The Arts Society launched its Talks on Tyneside

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A Newcastle/Gateshead initiative, the Great Exhibition of the North opened on 23 June with a magnificent light show created by drones and firework displays over the River Tyne.  The following Thursday 28 June, however, the action moved to Newcastle city centre when The Arts Society launched its Talks on Tyneside, part of the ‘Inspired by’ programme of the Great Exhibition.  

Held at the Tyneside Cinema, the venue provided a cool haven from the searing heat of the city, whilst the opportunity to chat with guests and other members of the audience over a glass of wine made a welcome start to the evening.  Jennifer Harding-Edgar, a trustee, introduced The Arts Society and spoke enthusiastically about our organisation before handing over to the Rt. Rev. Christopher Herbert, who gave a fascinating and thought-provoking talk on Raoul Dufy, an artist whose talent and wonderful use of colour are surprisingly little known.

At the same time as the Talks on Tyneside are taking place, we are delighted that The Arts Society has a display in Newcastle Cathedral, where the public can pick up leaflets on how to become a member and about our volunteering work.

More details of the Talks on Tyneside can be found on the national website, whilst the cathedral display will remain in place throughout the Great Exhibition of the North.  


Lizzie Darbyshire

The Arts Society Steering Committee

‘Inspired by’ programme: Great Exhibition of the North


Programme of Events

To coincide with the Great Exhibition of the North, The Arts Society and its local groups are presenting a series of talks at Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne, this summer.

Talks include:

Raoul Dufy: Cradled by Music and the Sea
with The Rt Revd Christopher Herbert

Conceptual Art: Whatever were they thinking about?
with Raymond Warburton

Faber and Faber: 90 Years of Excellence in Cover Design
with Toby Faber

From Garbo to Garland: The Magical Art of Hollywood
with Dr Geri Parlby

Food & Art through the ages: From Renaissance Sugar Sculpture to 3D Printing
with Tasha Marks

Those CRAZY years: Life and Art in Paris during the Jazz age
with Linda Collins

The Cult of the South Pacific: From Cook to Gauguin
with Leslie Primo

All the events are listed on our Eventbrite page 

Open to both Members and Non-Members. Tickets are £10.

Join us to discover what The Arts Society has to offer!