The Arts Society holds an open house to mark its silver anniversary


An arts group celebrates its 25th anniversary with an open house – as well as the unveiling of a plinth in Helensburgh.

TV antiques expert Roo Irvine will deliver the final lecture of the season for the Arts Society Lomond and Argyll, and it will be free to the public to mark the anniversary.

The open day kicks off at the Victoria Halls, Helensburgh, at 10am on Tuesday June 14, giving the public a chance to check out the band.

Roo Irvine will talk about the history of glass

At 10:30 a.m. will begin his lecture, entitled “Mirror, mirror on the wall: the evolution of glass” – a whirlwind tour covering 9,000 years of glass and its impact on everything from art and architecture to cultural beliefs and to oneself – identity.

Roo, who runs Kilcreggan Antiques, appears regularly on TV shows including Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip, and is a Fellow of the Arts Society.

Then, at 12:15 p.m., a memorial plinth will be unveiled as the final element of the award-winning “open-air museum” in Colquhoun Square.

“The Arts Society, Lomond and Argyll has been in existence for 25 years, but we discover thousands of years of history, art and culture through our fascinating lectures, given by highly esteemed and world-renowned speakers,” said said Roo.

“We are delighted to celebrate our 25th anniversary and invite the public to join us on such a special day.

“Come discover who we are, what we do and how the arts can enrich us all. We look forward to seeing you on June 14!

The Arts Society is a leading arts education charity with a global network of over 380 societies, bringing people together around a common curiosity for arts and crafts. The Helensburgh branch was established in 1997.

Members benefit from monthly conferences given by specialists, study days, educational visits and cultural holidays.

They support the local community with volunteerism and their youth arts program.

Lectures are held the second Tuesday of each month in the Victoria Halls at 10.30am.

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