Online art lectures for over-70s

The Arts Society – formerly Nadfas – is today launching a series of free lectures online aimed at the over-70s.

The fortnightly lectures, The Arts Society Connected, are to be given on a new digital platform at by leading art historians, with the platform launching today with Las Meninas by Velázquez, recognised as one of the most important pictures in the history of Western art, given by the art historian and linguist Jacqueline Cockburn.

Subsequent lecturers will include BBC TV presenter and Antiques Road Show regular Mark Hill;  BBC broadcaster and art critic Sarah Dunant; the UK’s leading Aboriginal art expert and gallerist Rebecca Hossack; Tate museum curator and Turner Nicola Moorby;  and Antiques Road Show regular and Antiques expert Marc Allum. There will also be a monthly film screening in partnership with Exhibition on Screen – the first film screening will be the UK premier of Easter in Art.

Lectures will be uploaded every other Tuesday at 11am and will be free to all visitors to the site as well as the 90,000 members of the Arts Society.

The Arts Society has 380 individual membership groups and a large proportion of its membership is over 70, a group that will be forced to isolate over the coming months by the Covid-19 crisis.

“We are delighted to be able to connect with our members through our new digital initiatives” said Florian Schweizer, the society’s chief executive. “The Arts Society normally offers hundreds of live lectures every month and plays an important part in the lives of our 90,000 Members - for the coming months we are not able to do this. Our new platform, online lectures and online meetings make a vital contribution to engage with people who have been instructed to stay at home for the coming months. We want to recreate and promote a sense of community, belonging and connection during a time of isolation and distancing.

“We believe the arts have the power to bring people together, and we will not let this virus stop communities from enjoying the arts with each other. We are working with our thousands of volunteers to develop new skills and initiatives, building resilience and a future in which many of our Members will embrace digital as a valuable addition to their cultural experience.”


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