The Arts Society The Arts Society is currently screening its talks online. The most recent of these is Venice: Dressed and Undressed, a talk given by Sarah Dunant on the fabric trade in Venice at the turn of the 16 th  century. Virtual Museum Tours A selection of museums from across the world offering virtual tours of their collections and galleries (the above link) Tours include: The Louvre, The British Museum, The Met, The Rijksmuseum, Musee d’Orsay, John Paul Getty Museum, the Vatican Museum, Tate Britain, and the Van Gogh museum A more nationally focused site, this website includes links to The Courtauld Gallery, the Houses of Parliament, the National Gallery, and the Royal Academy of Arts. Website showing art from anywhere around the British Isles. An archive of art from all around the world. Project Gutenburg A library of 60,000 free e-books including the world’s greatest literature, available to download or read online Life Drawing Class BBC 4 is showing life drawing classes later this week for anybody to join in with. Poetry Gyles is involved in an organisation called Poetry Together, and every day he recites a different poem on his twitter account. Patrick Stewart is going through Shakespeare’s sonnets one by one and reading them in his Instagram account Stonehenge Skyscape The Stonehenge Skyscape shows how the Henge was used by our ancestors to chart the year using the Sun and stars. Theatre You can sign up for a 14 day free trial of Marquee TV, a performing arts streaming service with a catalogue of over 400 dance, opera, and theatre productions. More resources available directly from the Royal Shakespeare Company website The Met is streaming a recording of an opera every night for the foreseeable future, this week’s selection is Marriage of Figaro (4 th  of May), Hamlet (5 th ), L’amour de Loin  (6 th ), Capricco (7 th ), La Boheme (8 th ), “The Opera House” documentary (9 th ), and a double bill of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci on the 10 th . Every Thursday the National Theatre is uploading the full version of one of their broadcast productions for free. This week it is Frankenstein with Johnny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch. Art Documentaries An exhibition on Phillip II’s commissioned paintings from Titian opened in March at the National Gallery. Due to coronavirus it then closed 2 days later. This programme was made in conjunction with the exhibition, and can be seen for the next few weeks on BBC IPlayer. Du Fu lived during the 9 th  c. in central China. He has been heralded as the “Chinese Shakespeare”, children still being taught his poetry today. Museums in Quarantine: 4 programmes on different British exhibitions and museums in quarantine. A series of programmes from the BBC talking about the best art and architecture, focussing on a different city each week. The next episode is going to feature St Petersburg. On Tuesday 5 th  (Sky Arts, 9pm) Tintoretto: A Rebel in Venice airs, covering the life and times of the Italian master.
· · The Arts Society Borders
Welcome   to   Arts   Society   Borders.   Our   objective,   through   lectures   and   visits,   is   to   broaden   our knowledge and enjoyment of the decorative and visual arts. We   were   established   in   1990   and   have   a   programme   of   monthly   lectures   by   distinguished   visiting experts and special visits to places of interest often not open to members of the public.  We   welcome   new   members:   please   have   a   browse   through   the   site   to   see   what   we   have   planned   for the coming year.
Due to Coronavirus the April-June lectures
have been cancelled. We hope to be back to normal in September. The 2020-21 Lecture Programme is now on the Lectures page.
The Area Visit to South East Ireland (Monday 28th September to
Thursday 1st October 2020) is still planned.
We now have a Members Favourite Pictures page: please send yours to
To help you through lockdown, below are some ideas for arts-based
mental stimulation  (you can also download them here) and we also
have a Quiz