The Arts Society, Huntingdonshire

Sunset at St Ives Bridge


The Coronavirus outbreak continues to affect our plans.

Dear Members,

In the new year, we will have our first Zoom lecture. The topic is The Bloomsbury Group and our lecturer will be Frank Woodgate. The lecture will take place at 2.30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month, the 13th January. Many of us have had to overcome techno-fear over the last months and become proficient users of services such as Zoom. Thus you will know that a link will be sent by email. You press on the link and agree to be connected to video and microphone as requested by the programme. It is straightforward. However if you have concerns, do check with friends, family (especially the younger members) over the Christmas period if you can. We will issue a few specific instructions and help where possible.

With best wishes,

Claire Sarkies.

For January 2021

Frank Woodgate The Art and Scandalous Lives of the Bloomsbury Group

The art of the three main ‘Bloomsbury’ artists (Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell and Roger Fry) cannot be separated from their astonishing lives.  They, along with their literary and other intellectual companions (Virginia Woolf, Lytton Strachey and John Maynard Keynes, amongst others) were part of a movement, the popular name for which became widely used only after the death of around half its members.

This lecture reviews their intertwined relationships and covers the so-called ‘Art-quake of 1910’, when Roger Fry, assisted by Virginia’s husband, the art critic and writer, Clive Bell, mounted the Manet and the Post-Impressionists exhibition at the Grafton Galleries in London.

The current programme and the articles from September to December 2020 can downloaded from the Programme 2020-2021 page.


We were sad to learn that Patricia Spencer had passed away. An appreciation of her life can be downloaded from here.


Please note that A.G.M papers can still be downloaded below:


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Please use our Guest Book for comments on the lectures, or other activities.

Illustrated lectures will be held, when we resume normal programmes, on the second Wednesday of each month at 2.30 pm at the Burgess Hall, St Ivo Recreation Centre, St IvesNew members or guests will be made most welcome. There is ample free parking.

Once normality resumes members will be able to enjoy visits and special interest days, and can join various friendly volunteer groups.

A report on the Cotswolds trip is in the Recent Visits page.


The Arts Society supports the Cambridgeshire Area Young Artists competition for primary and secondary schools. This awards prizes to each Key Stage, 0-5, with a special prize for best in show for both Primary and Secondary Schools.

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