STOP PRESS – CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK – UPDATE – 19th March, 2020

Due to government guidance to limit all but essential social contact, it will probably come as no surprise that we have reluctantly made the decision to cancel the following The Arts Society Samlesbury activities:

Outing Wednesday 29 April to Ghislaine & Michael Howard’s Studio in Glossop. A full refund will be sent to those booked onto this trip.

Lectures 13th May & 10th June.
The June AGM will be rescheduled as soon as Lectures resume.

Heritage Volunteers – Lancashire Infantry Museum at Fulwood Barracks
All sessions cancelled until further notice.

We will continue to check guidance and will resume normal services as soon as we can. Updates will be posted onto this 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.

Roger Mitchell at Shaw HillOur 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 of The Arts Society. To find out more click here.

Registered Charity No. 514394

Upcoming Programmes

    • 09/09/2020

      Dame Zaha Hadid – Anthea Streeter

      Before her untimely death in 2016, Dame Zaha Hadid was one of the most distinguished architects in the world. She was also a talented designer. As well as receiving numerous awards and academic honours, she won the Pritzker Prize for Architecture in 2004; the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011; and received the Royal Gold Medal in 2015.    Members who enjoy breathtaking images and have a keen interest in cutting edge design will be mesmerised by the daring yet brilliant structures of Dame Zaha Hadid.

    • 14/10/2020

      Dazzling Dufy: Invitation to a Luminous Feast with Raoul Dufy – Mary Alexander

      Raoul Dufy (1877-1953) was a key player in early twentieth century avant garde art, design and literary/theatrical circles in Paris. As a widely travelled polymath, Dufy’s charismatic personality, wit and curiosity about the world was infectious.

      His imagination and technical virtuosity – across a range of media including painting and lithography, posters, book illustration, theatrical set design, textiles and fashion, ceramics and large murals – cut across all conventional boundaries. Whether a small intricate woodcut illustrating a love poem, or the truly gigantic 1937 world fair murals depicting the role of electricity in the modern age, the effect is mesmerising.

      Dufy defies categorisation, constantly innovating and experimenting with new materials and effects. His analysis of the visual world is sophisticated and joyous in equal measure. Perhaps this goes some way to explain why some later critics fail to grasp its complexity and pigeonhole him a ‘decorative artist’, or misunderstand the irony in his witty yet gentle caricatures of elegant social life.