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Dear Members

What challenging and unpredictable times we are living though! Many of us are of the age profile that remembers the second World War or the post-war years and, personally, it makes me realise more vividly what our parents and family probably felt. We now have a taste of what they must have gone through. It also reminds us all about the way people handle a crisis: for good or ill.

Obviously the recent events have created all sorts of confusion, disruptions and consequences, and the Arts Society has not escaped this. As you know, we have already cancelled the April and May lectures and have now sadly decided that we also need to cancel the June lecture and our Dawson's evening event in May. This means that our next planned lecture is Monday 14 September. So far, we intend to go ahead with this but we will continue to review the situation and keep you informed of any changes. 

The lecturers of the cancelled sessions and the Special Interest Day (SID) which had been planned for 27 April, have all been very understanding and are happy to feature in our 2021 programme instead. I am happy to report that this programme is currently being compiled. As you know, we will be refunding the payments for the SID, but please be patient with us as all procedures large or small are affected by the
current situation. 

Finally, to brighten our day a little, I am delighted to announce that whilst I have been writing this letter, I have taken a phone call from the Arts Society HQ in London, to be told that the Committee of the Arts Society Maidenhead has won the National Marsh Award for the best new Society Committee.  I am sure you will be as proud as we are. The award gives our Society £500 and there will be a ceremony of sorts later in the year. Further details to follow when we have them.

The committee members join me in sending our very best wishes to you and hope that you and your loved ones are coping in this dreadful situation. There will come a time, and let's hope it's not too far into the future, when we will resume our Society meetings and enjoy the world of art again: perhaps with even more enhanced appreciation after our enforced opportunities to enjoy so much art though technology and the media coverage. 

In her Majesty's recently quoted words from Vera Lynn, we will meet again, and when that time comes, we will give you the warmest of welcomes. 
Take care, 

Marsha Carey-Elms

Chair, the Arts Society Maidenhead 


Dear Members 



- not in any special order 
- the blue links will open the resource in a new window


1. The Arts Society Connected

This is an initiative by The Arts Society to show 'Lectures At Home'. The first one is available now, Dr Jaqueline Cockburn speaks about Las Meninas by Velazquez. 
Upcoming lectures are 
Sarah Dunant: 21 April 
Mark Hill: 5 May 
Nicola Moorby: 19 May
Marc Allum: 2 June

Rebecca Hossack: 16 June
Sandy Burnett: 30 June 

2. River and Rowing Museum collection online
You can explore the museum's collection of paintings, photographs, books and posters. One of the curators gives a short talk about the Jan Siberechts' painting, 'Henley from the Wargrave Road'. 

3. The Ashmolean Museum 
Explore a collection of short videos and articles on recent exhibitions (including some on the Last Supper at Pompeii Exhibition curated by Dr Paul Roberts who spoke to us about Pompeii in 2019). 

4. The Rijkes Museum, Amsterdam from home
Curators at the Rijkes Museum have chosen a favourite item in the museum's collection and give delightful short talks on them from their home or garden. 

5. Giotto's Scrovegni Chapel in Padua
Four short videos by the Khan Academy about this stunning chapel in Padua. (The mission of the Khan Academy is to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. There are many other resources to explore). 


6. An introduction to the Andy Warhol exhibition at The Tate Watch now

A short introduction by the joint curators to the Warhol exhibition that was planned for 12 March to 6 September. 

7. Explore the British Museum
Various options on how to explore the British Museum from home are offered - virtual tours, videos, podcasts, collection details etc. (Many are free, some require you to have a subscription to a music streaming service). 

8. Cranach Exhibition at Compton Verney
The exhibition 'Cranach: Artist and Innovator' opened, briefly on 14 March. This is a virtual tour by the curator of the original works by Cranach in the Compton Verney collection, alongside other works that were inspired by his art. 

9. The Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre

Hayward Gallery is a world-renowned contemporary art gallery and a landmark of brutalist architecture. During closure, the gallery offers a regular culture fix of blogs, videos and podcasts.

10. And finally ... not quite arts but why not try a ballet class online 
Silver Swans classes online

Free online ballet exercise classes, designed to get the older generation moving to the music at home. From experienced dancers to those that don’t know their plié from their pointe, older learners of any ability are invited to try out free Silver Swans classes. 



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