The Arts Society, Huntingdonshire


We are the Huntingdonshire branch of the national Arts Society, whose mission statement is ‘Enriching lives through the Arts’.  We provide a programme of monthly lectures in a central St. Ives location, occasional study days, visits to various exhibitions, volunteer groups and an annual short holiday.

Please click on the links in the side-bar (for mobiles on the menu links) for information on how to find us (Location),  the full programme of lectures (Programme 2021 – 22) and (How to join).

Please note that our next meeting will be the AGM to be held in the Corn Exchange, St Ives on Wednesday 8th June 2022 at 2pm.

A message from Claire Sarkies, our Chair:

Please click on the side-bar (for mobiles on the menu links) for our season of lectures for 2021-2022, starting in September, which, I hope you will agree, looks as varied and interesting as ever, thanks to the efforts of our Programme Secretary, Sassy Skinner. The full programme will be printed on membership cards, as usual.

Visit to Wightwick Manor and Gardens 20th June 2022


Paint, Politics and Pre-Raphaelite Artists

In 1937 Geoffrey Mander, inherited Wightwick, a house designed in an ‘Old English’ style by Midlands architect Edward Ould and built for his parents, Theodore and Flora Mander, between 1887–1893. 

While they lived in the house, Theodore and Flora took inspiration from Oscar Wilde’s lecture on ‘the House Beautiful’; as a result, the interiors reflect Wilde’s commitment to the principles of the Aesthetic Movement and the ideals of ‘art for art’s sake’. Wilde’s influence can be seen in the collection of objects from Japan and China and the designs of William Morris and his British Arts and Crafts contemporaries.

If you would like to come please contact Margaret Gledhill by telephone on 01480 383599 or e-mail

Study day on May 11th – PORTRAYING YOURSELF  


This was to explore the ways women have portrayed themselves in art.

Hemingford Abbots Village Hall

10.45 -11.15  Gathering and coffee  Talk by Carole Pook followed by discussion on women artists self portraits

12.45 to 1.45 lunch

2.00 3.30 your own opportunity to portray yourself

in words, paint, photography (in fact any medium you choose. Some materials provided but you can bring your own)

3.15  Tea

4.00 Depart

Cost   including lunch  £15 Please sign up to express interest.

Valerie Gentry

We were sorry to learn of the death of Valerie Gentry, an in memoriam of her can be downloaded from here Valerie Gentry.


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