The Arts Society Isle of Wight will soon be starting its 40th anniversary season of lectures and events.

The Arts Society (formerly known as NADFAS) is a leading national organisation, dedicated to the support and promotion of the decorative and fine arts. Expert speakers give illustrated lectures at monthly meetings and share their specialist knowledge about the arts in general.

The Arts Society Isle of Wight will shortly be launching its new season on Tuesday 28th September, and celebrating its 40th year of operation. As a complement to this, the Society also offers social events for the benefit of members and occasional day visits to places of interest.

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From time to time longer excursions are arranged for several days, in the UK or abroad. 1 or 2 study days are also in course of preparation.

Having not been able to hold meetings in person since March 2020, the Society can now offer a full programme of lectures and events at its new venue, Northwood House in Cowes.

The first lecture to take place, Cirque Medrano; Renoir, Degas and Lautrec hosted by Paul Chapman, looks at the legendary Paris circus, from its beginning in 1875 until its closure in 1963. It was integral to Paris life and culture, attracting writers, painters and poets.

Many artists, including Renoir, Lautrec, Degas and Picasso were inspired by, and captured, the magic of the circus. This is an intriguing journey of the Cirque Medrano’s history seen through the eyes of the Montmartre artists.

The lecture will begin at 14:15 on 28th September.

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Existing and new members will be warmly welcomed. For further information see or contact the Membership Secretary at [email protected] .

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