January 2020

Happy New Year to you all !

Our first lecture on Monday 20 January starting at 7:30 pm will be - TANTRUMS & TIARAS presented by Nigel Bates.
Nigel takes a look at life backstage at London's Royal Opera House and the tribulations and triumphs of working with the Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet Companies.
It should be an entertaining and interesting lecture - for more information click HERE

Review of Trip to Windsor Castle in December - by Val Cooke

Our first call was to Baddesley Clinton, in the Forest of Arden,an exciting discovery with a wonderful history, once owned by Anne Vaux, who was a loyal Catholic and who made it into a safe house for Catholic priests in the 1590s. The historic paintings and the beautifully painted leather wall coverings from the sixteenth century in an upstairs room were fantastic and well worth a visit.
In Windsor the Changing of the Guard caught our attention, and then it was on to St George's Chapel. The current building was started in 1475 by Edward IV and finished just fifty years later by Henry VIII. The chapel and its surrounding buildings belong to the Dean and Cannons of Windsor who care for the fabric of the buildings. There is much to see, many chapels to Kings and Queens and famous people and we finished by hearing a local choir singing carols.
Then it was on to the main attraction -Windsor Castle was beautifully decorated for Christmas and we were able to wander through the rooms and view all the wonderful portraits, furniture and decorations in our own time. Afterwards we went into the town for a meal and a sit down!
The next day it was on to Waddesdon Manor which for me was the highlight of the trip and an absolute delight. We arrived in good time and after leaving the coach wandered up towards the Manor, past the fantastic Christmas Market.  
The theme this year was the Twelve Days of Christmas. Each room had a very tall Christmas tree reaching to the ceiling, beautifully dressed in a theme from one of the verses.   It was amazing and as we passed through each room with a different theme it seemed impossible that the wonderfully dressed trees could continue. But they did. The lights twinkled and sparkled complimenting it all and the whole thing was an absolute joy.
Thanks to Roz for all her hard work, organisation and enthusiasm!
Visits and Tours for 2020

A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY!     Day trip to Newcastle - Wednesday 22 April
  •  A visit to The Great North Museum - a museum of natural history and ancient civilisations, featuring a British Museum Touring Exhibition - Ancient Iraq: new discoveries.
  • The Laing Gallery - Highlights include paintings by William Holman Hunt, Edward Burne-Jones and other PRB artists; watercolours of national importance (including JMW Turner), decorative art collection, and outstanding local paintings.
  • The Biscuit Factory  - the UKs largest independent commercial art, craft, and design gallery  
Great buildings, great collections and exhibitions, something for everyone!  More information will be available at the meeting on 20 January, bookings will be taken in February.
Invitation from Saltaire Arts Society to observe classes at Northern Ballet Academy
As part of our Young Arts activity our Saltaire Society sponsors students of the Academy at Northern Ballet. This is one of the few CATs (Centres of Advanced Training) in Dance in the North of England. Our members are privileged to be allowed to visit to observe Saturday dance classes and we invite interested members from other Societies in the North East to join us. We are giving plenty of notice to help make that possible.

 Where?  Northern Ballet, Quarry Street, Leeds LS2 7PA (behind the West Yorkshire Playhouse, opposite the Leeds College of Music and BBC Yorkshire.) Train Station is 15/20 minutes walk, Bus Station 2/3 minutes walk - or use the Victoria (John Lewis)  Multi-Storey Car Park, LS2 7AS
When? Saturday March 28th 2020, Assemble in the foyer by 1.00 ready to observe classes between 1.15 and 2.45.
What?   We will sit in on three dance classes each with a different teacher and live music: Ballet for 12-13 years, Ballet for 11 years and Contemporary Dance for 14-16 years.  
Refreshments: Arrive by 12.00/12.15 if you wish to order a light lunch or drink from the cafe. A private room will be provided for us to eat food from the cafe or your own picnic.
Cost: £5. Places are limited so please book early by contacting Sheila Bielby- 01274 541015 or sheila.bielby@talktalk.net 

A wonderful opportunity to see the ballet stars of the future!!
Sad News      
We have recently learned that Joan Fox, a long standing member and former committee member died suddenly in early December. Our thoughts are with Joan's family and friends.
Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate
The Mercer Art Gallery is the final destination for the 'Northern Exposure' touring exhibition following in the footsteps of JMW Turner's own tour of the north in 1797.
Open from 18 January to 19 April, click HERE for details.
AND FINALLY.......NIDD VALLEY ARTS SOCIETY NEEDS YOU!!!   the committee are looking to attract new members to our society, can you help?  
  • Do you belong to other interest groups or societies? Could you spread the word by taking a few flyers or posters along to promote our wonderful group?
  • Do you know of any community buildings where we could place posters?
Do you know of any newsletters/websites where we could advertise?

If you can help, please email any information to:  niddvalley@theartssociety.org   or  speak to Vivienne Skinner or Susan Collinson before the lectures.


Summer 2019

August is the month when our subscriptions are due, so it seems a natural time to look back over 2019 and remind ourselves of some of the talks we have enjoyed since 2018 , and what a wonderful eclectic set of talks we have had – the very best of them being interesting, informative, surprising, sometimes horrifying and astonishing and at their heart every one of us has learned something new.

Talks as diverse as The Influence of Japanese Prints on the Western Art World, American Impressionism, a Norman Rockwell Christmas, A fascinating talk on how paintings and artefacts are stolen and how it is all disposed of, the amazing Wentworth Woodhouse, Chatsworth and the Devonshires and we still have Laura Knight, Life and Art in Paris, English artists from Francis Bacon to Graham Sutherland and Art in the Second World War, and finally for 2019 a talk on the Victorians and what they thought about death.

Truly something for everyone  and a very rewarding two years of art in all its complexity and fascination.

Here’s to 2020 – I can’t wait