The Arts Society West Cornwall

Our Next Lecture will be after Easter on the 20th April 2023.

Mark Fisher - A History of Arts Criticism; From Aristotle to Facebook

In this lively lecture, author Mark Fisher will introduce the principles of arts criticism and show you how to put them into practice. You’ll journey from the present day into the past, learning lessons from history about how to think about the arts. He’ll ask questions about the place of the artist, the role of the critic and the ways in which all of us can discuss the art we enjoy in a productive and creative way.

Do you want to join us? - Become a member in 2023 or buy a guest ticket - click here


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!


Live lectures take place in main theatre at the Zennor Building at Penwith College. Doors open at 6:45pm - 7:30pm talk commences. Refreshments in the Refectory.

We welcome guests at our lectures and we’d love to see you. You can see the upcoming lectures, become a member and book event tickets here!

Visiting TAS Members £5 on the door or reserve online - here

Pigments + Saturnalia + Arts & Crafts + Arts Critquing + Surrealists + Titian some of the subjects our talks cover in 2023 - 10 lectures/montly trips & events/ members perks.


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Membership rates are :

Annual Membership Single £55

Annual Joint at same address £100

Annual Students £21

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Zennor Building, Penwith College
St Clare
United Kingdom

TR18 2SA


7.30pm - 2nd Thursday of the month


The Eagle House Hotel
PL15 8BA

Merchant House, Launceston's History Self-drive Day with Lunch