Welcome to The Arts Society North Bedfordshire

After visiting this page which gives an overview of our programme, please also visit our more detailed website for further information about what we do and to find a range of information about the arts. 

Our 2022 Programme 

Jan 25th - Claire Walsh: Winston Churchill the artist. The role art played in Churchill’s personal and political life as he produced over 500 works, landscapes from the Riviera to Blenheim, Chartwell and Marrakesh which sell for enormous sums today.

Feb 22nd - Joanna Banham: a Decorative Art: the History of Wallpapers. The most ephemeral and least precious of decorations dating back to the 16th century, they encompass a huge range of beautiful patterns, made by the best-known designers, some anonymous, for grand and also more ordinary homes.

March 29th - Rosamund Bartlett: Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes. Established in Paris in 1909, the fabled company brought about a revolution in classical dance, dazzling to the eye, which has had a lasting influence on all the Arts.

April 26th  - Toby Faber: 90 years of Excellence in Cover Design. Founded in 1925, Faber and Faber has built a reputation as one of London’s most important literary publishing houses. The founder’s grandson will tell us the story which includes TS Eliot among other major literary figures.

May 31st - Paul Rabbitts: A History of London’s Royal Parks. The story of all eight parks, from monarchy ownership to the present day, and the major historic events and moments with which they are associated.

June 28th - Sophie Mathews: Music in Art. How early musical instruments are portrayed in art, their symbolism and how they reflect their age; selected works will be explored and then live demonstrations given on replica instruments.

Sept 27th - Siân Walters: Raphael, A Master in the Making. Raphael had a meteoric rise to fame, from his birthplace in Urbino, to Rome where he created sublime work for Pope Julius 11, dying at at 37, a master of the High Renaissance.

Oct 25th - Doug Gillen:    Banksy, Bristol and beyond. The internet has made unknown figures and street artists global superstars. We see how this happened, with particular focus on the enigmatic Banksy.

Nov 29th - Jane Angelini: Symphonies in Colour, The Mosaics of Ravenna. Ravenna with its cluster of 5th and 6th century churches, baptistries and mausoleums contains some of the finest examples of early Christian art, a kaleidoscopic array of glittering wall mosaics.

Date of 2022 Special Interest Day:

19th May -  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. You may also be interested to visit the Faberge exhibition at the V&A


We have this web page within th Arts Society website. We also have a more detailed website with further information. Pleas visit this more detailed 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