Arts Society Nidd Valley

Future Lectures

We have organised a programme of online lectures delivered by Accredited Arts Society Speakers for 2021, please see below for forthcoming lecture details. Members are emailed a link prior to the online lecture so that you can sit and enjoy them in the comfort of your own home, using Zoom or YouTube. 
If you are unsure about the technology, please email us on for assistance.
2021  Lecture Programme at a glance

2.00pm start unless otherwise stated below

8th March           MARK HILL

Curves, Colours & Cool : An Introduction to Mid Century Modern  

19th April           TIMOTHY WALKER

The Subtle Science & Exact Art of Colour in English Garden Design 

17th May             DR. KATE STRASDIN

Mariano Fortuny - Design Inspirations  

21st June         SIMON SELIGMAN 

Passions, Personalities and Patronage: Chatsworth and the story of the Devonshire family collection 1549 to present day

19th July             TOBY FABER

Faber & Faber   - 90 years of excellence in cover design

16th August - no lecture this month

September & October lecture details to be confirmed

15th November    JACOB MOSS 

Treasures of the fan museum 

Monday 8th March 2021 at 2.00pm

Mark Hill

Curves, Colours & Cool : An Introduction to Mid Century Modern

Unfortunately due to the limitations of Zoom the March lecture by Mark Hill has had to be changed. We apologise to those of you who were expecting a lecture on a Regency Dandy however the lecture we have chosen is a tried and tested one and very popular.

Why has the teak sideboard you threw out years ago suddenly become so desirable? Who or What is Eames Have you ever heard of Timo Sarpaneva ?

Well this entertaining lecture by Mark Hill looks at furniture, ceramics, glass, lighting and metalware. He talks about the key designers and discusses the revolutionary design movements they began.

Monday 19th April 2021  at 2pm

Timothy Walker

The Subtle Science & Art of Colour in English Garden Design

Since 1986 I have given 1,500 public lectures. This was originally part of my work as the director of the Oxford University Botanic Garden from 1988 to 2014.

Botanic gardens are often described as living museums, and a garden curator lectures about them the same way a museum curator lectures about their collections.

Since 2014 I have been a lecturer and tutor at Somerville College Oxford.

Gardens are often thought of as a place where science and art meet on equal terms and my lecture investigates the relationship between the two.



His lecture on the 19th April is called :

The Subtle Science & Art of Colour in English Garden Design

Why a garden can rank as fine art.

In 1888 Gertrude Jekyll wrote a short but seminal article in The Guardian in which she urged readers to ‘remember that in a garden we are painting a picture’ As an accomplished watercolour artist Miss Jekyll was familiar with the principles of using colours, but she felt that in gardens these principles ‘had been greatly neglected’

This talk looks at how to apply these principles in designing a border, but it also looks at the ways in which a border is different from a painting.