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 and real tours of exhibitions, lectures and cultural activities during the corona virus restrictions are on the Page entitled ‘NEWS’ These also include work from the Royal Ballet, the Royal Opera House and the Met in New York. They are regularly updated and open the door to so many wonderful experiences !

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

Please note

If you are a regular reader of the activities on the News page you will have noticed that there have been no additions recently – that is because we are having some difficulties with our website, which we hope to rectify soon. The only way I have been able to add the new list for this week is to delete all the previous posts. I do apologise for this but I am sure you prefer to access the current week.

TASNF Newsletter (8) October 2020

Dear Members,

Autumn has arrived and provided the opportunity to curl up with a good book, read The Arts Society magazine, watch some incredible art programmes on television and keep in touch, within our bubbles. These are interesting times, and we are so aware of this and the impact it has on you as our members.

I do hope you have enjoyed our first two lectures of the season. Our next Zoom lecture is a bit unusual: ‘Art behind bars, the role of the Arts in the cycle of Crime, Prison, and Re-offending’ by Angela Findlay on Monday 9th November at 10.30am. We have had particularly good reports about it.The link will be sent out the day before, as usual. If you would like to ask a question about the lecture, the best way is to type in your question to ‘everyone’ using the ‘chat’ button and send at the end of the lecture and we will then read out the question to the lecturer and ask them to respond.

Zoom has been an exciting development but what about our members who don’t have access to online, for whatever reason? We would love to know how you are getting on and the plan is for a committee member to telephone and have a catch up with you. We do have the facility to send you a written lecture provided by The Arts Society. It was mentioned in our communication questionnaire in the summer, please could you let me know if you would be interested and I will move this forward, tel: 02380 811657. My apologies for the delay!

With ‘getting together’ in mind, I see that one local society has been screening their Zoom lecture in their local hall. Could we do the same at Brockenhurst Village Hall?  In line with social distancing regulations, the limit is 50 people at any one time. Please could YOU let us know what you think about that idea? or let your committee member know when they phone you?

I’m sure you will have been enjoying Rose’s ‘TASNF Arts and News weekly suggestions’ via email or on our website, which has been keeping us up to date with diverse art events, including The Arts Society Richmond’s virtual ‘live’ Venice Walk held on October 19th. Links from other societies are becoming available too.

Finally, a word about our email communication with you: we use Mailchimp to send out our emails, they can be sent out all at once and are, more important, data protected but did you know that if you don’t click on it, after a while they remove you? This is a worry because contact via email is a great way for us to communicate with you.

In addition, please don’t forget the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Area Study Course – Journeys and Travel Reflected in Art, (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.

NB. The Arts Society ‘Lectures At Home’ series on The first one is by Peter Ross on 23rd October at 1 pm ‘From the Saxons to Mary Berry: A Visual History of the English Cookbook’ for one hour and only available at that time.

Our very, best wishes to you all and keep safe!
Diana Heatly


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