The Arts Society – New Forest

Welcome to The Arts Society New Forest.  As a society we are interested in furthering our knowledge of the fine arts.  We meet on a regular basis to enjoy lectures on a range of topics, delivered by renowned speakers.  Our interests are extended further when we study subjects in greater depth and go out on day visits and breaks away, both in Britain and abroad.

An important aspect of our society is our aim to offer the opportunity, within an artistic framework, to young people from the local community to explore and extend their personal knowledge.  Conservation of heritage is important to us too. A group of our members regularly meet to record for posterity, the fabric and artefacts of local places of worship.

Our society is a local branch of The Arts Society , an international charitable organization.


Ideas and suggestions for virtual tours of exhibitions, lectures and cultural activities during the corona virus restrictions are on the Page entitled ‘NEWS’ on the bar at the top of this page.

These also include work from the Royal Ballet, the Royal Opera House and the Met in New York. These  wonderful opportunities are all free.

They are regularly updated and open the door to so many wonderful experiences !

If you have any ideas or suggestions please email them to :


TASNF Newsletter (7) September 2020

Dear Members

We have run our first Zoom lecture and I am delighted to say that it was well attended and what a joy to see so many familiar faces in the Gallery view.

The Zoom subcommittee and other members of the committee have worked hard to learn new skills and find a way of sharing our lectures in these COVID times. My thanks to one and all.

We ran a couple of practice sessions and members learned to mute/unmute and to turn their camera/videos off. This was put into practice on September 14th. (We had a great response with camera/video off but it helps if you all do it, during the lecture, otherwise, we can see you reading the paper and all sorts!)

The Zoom subcommittee had a feedback session yesterday to address some teething problems. We came up with a few tips for our intrepid Zoomers:
1. During a Zoom lecture can you NOT press ‘Share Screen’ or ‘Switch to active speaking’, these buttons are for the lecturer!
2. Also, try ‘Speaker View’ rather than ‘Gallery View’ and you won’t see the other members during the lecture, just the slides and the small window with the lecturer in it.
3. We were so keen to see you all (its been too long!) and decided not to mute you all on entry but our lecturer has suggested that we do ‘mute’ you five minutes before the lecture begins, to give us all time to make sure that everyone is settled and everything is ready to go.
4. Finally, could I remind you that The Arts Society has asked that we NOT use the RECORD button because it contravenes copyright?

Our next lecture is ‘Titian-The First Modern Artist’ by Douglas Skeggs on October 12th, which should be another treat (the Patricia Hallett Memorial lecture). We welcome you all to join us then and do feel free to have friends watch it with you! The Zoom link will be sent on October 11th.

The ‘New Members’ Coffee morning will take place on October 26th at 10am but we are not sure whether it will take place at Brockenhurst Village Hall yet or whether we will be on Zoom, we will let you know nearer the time.

You will be delighted to hear that The Arts Society Hampshire and Isle of Wight Area are going ahead with their November study days but they will be on Zoom:

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Area Study Course – Journeys and Travel Reflected in Art
The study course of five one-day meetings seeks to explore the strong relationship between travel and art not only in the illustrative sense, but also art which arises from the experience of the journey itself.  This year’s course is dedicated to its founder, Jean Bolton, who died late last year at the great old age of 98.

Dates: 5 Nov, 13 Nov, 20 Nov, 27 Nov, 4 Dec 2020
Venue: Online via Zoom. Each day will be available for viewing for 7 days afterward
Time:  10.30am – 3:30pm (approx)
Cost:  £60 for 5 days or £12 per day

Bookings are now open and the Booking Form can be found here

Travel and Cultural Exchange in the Middle Ages
Thursday 05 November 2020

By Sally Dormer 
Travel Broadens The Mind: the travels of Artists 
and Patrons from the 17th to the early 19th Centuries 
Friday 13 November 2020
By Clare Ford-Wille
The Renaissance: Travel and Artistic Exchange 
Friday 20 November 2019
By Paula Nuttall
Beyond the Grand Tour: Victorian adventurers to Art Deco fashionista 
Friday 27 November 2020
By Anne Anderson

Russia’s Artistic Journey to Europe 
Friday 04 December 2019
By Rosamund Bartlett

More information can be found on the H&IOW Area website Study Days pages

Do keep looking out for our weekly ‘Arts and New Suggestions’ either via email or on our website
Please keep safe.

Best wishes
Diana Heatly