Share your passion with The Arts Society Newbury


Are you interested in the arts? Join the Arts Society Newbury with other like-minded enthusiasts who share a passion for the arts in its broadest sense.

Membership includes 10 lectures per year, held at the Arlington Arts, the purpose-built theater at Mary Hare School.

Here are some of the highlights for the coming year.

This winter, the Tate Modern is hosting a major exhibition of the works of the great post-impressionist painter Cézanne. Along the same lines, February’s conference is ‘Cézanne: the (unlikely) father of modern art’, offering members an in-depth look at the work of this celebrated artist.

In the past, members who have attended conferences and then visited related exhibits have commented on how the conference provides additional insight.

Many historic sites visited by the society are open exclusively to its members.

One of his visits this year will be to Forde Abbey, home to the stunning Mortlake Tapestries woven from Raphael’s famous cartoons. Raphael’s Cartoons at the V&A recently underwent a thorough cleaning and careful restoration.

Are you interested in photography? A day of special interest this fall features the work of photographers Herbert Ponting and Frank Hurley and watercolourist Edward Wilson.

They all accompanied Ernest Shackleton on his heroic excursions to the North and South Poles on the ill-fated Endurance.

The Society also conducts heritage work, supporting young arts in the community, recently funding a local elementary school’s ‘Wellness Day’ where children created a graffiti project.

For more information go to There you will find the full program and application forms. Membership is £50 per person or £95 for two people living at the same address.

The new season starts shortly.


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