The Arts Society - West Gloucestershireprovides a welcoming place to hear expert lecturers share their specialist knowledge through a programme of Monthly Lectures covering topics such as painting, sculpture, architecture, music, drama, photography, historic houses, design, archaeology, furniture, gardens, silver, textiles and jewellery. Lectures are streamed live from Highnam Community Centre, via Zoom, for those wishing to attend remotely.
Visits are arranged to places such as art galleries, houses of historic interest, museums and gardens, often linked to one of the monthly lectures. Special Interest Days, usually consisting of 3 themed lectures, are organised for members wishing to expand their knowledge of a particular topic. Heritage Volunteering projects are arranged to help conserve and preserve our national heritage. Arts Volunteering projects are funded from the proceeds of the monthly raffle to encourage an interest in the arts by people of all ages. Members receive three issues of The Arts Society Magazine per year.
Meetings take place on the second Thursday of the month at Highnam Community Centre (Gambier Parry Hall), Newent Road, Highnam, Gloucester, GL2 8DG. There are no meetings in December (Christmas event), February (Special Interest Day) or August. Lectures begin promptly at 2pm. There are ample parking facilities, together with good disabled access and the venue is on a service bus route.
Visitors and guests are welcome to attend a maximum two meetings per Society year, Sept - Aug, either in person or via Zoom; a £7 donation is requested which will be refunded for guests who join at the end of the meeting or for Zoom guests who pay their subscription online on the day of the meeting.
Membership is not transferable. There is no joining fee. The annual subscription is due for payment on 1 September.
Subscription rates are reduced for new members joining during the year:
£50 per member - joining between 1 September - 31 December
£40 per member - joining between 1 January - 30 April
£28 per member - joining between 1 May - 31 August
For further information, including programme details for the current year, please visit our website.