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Next lecture is on May 11 : Foreigners in London 1520 to 1677 (Leslie Primo)

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Based in a city region of enterprise, innovation and diversity, The Arts Society Bristol seeks to enhance and extend enjoyment of the arts through rigorously selected lecturers and local volunteering, backed by a national team of specialist support.

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Our membership year runs from 1 July to 30 June and the annual subscription includes our lectures on a wide range of subjects - from Banksy and Botticelli to Tigers in Arts via Prehistoric Potters - and membership of the national Society with their excellent magazines (posted directly to members), various additional lectures and other information of interest.
In addition to the lectures, we usually organise 2 Study Days a year and visits, all of which tend to book up rather quickly and we have a variety of volunteering projects; we are particularly proud of our Church Recording and Youth projects.



Our annual subscription for the full 2020-21 season is £47 which covers all our lectures from September to May and also includes membership of The Arts Society. We also ask for a one-off joining fee (usually £10) to help with administration costs. If planning to join us for the remainder of the 2020-21 season, please contact us for a revised subscription. If possible, electronic payment is preferable; please contact us for the link to our online application form or for "print & post" forms. Note that Visits and Study Days are charged for separately.
Gift Aid enables us to claim 25p for every £ of subscription. If you pay UK Income Tax, we would appreciate it if we can claim it on your subscription.

Redland Hall


Our Bristol Society lectures, usually on the evening of the 2nd Tuesday of the month, are normally held in person. However, we are currently presenting our lectures via the digital platform Zoom although we do hope to return to Redmaids' High in the autumn. The relevant links are circulated in our ASB newsletters just before each lecture. Lectures are open to all members of The Arts Society Bristol and we welcome guests for a small donation. See 2020-21 topics and dates.

Redmaids' School site details

May 11 Lecture

Next Lecture “Foreigners in London 1520 to 1677”

May 11th 8pm (via Zoom)

with Leslie Primo. Why were foreigner painters preferred by the aristocracy in London to native-born English painters, why did foreigners come in the first place, what was their motivation, and what was their impact on English art and art practise?

The zoom link will be sent to members and guests in our newsletter a few days before each lecture.

Study Day

Study Days

We additionally hold Study Days with selected lecturers which enables to delve more deeply into a particular subject. Unfortunately, none are currently scheduled due to the Covid-19 situation.

Examples of previous such days include visits to "The Theatre Royal Bath – A Georgian Gem" and "The Pitt-Rivers Museum, Oxford - Ethnographic Art: The Afterlife of Global Objects" and a fascinating "hands-on Rococo Silver experience".

Previous Study Days.

Autumn Tour


In previous years we have promoted short term visits to UK and European destinations, organised for us by Heritage Travel. Tours have unfortunately been rescheduled due to Covid-19, but it is expected that the tour to Northumberland may be able to proceed in October 2021. Some places are still available for this tour - please ask for details. It is also hoped that a tour of Northern Italy can be arranged in the Spring of 2022 if circumstances allow.

Previous Visits. eg to Cambridge, Kent & the Balkans

YA at Southmead

Young Arts

Young Arts Projects are aimed at engendering an appreciation of the decorative and fine arts in young people.

For example: the photo shows the result of our project at Southmead Hospital

Previous YA projects.

Repairs at Bristol Cathedral

Heritage Volunteering

Our Heritage Volunteers are at work in Bristol Cathedral to restore the kneelers, seat cushions and stools from the choir stalls. And we are always interested in taking on new projects.

After 40 plus years as an activity within the Arts Society, Church Recording now comes under the auspices of the Church Recording Society. Most Church Recording Groups continue to be a volunteering activity of their local Arts Society.

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