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. 
If you are unsure about the technology, please email us on for assistance.
2022 Lecture Programme at a Glance
 Lectures will start at 7.30pm

Monday 21st February      Andrew Hopkins    The Guggenheim

Monday 21st March          Simon Rees      The Welsh National Opera 

Monday 25th April         John Francis       Alfred Hitchcock

Monday 16th May           Mary Alexander    Dazzling Dufy

Monday 20th June         Howard Smith     Rupert the Bear

Monday 18th July        Julia Musgrave    Vanessa Bell and the Bloomsbury Group

Monday 19th September   Malcolm Jones    Noel Coward: Mad About the Boy

Monday 17th October        Michael Howard   Walter Sickert: The Disturbing Story

Monday 21st November   Anna Bianco     Paintings of Henri Rousseau

Monday 21st February 2022 at 7.30pm

 Andrew Hopkins


The Guggenheim family managed to amass extraordinary art collections. The lecturer examines the celebrated museums as well as the stunning works they display.

Monday 21st June 2021 at 2pm

Simon Seligman

Venice to Sheffield:

John Ruskin's passion for Art, Craft and Social Justice

Simon Seligman - Studied art and architectural history at Warwick University including a semester in Venice. He is a graduate of the Attingham Summer School. His main area of interest is Chatsworth House, The Devonshire collection, the Duchess of Devonshire and associated topics. Including lecturing at the Metropolitan Museum and the National Gallery of Art. Simon also lectures on John Ruskin and works part time for the John Ruskin's charity - The Guild of St George .He is a trustee of three arts festivals and he is a Life Coach.

He has lectured for Nidd Valley on more than one occasion, but this time his lecture is  'From Venice to Sheffield : John Ruskin's passion for art, craft and social justice'

Inspired by the bicentenery of the birth of John Ruskin (1819-1900) in 2019 this lecture celebrates the extraordinary life and work of the visionary Victorian. As writer, teacher, artist, collector, patron and critic Ruskin was perhaps the most complete polymath of the 19th century. Perhaps most famous as a champion of Turner and huge admirer of Venice. His ideas inspired the Arts & Crafts Movement and the founding of the National Trust.

This lecture spans Ruskin's life and work from the timeless and global to the intimate and exquisite - to paint a portrait of a great life'

Monday 19th July at 2pm

Toby Faber

Faber & Faber

90 years of excellence in cover design

Toby Faber - Is an experienced lecturer and public speaker. His career began with Natural Sciences at Cambridge through investment banking, management consulting and 5 years as managing director of the publishing company founded by his grandfather. He is also the non executive Chairman of Faber Music and a director of Liverpool University Press. Toby has written works on Stradivarius, Faberge' Eggs and Faber & Faber the untold story.

His lecture 'Faber & Faber - 90 years of excellence in cover design' - 'Since its foundation in 1925, Faber & Faber has built a reputation as one of London's most important literary publishing houses. TS Eliot was part of their editorial team at one stage.

This lecture traces the history of Faber & Faber through its illustrations, covers and designs, with innovations like Ariel Poems - which were single poems beautifully illustrated and sold in their own envelopes. The company's art director in the 50s and 60s Berthold Wolpes 'Albertus font' is still used on City of London road signs to this day. Along the way Faber & Faber have employed some of our most celebrated artists - from Rex Whistler and Barnett Freedman to Peter Blake and Damien Hirst. Faber & Faber is the last of the great publishing houses to remain independent. '

Monday 20th September at 7.30pm

Caroline Knight on The Palaces of William & Mary

Het Loo & Hampton court.

Caroline Knight Is an Architectural Historian, trained at the Courtauld and specialising in the 16th to 18th century English & Scottish architecture. She lectures at the V & A, is a lecturer for the Art Fund and the Royal Oak Foundation in the US of America.

Caroline has researched and written a history of Kensington Palace, has written several articles on architectural and social history contributed to a book on the Cecil family and a chapter of the Royal Academy .

Het Loo & Hampton Court

In 1685 William & Mary built Het Loo in the Netherlands - an impressive hunting lodge where their formal gardens have been beautifully restored .

In London in 1688 they used White Hall Palace at the beginning but soon bought what is now Kensington Palace as a retreat from court life.

They asked Christopher Wren to rebuild Henry Vlll 's building but Mary died in 1694 before it was completed.

The state rooms are a splendid example of Baroque interiors and the Privy Gardens which they overlook have been superbly restored.

Monday 18th October at 7.30pm

Shirley Smith on Caravaggio, Master of light and shadow

Shirley graduated from the University of East Anglia with a first Class Honours degree in the History of Art, specialising in the Italian and Northern Renaissance. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and lectures part time for both East Anglia & Cambridge Universities.

Shirley is particularly keen to set the art and architecture of the period in the context of the society for which it was produced

Caravaggio: The Master of Light & Shadow

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was a man out of step with his time. Scorning the idealised interpretations of religious subjects, he took his models from the streets round where he lived. His revolutionary style, dramatic personal life not to mention his uncontrollable temper were universally condemned.

In this lecture, Shirley studies the life and work of this enigmatic man and his influence on later artists.

Monday 15th November at 7.30pm

Jacob Moss      Treasures of the fan museum

Jacob graduated from the Reading School of Art with a BA (Hons) in Fashion and took up a position as Assistant to the designer Donald Campbell. In 2010 he returned to education and obtained a postgraduate degree with Distinction in Fashion Curation from the London College of Fashion, shortly afterwards joining the Fan Museum.

As the Museum's curator he is responsible for it's programmes and overseeing loans from the Museum's extraordinary collections to organisations such as the Palace of Versailles & the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In 2021 the Fan Museum is 30 years old and to celebrate this Jacob is curating a special exhibition of fans for the Museum of Fashion & Film in Atlanta Georgia.

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