Our April, May and June lectures this year have been cancelled because of the Covid-19 outbreak. We are, however, going ahead with the planning a programme of lectures for next season which, in normal times, starts in the autumn after the summer break. It's too early to predict if we will be able to hold lectures from October this year but, as soon as things become clearer, details will be posted on this website.
Meanwhile, below is a copy of the letter that was sent to members earlier in April suggesting a few ways we can enjoy the Arts online.
KEEPING IN TOUCH WITH THE ARTS ONLINE
During these challenging times it is good to look ahead to a brighter future and to explore ways in which we can enjoy the world of the arts now.
We’re really looking forward to meeting up again to enjoy a lecture and a glass of wine when we are able to resume normal life but, in the meantime, we want to tell you about access to arts online. The committee and some members have put their heads together and come up with suggestions.
Firstly, keep in touch with The Arts Society by going to theartssociety.org and subscribe to the free online newsletter and find out how they are staying connected with 90,000 members during the coronavirus outbreak. You might also like to log on to our area site theartssociety-wessex.org where you can access the Wessex Area Newsletters .
All over the world galleries and museums are coming up with innovative ways you can share their collections. Log on to Google Arts and Culture and explore their website. They’ve partnered with 2,000 global art institutions, so lots of collections to browse. On You Tube you can find the excellent video walk-through of St Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum. Other museums that provide good virtual access are The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, The Frick Collection and the Guggenheim. Our own National Gallery, The Courtauld Gallery, The Royal Academy, V&A and The Wallace Collection also host virtual tours.
One of our members told us about an online newsletter called Museum Crush featuring illustrated articles and stories about objects and artists. It’s free to subscribe and anyone can sign up. https://museumcrush.org/
For informative and entertaining short video talks by the world’s leading experts on a diverse range of art topics go to henitalks.com
Lastly, you might like to know that The National Theatre at Home is showing a free production every Thursday night on YouTube. Also on YouTube, The Royal Opera House will be streaming free ballet and opera during the coronavirus outbreak. Go to https.://www.roh.org.uk/news/tags/live-stream for their programme.
We do hope you are all keeping well and look forward to seeing you all in the not too distant future.