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.
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 2022-23 season will be £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.
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.
Our Bristol Society lectures are usually on the evening of the 2nd Tuesday of the month. We are now back in-person at Redmaids' High in either Redland Hall or The Performing Arts Centre. Doors open at 7:30pm, lecture starts promptly at 8pm. Lectures are open to all members of The Arts Society Bristol and we welcome guests for a small donation. Please notify guest names (via our Contact Us form) &/or ask for Zoom link no later than lunchtime on the day of each lecture. Thank you.
Our first lecture last season featured Nomadic Tribes in Iran and Afghanistan with Brian MacDonald bringng some beautiful examples of rugs, kilims, and salt bags for us to see! Our final lecture was a tour of the stained glass in the City Of London with Anna Warrilow - click here for these wonderful examples to seek out on your next visit.
See here for our proposed 2022-23 programme.
Book now for our June 22nd Study Day Visit to Chastleton House (NT) and the Corinium Museum in Cirencester. This visit includes a private tour of the Jacobean gem, largely unchanged in 400 years, and an introduction to the fascinating collection of Roman and other Cotswold history. Click here for details and booking form.
Our postponed tour of Northern Italy has been re-arranged for this September. See here for details.
Our UK tour to Liverpool in March 2022 in partnership with Heritage Group Travel was much enjoyed by all members. See here for details.
Previous Visits. eg to Liverpool, Cambridge, Kent & the Balkans
Young Arts Projects are aimed at engendering an appreciation of the decorative and fine arts in young people.
In 2022, we have sponsored several projects already. On May 24th, we are invited to the Preludes concert (postponed since 2020) at St Mary Redcliffe Church and on June 16th, we are invited to see the Art Bytes exhibition at the Arnolfini.
Click here to see our FEBRUARY FOCUS item on our team working with Bristol Cathedral to restore the kneelers, seat cushions and stools from the choir stalls and now in the Berkeley Chapel. We are always interested in taking on new projects.
Lectures, Study Days, Visits
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