The Arts Societyhttps://theartssociety.org/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 16th century. Virtual Museum Tourswww.housebeautiful.comA 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 museumwww.londonist.comA 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.https://artuk.org/Website showing art from anywhere around the British Isles.https://artsandculture.google.com/An archive of art from all around the world.Project Gutenburgwww.gutenberg.orgA library of 60,000 free e-books including the world’s greatest literature, available to download or read onlineLife Drawing ClassBBC 4 is showing life drawing classes later this week for anybody to join in with.Poetrywww.gylesbrandreth.netGyles is involved in an organisation called Poetry Together, and every day he recites a different poem on his twitter account.https://www.instagram.com/sirpatstew/?hl=enPatrick Stewart is going through Shakespeare’s sonnets one by one and reading them in his Instagram accountStonehenge Skyscapewww.english-heritage.org.ukThe Stonehenge Skyscape shows how the Henge was used by our ancestors to chart the year using the Sun and stars.Theatrewww.marquee.tvYou 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.www.rsc.org.ukMore resources available directly from the Royal Shakespeare Company websitewww.metopera.orgThe Met is streaming a recording of an opera every night for the foreseeable future, this week’s selection is Marriage of Figaro (4th of May), Hamlet (5th), L’amour de Loin(6th), Capricco (7th), La Boheme (8th), “The Opera House” documentary (9th), and a double bill of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci on the 10th.https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/nt-at-homeEvery 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 Documentarieshttps://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000h3g5/titian-behind-closed-doorsAn 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.https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000h3dq/du-fu-chinas-greatest-poetDu Fu lived during the 9th c. in central China. He has been heralded as the “Chinese Shakespeare”, children still being taught his poetry today.https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/m000hqmn/museums-in-quarantineMuseums in Quarantine: 4 programmes on different British exhibitions and museums in quarantine.https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b08p2c05/an-art-lovers-guideA 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 5th (Sky Arts, 9pm) Tintoretto: A Rebel in Venice airs, covering the life and times of the Italian master.
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 firstname.lastname@example.orgTo 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.