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The Arts Society Stafford , founded in 2002, is a friendly and growing society, led by an energetic committee. Members across a range of ages are attracted from quite some distance away, but naturally centre upon the town of Stafford itself. They have in common an interest in the Decorative and Fine Arts covering history, architecture, painting, sculpture, furniture, gardens, music, drama, costume, literature, etc.

The programme of lectures (monthly except for August and December) plus occasional Study Days offer members an enjoyable social occasion whilst simultaneously enhancing their existing knowledge. The committee also organises visits and other social occasions for members.

All societies affiliated to The Arts Society (TAS) subscribe to the same aims and objectives : the advancement of arts education and appreciation, and the preservation of our artistic heritage.

We are welcoming visitors at the reduced rate of £5.00. Try us out. We now have room for more members and no waiting lists.

Programme synopsis 2019-20 quick download here.

Programme synopsis 2020 -21 quick download here

Click here to download 2020 TASS Application Form

 


NOTICE BOARD

Please note the three visits for 2020 have been postponed until next year 2021 use the Visits/Tours link for the new dates.


Young Arts 2019

Photographs of a Dale Chihuly, an American glass sculptor, inspired activity with children of Castlechurch School in 2019. A Young Arts Project led by Pam Cartwright and Linden Gill.
Click here to see the photographs (Please scroll down to see all eleven) 

Dale Chihuly website, click here - well worth a visit


CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENT

 I can scarcely believe I’m writing this so early in my chairmanship, but very sadly we have to close down all our Society activities for, we anticipate, at least 12 weeks in accordance with clear government guidelines.

We cancelled the Study Day today, and the play Joking Apart has been cancelled in Codsall tomorrow evening. I have also to postpone the Church Recorders gathering on 1st April.  

It is unlikely our Norfolk tour in May will go ahead and we are negotiating the cancellation procedure with Regent Travel as I write. The two other planned visits are likely to be postponed. 

Putting things in context, all the important West Midland area meetings are cancelled, as is the inaugural meeting of the new society in Coventry, the City of Arts. 

The Arts Society AGM in Malaga is also cancelled.

I understand from management that the Gatehouse will be closing its doors so there will be no further lectures for April, May and June. The board of the holding company is meeting today. Speakers are being notified, this will be no surprise to them as the move is right across the country.

We must adhere to the government advice to limit the spread of the virus and protect the health particularly of our older generation. It hopefully will allow the NHS to manage the situation in a more controlled way in the coming months.

May I re-assure you that as soon as this crisis is past, whenever that might be, we will ensure that all the pleasures that the Arts Society bring to us will be rekindled with much energy and enthusiasm to make up for the sombre times we will have faced. Please renew your membership for 20-21 as most members have now done, there will be an adjustment in fees for the following year to compensate for what we have missed this year. We are managing the finances of these circumstances wisely and limiting any potential monetary damage as far as possible.  We are arranging refunds for cancelled events to those who will be due them as quickly as we can.

This situation is certainly unprecedented but your committee have acted responsibly and thoughtfully in all these matters.  Diane and I will be continuing with our own regular home based Shakespeare and Music/Opera/Ballet evenings with close friends who continue to enjoy good health and who all enjoy these art forms so much, maybe just an idea for some of you during the curfew. 

I do hope we can all adjust to the temporary restrictions we are facing, and truly prepare ourselves for the good times to return once again, as they surely will.

Michael     17th March 2020