
Registered Charity No. 514394
Churchill the Artist – Dr. Claire Walsh
In 1915 Churchill was rescued from depression by the ‘muse of painting’. Painting was the mainstay that enabled one of our greatest national leaders to achieve what he did. Churchill’s paintings record landscapes from the Riviera, to Blenheim, Chartwell and Marrakech. The most fascinating aspects of this exploration of a talent beyond the mere amateur is the role it played in his personal and political life, the restorative power of the process of painting, and the insight it allows us into the art of his age. Churchill took lessons from Lavery, Sickert and Nicholson, and the choices he made tell us much about the colour, texture and direction of art in the early-twentieth century
Duc de Berry and his Glorious Hours – Shirley Smith
Jean, Duc de Berry was the son of the King of France and ruled over one of the most glittering courts of Europe. A great patron, he also commissioned some of the most beautiful works of art of the 14th and early 15th centuries, the most renowned today being the illuminated manuscript of the Très Riches Heures by three Flemish artists, the Limbourg Brothers. 2016 will be the 600th anniversary of the death of Jean de Berry and his three artists so a perfect reason to look again at the life of this illustrious duke and how it was reflected in this beautiful manuscript and, in turn, its influence on future artists.