Welcome to The Arts Society North Bedfordshire

After visiting this page, please also visit our website for further information about what we do and to find a range of information about the arts. 

Our 2021 Lecture Programme 

26 January 2021: Adam Busiakiewicz - Robert Dudley: the Patronage and Collection of Elizabeth's Favourite: Kenilworth Castle and London houses: new standards for extravagant interiors, art and armour.

23 February: Barbara Askew - Gift and Gorgeousness: the Accession of George IV: Prince of Wales, Regent and King, George, he left a spectacular legacy to the Royal Collection.

23 March: Sandy Burnett - The Age of Jazz: the influences and impact of this musical genre on the twentieth century.

27 April: Nicola Moorby - Walter Sickert and the Camden Town Group: an innovative circle of painters, united by a desire to paint modern works.

25 May: Alexandra Epps - Art of Light: Stained Glass in the City of London: symbolism, spirituality and beauty in London’s historic churches.

22 June: Kate Aspinall - Picasso in Britain: Art, Politics and Outcry: connections between this prolific artist and a country on the verge of an artistic renaissance.

28 September: Neil Faulkner - Lawrence of Arabia - excavating a legend: new evidence from archaeological fieldwork, the true story of the Arab Revolt. By Zoom with our AGM also taking place by Zoom at 10.15 before the lecture.

26 October: Julia Musgrave - Caravaggio: Genius or Murderer?  - was it the violence of the times or his own violent spirit that inspired his art? Possibly delivered at the Addision Centre; arrangements to be confirmed. 

23 November:   Tom Newton - From Yuletide to Nativity: Christmas in Early England: the great midwinter festival and the archaeology of feasting. Possibly delivered at the Addision Centre; arrangements to be confirmed. 

NB: We currently have a reciprocal arrangement with The Arts Society Woburn Area that enables members to join the lectures of both societies. Details of the Woburn programme can be found here. 

Dates of 2021 Special Interest Days:

29 April - Aliki Braine - Making Masterpieces - exploring the painting secrets of Western European masterpieces from the Renaissance to the present day. Delivered by Zoom.

18 November -  John Benjamin - Faberge and At the Sign of the Falcon - exploring the artworks created by Carl Faberge and his workshops in St Petersburg and Moscow and the Arts and Crafts to Art Deco creations of jewellery designer, Harry Murphy, and his London workshop, the Falcon Studio. John will look at members’ jewellery in the post lunch session. Postponed to 19th May 2022. In place of this event, we are hosting an additional lecture that will be free to our members. This will be by Bertie Pearce on Friday, December 3rd at 11am via Zoom. The topic will be “A Dickens of A Christmas. God bless us everyone.”


Please also visit our website for further information about what we do and to find a range of information about the arts. 

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.

Please note that you need to apply to join us or any other local society even if you already are a supporter of the Arts Society at national level.

If you do wish to become a member or renew your membership, please contact us and we will arrange for our membership secretary to get in touch with you.


"Banner is a photo of Bedfordshire Lace from The Higgins, Bedford"


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

MK42 8PN


11.00am - 4th - Tuesday

Society Belongs to the BEDS & HERTS area