Local Arts Society offers free online lecture for Dacorum residents


A local arts society offers a free Zoom lecture with a guest speaker to members and non-members of the society.

During the pandemic, The Gade Valley Arts Society moved its annual professional conference program online to support its members and reach a wider audience.

The Company is now offering a free public lecture on Zoom on the morning of Wednesday, September 22.

Guest speaker Matthew Denney will explore the origins of new towns

In the talk titled “Post War New Towns – Stevenage and Harlow in Milton Keynes.” Heroic architecture or concrete error? Guest speaker Matthew Denney will explore the origins of new towns like Hemel Hempstead.

Matthew is an auctioneer and appraiser with a PhD in the Arts and Crafts movement. He was previously a lecturer at the University of Southampton Solent and currently conducts research in post-war design and architecture.

Patricia Bandle, President of Arts Society GV, said: “For anyone interested in the arts, the September conference will be the perfect opportunity to experience what our society has to offer.

“Our 2021/22 conference program will continue to be delivered through Zoom until circumstances allow us to meet in person and will cover a wide variety of topics, including women war artists; the face paintings of Holbein in the Steelyard; Chivalry, Art and Reality during the Great War; Tea, Opium and Hong Kong and 100 years of design in the London Underground.

Patricia added, “The Arts Society, Gade Valley is a thriving and friendly educational charity for people who want to stay abreast of all aspects of the arts and our artistic heritage.

“For many decades, we have offered an exciting and varied program of monthly face-to-face lectures, presented by highly qualified experts, as well as the opportunity to attend days of special interest, participate in tours of cultural venues / events and making short Cultural Tours in UK and abroad.


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