THE ARTS SOCIETY LISKEARD

Our interests include:

  • Illustrated talks, Discovery Days, tours and day visits for our members. Non-members are very welcome to join us too -- but membership also tells you about our events and visits (including our trips abroad) well in advance, giving you the best chance of booking.
  • Meeting others socially with similar interests; so we also have occasional lunches, sometimes after an optional walk to or around a place of local interest. These lunches are held at hotels or restaurants in the area.
  • Voluntary work in historic buildings like Mount Edgcumbe and Port Eliot, giving you an unparalleled insight into these very special places.
  • Recording churches and their contents, such as our project at Sheviock Church, by a small group of Church Recorders; the satisfaction you can derive from this intriguing activity includes the knowledge that should any kind of disaster befall the church, its restoration will be made much easier through your work.
  • Working towards developing the arts for the young people in our area; many young people are full of enthusiasm for the arts, but find it difficult to establish an outlet, so our help can be invaluable to them.
  • Travelling abroad, usually for up to a week, in a small escorted party staying in a comfortable hotel, eating and drinking well, and visiting places of interest. This is a good opportunity to get to know some of your fellow members really well. Past trips abroad include Umbria, Dresden/Meissen/Leipzig, Paris/Versailles ...

Meetings

The programme runs from September to May (inclusive); we meet in the Liskeard Public Hall in West Street on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.

The hall is open from 7 pm for refreshments - currently coffee/tea and biscuits, but we're planning to provide wine as well - and conversation, and the talk starts at 7.30 pm. Once a year we hold an AGM, usually lasting 15 minutes, before the talk, so we open for refreshments 15 minutes earlier as well.

There is ample car parking nearby - free in the evenings.

Our first meeting was in October 2000. We aim to maintain a membership of around 125, most of whom attend regularly. All events are also open to non-members, who are always welcome.

Discovery Days

These are held twice a year. The aim is to look at a subject in greater depth than is possible in an illustrated talk, and to give you the opportunity to consider and discuss original material with an expert. Past Discovery Days have included Michelangelo,Taking Care of Antique Furniture, Endsleigh House, the Pre-Raphaelites, and the Greeks and Romans.

Visits and Tours

We revel in our tours, such as Dresden in autumn 2016, and Umbria in May 2017. But our own local delights must not be forgotten. It was wonderful to see Caerhays Castle and its prize-winning garden at Easter 2016, followed by a June visit to St Neot, to see some of the best medieval stained glass in the UK. There is always more to follow, but meantime please tell us where you would like to go - a trip on the Bodmin steam railway? Castle Drogo? a few days in Brighton? Recently, Portugal, Sicily and the French Riviera have also been mooted; what do you think? Please tell us! 

 

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