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Interested in the Creative Arts?

Join The Arts Society, Hillingdon to enjoy expert lectures, special interest days and stimulating outings.

Membership costs just £54.00 per year, excluding Special Interest Days and Outings.

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Come along to one of our lectures for just £9.00 - free if you join on the day!

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Lectures are held at Winston Churchill Theatre, Pinn Way, Ruislip HA4 7QL.  Special Interest Days are held at Uxbridge Golf Club, The Drive, Uxbridge UB10 8AQ.  Non-members are welcome to come to Lectures for just £9 - free if you join on the day. For Special Interest Days non-members not attending a Lecture should telephone Sylvia Jones (01895 677041) or Pam Cook (01895 833725) for details.

LECTURE Wednesday 12 June


Lecturer Ian Swankie

The past few years have seen the meteoric rise of this extraordinarily versatile young designer, Thomas Heatherwick, with his acclaimed Olympic Cauldron and iconic new London bus and designs for Garden Bridge.

Over the past 20 years the Heatherwick studio has used an intriguing combination of curiosity and experimentation to produce a vast range of solutions to design challenges around the world.

This talk looks at the problems presented and the creative ways in which Thomas Heatherwick and his team have responded.

Right: Vessel, Hudson Yards, NY


Departure Pinn Way 9.00 am

Woburn Abbey, home of the Dukes of Bedford for 400 years, offers 20 rooms, displaying over 250 works of art, among them a great collection of Canalettos.  Also on display are extensive gold and silver collections, a sculpture gallery, porcelain, furniture and much more. The grounds and gardens are extensive and beautiful.

We shall have morning refreshments on arrival, followed at 11.30 by a guided tour. There is a delightful Tea Room and a shop offering books, accessories, home ware, local food and drink.

We shall leave Pinn Way at 9.00 am and be home about 6.30 pm. The cost of the day is £45.00.  Guests are welcome.  If you would like to take part please contact Mrs. Pam Cook, 35 Woodhurst Drive, Denham, Middx UB9 5LL on 01895 833725 for information.

LECTURE Wednesday 10 July


Lecturer Jenifer Toynbee-Holmes

This is a story of the artists who fled to Britain to escape war in France, and presents captivating works by Monet, Tissot, Pisarro and their compatriots. In the 1870s, France was devastated by the Franco-Prussian War and the insurrections in Paris, driving artists to seek refuge across the Channel. Their experiences in London and friendships that developed not only influenced their own work but also contributed to the British art scene.

Jennifer Toynbee-Holmes is a guide at Tate Britain and Tate Modern and lectures at other art societies and institutions. Her special interest is British and European art of the late 18th to early 20th centuries. With an MA in film and television, Jennifer worked for twenty years producing factual programmes for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. She was also a visiting lecturer at Goldsmiths College and a senior lecturer at Southampton Solent University.