Welcome to The Arts Society North Bedfordshire

About us:

Our Society brings people together through a shared curiosity for the arts.

Our events provide welcoming places to hear expert lecturers share their specialist knowledge about the arts.

Our members contribute to and preserve our artistic heritage through volunteering and grants.

Our work creates a better, healthier and more connected society.

Membership and other enquiries:

You can email us at northbedsdfas@gmail.com if you have an enquiry or wish to join. Please note you need to join us as a local society even if you already are a supporter of theArts Society at national level.

If you do enquire about becoming a member, we will arrange for our membership secretary to contact you to discuss matters about joining. We have a waiting list of potential new members but can often accommodate new members within a reasonable space of time. 

Lectures in 2020:

Tuesday January 28th - Aliki Braine: Still Life: A History. Charting the rise in popularity of independent still life paintings from the Renaissance to the present day.

Tuesday February 25th - Frank Woodgate: 'Everything is art, everything is politics' Ai Weiwei. The provocative and often beautiful work of this Chinese artist in the context of dissident art in China, Europe and South America.

Tuesday March 24th - Suzanne Fagence Cooper: To See Clearly: Why Ruskin Matters. How the works of John Ruskin can teach us to see our own world more clearly.

Tuesday April 28th - Brian Stater: Photography as Fine Art. Should we accept the very best photographs as Fine Art?

Tuesday May 26th- AGM at 10 am followed by Peter Medhurst: Beethoven commemoration. A celebration - Beethoven would have been 250 years old on December 17th, 2020.

Tuesday June 23rd - Buffet lunch after lecture - Ian Swankie: Pots and Frocks - The World of Grayson Perry. An examination of Perry's work, his exciting and thought-provoking exhibitions, and the unique character inside the flamboyant frocks.

Tuesday September 22nd - Tom Duncan: The Paintings and Watercolours of Ireland.  James Latham, Hugh Douglas Hamilton, Thomas Roberts, William Ashford, James Barry, Daniel Maclise, William Orpen, Jack Butler Yeats and others - a visual treat!

Tuesday October 27th - Sophie Oosterwijk: The Rijksmuseum. 8,000 objects of art and history on display in this Dutch museum in Amsterdam, with masterpieces by Rembrandt, Hals and Vermeer.

Tuesday November 24th - Claire Walsh: The Christmas Tree: From Forest Fir to Festive Feature. The Christmas Tree presents us with over five centuries of art and meaning.


Tuesday March 3rd - W&H Peacock Auctioneers & Valuers Auction Centre. A daytime private visit and viewing of the Auction Centre and antique sale. A talk by the Auctioneer about the history and work of the centre followed by lunch. Own transport. (Booking at January & February lectures)

Wednesday May 6th - Windsor Castle and State Apartments. Visit to this historic castle and individual tour of the State apartments followed by free time in Windsor. (Booking at March & April lectures)

Tuesday June 9th - Wightwick Manor and De Morgan Gallery. Visit to a house bursting with Pre- Raphaelite and Arts and Crafts Treasures. Lecture by the curator of the new De Morgan gallery featuring works by Evelyn and William De Morgan. (Booking at April & May Lectures)

Tuesday December 3rd - Waddesdon Manor at Christmas. An afternoon/early evening visit to the Rothschild French style chateau decorated for Christmas. You can enjoy the illuminated gardens and façade and Christmas market. Seasonal refreshments will be available. (Booking at September & October lectures)

Special interest days at St Andrews Church Hall:

Thursday April 23rd - Jo Walton: Raphael: Genius of the Renaissance in Rome. Raphael had a short but astonishing career as painter, architect, administrator and superb draughtsman. Our day, arranged to coincide with the 500th anniversary of his death, will look in detail at his art and consider how and why his works continue to influence artists today. (Booking at February and March lectures)

Thursday October 22nd - Nigel Bates: The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden - An Inside View. Regarded as the flagship of the British Arts the ROH is also home to more than 1,000 people who produce opera and ballet for audiences from across the world. Secrets from behind the scenes in this elegant Victorian theatre will highlight costume, set design and production values as well as showing how these traditional arts have embraced our digital age. (Booking at June and September lectures)


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The Addison Centre, Addison Howard Park
Bedford Road
Kempston, Bedford
United Kingdom

MK42 8PN


11.00am - 4th - Tuesday