Eastbourne News : January 2018

Eastbourne News : January 2018

9 Jan 2018 - 11:55 BY Vivienne Lester

One of the positive outcomes of the rebranding of the Society is we now have a dedicated area on The Arts Society website although we will continue with our traditional methods of keeping in touch with you.
With the rebranding process largely behind us now, we can look forward to an exciting period of growth as The Arts Society Eastbourne. Dorothy organised a highly successful ‘Rediscover your Society Day’ in October in which we invited the membership to participate more in the organisation of the society. Suggestions received on or around the day have resulted in the programme for 2018/19 reflecting the wishes of members, holidays (of which more later) and a Study Day at the Towner.
In addition, two members offered to join our committee and we welcome Jennifer Walker as shadow Hon Secretary and Chris Pulling as shadow Programme Secretary. This means that Dorothy and Vivienne now only have one job each which is a relief to both! We welcome Jennifer and Chris and hope that they enjoy their time on the committee as much as we do.
We intend to maintain our core function and continue to provide an outstanding monthly lecture programme in a friendly and welcoming environment while, at the same time, developing our charitable function by an exciting Young Arts programme, devising Study Days and reinstating the trips that we have been told by many are sorely missed!

Trip to Liverpool
Nick Clive-Matthews and David Lester offered to organise society holidays and when the membership were asked at the November meeting whether they would support these adventures there was enormous enthusiasm both for trips at home and abroad.
To arrange a trip in the spring was quite a feat but they have done it and many members have already signed up to go the Liverpool and the North-West in May 2018 – see “Events” page for further details.
Hopefully, trips to Bruges in September 2018 and to the Dutch Bulbfields in the spring of 2019 will follow.

Special Interest Days
The opportunity to study a subject in more depth than is possible at a lecture was also discussed. Some SIDs are organised Nationally and by our Area but travelling to these can be off-putting so we are going to organise one ourselves! The first one will be at the Towner Gallery and include study of Ravilious and will also give an insight into ‘behind the scenes at the Towner’.

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