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The Arts Society West Cornwall


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.

Every year we hold a wide ranging and fascinating programme of lectures, visits, workshops and social events. We are not a society of artists or craftspeople, but of people who share a curiosity for the arts. Our members (who do include artists and craftspeople) are interested in all art-related disciplines including painting, sculpture, music, literature, ceramics, and architecture. We try and ensure that the programme has something of interest to everyone and with such a committed and enthusiastic membership there’s always something new and exciting going on!

Until further notice,our lectures take place digitally online using video-conferencing product Zoom rather than at the lecture theatre in the Zennor Building at Penwith College. This will allow our members to see and hear the lectures using a computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone. All lectures will be LIVE starting at 7:30pm. They will not be available to view at any other time. We hold a Coffee Morning digitally via Zoom the morning after each lecture where members can get together online to say hello and discuss the lecture from the night before. Any events we organise will also be held diditally online until further notice. Please look out for your member invitation emails the day before the lecture which will give the link to follow for the lecture.

Please look through our Gallery of photographs from past events and check out our upcoming events. We welcome guests at our lectures & we’d love to see you (please see individual events for availability and pricing).

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TO JOIN OUR LOCAL SOCIETY for 2021, you can use the MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORM under ATTACHMENTS. Alternatively, please contact us below.

For membership in 2020 or for membership renewal, please contact us below.



Zennor Building, Penwith College
St Clare
United Kingdom

TR18 2SA


7.30pm - 2nd Thursday of the month



Why did mid-20th century mainstream Modernist architects see painting and sculpture as anathema to their designs?


This illustrated lecture looks at four of these events and discusses the guests, their inventive costumes and exquisite jewellery.