Lectures

The lecture programme for 2020-2021 was seriously affected by Government Guidelines, so that the size of the audience in the Matthews hall had to be restricted to allow for social distancing, and in the end most lectures were viewed online using Zoom. There is still some uncertainty what the situation will be for the 2021-22 lecture programme, but the arrangements and etiquette for each lecture will be published on the Home Page.

The lecturer is chosen from the Art Society Directory by our Programme Secretary, Rob Forster. This is a joint decision made with The  Arts Society, Exeter, after consultation with the committee. All the lecturers have an established and national reputation, and are approved after auditions by The Art Society in London. Each year all the programme secretaries from the south west groups meet and give their opinions of any lecturers they have had that year.

The subjects for the lectures as defined by the Art Society are “The study of the history, social history, techniques and materials, design and manufacture and collections of: architecture, archaeology, painting, prints, sculpture, textiles, furniture, furnishings, costume, glass, jewellery, ceramics, enamel, metalwork, garden design and installation art; as well as the lives and influences of the artists, architects, craftsmen and patrons involved”.

Of course, the aim is to give variety across a range of subjects and to find interesting and amusing speakers!

Each lecture starts promptly at 10.45 a.m. Coffee is served between 10.15 a.m. and 10.40am

Visitors and guests are welcome by prior contact with the membership secretary, though we are restricted by the legal limits on the size of an audience in the hall. Therefore reluctantly, the Committee has decided that we must restrict the number of guests so that full members get priority. The limit on guests will be FIVE per lecture and potential guests must be registered with the Membership Secretary at least 24 hours before the talk. Unregistered guests who turn up on the day may have to be refused entry. The charge for guests is £5 per lecture. 

The lecture programme for 2020-2021 was seriously affected by Government Guidelines. There is still some uncertainty what the situation will be for the September lecture, but the arrangements and etiquette for each lecture will be published on the Home Page of this website as soon as there is certainty.